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Quote:Congrats on a successful telescope control hookup.You may have an opportunity to challenge your new system on February 15th. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be sailing through Ursa Minor early that evening EST at about magnitude 12+. Greg Crinklaw will ensure that he integrates the asteroid's updated orbital elements into the Skytools database (apparently the asteroid is so close that gravity perturbs its predicted orbit). Once you click the Skytools command to update current object lists, you'll have the means to execute a simple 'go-to' and zero in on that rare event. We'd be interested to hear about your experience if you have clear skies and wish to describe the observation. Good luck.--------C
Quote:Yes, congrats on the connection and success. As for hooking things up, I keep my PC cable and USB-Serial adapter connected to the hand controller all the time, even when not using the laptop. I make the physical connection of the scope and laptop before dark or turning on power. It doesn't bother the hand controller at all. Once alignment is done, then simply hit "Connect to Telescope" from SkyTools. This way you're not fumbling around with cables in the dark.One more tip that threw me the first time out (though you already might know this). If you're using a laptop and USB-Serial adapter, make sure you always plug the adapter into the same USB port each time so that you obtain the same COM port address, and don't have to mess with reconfiguring the COM port settings in the ASCOM panel.