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vpcirc
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Remote control of my vixen mount solved! new
      #4376413 - 02/10/11 11:37 AM

I finally figured out to run my vixen mount from in the comfort of my office. After entering scope mode, I connect the crossover LAN cable to my laptop (which I need to run phd and nebulosity) I then start the sky 6 and link to the mount. I can then run everything from the sky except initial alignment. I can slew to alignment stars with the sky, but I still must center and align on the starbook. I then start windows desktop remote control on my desktop, (you need windows 7 professional installed on the laptop) and for the rest of the evening I can sit inside for the entire evening. The only quirk I've found is when linking the vixen to to the sky 6, I have to choose setup each time in the telescope panel, then it will establish a link, and I'm good to go.

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Re: Remote control of my vixen mount solved! new [Re: vpcirc]
      #4377530 - 02/10/11 07:49 PM

You connect the crossover cable between the laptop and the PC inside?

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Re: Remote control of my vixen mount solved! new [Re: charles1317]
      #4377956 - 02/11/11 12:20 AM

what other folks have done is connect the Vixen to a wireless access point's LAN port. the AP has to be configured on the same LAN IP address segment as the Vixen (which I assume is a Starbook -- it has a hard-coded IP address).

so your laptop can be indoors (allow it to connect wirelessly to the AP).


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vpcirc
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Re: Remote control of my vixen mount solved! new [Re: orlyandico]
      #4378161 - 02/11/11 05:28 AM

I connect the crossover LAN to the laptop and run the laptop indoors via windows remote desktop. I still need the laptop outdoors to plug the ccd camera and auto guider into. It just let's me sit inside to do everything once the system is aligned. Guess if I had a self guiding camera and a ccd that could remotely save images..., but most of us dont. Guys move the scope with ski safari already, but my goal is AP, which ski safari is
pointless unless I want to stand outside observing, and I was too lazy to pick up the starbook.

Edited by vpcirc (02/11/11 05:33 AM)


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Re: Remote control of my vixen mount solved! new [Re: vpcirc]
      #4378414 - 02/11/11 09:23 AM

Hey that sounds great that you got that figured out. So overall are you happy with the SXD? Not to be off topic, but I keep seeing them pop up on that other site and have been tempted to grab one.
Thanks!


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vpcirc
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Re: Remote control of my vixen mount solved! new [Re: nemo129]
      #4380479 - 02/12/11 08:09 AM

After owning a CGEM, I would take a Vixen hands down. Once you understand how to set it up correctly it's a dream. The polar scope is the most accurate one out there (no more drift aligns) Once I align the first star, every subsequent star appears in an orion 12mm crosshair ep. Half the time the CGEM would be off by 5 deg. I guide consistently for 15 min exposures for hours at a time with a loss of 20-25% of the frames. AP used to be a nightmare for me, now it's a dream.

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Re: Remote control of my vixen mount solved! new [Re: vpcirc]
      #4380532 - 02/12/11 08:58 AM

vpcirc, am interested in your SXD experience.

there have been persistent reports of excessive DEC backlash that makes guiding very difficult. have you experienced this and can you elaborate?


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vpcirc
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Re: Remote control of my vixen mount solved! [Re: orlyandico]
      #4380994 - 02/12/11 12:24 PM

There was dec issue with stiffness and a little noise that was an issue, but they released a motor firmware upgrade last year that ended that problem. The dec can be a little stiff for balancing, but it's not difficult to adjust see here;
http://enzerink.net/peter/blog/2008/06/24/vixen-star-book-faq
but I am able to balance with ease, maybe because I'm using a side by side configuration?


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