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angelface
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Reged: 12/21/12

iOptron Minitower controlled by Mac
      #5583608 - 12/22/12 05:42 AM

I have a new iOptron Minitower II and I want to control it from my MacBook Pro. The Minitower comes with a USB cable, but needs a USB to serial Driver. So I have installed the Silicon Labs CP2102 USB-to-UART. Using Voyager 4.5 I can connect to the Minitower and control it for a couple of Go-To movements, after which Voyager crashes and I have to do a Force Quit. Same thing happens with and SkySafari Plus.
Is anybody doing this more successfully, and if so what is their set up ?
Alternatively does the Southern Stars SkyFi work reliably, as presumably it cuts out the need for the USB-Serial interface ? Thanks, angelface


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pfile
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Reged: 06/14/09

Re: iOptron Minitower controlled by Mac new [Re: angelface]
      #5584060 - 12/22/12 01:01 PM

i gave up and just use a virtual machine to run the ASCOM driver for my gemini-2/G11. with WiFiScope i can then connect to the mount with SkySafari Pro on my iPhone and that works great.

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Michael2
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Reged: 06/01/11

Loc: Australia
Re: iOptron Minitower controlled by Mac new [Re: angelface]
      #5584319 - 12/22/12 04:12 PM

Angelface the guys on this site might be able to help.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Mini_Tower/

I purchased a Mini Tower MK2 recently and love it.

Good luck on your mission.

Michael
Australia.


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Starhawk
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: iOptron Minitower controlled by Mac new [Re: Michael2]
      #5585120 - 12/23/12 05:45 AM

SkyFi is what I have been doing. Completely transparent with no USB-Serial voodoo on my machine.

-Rich


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angelface
newbie


Reged: 12/21/12

Re: iOptron Minitower controlled by Mac new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5585490 - 12/23/12 12:11 PM

Thanks guys for your replies. Rich - are you using a Minitower and a Mac ?

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Starhawk
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Re: iOptron Minitower controlled by Mac new [Re: angelface]
      #5585694 - 12/23/12 02:14 PM

No- I've been using AP and Celestron mounts with a Mac, and an iPod, too.

-Rich


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