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Computer controled LX ?

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 12:59 PM

I am looking for a project for my LX200 for the rain nights.
Has anyone here used software such as Stary night to control there LX with a serial cable?
I have found some diagrams on how to make your own serial cable on the net, and I am wondering how well it works?

This project is slated right after my home dew shield is done.
Thanks in advance
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These scopes are so much fun.


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Posted 31 October 2003 - 02:18 PM

Kristian - I use Meade's Epoch 2000sk software and their serial cable for LX connection. It works okay. I'll probably appreciate it more when I wish to operate by remote control, doing CCD imaging in the comfort of my den. Sorry, I don't have any experience with other planetarium programs. You may find that a suitable "off-the-shelf" cable is available at a good price without having to customize one. Regards - Graham

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 04:36 PM

Hi Kristian,

I got my new scope three weeks ago and it has been cloudy ever since! So I have had lots of time to "play" around with things like cables and programs. I made a cable from the posts you'll find and it works great so far... It works with Starry Nights, Deep Sky and Win Star.

Caution
I also built my own power box. By accident, I noticed that when I have one application controlling the scope, and say, start another one and forget the first program is already connected to the scope- the 2.5 amp fuse blows in my power supply. I haven't investigated it in detail and don't plan to.

The com port must not be reserved by the first application. I have made this mistake (repeat mistake) 3 times thinking the issue was related to my electrical work -to know it isn't by chance. The second application does complain that it can't connect to the scope but that's cause the fuse just blew!

I haven't lost a fuse since and stick with one application at a time as a rule. It is supposed to be "partly" cloudy tonight so I hope I can look up for a change.

John

PS: Has anyone else run into this issue with home made cables?

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 08:55 PM

I wish to operate by remote control, doing CCD imaging in the comfort of my den


Paul, I'm interested in remote control (from the house) as well. I can control my scope via serial cable using SNP 4.5 but want to use a network cable to my observatory (not heated). I'm concerned about cable wrap. I've noticed when I'm with the scope I have to pay attention to how it slews and the cables. I've thought about using a small web cam in the observatory pointed at the scope. Have you given this issue any thought?

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Posted 13 November 2003 - 12:20 PM

Barry -

I have, of course, thought in general terms about maintaining control of the cords. I have not experimented thoroughly enough to spot possible problems in detail, but I'm sure these will be worked out as they arise. Cord wrap-up is just plain bothersome and inelegant whether you're in the den or standing next to the scope! My aim would be to run cables in such a way that I can be guaranteed not to have difficulties, something that will ultimately be decided by experimentation. Monitoring with a camera might not be a bad idea, if you can adequately see what you need to see. But I would think that, if you spot a problem, you have to go up and fix it. To keep functioning properly, you eventually have to find the permanent fix. You keep fixing until you get a permanent fix, at which point you achieve the above-mentioned guarantee, and you no longer need to monitor. Regards - Graham


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