Celestron 114 GT RS-232 Not working?!
Posted 10 January 2004 - 09:12 PM
HAS ANYONE EVER gotten A Celestron 114GT to connect to a PC or a Laptop?
With tested/working serial ports on FIVE (count em) PC's and two laptops I was unable to to get any of the PC's or laptops to link in any way to the telescope.
1) The brand new telescope controller is broken.
2) The software is broken.
I have done every combonation of ordering of cabling, software loading, menu settings set to "RS-232" and not. I have adjusted Windows 2000 settings "ad infinitum". The computers are the full range of speeds from 133mhz to 2800 mhz. Absolutely nothing to indicate the controller is working to create a link. I have also loaded several other netstar compatible linking software packages but still ...nada. I am tempted to open it up to see if ANY wires go to the jack .
If you are a Swanson you can be sure none of the items posted on your website work.
If anyone has gotten this working on any PC it would rock if you could tell us the magic method otherwise I will be stuck with getting my money back
Thanks in advance for successful stories of getting this working.
Posted 10 January 2004 - 10:47 PM
Posted 11 January 2004 - 07:46 PM
But NSOL works fine!
I made the cable myself (radioshack is fun) with a 12" spacesaver tele cord and a very sturdy DB9 connector.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 04:59 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 09:05 PM
Posted 14 January 2004 - 03:09 AM
Fortunately for my ego, not mine. I used the HCAnywhere webpage as my guide to building the RS-232 cable.
Of course the serial port connector diagram pin numbers are labled incorrectly on the site (backward) so my wiring was off. Correctly wired it works perfectly on each computer. Thanks for the replies, you spurred me on to defeat the scourge of humanity...human error.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 09:41 PM
i bought my cable off ebay, and hooked it up tonight, my inital setup suffered from user error as well, as i forgot this pc that i tested the connection on has 2 Comm ports
i cant belive that was the only issue, i was actually suprised on how easy it was.
I also purchsed the AC adapter today, and i think it was worth the $26, as the motors move better and the response seems to be better overall with the AC adapter.
just my 2 cents
Posted 13 February 2004 - 10:16 PM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 09:16 AM