I bought my CPC 1100 used. It came with a Nexstar * hand control, with firmware version 4.12 and motor control version 5.07. I'm considering upgrading both firmware, as I would appreciate the cordwrap prevention feature to work, and also having JNow coordinates instead of J2000.
I have the serial cable required for the update, but no serial port on my computer. Also, I run Windows 10, and the HCupdate software required will not install. So in order to upgrade the firmware, I have to find a friend or relative that has a computer with a serial port and an older version of Windows (98 or XP). I know I can purchase a cable that converts the cable's serial connection to USB, but I've read on this forum that some people have had trouble with this cable, so I'll try to avoid it and find an older computer that has the serial port.
As an alternative, I'm considering purchasing a Nexstar + HC. This would provide me with a remote that, to my understanding, uses JNow, and also give me a backup remote (I would hate it if I traveled to a dark site and could not use the scope because of a dead hand control). However, I gather the cordwrap feature would still need a MC firmware update for it to function properly.
I can't seem to find out if the Nexstar + HC would work with my scope, and MC version 5.07. Would I need to upgrade the MC for the + version to work?
What do you think is the best choice? Upgrading both firmware or purchasing a Nexstar + HC?
Thanks for your input.