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#1 stevestubbs

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:42 AM

Hi

 

Where in the UK / Europe can I buy a cable for connecting the small Starsense handset plug in point to a serial cable for the purpose of updating.

 

I already have a serial cable that connects the normal Celestron handset for my 8SE to the serial port but the Starsense handset has a small different socket.

 

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:54 AM

Any USB 'A' to 'MINI B' cable will work. Should be available everywhere.



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 07:04 AM

The port on the starsense is a usb ( mini type b plug)

yes , you will need the above cable and a serial to USB adapter unless your computer has USB ports..



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 09:11 AM

If the StarSense hand controller has the mini USB connector you will NOT require a USB-serial adapter. Only as mentioned a simple USB mini to A connector cable. There is still a serial component involved but the USB-serial adapter is built into the hand controller, so you will need the correct device driver for the Prolific chipset used but you won't need any other hardware but the USB cable.

 

If the StarSense hand controller has the small RJ connector on it's base then you WILL need the Celestron hand controller serial cable (#93920, or equivalent) and an RS232 serial port on your PC. For most folks this will be a commercial USB-RS232 serial adapter and the appropriate device driver for the chipset used in the adapter.

 

More detail on this is available on Mike Swanson's website www.nexstarsite.com


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#5 Michael_Swanson

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 01:17 AM

Specifically, if it looks like a small telephone jack you will need this cable:

https://www.nexstars.../RS232Cable.htm

and a USB to serial adapter as I describe on this page:

https://www.nexstars...m/PCControl.htm

 

If it looks like a slightly larger than your phone USB jack then you will need this cable:

https://www.nexstars...ol/USBCable.htm

and if you computer doesn't automatically load the driver the first time you plug in the cable, you will need to manually load the driver:

https://www.nexstars.../USBDrivers.htm

 

Best regards,
Mike Swanson
Author of "The NexStar User's Guide II"
Author of "The NexStar User's Guide"
Author of "NexStar Observer List"
https://www.NexStarSite.com


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 06:10 AM

Two rules when it comes to Celestron Telescopes:

 

1) Always listen to Mike Swanson's advice.

2) See Rule 1


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