Does anyone have any experience with using Washinglee USB Control Cables for Celestron Computerized Telescope in control of an AVX or NextStar SE mount? Is it safe? It seems to imply control of the mount without need to use the Hand Controller. It uses something called a FTDI chip. Not sure what that is or what it does?
How do you connect it to the mount? One end is USB but the other is a RJ phone connector. I assume this plugs into an Aux jack but would it need to plug into HC port or does plug into the mounts guide port?
Any experience with this would be appreciated before I get and try to use this.
Here is the text on Amazon
- One cord is enough to connect PC/Laptop and the mounts for Celestron NexStar telescopes. To direct the telescope by PC/Laptop for target stars. To upgrade the controller and the firmwares for each motor.
- 6-FT cable. USB to RJ11 (4p4c) adapter cable. Built in FTDI chip.
- Support all windows version Win7/8/10/XP/, and iOS/Linux/Android, and ASCOM drivers.
- Works well with NexRemote, Stellarium, SkyTools 3, Cartes du Ciel, Nexcontroller, MaxIm DL, DeepSky, Starry Night, SkySafari, SkyMap, and NexStar Observer List (NSOL).
-Works well with mounts/controller like Nexstar+, Celestron 6se mount, CG5-GT, CG5, Nexstar+, GT mount. Celestron HC, StarSense, and etc. Works well with telescopes like Celestron NexStar SE, SLT, GT, Advanced VX series, and Celestron GPS.
Color:16 FT / 5 M
16 FT length. Not made by Celestron. 1 year warranty.
1.The USB console cable, to control Celestron Telescope, NexStar 8 SE, Celestron C8i SE scope, Celestron NexStar 6se, Celestron Nexstar 90GT telescope, Nextar 4se, Celestron 90 SLT, NexStar 8SE, Advanced VX, Celestron 102 GT, Celestron NexStar 114, and so on.
2.Works well with Nexstar+, Celestron 6se mount, CG5-GT, CG5, Nexstar+, GT mount. Celsetron HC, StarSense, and so on.
3.If necessary, or the cable not working, please download the latest drivers from http://www.ftdichip....Drivers/VCP.htm, and install it.
Benefit from this cable:
1.There are several reasons one would want to control their telescope with a PC:
2.It is faster than using the hand controller.
3.It gives you a visual aid when searching for something hard to find.
4.If you find something unknown, the planetarium software will be able to identify it.
5.It is a necessity if you plan on imaging anything for longer than a single quick exposure.
It's wicked cool.