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CPWI and Auto Guiding W/ASCOM on Celestron AVX

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#1 Dustyhills

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:33 PM

I got CPWI working with it connected through the HC and a serial cable on my Celestron AVX mount. I would like to use PHD or DUSK to auto guide using ASCOM but would also need to connect it through the HC. Am I stuck with using ST4 or can I still make it work with ASCOM somehow?

 

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:41 PM

I use CPWI with CGX-L and guiding is easy because CPWI comes with its own ASCOM driver - and it can connect to multiple devices.

 

When you connect to the mount via ASCOM, look for an ascom interface called CPWI.  It is different from the normal celestron ascom driver.

 

It should all work - and no need for st4.

 

And note that there was a recent beta release of CPWI on TeamCelestron with many improvements.  I recommend using it.

 

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:56 PM

CPWI will communicate with several programs at the same time. Just select CPWI when you need any program to connect to the mount. Like PHD2. Make sure you start CPWI first to enable the driver.

 

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 12:06 AM

And note that there was a recent beta release of CPWI on TeamCelestron with many improvements.  I recommend using it.

 

Frank

As with many beta release there are many issues being reported. I would wait for the 2.3.3 final release.



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 12:11 AM

As with many beta release there are many issues being reported. I would wait for the 2.3.3 final release.

Been using 2.3.3 beta1 for some time. I have run into no issues. Some have had some glitches but it has been solid for me.

 

Edit: I have been using 2.2.4 beta1. 2.3.3 Beta1 just came out 4 days ago. My bad. Looks like many UI changes.

 

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 12:42 AM

I guess I need to clarify that I don't understand connecting the cables. One for the CPWI to hand controller and then the same one works for PhD also or do I need a second cable

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 01:09 AM

I guess I need to clarify that I don't understand connecting the cables. One for the CPWI to hand controller and then the same one works for PhD also or do I need a second cable

You only need one cable to allow cpwi to control the mount and to autoguide.  The autoguide software will connect to the cpwi ascom driver and the guide commands will be sent down that cable.

 

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 12:16 AM

Thank you for your help, I have it all working now.

 

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