Does software still exist that can control a LX200 Classic via a RS232 to USB cable for a Windows 10 or MacOS laptop? I'm guessing the newest versions of these software packages (such as Starry Night) dropped compatibility with older telescopes.
Software still exist to control a LX200 Classic?
Posted 14 September 2021 - 08:30 AM
AKAIK the current Meade LX200GPS etc mounts have essentially the same firmware as the LX200 Classic.
Load the ASCOM platform and this latest ASCOM driver:
"Meade Autostar/Audiostar Project (October 2019) <- TRY THIS FIRST"
Works with LX Classic and GPS and ETX mounts.
Posted 14 September 2021 - 09:41 AM
>>I'm guessing the newest versions of these software packages (such as Starry Night) dropped compatibility with older telescopes.
Nope, the Classic is still well supported.
Posted 14 September 2021 - 09:50 AM
You can also use Andrew's MyScopeStuff which has a great software handbox controller that I've been using for months now. His user name is OzAndrewJ
Edited by dcaponeii, 14 September 2021 - 09:52 AM.
Posted 18 September 2021 - 02:20 AM
The Classic LX200 serial command set was made open-source by Meade so a lot of different mount makers actually support it (or at least a subset of it) as an alternate or subset of commands in their mounts. The Vixen SkySensor-2000 PC and the Rainbow Astro mounts both offer LX200 Classic command set support. And even Astro-Physics supports some of the basic Classic LX200 commands natively in their mounts, along with all of their advanced AP commands. And I believe that just about all Meade GOTO mounts, both new and old, support all of the main Classic LX200 commands.
I hope that helps.
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Posted 30 September 2021 - 10:06 PM
I use Cartes du Ciel (CDC) with a USB to RS232 cable to control both a very early 10" LX200 classic and a somewhat newer, but still classic, 16" LX200. It works for XP, Windows 7, and Windows 10 but if I remember right (it has been a few years) it took some searching and trial-and-error to get the correct Windows 10 driver for the cable. In CDC I had better luck with the Meade LX driver than the ASCOM one.
CDC is free and the names for deep-sky objects are pretty much the same as used by the SAC spreadsheets, making creation of observing lists relatively easy.