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#1 wboeck

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 10:23 AM

I am trying to use CPWI version 2.5.2 with Windows 11 for controlling my AVX through the HC. The CPWI software manual says it is able to connect to USB, HC and WIFI. When I select "Connection" it only gives me the option of USB and WIFI. There is no option for HC. I select USB and it does connect. However, it keeps perpetually tries to connect to Focuser, GPS, Dew Heater, StarSense and StarSense AG. I do not have any of those items connected. I have tried toggling the Ignore those Accessories but it still tries to connect them. Maybe it is a bug or maybe I do not know what I am doing but it is annoying. BTW, I am using the Serial to USB cable for connecting to my HC.

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 10:59 AM

I am trying to use CPWI version 2.5.2 with Windows 11 for controlling my AVX through the HC. The CPWI software manual says it is able to connect to USB, HC and WIFI. When I select "Connection" it only gives me the option of USB and WIFI. There is no option for HC. I select USB and it does connect. However, it keeps perpetually tries to connect to Focuser, GPS, Dew Heater, StarSense and StarSense AG. I do not have any of those items connected. I have tried toggling the Ignore those Accessories but it still tries to connect them. Maybe it is a bug or maybe I do not know what I am doing but it is annoying. BTW, I am using the Serial to USB cable for connecting to my HC.

The USB connection mode needs a USB-A to USB-mini or USB-A to Serial cable between the HC (post in the bottom of the HC) and your computer. In addition, you'd need to download and install the Prolific USB driver  so the PC can talk to the HC. Then you can select the USB connection option. CPWI will by default  keep looking for other Celestron accessories for a bit, so that's normal and has no effect on the mount connection. 

 

It's normal to only see "USB" and "wifi" connection options. When they mention connection via HC as an option, that's just plugging in the HC and controlling it from that instead of CPWI. The HC will display a "bootloader" message once the PC is connected through the HC to the mount. Again, this is normal.

 

For more info, there's this CN thread.

 

Before I forget, once CPWI is connected to the mount, the keyboard arrow keys can be used to slew the mount. It's kind of fun!

 

Cheers!


Edited by Forward Scatter, 20 September 2023 - 11:04 AM.


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Posted 20 September 2023 - 03:04 PM

The USB connection mode needs a USB-A to USB-mini or USB-A to Serial cable between the HC (post in the bottom of the HC) and your computer. In addition, you'd need to download and install the Prolific USB driver  so the PC can talk to the HC. Then you can select the USB connection option. CPWI will by default  keep looking for other Celestron accessories for a bit, so that's normal and has no effect on the mount connection. 

 

It's normal to only see "USB" and "wifi" connection options. When they mention connection via HC as an option, that's just plugging in the HC and controlling it from that instead of CPWI. The HC will display a "bootloader" message once the PC is connected through the HC to the mount. Again, this is normal.

 

For more info, there's this CN thread.

 

Before I forget, once CPWI is connected to the mount, the keyboard arrow keys can be used to slew the mount. It's kind of fun!

 

Cheers!

I am using the RS232 to USB adapter with FTDI chipset. It connects without a problem using the USB connection option in CPWI. Just seems strange that it does not stop trying to connect to the other peripherals.

 

I am also having trouble with the Select Location on Google Maps. When I select this, it only displays this "http://localhost:555...5.8608055555556" in the command line and nothing else. The manual says "If you use Google Maps, simply select a location on the map and a pop-up window will provide you with the coordinates. You

can then send the coordinates to CPWI." This does not work. Maybe it is a Windows 11 problem?

 

thanks,

Wayne

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 03:18 PM

I just tried it with a Windows 10 computer and it does the same thing with perpetually trying to connect to the other peripherals and not working with google maps.



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Posted 20 September 2023 - 03:26 PM

Have you installed the ASCOM drivers BEFORE installing cpwi ?

The new cpwi has a ton of bugs, the 2018 release is far better and does have the hand controller option and none of the other junk,

Edited by Silent_Light, 20 September 2023 - 03:29 PM.


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Posted 20 September 2023 - 03:40 PM

I did not install a CPWI ASCOM driver before installing CPWI. I only installed the Celestron telescope ASCOM driver. I had no idea there was a CPWI ASCOM driver. How do you get the 2018 release? Celestron only lets the current version to be downloaded.



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Posted 20 September 2023 - 05:15 PM

http://software.cele...nstallers/?CPWI

I'm using 2.4.2 jan '22 and don't have any issues, and there's no heater, camera etc to interfere. Just click no when it prompts for new version. It's annoying
Search ASCOM, and just install the whole thing, that way whoever you connect in the future should work right away

Every cpwi release available in that link so you can roll it back.

Just install the driver's before you install cpwi and you should be good to go.

Be sure mount is powered on , I've forgotten many times when trying to connect !

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 06:14 PM

Thanks!

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 06:59 PM

http://software.cele...nstallers/?CPWI

I'm using 2.4.2 jan '22 and don't have any issues, and there's no heater, camera etc to interfere. Just click no when it prompts for new version. It's annoying
Search ASCOM, and just install the whole thing, that way whoever you connect in the future should work right away

Every cpwi release available in that link so you can roll it back.

Just install the driver's before you install cpwi and you should be good to go.

Be sure mount is powered on , I've forgotten many times when trying to connect !

Which drivers are you referring to? Do you mean the Celestron ASCOM drivers in "https://ascom-standa...copeDrivers.htm"? I already have ASCOM 6.6 installed.



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Posted 20 September 2023 - 07:44 PM

Which drivers are you referring to? Do you mean the Celestron ASCOM drivers in "https://ascom-standa...copeDrivers.htm"? I already have ASCOM 6.6 installed.

Yes, 6.6.2 drivers.  If you use the  CPWI 2.4.2 up to before 2.5 and have ascom set already installed, you shouldn't have any more problems connecting.



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Posted 20 September 2023 - 08:04 PM

Yes, 6.6.2 drivers.  If you use the  CPWI 2.4.2 up to before 2.5 and have ascom set already installed, you shouldn't have any more problems connecting.

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