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Subject:	Envisage
Sent:	Monday, April 26, 2010 19:22:36
From:	allan.carole@tiscali.co.uk (allan.carole@tiscali.co.uk)
On my lap top i am running vista upgraded to windows 7 i will list below
my equipment as follows,

1. meade Deep Sky Imager 
2. USB 2.0 15 foot high speed cable connects Camera to computer USB 
3. 07507 USB to RS-232 Bridge Cable 
4. meade 25 foot extensio n cord connects to hand set/Bridge
Cable/computer
5. lap top Acer 5738 vista upgraded to windows 7 
6. Meade ETX 125 

My lap top connects to the Telescope Meade ETX 125 and the ASU Autostar
suite to update the hand box and will connect to Autostar suite,

In Autostar suite through telescope/protocol/remote hand box no problem,
The problem starts when you try to connect through Autostar 
suite/Image/DSI/Autostar Envisage/telescope it won't connect it also
won't use Draw box around object for tracking.
I hope this makes some sense to you any help will be gratefully
accepted,.
I posted this qustion on the sky at Night Magazine under general forum
need help Mesde DSI Allan1323
Many Thanks Allan 
Mike here: Have you enabled the Network protocal communication mode in AutoStar Suite? If you need more information on that, see the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page. If Windows 7 is the problem, there is an article on using the DSI with Windows 7 on the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page. Beyond those items, since I don't use Windows, I can't help further.
Subject:	SUSPECT: RJ45 cable question
Sent:	Tuesday, April 20, 2010 04:42:58
From:	Adv AJ Nel (ajnel@ajnel.co.za)
I purchased the AstroFinder software with the 505 cable for my Meade ETX
90 EC.

I note that there is a second cable. From previous posts on your site I
conclude that it is a RJ45 cable.

The cable converting the serial port to usb port is both cumbersome and
expensive.

Would it work if I connected the RJ45 to the AutoStar hand unit and then
connected the other side of the cable (which normal connects to another
AutoStar to my laptop using a RJ45 to USB converter (which is very
cheap)?
 
Many thanks
AJ
Mike here: Just to clarify, there are two connections to a #497 AutoStar. One goes from the HBX port on the ETX control panel to the HBX port in the center of the AutoStar bottom; that uses a RJ45 connector on both ends. The other connection on the AutoStar bottom is the RS-232 serial port that goes to a RS-232 serial port on your computer. You can not connect the AutoStar to the computer using the RJ45 connection; you must use the RS-232 port. If your computer does not have a RS-232, then you must use a USB-serial adapter. However, not all adapters work reliably with the AutoStar; see the article "AutoStar and USB" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page. I recommend Keyspan adapters.

And:

I have a cable, which I presumed was for connecting two AutoStar
controllers and I further presumed it was an RJ45 cable.  It is too
small to connect into the HBX port and looks like a very small old
telephone cable but can connect on the small port on the autostar
controller - if that makes sense.

Ps. I do also have the other cables.
Mike here: There is likely a "clone" cable, with has small connectors at both ends. That connects one AutoStar to another AutoStar to clone one to the other.

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