Last updated: 13 August 2007
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Subject: ETX-Laptop Connection Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 08:39:49 From: John Beaderstadt (firstname.lastname@example.org) I've been trying unsuccessfully to connect my ETX-125ATC to my Toshiba Satellite 40 (45?) laptop. I have the cable and the USB adapter, I've downloaded and installed the latest updates from ASCOM and Starry Night (Starry Night Pro 6.0.?), I've installed the Astronomer's Control Panel from the Meade disk that came with the cable. On all but Com 3 I get an "invalid port" message; on Come 3 I'm told that the computer sees an unknown Meade telescope. I've tried both the generic Mead and LX200 configurations, and I get these messages on both Starry Night and APC. ~2 years ago, I had Clay Sherrod do a tune-up. Could Autostar have been hosed during the process (at least as far as my laptop is concerned)? I had planned on getting a MySky, but I don't want to spend $400 if my scope won't work with it, and the fact that it presently won't work with my computer makes me suspicious.Mike here: Couple of points: 1. The ACP that used to be on Meade's disk was REALLY REALLY old. You might need to download a more current version from ACP's web site. 2. What USB adapter are you using? Not all work reliably with the AutoStar. See the article "AutoStar and USB" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page for more on this problem. I use a Keyspan USB-serial adapter on my Macs with Mac OS X and it works fine. Lastly, nothing Dr. Clay did would have hosed the computer connection. If you are concerned that something in the ROM could have been corrupted you can install the current ROM using software on Meade's web site.
Just did some more research. Is there a material difference between the 505 and 506 cables? I have the 505; should I have purchased the 506?Mike here: The #505 cable is for the ETX models using a #497 AutoStar (has number keys on the keypad and comes with the 90/105/125 models). The #506 cable only works with the #494 AutoStar (ETX-60/70/80). So you have the proper cable.
Been trying to download the current version of ACP since yesterday, but their download/registration process keeps telling me it doesn't recognize my email addy. I sent them an email, but no answer as yet. Is ACP required to run with Starry Night Pro, or should Starry Night be able to handle things with no more than an updated ASCOM?Mike here: I don't use Starry Night but I'm sure it isn't required for the Mac OS X version. Don't know whether Windows needs it or not.
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