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Subject: Autostar comms Sent: Monday, November 2, 2009 03:27:23 From: Clyde Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) I came across your contact details whilst doing a search, but don't know if you are still supplying support for Autostar. If not, I apologies for bothering you, and if you are aware of any other support sites, would really appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction. I have a new 12"LX200 ACP GPS. I have it connected to my laptop(running Window XP Pro 2002) via a serial to USB adaptor. I do not have any problem with operating from the remote handbox(com 9), but cannot get it to connect via comms port, so i am unable to use the "synch to scope" capability of the starmap. When i try to "connect via comms port" i get an immediate error message saying the it cannot connect via COMM port 1. Any ideas or suggestions? One other question: when i am running the LPI, I am doing so whilst connected through the remote handbox as mentioned above. If i impliment the tracking box on the live view, will this result in tracking adjustments and if so, how is it communicating back to the scope?(I assume via the same comm. Port 9 that the remote handbox is using?) Thanks in anticipation! Regards Clyde (Foster)Mike here: I don't current provide direct support for the AutoStar II model. But if you are asking about the AutoStar Suite, which is sounds like where your problem is, then I may be able to assist you. Have you enabled the Network Protocol in the AutoStar Suite?
Yes, I am using the Autostar suite. I have not specifically enabled the Network Protocol, so i don't know if it is enabled or not. Can you tell me where to do this? As indicated i am connecting from the RS232 serial connector via a USB and not via a network. Should i still enable the Network Protocol to get the "connect via comm. Port" to work? Thanks and regards ClydeMike here: In order for the multple applications that make up the AutoStar Suite to use the same serial port physical connection to the telescope, you need to enable the Network Protocol. There are some articles on that on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page on my ETX Site. Check those.
Will try it , Mike Thanks again- on a steep learning curve here, but i have the feeling it is all going to be worth it! Best regards clydeMike here: Yep, steep learning curve but definitely will be worth the effort that the Windows app requires.
And an update:
Got everything working after having a look at a few of your articles, and getting the network protocol sorted! Thanks a mil- am blown away by what this lot can do. Best regards Clyde
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