From: firstname.lastname@example.org (richard seymour) You can run 497 Autostars without having the telescope attached. They don't care. Hence you could make a splitter (or Cloner?) HBX power cable consisting of two RJ45 8-wire connectors, and simply provide power (anything between 9v to 16v would work) to the outer two pins. The pin -closest- to the rs232 port is the +12v pin. The pin -farthest- from the rs232 port is the ground pin. Then connect the Meade 505's cloning cable between the two rs232 ports. If you're building your own cloning rs232 cable, pins 1 and 2 swap between the two Autostars, pin 4 (ground) is the same on both ends. Pins 1 and 2 of the rs232 connector are the -farthest- from the HBX socket. Simply a pair of straight across (pin 1 to pin 1, UNLIKE the HBX coil cord) rj45's, with the outer two wires tapped into/onto for power. (actually, it'd be best to -cut- the rest of the wires (other than 1 and 8) to avoid battles on the I2C bus... Cloning takes (really!) 5 minutes. It runs at 125k baud, hence 12 times faster than downloading. --dick
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