Updating autostar controller

01-Nov-2016 22:06

Whether interested in the technical jargon or not, don’t get turned off by it if you have not run into these terms before.They are not important for anyone who just wants to make the cable itself and get things working.Hence, this is the socket we need to connect through with our DIY connection cable in order to use our chosen astronomy software package to drive the telescope motors.Please note that the AUX (auxillary) port, or any other port on the telescope itself, are not used for computer interfacing purposes.The telescope has a power and cable socket junction box at the head of the tripod.The (female) socket holes are labeled “HEX”, “AZ”, “ALT” and “AUX”.To make the connection cable, I therefore cut and combined an old 4 wire telephone cable (with plastic male socket fitted), a 20m network cable, and a female DB9 adapter end.

While the handset does provide limited visual reference through a two line LED display, it does not compare to the rich graphical experience of using a full virtual sky map on a computer screen for telescope positioning.Required Parts 1 x DB 9 connector plug (also named DE-9 connector) 1 x 4 pin network socket plug (or standard 6 pin telephone plug can also be used) 1 x length of network cable, 1m to 50m long depending on your telescope use preferences.Making the Cable Connections The Meade communications cable has a DB9 connector plug on one end and a narrowed 4 connector telephone like socket on the other.After saying that, I provide this information with all hopes it will assist others, but without any guarantees that wiring will be compatible, or will not damage, your particular telescope (if a differing model to the DS-115).Whether buying the real cable, or making this DIY communications cable yourself, allowing computer aided mapping and navigation of the telescope motors will be a major upgrade to your telescope and astronomy experience if you have not tried it before.

While the handset does provide limited visual reference through a two line LED display, it does not compare to the rich graphical experience of using a full virtual sky map on a computer screen for telescope positioning.Required Parts 1 x DB 9 connector plug (also named DE-9 connector) 1 x 4 pin network socket plug (or standard 6 pin telephone plug can also be used) 1 x length of network cable, 1m to 50m long depending on your telescope use preferences.Making the Cable Connections The Meade communications cable has a DB9 connector plug on one end and a narrowed 4 connector telephone like socket on the other.After saying that, I provide this information with all hopes it will assist others, but without any guarantees that wiring will be compatible, or will not damage, your particular telescope (if a differing model to the DS-115).Whether buying the real cable, or making this DIY communications cable yourself, allowing computer aided mapping and navigation of the telescope motors will be a major upgrade to your telescope and astronomy experience if you have not tried it before.Be sure to double check what cable your specific telescope model requires.) Making and using this RS-232 serial interface cable has been simple as well as extremely satisfying.