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  1. Mine are in a selection of "tool boxes" which they fit very nicely - and protected with camping mat. The 127 Mak's mat doubles as a dew shield, and the 102's mat is the 'off-cut'. The mount head fits another box, and then goes in the tripod bag (large waterproof tool bag) The eyepieces, etc, fit in the top of the large tool box, protected with foam inserts... It all seems to work well (for me at least!!)



  2. you too... you must be suffering as much as me from bad weather, I guess the valleys get a lot more fog than we do...

    have you ever gone observing with Cardiff's astro society?

    I haven't yet - my schedule doesn't seem to match theirs! But their viewing places are quite near me, so I'll give them a go when I can, or at least try the site (Castell Heights).

    Had a couple of reasonable nights in the past 2 weeks - but still getting used to my new 'scopes, so a lot of time spent fiddling rather than observing!

    At the moment, Monday night looks promising - but, this is Wales!!

  3. Well i bought a new cable to do serial to usb, for about £2 tht didnt even come in a box unlike the one i got for more but.....it works!!! Finally im up and running on stellarium on my laptop. And im modding an xbox live cam to try for some imaging.

    Russe, how do u know it isnt tracking? It moves very very slowly in my limited experience so u might not be able to tell too easily.

    Well done, Andrew!!

    And you said what I was thinking - "it moves very, very slowly". Once you're aligned, Russe, the scope should automatically track anyway.

  4. I'm at 3.07. What's the difference?

    From Skywatcher website: " The firmware of SynScan AZ Ver.03.08 is available for SynScan Dobsonian GOTO mount, and it also works with other AZ GOTO mounts. You may also choose to use the earlier firmware version 3.07, if your AZ telescope mount is not SynScan Dobsonian GOTO mount."

    So, unless you have a Dob, 3.07 is the latest, although my handset came with 3.08 (not a dob!) which does the same job...


  5. ?

    I align my GOTO scope.

    I connect to stellarium.

    I choose an object and send the slew command.

    Will now my mount keep tracking this object or do I have to do anything else?

    It's the mount that tracks, not Stellarium. So if you have (which you seem to do) a tracking mount, then yes, the 'scope will track the object.

    It simply that Stellarium replaces the handset for finding objects... On Stellarium's configuration menu for Telescope Control, it says "This plug-in allows Stellarium to send "slew" commands to a telescope on a computerized mount (a "GoTo telescope")."

  6. Would you believe it. Set up on my old pc, which wouldn't turn on until I opened it up and repaired it, and connected directly to serial port. No USB adapter and away went the telescope!

    So....either I've over complicated things by installing some dodgy drivers on my laptop or the adapter cable is a non starter. I'm thinking the latter which is a gutter as it was a more expensive one (called startech!) which I thought would be good....

    I think I'll grab a cheaper cable to try and see if that works.

    Any recommendations for a serial USB adapter to work with a skywatcher 130p?

    I think that confirms it - it's the adaptor cable, not the handset or the Stellarium setup, or the drivers...

    A few cable types have been suggested on this thread - give one a go! Mine is eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace - £9.99.

    Good luck!!!


  7. Can I just ask something stupid?!

    Ahm, so the Synscan controller is plugged into the mount. Then you get this whateveritscalled cable to connect the controller to your computer serial port, right?

    You don't have a guidecam connected to ur scope? Only stellarium?

    I wanna do that as well! Which serial cable do I need?


    Yes,, you're right on the connections...

    But, no, I don't have a guidescope - sorry!

    The cable supplied with the mount will (should...) have a serial plug on the end. If your laptop/computer has a serial port, then great - otherwise you'll need a serial/USB adaptor cable to physically attach the handset to the computer.

    There are a few serial/USB cables you can use - it's recommended that you use a more expensive one, BUT not necessarily essential! I notice the one pritc uses is just £1.89 on ebay...


  8. Well i tried unplugging the serial cord from the handset from the adapter, and it still shows as connected in stellarium, when only the usb bit is plugged in.

    That is normal - Windows sees the adaptor whether it's connected to anything or not...

    Just to check.... You have the handset plugged into the telescope as normal, and the 'scope aligned ready to use. You also have the serial/USB adaptor already installed on the computer, recognised as COM3.

    Open Stellarium, add the telescope, but don't connect it yet.

    Then plug the serial/USB cable from the handset to the computer. The handset is still attached to the mount - don't disconnect anything there!

    Next connect the telescope in Stellarium - it might take a few moments for it to register (computers, eh!)

    Once connected, select an object, press "control + 1" and away it SHOULD go....

    I wonder if the cable you're using is the right type - on Amazon, the technical details say:

    • COM port retention provides robust serial connectivity for legacy devices
    • The FTDI chipset is highly customizable and compatible, making it the ideal solution for any setup

    I'm a bit ignorant about this, but I wonder if the cable is the wrong type - legacy devices are basically older non-plug & play devices (according to webopedia) and the FTDI chipset allows newer PC's to connect to older devices (according to wiki...)

    So maybe (and hopefully someone with more knowledge than me will either correct or confirm this!) the cable is not doing what you want it to do.

    I use this: eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

    There are others, of course, as pritc mentioned before...

    It really is straightforward, which is why I wonder if the cable is your problem...

    Don't give up - once it's working, it's great!!


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