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  1. 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!!
  2. We live and learn! One mistake you won't make again!! No doubt there will be more (I know, I have.....) Have fun (now)!!!
  3. 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. 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... Peter
  5. 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. Stellarium follows the telescope - so if you have a GOTO or a tracking 'scope, it will follow it wherever it goes.
  7. 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!!! Peter
  8. Yes, that's the one - from the handset to the computer (or to a serial/USB adaptor if you don't have a serial port on your computer...)
  9. Hi, 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... Peter
  10. 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!! Peter
  11. Might be a bit obvious, but are you selecting an object in Stellarium to view first? And yes, the cabling you describe is correct. You do need a decent serial/USB cable - apparently some of the cheaper ones don't work (something to do with the chipset inside them). If you have the 'scope connected in Stellarium, I think the cross hairs should be located wherever the 'scope is pointing - have you checked that? i.e. point the 'scope at the moon and find the moon in Stellarium... Maybe the restore method you mention would be a good idea! Peter
  12. I'm using a serial to USB cable, and the drivers for it are generic ones - Windows seaarched for the drivers online when I plugged it in... It is the "Prolific Technology Driver" In Stellarium, go to the Configuration window, then "plugins", then "telescope control", select "configure" and then 'add' Scroll down the screen and change the Com port to (probably) COM3 - go to "device manager" and when you plug in the Serial/USB cable it will appear; select it and confirm the port it is using... On the next line in Stellarium is "Device model" - 'Skywatcher Synscan AZ goto' is there as an option; select it. And that's it... I align the scope with "2 stars" - actually it doesn't matter how you align it - once aligned, Stellarium accepts whatever or wherever you say you are! You don't need to do anything with the handset - once (1) the 'scope is aligned, (2) Stellarium up and running, (3) handset plugged in with the serial/USB cable to the computer, (4) telescope started in Stellarium (in the configuration menu - telescope control, configure, select scope, start) then (5) everything is controlled by the computer - the handset doesn't need to be touched. As Stellarium has it's own drivers, then yes, the Celestron ones are not required. And you are correct about the reticle in simulated mode - it simply shows you what it will look like when an actual 'scope is attached. I don't think I've missed anything!! The only other advice I can think of is that you should shut down Stellarium before you switch off the telescope - apparently if you switch off the 'scope first it can cause the computer to freeze. I don't know if that's true, but then I haven't tried it to find out!! Happy stargazing... Peter
  13. Hi, I've just linked my Synscan to Stellarium..... You don't need Stellarium Scope - the Stellarium drivers work with Synscan on their own. Stellarium uses the Celestron drivers already, so you don't need those either. You also don't go into PC direct mode - maybe that's the problem. Set up and align the 'scope as normal, then open up Stellarium, go into the Telescope Control Plugin and select your telescope and connect it ("start"). (Assuming you've added your telescope to Stellarium previously...) That is all you should need to do. The crosshairs, or a bullseye, will show on the screen automatically, in the current position of the 'scope. Then select an object in Stellarium, press "control + 1", and it should go straight there.... Hope it helps!! Peter
  14. In 0.11.2, If I have constellation lines showing (and save it as default), they are not showing when I restart the programme - even though the icon at the bottom of the screen is highlighted. I need to switch them off then switch them on again for them to show... A bug maybe???
  15. The Oculars plugin in 0.11.2 is much better now it works in full-screen mode... And the Main Window position stays where it was left on the previous use. Very pleased so far!
  16. I stand corrected Mr Flibble - thanks for the info!
  17. As I understand it, you can't get co-ordinates directly from Google maps (unlike Google Earth) but there are several online sites which use Google Maps to do it for you. I find Google Maps lat/long finder an easy one to use as it gives a good deal of information... Hope it helps!!
  18. Http://www.iceinspace.com.au/63-501-0-0-1-0.html Excellent link, very useful - thank you!
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