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Hi, Everyone could with a little advice on connecting a my Synscan v4 to my laptop.

I now how to do it and also know about USB serial adapters, what i am wondering is my laptop has a RJ11 coms port but in the Synscan V4 Manual it says you need a RJ12 port as the cable supplied  is RJ12. The RJ12 cable fits into the RJ11 perfectly

Is there much difference in these and could i still connect using the method or do i have to go and buy the USB serial adapter?

if anyone can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks 

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You must use either a serial port (older computers) or a usb-serial adapter along with the supplied serial data cable to connect the handset to a computer. The handset is basically a serial device so needs to connect to a computer using a serial port (real or usb adapter) . The handset uses an RJ12 socket simply because of the size, or lack thereof. Also, you should never connect the computer directly to the mount.

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Ok so I've been a bit of air head here and got the name of the of port mixed up!!!

My laptop has a RS-232C port and cable supplied fits.

I tried to connect to stellarium last night but nothing seemed to happen. Does the handset need to be in PC direct mode after alignment for it to communicate?

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2 minutes ago, Ulysses31 said:

Ok so I've been a bit of air head here and got the name of the of port mixed up!!!

My laptop has a RS-232C port and cable supplied fits.

I tried to connect to stellarium last night but nothing seemed to happen. Does the handset need to be in PC direct mode after alignment for it to communicate?

PC-Direct mode doesn't work with some planetarium programmes, including Stellarium.  Just do the initial star alignment then use Stellarium to control the mount.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Cornelius Varley said:

PC-Direct mode doesn't work with some planetarium programmes, including Stellarium.  Just do the initial star alignment then use Stellarium to control the mount.

 

 

I tried this last night but when the configuration window/plug ins/telescope control it wouldn't let me click configure, nothing would happen and also when i connect cables to laptop it doesn't detect any devices?

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If you are linking directly to your mount then you would need this type of cable https://www.firstlightoptics.com/astronomy-cables-leads-accessories/lynx-astro-ftdi-eqdir-usb-adapter-for-sky-watcher-eq5-pro-heq5-syntrek-pro-az-eq5-gt-az-eq6-gt-and-eq8-mounts.html  (check your mount is compatible first though).

Or as someone else mentioned earlier you would need a serial to usb adaptor (i don't want to recomend one here, as I've had no experience with this type of adaptor).

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36 minutes ago, Ulysses31 said:

I tried this last night but when the configuration window/plug ins/telescope control it wouldn't let me click configure, nothing would happen and also when i connect cables to laptop it doesn't detect any devices?

Start Stellarium and then go to the telescope control plug-in and select the load on startup option. Close Stellarium and reopen it and return to the telescope control plug-in. The configure button should now be active. Select Add from the telescopes box then select "Stellarium directly through a serial port" . Select  "Start/Connect on startup" and then "Skywatcher Synscan V3" and comm port 1 for your RS232 port (serial data cable connected directly to computer).

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5 minutes ago, Cornelius Varley said:

Start Stellarium and then go to the telescope control plug-in and select the load on startup option. Close Stellarium and reopen it and return to the telescope control plug-in. The configure button should now be active. Select Add from the telescopes box then select "Stellarium directly through a serial port" . Select  "Start/Connect on startup" and then "Skywatcher Synscan V3" and comm port 1 for your RS232 port (serial data cable connected directly to computer).

Thanks Peter will give this a go later.

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