Re: cannot connect gto CP3 to the SKy 6


Christopher Erickson
 

Having a serial-to-USB adapter on the inside versus the outside may
make some consumers feel better but it would really be a disadvantage
and disservice to the consumer. Whether they realize it or not.

Both Meade and iOptron have come out with scopes with USB interfaces
(USB-to-Serial adapter chips on the inside) and they have been
nothing but endless headaches for their owners. Both iOptron and
Meade have switched back to serial for their latest model releases.

I hope this helps.

Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com

-----Original Message-----
From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
George
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:54 PM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: cannot connect gto CP3 to the SKy 6

Really you guys. Let's be honest here. Any new designs should use USB. It is
the industry standard for plug-and-play communications (has been for quite a
while). Many computers, mostly laptops, do not have serial ports any more
for good reason - nothing new uses it. Adapters are troublesome.

I am surprised if the AP1600 or 3600 does not use USB.

George



--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Gralak" <groups1@...> wrote:

Hi Gerald,

I bought a new Win7 Asus high end laptop dedicated solely for imaging. I
know of no current laptop that comes
with a dedicated serial port. Mine didn't. These new laptops replace the
desktop pretty much these days,
particularly in the field.
Laptops with serial ports still exist. For instance, some of the Panasonic
Toughboooks still have a serial port which
might have been a better choice than your Asus for outdoor environments -
I wouldn't want to use my high-end 17"
Alienware outdoors.

Also, many of the Dell laptops have docking stations with COM ports.
Probably other manufacturers have docking stations.

-Ray Gralak
Author of Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC)
Author of PEMPro: http://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
Author of PulseGuide: http://www.pulseguide.com
Author of Sigma: http://www.gralak.com/sigma


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From: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ap-gto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of gmillerok
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 10:59 AM
To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: cannot connect gto CP3 to the SKy 6




Ray,

I bought a new Win7 Asus high end laptop dedicated solely for imaging. I
know of no current laptop that comes
with a dedicated serial port. Mine didn't. These new laptops replace the
desktop pretty much these days,
particularly in the field.

Gerald
--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> , "Ray
Gralak" <groups1@> wrote:

Hi Gerald,

since no laptops or PC's have no serial ports.
Actually there are some desktop computers that still come with serial
ports built in (e.g. some of the Dell
Optiplex and
Precision desktops).

If you are using a desktop without a serial port the best solution is
a 2-port PCI and PCI-express card. They run
from
$10-40 usually and are much more robust than the USB/serial adapters.
You can find them at Newegg or
Amazon.

-Ray Gralak
Author of Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC)
Author of PEMPro: http://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver:
http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
Author of PulseGuide: http://www.pulseguide.com
Author of Sigma: http://www.gralak.com/sigma


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<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf Of gmillerok
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Subject: [ap-gto] Re: cannot connect gto CP3 to the SKy 6



Reboot the computer and don't let it go to sleep while connected.
Change it under Power settings so it won't
ever go
to sleep or hibernate if you want to avoid such problems. How it's
set up with the mount is not relevent.

Roland, are your new mounts going to stick with the old serial port
standard? I hope not.

I also have had issues with serial connections-mainly related to
using USB to Serial converters that are now
required
since no laptops or PC's have no serial ports. I bought a 4-port
$150 Tripplite USB-Serial converter from AP to
use
with the Icron Ranger (both bought because AP recommends them to
work on the AP site). It does not work
with the
Icron and neither Icron or Tripplite can tell me why after hours are
trying to get it to work. So now I have a
$150
paperweight.

Fortunately, a Startech USB-Serial 4-port works with the Icron
without issue.

Gerald

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
<mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com>
, chris1011@ wrote:


You DO NOT need to set the keypad to EXT in order to use an
external planetarium program!!! Please read
the
manual.

1) set the keypad to Autostart YES
2) start your mount by turning on 12 volt power
3) Connect TheSky6 using Astro-Physics mount and your serial cable
4) In the Sky6 press "Link > Establish"

That is all you need to do!
You do not need to do anything else in order to control your mount
fully from your planetarium program.

Rolando



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Sent: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 8:24 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] cannot connect gto CP3 to the SKy 6


Hi Everyone,
I upgraded my computer to a Windows 7 platform and reinstalled all
the
software. But I am having a problem connecting my Parallax hd150c
with AP GTO
electronics. The keypad is set to "ext", using com port 4 set to
9600 bps here
is the error message I get from the SKY 6.
"Astro-Physics GTO not responding. Please check communications
port
settings,powers and connections to the control the system".
Now here is the crazy part. I had the system working before dinner
doing test
slews through the SKY 6! The computer went into sleep mode and
after wakening
the computer up the problem started. ugh!!
Any help would be appreciated.
dan



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