First, I want to thank everyone for helping me through my question on Park positions. As for the posts on Cloudy Nights…
So this 1100GTO w/ AE and CP4 is my first mount. I bought it from Ken. He drove 27 hours over 2 days to deliver it to me personally, and the price was fair. So, I do own him a debt of gratitude for that. I believe that the initial aspects of the conversation
on Cloudy Nights was just him trying to point me in what he thought was the right direction and including some of his personal experiences in those posts.
It is very obvious to me that we have some incredibly intelligent people both here and on Cloudy Nights. Those people often have various backgrounds which may make the process of setting up astro equipment much easier. It is also very easy to forget how difficult
it was to first learn a concept or skill; especially if it happened a long time ago. But please remember, not everyone comes from a physics or computer science background. Personally, I am in healthcare.
I can see how an end user can end up with certain impressions of how astro equipment works based on their experiences. It can take a great deal of research and trial and error to get these things working right, and often its done without someone next to you
guiding you through it. I can understand the Astro-Physics community being upset about how certain things were worded. There may be some frustration involved on the part of the poster. So, please, when educational materials are being developed, please take
this into consideration. Videos should be given serious consideration. Some of us do need to be walked through from start to finish because we lack pre-requisite background. I do know Ray has some videos and they are on my near future to-do list. I think
they were out of my grasp until now.
I do have decent computer skills and I would say my general trouble shooting skills are pretty darn good. When it comes to connecting astro equipment of any sort to a computer this is a completely new topic for me.
The way I understand it is that ASCOM is the language or platform through which all astro equipment communicates. Easy enough. There are drivers one needs to make various equipment operate. Got that as well. What gets muddy very quickly is how an end user goes
about setting up the communication between parts. My father was a network engineer before the birth of mainstream internet and I don’t ask him about this because it strikes me as a special use of common items where the exact details of how the network and
software connections are made must be accurate. I can see very easily how a new user would struggle here.
Com Ports. A place where data must pass through. Virtual ports are different from physical ports. That’s about as much as I understand. When I look at this piece of equipment, I am very puzzled:
I see A USB 2.0A/B port and 4 serial ports. Serial ports have what look to be Ethernet to Serial Adapters. How you would use it and why you would use it was an absolute mystery to me before Ken’s post on CN; especially when you look at the back of the CP4.
There is already an ethernet and USB 2.0 A/B port on the CP4. Is the USB converter just to add additional ports?
For now, my plan is just to control the 1100 with a peer to peer ethernet connection from my PC. When we are in the ASCOM settings, COM 1 and such…what exactly do those refer to? If I use a peer to peer ethernet connection, what setting do I use?
I’m sorry for the long email, I felt it was best to keep this all in one piece.