Astronomy: Tips for Meade's Autostar, LXD75 and LX200
Here are some helping hints for Meade's Autostar used on LXD75 and LX200 mountings. They will make life easier.
[Serial Cable for Autostar] / [Dataformat for User-Objects]
Serial Cable for Autostar
Here is the shematic of the serial cable for connecting the autostar
handbox to a PC RS232 (Nowadays you may need a USB to RS232 converter).
The modular plug is of type RJ10 or [Western Plug (4/4)]. This plug is
also used for connecting the telephone receiver to the telephone.
Dataformat for User-Objcts
Fortunately there is an undocumented feature in Meade Autostar Update
Software (ASU). You may write an own software to generate user objects
in a file or write directly the objects information into that file. The
easy import procedure:
- Lunch Autostar Update Program
- choose "File" -> "Import" -> choose the mentioned file from above. Do not forget to choose "user objects".
- Take this imported data to the right window and click "send" to transmit them to the Autostar.
Here is the format of such a file beginning at the first line:
The parameters in brackets  ar optional. The separator | must always
be used. The "Name" parameter must not exeed 15 characters
Here an example for the next quasar:
on the next line there is a second objects.
Isn't it easy?
Use it at your own risk.
14.11.2006 / http://www.star-shine.ch
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