- --- In Meade-Uncensored@yahoogroups.com, "zzbadass240"
>If you have a 494 Autostar (no numeric keypad), you will require
> i would like to hook my laptop up to my autostar and am not sure how
> to do this. i have a meade ds-80 with autostar. is there any
> information about this still available? thanks
a Meade 506 cable/converter to connect a PC's serial COM port
to the AUX socket on the telescope. About us$30 to $50, and you
cannot home-build one (they have active electronics in the middle).
If you have a 495 or 497 Autostar (with numeric keypad) you would
require a Meade 505 cable, which -can- be home-built, or purchased
from non-Meade vendors, and which connects the PC's serial COM port
to the second, smaller, socket on the base of the Autostar itself.
$6 to $25, depending upon source.
Pinouts for the home-built 505:
If your PC does not have a 9-pin COM port, you would also need
a USB-to-serial adapter to create one. $20 to $80, depending