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Mount Control Cables

Control your telescope from your computer or laptop - these cables can be used in conjunction with planetarium software for computer controlled 'go-to' functions. Some handsets and software also support autoguiding over ASCOM using these cables - check with your telescope mount/ handset manual.

All cables are made using strong thermoplastic or ABS DB9 shells or in the case of the 'performance' cables, tough die-cast metal. Cables are FCC68 data rated multi copper cored with tough black PVC outer insulation. This cable is very lightweight and flexible and has very low resistance over relatively long distances (e.g., 20m or 65 feet) for endurance outdoors and 100% reliability. Modular (phone type) connectors have rounded brass contacts giving excellent surface contact and high durability in plug - unplug applications.

For effective computer control of your telescope mount you will need to download the latest Ascom Drivers.

Do you have a modern PC or laptop with USB connections only?

If you wish to connect a Serial cable to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

SkyFi Telescope control.

SkyFi and the Orion licenced version of this, the Orion Starseek WiFi Module, which are now widely available from general astronomy dealers can work using the supplied adapter with any of the below serial cables, or alternatively, astronomiser now offers direct cables for these, either 1m or 3m.

SkyFi is designed to work with iPhone and Mac apps to control your telescope using SkySafari planetarium software, but it works by establishing a wi-fi connection and giving the SkyFi unit an IP address. This means that it will work as a virtual COM port (as a USB to Serial adapter does). Software such as HW VSP3 will allow you to set a virtual serial port address (i.e., COM5) for the SkyFi device and then it can be run wirelessly from a PC or laptop meaning that not only can you control your mount from planetarium software, you can send guiding corrections.

Meade

Celestron

SkyWatcher

SkySensor 2000

Losmandy Gemini and Gemini 2

ST-4 Guider


Meade...

Meade Autostar 495, 497 or LX90 serial DB9 to RS232 cable - Meade #505 suits DS, ETX, LX90 - 5, 12 or 20 metres

Connect your Meade #495 AutoStar, #497 AutoStar, or LX-90 AutoStar controller to your PC.

If you wish to connect one of these cables to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to FCC68 4P4C (Meade RS232 on Autostar #495 and #497 Handset)

This cable will allow you to:

  • Use a personal computer to directly control a Meade AutoStar telescope through the use of an astronomical software program with telescope control capabilities, such as The Sky or Starry Night.
  • Download a new version of the AutoStar software or updated object information from the Meade web site to your AutoStar with Meade's easy-to-use AutoStar Update (ASU) program.
  • Autoguide over ASCOM connection from autoguiding software such as PhD guiding, wxAstroCapture etc.

Please see Meade's website for complete instructions on using these Autostar functions.

This cable can be used in conjunction with Autostar Update.

This cable can't be used as a replacement for the meade #506 cable - there is no manufacturer of the #506 cable other than Meade.


5m Meade 505 Equivalent (for 497 Autostar to PC) ASTM505 £15.95
Performance (metal plug) 5m Meade 505 Equivalent
(for 497 Autostar to PC)
ASTM505P £17.95
12m Meade 505 Equivalent (for 497 Autostar to PC) ASTM512 £20.95
Performance (metal plug) 12m Meade 505 Equivalent
(for 497 Autostar to PC)
ASTM512P £22.95
20m Meade 505 Equivalent (for 497 Autostar to PC) ASTM520 £27.95
Performance (metal plug) 20m Meade 505 Equivalent
(for 497 Autostar to PC)
ASTM520P £29.95
Meade #505 equiv to SkyFi direct cable 1.8m coiled
(497 autostar direct to SkyFi)
ASTM5SFC £12.95
Meade #505 equiv to SkyFi direct cable 1m
(497 autostar direct to SkyFi)
ASTM5SF1 £7.95
Meade #505 equiv to SkyFi direct cable 3m
(497 autostar direct to SkyFi)
ASTM5SF3 £9.95
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Meade LX200GPS/ RCX Models serial DB9 to RS232 cable. Meade #507.

Connect your LX200/ RCX to your PC.

If you wish to connect one of these cables to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to FCC68 6P4C (RS232 on LX200/ RCX mount base)

Allows control as above (#505 equivalent) including updating of the Autostar handset.


5m Meade 507 Equivalent (for LX200/ RCX to PC) ASTM705 £15.95
Performance (metal plug) 5m Meade 507 Equivalent
(for LX200/ RCX to PC)
ASTM705P £17.95
12m Meade 507 Equivalent (for LX200/ RCX to PC) ASTM712 £20.95
Performance (metal plug) 12m Meade 507 Equivalent
(for LX200/ RCX to PC)
ASTM712P £22.95
20m Meade 507 Equivalent (for LX200/ RCX to PC) ASTM720 £27.95
Performance (metal plug) 20m Meade 507 Equivalent
(for LX200/ RCX to PC)
ASTM720P £29.95
Meade #507 equiv to SkyFi direct cable 1.8m coiled
(AutoStar II to SkyFi)
ASTM7SFC £12.95
Meade #507 equiv to SkyFi direct cable 1m
(AutoStar II to SkyFi)
ASTM7SF1 £7.95
Meade #507 equiv to SkyFi direct cable 3m
(AutoStar II to SkyFi)
ASTM7SF3 £9.95
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Celestron...

Celestron NexStar Handset, all models.

Connect your Celestron NexStar controller to your PC, through the connector at the base of the handset to a computer serial port.

If you wish to connect one of these cables to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to FCC68 4P4C (RS232 on the base of your NexStar handset)

This cable will allow you to:

  • Use a personal computer to directly control your telescope through the use of an astronomical software program with telescope control capabilities, such as The Sky or Starry Night.
  • Update your handset's firmware - see the NexStar Resource Site for a full series of links and version history.
  • Autoguide over ASCOM connection from autoguiding software such as PhD guiding, wxAstroCapture etc.

Please see Meade's website for complete instructions on using these Autostar functions.


5m PC Serial Port To All NexStar Hand Controller ASTN5 £15.95
Performance (metal plug) 5m PC Serial To NexStar Hand Controller ASTN5P £17.95
12m PC Serial Port To All NexStar Hand Controller ASTN12 £20.95
Performance (metal plug) 12m PC Serial To NexStar Hand Controller ASTN12P £22.95
20m PC Serial Port To All NexStar Hand Controller ASTN20 £27.95
Performance (metal plug) 20m PC Serial To NexStar Hand Controller ASTN20P £29.95
NexStar to SkyFi direct cable 1.8m coiled ASTNSFC £12.95
NexStar to SkyFi direct cable 1m ASTNSF1 £7.95
NexStar to SkyFi direct cable 3m ASTNSF3 £9.95
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Celestron Programming cable Serial DB9 to RJ-45 for CGE and GPS scopes (CE-93922 equivalent)

Connect your Celestron CGE/ GPS to your PC to update your firmware and control your scope using the NexRemote handbox replacement software.

If you wish to connect one of these cables to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to FCC68 8P8C RJ-45 (PC port on the base of your scope)

This cable will allow you to update the firmware on you celestron telescope - downloads are available from the Support Downloads area of the Celestron Website.

NexRemote is a handset emmulator programme available from Celestrons NexRemote Page as a downloadable trial.


5m PC Serial Port RJ-45 Celestron Programming cable ASTCP5 £18.95
Performance (metal plug) 5m PC Serial Port RJ-45 Celestron Programming cable ASTCP5P £20.95
12m PC Serial Port RJ-45 Celestron Programming cable ASTCP12 £24.95
Performance (metal plug) 12m PC Serial Port RJ-45 Celestron Programming cable ASTCP12P £26.95
20m PC Serial Port RJ-45 Celestron Programming cable ASTCP20 £32.95
Performance (metal plug) 20m PC Serial Port RJ-45 Celestron Programming cable ASTCP20P £34.95
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SkyWatcher Serial Control Cable ...

For SkyWatcher SkyScan/ SynScan/ Pro mounts.

For all models of SkyScan and SynScan handset, this cable can be used to point your scope from planetarium software that includes telescope control i.e., The Sky and Starry Night. For version 3 handsets, this cable can also be used for firmware updates and for autoguiding your scope using software such as PhD Guiding and wxAstroCapture etc.

In your software when selecting telescope type, select NexStar handset versions, i.e., NexStar 5 or 5i.

If you wish to connect a serial mount control cable cables to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to FCC68 6P4C (RS232 on the base of your SkyScan/ SynScan Handset)


5m PC Serial Port To SynScan/ SkyScan Hand Controller ASTS5 £15.95
Performance (metal plug) 5m PC Serial Port To SynScan
SkyScan Hand Controller
ASTS5P £17.95
12m PC Serial Port To SynScan/ SkyScan Hand Controller ASTS12 £20.95
Performance (metal plug) 12m PC Serial Port To SynScan
SkyScan Hand Controller
ASTS12P £22.95
20m PC Serial Port To SynScan/ SkyScan Hand Controller ASTS20 £27.95
Performance (metal plug) 20m PC Serial Port To SynScan
SkyScan Hand Controller
ASTS20P £29.95
SkyScan/ SynScan to SkyFi direct cable 1.8m coiled ASTSSFC £12.95
SkyScan/ SynScan to SkyFi direct cable 1m ASTSSF1 £7.95
SkyScan/ SynScan to SkyFi direct cable 3m ASTSSF3 £9.95
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SkySensor 2000...

To connect your computer's serial port to your SkySensor 2000 PC handset

If you wish to connect one of these cables to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to 8 pin mini DIN RS232 connector on top of the handset.

This cable will allow you to connect your computer to allow you to control your SkySensor 2000 PC unit direct from your PC.

The performance cable has a metal serial connector - mini DIN connectors are not available in die-cast metal but the mini DIN connector has an internal steel shield.


5m PC Serial Port SS2K-PC Hand Controller ASTSSM5M £18.95
Performance (metal serial plug) 5m PC Serial Port to
SS2K-PC Hand Controller
ASTSSM5MP £20.95
12m PC Serial Port SS2K-PC Hand Controller ASTSSM12M £23.95
Performance (metal serial plug) 12m PC Serial Port to
SS2K-PC Hand Controller
ASTSSM12MP £25.95
20m PC Serial Port SS2K-PC Hand Controller ASTSSM20M £31.95
Performance (metal serial plug) 20m PC Serial Port to
SS2K-PC Hand Controller
ASTSSM20MP £33.95
SS2K-PC to SkyFi direct cable 1.8m coiled ASTSSMSFC £17.95
SS2K-PC to SkyFi direct cable 1m ASTSSMSF1 £11.95
SS2K-PC to SkyFi direct cable 3m ASTSSMSF3 £13.95
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Losmandy Gemini & Gemini 2...

For Losmandy Gemini & Gemini 2 units - please ensure that you select the correct cable for your Gemini unit.

Allows GoTo functions via your favourite planetarium software. Controlled via standard ASCOM drivers - see the link at the top of the page to download the latest ASCOM platform.

If you wish to connect one of these cables to a PC or Laptop USB port, Astronomiser sell Serial to USB converters which are guaranteed to work in all astronomy applications. These are available from the Converters Page.

Gemini - This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to FCC68 4P4C (RS-232 on the Gemini Unit)
Gemini 2 - This cable is configured DB9 (PC Serial) to FCC68 6P4C, RJ11/12 (Serial on the Gemini Unit)


Gemini 2

5m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini 2 ASTG25 £15.95
Performance (metal plug) 5m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini 2 ASTG25P £17.95
12m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini 2 ASTG212 £20.95
Performance (metal plug) 12m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini 2 ASTG212P £22.95
20m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini 2 ASTG220 £27.95
Performance (metal plug) 20m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini 2 ASTG220P £29.95
Losmandy Gemini 2 to SkyFi direct cable 1.8m coiled ASTG2SFC £12.95
Losmandy Gemini 2 to SkyFi direct cable 1m ASTG2SF1 £7.95
Losmandy Gemini 2 to SkyFi direct cable 3m ASTG2SF3 £9.95
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Gemini

5m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini ASTL5 £15.95
Performance (metal plug) 5m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini ASTL5P £17.95
12m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini ASTL12 £20.95
Performance (metal plug) 12m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini ASTL12P £22.95
20m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini ASTL20 £27.95
Performance (metal plug) 20m PC Serial Port To Losmandy Gemini ASTL20P £29.95
Losmandy Gemini to SkyFi direct cable 1.8m coiled ASTLSFC £12.95
Losmandy Gemini to SkyFi direct cable 1m ASTLSF1 £7.95
Losmandy Gemini to SkyFi direct cable 3m ASTLSF3 £9.95
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ST-4 Guider...

To connect your ST-4 Guide Camera's control box to your telescope mount

This cable is configured DB15 (Control box 'relay' port) to 6 pin RJ11/ RJ12 'Guider' or 'CCD' connector on telescope mount for the standard and SS2K versions, and going to a 6 pin mini DIN plug for the Takahashi cable - please check with your mount's manual for compatibility.

There are three variants of this cable - for standard ST-4 guide inputs as appear on most guidable mounts (e.g., Losmandy, SynScan, Meade), a version for SS2K controllers and a version for Takahashi mounts that have a six pin DIN guide input socket.


5m ST-4 D15 to standard RJ11/ RJ12 ST-4 input ASTST4RJ5 £18.95
5m ST-4 D15 to SS2K Guider input ASTST4SS5 £20.95
5m ST-4 D15 to Takahashi Guide Port ASTST4TK5 £22.95
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