Starry Night & SkyFi (Windows)

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    On Windows, Starry Night works SkyFi using a virtual serial port. The following KB article outlines the steps required in order to set up Starry Night with your SkyFi unit

    1. Make sure you do the following:

    On Windows operating systems, Starry Night supports any equipment/mounts compatible with ASCOM.

    • Visit http://www.ascom-standards.org to make sure you're updated to the lastest version of Ascom 6.
    • Visit http://www.ascom-standards.org/Downloads/ScopeDrivers.htm to make sure you have the most recent ascom driver package that is compatible with your mount.
    • Visit your mount manufacturer's website and make sure you have the lastest firmware in the mount's hand paddle.
    • Turn on your telescope.
    • Align your telescope.
    • Connect your telescope's serial (or USB) port to SkyFi's serial (or USB) port.
    • Turn on SkyFi - Once powered on, SkyFi creates its own 802.11 wireless network and the default IP address and port number are 10.0.0.1 and 4030. By default, this is an open wireless network called "SkyFi".  If you can't find the SkyFi network please read this article.
    • Join SkyFi's wireless network from your Windows computer.

    2. Download, install and run the HW VSP3 - Virtual Serial Port

    • Download from here: http://www.hw-group.com/products/hw_vsp/index_en.html

    3. Open the Virtual Serial Port Tab

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    • If required, click "Login" (bottom right corner). The default PW is "admin".
    • Choose Port Name: COM3
    • Choose IP Address: 10.0.0.1
    • Choose Port: 4030
    • Choose Create COM

    4. Open SN7 ---> Open the Options ---> Telescope Control

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    5. In the Starry Night Telescope Control open the "Setup" options.

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    • Click "Configure" ---> the Ascom Telescope Chooser will open

    6. In the Ascom Telescope chooser do the following:

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    • Choose your Ascom telescope driver (Note: the Ascom driver must be installed separately)
    • Select "Properties" and modify as required for your mount.
    • Click "OK".

    7. In the Starry Night Telescope Control panel click "Connect"

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      Norm

      I have the Smart Star Cube Pro and I followed the instructions from Simulation Curriculum and did the virtual port and connected to SkyFi ,when I try to use the IOptron ASCOM driver 2013 V3.11 with Starry Night pro 7, with Win 7, it shows a red telescope control panel and when I use the SNpro7 telescope control the IOptron ASCOM driver seems to work erratically with the mount. It seems like the IOptron ASCOM driver is not compatible with SNpro7. Does iOptron have a ASCOM mount driver that doesn't take over the screen with the red telescope control panel. I tried the Meade drivers with my old mount and it works fine with SNpro7. I sent this comment to iOptron to see if they have an answer.

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