Does anyone possess to power to get my scope working with SkySafari 6 Pro?
I have been trying for an age to connect my Skywatcher Synscan goto alt/azimuth scope mount using the supplied RS232 serial Cable. My MacBook Pro doesn't have a serial connection and so after some research, I purchased a Serial to USB adapter utilising the Prolific chipset and the latest Prolific driver for MacOS downloaded from the Prolific website.
A slight side step here to help build the picture:- Now, Skywatcher only appears to use a Windows solution for updating the scope mount firmware and so, using a virtual windows install on VMware, I was able to update the Skywatcher firmware using the Prolific USB to serial adapter connected to the Skywatcher supplied Serial cable, AND I WAS ABLE TO DO IT WITHOUT INSTALLING ANY WINDOWS DRIVERS BECAUSE THE VIRTUAL MACHINE USED THE MACOS INSTALLED PROLIFIC DRIVER. Because of this I know that the computer communicates with the scope mount using the installed driver and the cables that I have.
However, can I get my SkySafari 6 Pro to control my scope via this cable setup......aagggghhh. No I bloody can't!!! :-)
It is driving me up the wall lol. I recently had my hopes raised when, for the first time ever, SkySafari scope control reported "Connected" but my excitement was soon quashed when I attempted to use the direction controls and nothing happened.
I was never able to get my scope to work with my earlier version of SkySafari (version 1.8) so this is not a new situation but my knowledge of witchcraft is limited and I have now emptied that thin book of spells. It may be something simple that I just don't understand but whatever it is, I would love to resolve this issue if it is possible.
Now, some people would say to simply get a SkyFi box (which looks a super tidy and clean WiFi answer) but I cannot afford this option at present and so I am determined to solve the mystery of the cable setup and get my scope working with SkySafari 6 Pro but I will only be able to do it with help from others who have a better knowledge and understanding of how these things work.
Any help would be appreciated.
SkySafari Pro 6.1.0
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013); Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7; Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3; Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2 GB/Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB
Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.4