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How To Setup Starry Night Pro 8 + macOS 10.14 Mojave + Celestron Nexstar 6 SE? (Answer: Read On!)

I am a new user to Starry Night and have just got my first (second hand) telescope. I have Starry Night Pro 8 and a Celestron Nexstar 6 and I would like to control the telescope from my computer (a Mac running Mac os 10.14.4 Mojave).

With the 'scope I got a serial 9 pin D connector. Do I simply buy a serial to USB cable, or is it more complicated than this (I suspect it is).

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Jonathan

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    Keiron Smith

    Hi Jon,

    Confirm that the Serial-to-RS232 cable you have plugs into the bottom of the Nexstar hand controller.

    Buy a Serial-to-USB cable and your should be good to go.  Note, this must have a driver specifically written for macOS Mojave.  Not all Serial-to-USB cables are the same.  If it is not marketed as specifically for Mojave, or you can not confirm via reviews, then look for a different one.

    Setup as follows...

    Macbook + Starry Night Pro 8 >>> USB-to-Serial >>> Serial-to-RS232 cable >>> Nexstar Hand Controller.

    Turn everything on...

    Align your scope using the hand controller.

    In Starry Night Pro 8 > Telescope Setup > Choose: 

    1. Connection Type: usbseral
    2. Scope Type: Nexstar SE
    3. Connect

    Enjoy stargazing!

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    Jonathan Duggleby

    Keiron - many, many thanks. 

    Looking at the specs for the cables, I may have trouble getting a driver for Mojave. So I've ordered one and I will download the very latest driver and if that doesn't work I will install an earlier version of Mac OS that is compatible.

    Thanks once again

    Jonathan

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    Keiron Smith

    Please do not install a previous version of macOS.  There are absolutely Mojave compatible USB-to-Serial drivers + cables on the market.

    Check with me if you really can't find one.

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    Jonathan Duggleby

    Keiron - OS Downgrade not needed :) Got the latest drivers from the manufacturer and they work perfectly with Mojave.

    Regards

    Jonathan

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    Keiron Smith

    An excellent result, Jonathan!  Enjoy and clear skies!

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