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Old 17-11-2010, 11:48 PM
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Thanks for your help over the phone the other day Gary. After the Comm port reassignment it worked a treat.
Hi John,

Great to catch up with you on the phone and fabulous to hear that the COM
port reassignment did the trick.

Take care in your travels and hope to see you again soon.

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Old 23-11-2010, 01:56 AM
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Hello,
Is this connection correct for ArgoNavis data serial 1 cable?
- RJ 9 pin 1 a DB9 Pin 2
- RJ 9 pin 2 a DB9 pin 3
- RJ 9 pin 3 a DB9 pin 5
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Old 23-11-2010, 01:07 PM
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Hello,
Is this connection correct for ArgoNavis data serial 1 cable?
- RJ 9 pin 1 a DB9 Pin 2
- RJ 9 pin 2 a DB9 pin 3
- RJ 9 pin 3 a DB9 pin 5
Thanks
Víctor Martínez
Hi Victor,

Rather than "RJ 9" Argo Navis uses an RJ6 connector.
I recommend you refer to Appendix C - Port Pin Descriptions on page 199
of the Argo Navis User's Manual as the diagram removes any ambiguity with regards
the pin number convention used on the RJ ports.
Edition 10 of the Manual can be downloaded from here -
http://www.wildcard-innovations.com....mentation.html

We also can ship serial cables to anywhere in the world at a discount shipping rate
significantly lower than the online rate. Email sales@wildcard-innovations.com.au
for details.

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Gary Kopff
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Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
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Old 23-11-2010, 08:49 PM
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Hi Gary,
Indeed I was confused, the terminal is RJ6 not RJ9. Thanks for your offer, but I do not see any problems in manufacturing the cable, it's simple.
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Old 24-11-2010, 09:24 PM
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Hi Gary,
Indeed I was confused, the terminal is RJ6 not RJ9.
Hi Victor,

Apologies. Actually when I wrote RJ6 it was a typo. The plug is actually
commonly known as an RJ12 which is a 6P4C style connector.
But I see you know what I meant!

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Gary Kopff
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Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
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Old 26-11-2010, 05:50 AM
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Yes Gary, thanks, no problem. I also made a longer cable for encoders
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Old 27-11-2010, 10:11 AM
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smallest dob?

Hi all
I installed an argo navis system on my skywatcher 8" collapasible dob (thanks Gary....very easy to do). I thought long and hard about getting one as it could have been seen as little bit of an overkill (price wise), but what a great product....now I can find everything I could ever want...even if I can't see it
Has anyone else fitted this to a smaller dob?

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Old 05-01-2011, 06:32 AM
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My argo was caught in the rain along with my lightbridge. Water and dirt washed right over the base of the telescope and Argo. When I got to it the argo was half covered with sand and dirt as well as being very wet.

I cleaned it up and dried it out. Then turned it on. It still works OK.

Barry
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:41 PM
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But it's defaulting to the "water" constellations now? Glad to hear it suffered no damage

Just had 10 straight nights with my Argo. Worked flawlessly! Sky so dark I had the brightness down to 1% I'm starting to learn how to find specific stars with it. Somewhat trickier than finding non-stellar where just spotting the object in the FOV is sufficient. I found that searching out small planetary nebulae is a good training intermediate between galaxies/globular clusters and individual stars. But precision pointing may be a challenge. Might be time for me to TPAS!
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Hi all
I installed an argo navis system on my skywatcher 8" collapasible dob (thanks Gary....very easy to do). I thought long and hard about getting one as it could have been seen as little bit of an overkill (price wise), but what a great product....now I can find everything I could ever want...even if I can't see it
Has anyone else fitted this to a smaller dob?

a very happy
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Hi Phill
I have a 16" Dob ,with the Argo Navis I have also adapted my 20 year old Fork mount Celestron 8" SCT to take the Argo, it is a great improvement to my observing with this scope
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:26 PM
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Argo Navis Digital Telescope Computer on 8" SkyWatcher Dobsonian

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Hi all
I installed an argo navis system on my skywatcher 8" collapasible dob (thanks Gary....very easy to do). I thought long and hard about getting one as it could have been seen as little bit of an overkill (price wise), but what a great product....now I can find everything I could ever want...even if I can't see it
Has anyone else fitted this to a smaller dob?

a very happy
Phill
Hi Phill,

Thanks for the post and Happy New Year.

Great to hear the install went smoothly on the 8" SkyWatcher.
There are quite a few installations on Dobs in this aperture range and they
are also very popular on tripod Alt/Az mounts with modest refractors on them as
well.

We've seen Argo Navis installed on everything from mounts with a pair
of binoculars right up to a 72" reflector housed in a dome.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Phone +61-2-9457-9593
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:30 PM
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My argo was caught in the rain along with my lightbridge. Water and dirt washed right over the base of the telescope and Argo. When I got to it the argo was half covered with sand and dirt as well as being very wet.

I cleaned it up and dried it out. Then turned it on. It still works OK.

Barry
Hi Barry,

Sorry to hear the gear got an absolute soaking but good to hear that
after giving it a clean and dry that the Argo Navis is still working fine.

Recommend you give it another internal visual check in a few weeks time
just to make sure you got everything.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
Phone +61-2-9457-9049
Phone +61-2-9457-9593
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:39 PM
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Hi Gary

Yes I will give it a thorough check later, but I check it ever day and its been a week now since the dousing and it still works OK.

Barry
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Still works after 3 months

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There are quite a few installations on Dobs in this aperture range and they are also very popular on tripod Alt/Az mounts with modest refractors on them as well.

We've seen Argo Navis installed on everything from mounts with a pair
of binoculars right up to a 72" reflector housed in a dome.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Ahhh Gary,

I think your best salesmen are S******er.

After having immense problems last night with an EQ5 + S*****n, I thought wistfully of my old Bintel Dobbie + AN. Never missed a beat, always in the FOV. I only traded it all as a unit because it was so bloody awkward in the car!!

I shall return

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Ahhh Gary,

I thought wistfully of my old Bintel Dobbie + AN. Never missed a beat, always in the FOV. I only traded it all as a unit because it was so bloody awkward in the car!!

I shall return

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Hi Geoff,

Thanks for the post which is very much appreciated.

We would love to see you back.

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Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
Australia
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:29 AM
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Happy experience last night with a newbie - new to my dob and never seen an Argo Navis.

I set her up on a tour of globular clusters in Sagittarius. Eyepiece/scope produced 56 magnification and 1.2deg true FOV. After the first, she was on her own, moving [edit - I should have said "selecting"] to the next object, pointing the scope and observing - through the whole tour.

Great!

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Old 02-06-2011, 02:55 PM
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Happy experience last night with a newbie - new to my dob and never seen an Argo Navis.

I set her up on a tour of globular clusters in Sagittarius. Eyepiece/scope produced 56 magnification and 1.2deg true FOV. After the first, she was on her own, moving to the next object, pointing the scope and observing - through the whole tour.

Great!
Hi Eric,

Thanks for the report on what sounded like a fruitful observing run.

Touring the globulars in Sagittarius and Scorpius is one of my favourite things.

You are fortunate to get some clear skies compared to the week of wet weather
here in Sydney. We are helping with sky tours on a large public observing
night this Saturday, but it is looking 50/50 weather-wise at the moment.
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Argo Navis - Stellarium / SkySafari Push To

Firstly let me say that the AN is a fantastic bit of kit and has made my limited viewing hours a joy. Thanks to Gary for the fast response to queries and prompt delivery of the gear.

My question is about using the AN with either Stellarium or Skywatcher Pro in push to mode only on a MAC. I have had an admittedly 'quick' crack at both and it seems they both want to provide goto only. Has anybody had success with either for push to?

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Old 02-09-2011, 05:44 PM
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Argo Navis and Stellarium

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Firstly let me say that the AN is a fantastic bit of kit and has made my limited viewing hours a joy. Thanks to Gary for the fast response to queries and prompt delivery of the gear.

My question is about using the AN with either Stellarium or Skywatcher Pro in push to mode only on a MAC. I have had an admittedly 'quick' crack at both and it seems they both want to provide goto only. Has anybody had success with either for push to?

Cheers
Dave
Hi Dave,

Thanks for your post and we appreciate your support.

With regards Stellarium, please see this web page which discusses
telescope compatibility -
http://www.stellarium.org/wiki/index..._Compatibility

It specifically mentions the Wildcard Innovations Argo Navis and
suggests you use the Meade LX-200 telescope control plugin.
If there is a dialog to set the Baud rate (speed of the
communications line, select 9600).

On the Argo Navis side, dial up MODE SETUP, SETUP SERIAL
and in the serial line of choice, set the BAUD to, say, 9600 and
the STARTUP to be 'meade'. Press EXIT to make sure the change
is committed to non-volatile memory. Then power the unit OFF and the
ON so the new STARTUP command starts.

I would expect you will then find Stellarium has the ability to
track where the scope is pointing. You should also be able to
issue a GOTO command on the Stellarium side in which case if you
dial up MODE CATALOG, FROM PLANETARIUM, the RA/Dec co-ordinates of
the object you have chose should appear and the GUIDE numbers
at the bottom will allow you to manually slew the scope to the target (i.e. PUSHTO).

Thanks again for the post.

Best Regards

Gary Kopff
Managing Director
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place, Mount Kuring-Gai
NSW. 2080. Australia
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