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Converters and USB

Parallel to Serial Camera Converter

FTDI Serial to USB Converter

5m USB 2.0 Active Repeater Extension Cable

Trust USB 2.0 4 Port Hub


Parallel to Serial Camera Converter...

A converter to connect your parallel controlled camera to a computer serial port or a serial to USB converter.

This converter is suitable for use with Astronomiser parallel controlled cameras, parallel controlled 'SC' modified webcams and ATiK cameras.

To use the camera in normal mode for lunar, planetary or solar imaging, simply disconnect the parallel connector from the converter.

In K3CCD tools, you will need to select the correct COM port. Whether it is a built in COM port or a 'Virtual' COM Port, you can identify the com port used by following these steps with Windows XP:

  • Click 'Start' and select 'Control Panel'
  • If the view in Control Panel is 'Category View' select 'Performance and Maintenance' then 'System'
  • If the view in Control Panel is 'Classic View' simply select 'System'
  • Click on the 'Hardware' Index Tab and then click the 'Device Manager'
  • Under 'Ports (COM & LPT) your computers ports are listed

Virtual COM ports normally have a port number higher than COM3

In K3CCD Tools, under 'Options', click 'Settings' then the 'Camera' tab - set the correct port number then close K3CCD and re-open it. It should now work with the camera.

If you have an ATiK camera, you can download the K3CCD software update available on the ATiK Instruments website, otherwise, to use this serial converter with K3CCD tools, you will need to purchase the full version of K3CCD Tools 3 ($49) from the K3CCD registrations page. You should do this after downloading the trial version. Although Serial to USB support is now widespread I would recommend that you check with your software supplier before purchasing an adapter.


Parallel to Serial Camera Converter ASTPS1 £15.95
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FTDI Serial to USB Converter...

A converter to connect serial cables and devices to your PC or Laptop's USB ports that uses the FTDI chipset - compatible with all current versions of Windows.

This converter is suitable for use with Astronomiser mount control cables, serial cameras and the above parallel to serial converter.

Plug and play with most versions of Windows.

To identify the 'Virtual' COM Port, follow these steps with Windows XP:

  • Click 'Start' and select 'Control Panel'
  • If the view in Control Panel is 'Category View' select 'Performance and Maintenance' then 'System'
  • If the view in Control Panel is 'Classic View' simply select 'System'
  • Click on the 'Hardware' Index Tab and then click the 'Device Manager'
  • Under 'Ports (COM & LPT) your computers ports are listed

Although Serial to USB support is now widespread I would recommend that you check with your software supplier before purchasing an adapter.

Drivers:

FTDI Drivers page.


FTDI Serial to USB Converter ASTSeUSB2 £21.95
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5m USB 3.0 Active Repeater Extension Cable...

5m Active USB 3.0 extension cable.

This cable allows you to extend over the normal 5m USB maximum distance. For USB 2.0, up to 4 of these can be combined to extend the distance between the PC or Laptop to a maximum of 20m. Suitable for all USB devices (USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0) - in combination with USB 3.0 devices, this cable supports the maximum tansmission speed of USB 3.0.


5m USB 3.0 Active Repeater Extension Cable ASTUSBX5 £25.95
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Newlink USB 2.0 4 Port Hub...

A four port USB hub, complete with mains power adapter. This hub is plug and play and does not need to have drivers installed. This hub allows you to connect 4 USB devices to a single USB port. This can be useful for astronomy by allowing you to connect all your devices at the telescope and use a single USB extension to connect to your PC or laptop. This can be used with up to four active repeater cables (ASTUSBX5) to site USB equipment up to 20m away from your computer or laptop. In combination with USB 2.0 devices - this device supports the maximum tansmission speed of USB 2.0.


Newlink USB 2.0 4 Port Hub ASTUSB4H £16.95
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