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STAR BOOK Controller Upgrades

For optimum STAR BOOK controller performance,
it is highly recommended to install the latest available upgrade.

Table of Contents

Starting with the release of STAR BOOK firmware Ver.1.2 Build 29, KeyCodes are no longer required for autoguider activation.

No Chart Problem for Year 2016 and Onward

If you start up an older Star Book and end up in Scope Mode without a sky chart and the buttons don't work:

1) Restart the Star Book. When you get into the Configuration menu, go into Local Time Setting and set the year back to 2015 or earlier. For best performance, set the year to match the current leap-year cycle. For leap years 2016, 2020, 2024… set it to 2008 – also a leap year. You can then use the Star Book to go to fixed targets like stars and nebulae. Unfortunately the moon and planets positions in the Star Book will be wrong.

2) After you've reset the year and confirm you see the Star Chart (red stars visible), you can use the Star Book as is or fix the problem completely by upgrading the Star Book firmware as described in the next section. The upgrade allows you to set the correct year and comes with a bunch of other features -- and the Star Book will go to planets and other objects as it used to.

How to Upgrade Your Star Book Hand Controller

Vixen Japan Website

Be aware that there are multiple versions of the hand controller (STAR BOOK, Type-S, and TEN) for multiple mounts (GP, AXD, SKYPOD, etc.). Here we discuss STAR BOOK updates for SX/SXD – the original Sphinx mount. The latest firmware upgrade, warnings, troubleshooting, and instructions are on the international Vixen Japan website here:


That page is broken up into sections: at top is the version name of the latest update, followed by a description of the update contents. That is followed by a warning and the update procedure, next is the download procedure – click the big red Update Program button to download the update. The next section contains screen shots and notes on doing the update on various versions of Windows followed by an update history section.

STAR BOOK Upgrade Notes

Read over the contents of the Vixen Japan website for doing the update. What follows here are additional notes, clarifications, and troubleshooting tips. If anything below contradicts the Vixen Japan site, follow the instructions on the Vixen Japan site.

Major upgrades can cause loss of user entered data. So be read