Program Update Information on STAR BOOK-TypeS Update Information

The latest update program is available for your STAR BOOK-Type S.

Program Update

If your STAR BOOK Type S has come with version 2.7 or later, it is not necessary to install this update program. The program version will appear on the initial setting screen of the STAR BOOK Type S right after you turn on the power.

Program corrections
This update corrects the phenomenon that the R.A motor gear oscillates largely at an interval of several seconds just before your telescope crosses over the meridian in the tracking.

STAR BOOK-TypeS Controller

STAR BOOK-TypeS Controller

ver.2.7(May 27, 2015)

  • Program corrections

Update Procedure

Before you begin

Please use new batteries when you upgrade the current version of your STAR BOOK-TypeS. Also, use a stable power outlet for the PC to which data is forwarded. There may be a problem with re-starting STAR BOOK-TypeS if the power is turned off during the upgrading process. In such cases, contact a dealer to request a repair. (Please note that the setting may be initialized during the repair. )
The network setting of the PC may have to be changed to update the program. Please save the settings so that they can be retrieved after the upgrade.
The current settings in STAR BOOK-TypeS (such as Latitude/Longitude of observing location) may be initialized during the version update. Please take a note or save the settings before you start the update.


  • New AAA alkaline batteries (4)
  • PC to which the data is forwarded (LAN card for a model without a LAN terminal) ※ Please see your PC (or LAN card) manual about the detail of LAN cards.
  • Crossover LAN cable
Applicable OS Environment of the PC
Applicable OS environment : Microsoft Windows®XP Home Edition、XP Professional、Vista、7 Home Edition、7 Professional、7 Ultimate、8、8Pro、8.1、8.1Pro
Web Browser : Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher
CPU : Pentium®II 400MHz or better
RAM : 256MB or more
Depending on the OS used, necessary information may not be displayed properly. If this is the case, update your OS to the latest version using Windows Update. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and some Countries.All product and company names mentioned in the instructions are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.

Download Procedure

Download one of the following STAR BOOK-TypeS update programs before connecting to a PC.

Update Program

Connect the STAR BOOK-TypeS and the PC with the LAN crossover cable.※ As for a connection of the LAN cable to the PC, please refer to the instructions for the PC.

Turn on the STAR BOOK-TypeS.

Turn on the PC.

Wait for a period of one minute. The STAR BOOK-TypeS and PC acquire information on networking automatically.

In the System Menu of the STAR BOOK-TypeS, scroll down the cursor to select “About STAR BOOK” and press Select key to enter. Confirm that the following IP Address and Subnet Mask numbers are displayed

・IP Address:169.254.a.b(a,b are arbitrary numbers)
・SubNet Mask:

Double click on the downloaded program file (Such as SbsUpdate_v21.exe) to run the program. ※ In Windows Vista and Windows 7 a dialog box shown on the left (User Account Control) comes out for warning. Select “Allow” (A) I trust this program to proceed.
Enter the IP Address as you obtained at 6. Click on the OK button.

For →

Wait for a few minutes until the message on the left appears on the screen.

Turn off the STAR BOOK-TypeS to reboot. Turn on the STAR BOOK-TypeS again. Scroll down the cursor to go into “About STAR BOOK”. Confirm that the version is updated.
Your update is finished successfully. (Go back to the previous settings of the PC if you changed for the update.)

If the procedure above does not work
※If your update is unsuccessful, follow the directions below to change settings of the PC.(For Windows 8, administrator authorization is required.)。

  • Procedure in Windows 8

    Right-click on the background in the start up screen. Click “All apps” in the bottom right of the screen and display every application.

    ※ For Windows 8.1
    Click the down arrow mark in the bottom left of the screen to open “apps”.

    Select “Control Panel” and go to “Network and Internet”.

    Click on “Network and Sharing Center” The “View your basic network information and set up connections” screen is displayed.

    Click on “Ethernet” to go to “Ethernet Status”. Click the Properties button to display the “Ethernet Properties” dialog box.

    In the window of “This connection uses the following items”, scroll down the cursor to “Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” to select. Click the Properties button in the lower right of the dialog box.

    “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties” is displayed. Mark check boxes for “Use the following IP Address” and enter the IP address and Subnet Mask numbers as follows :

    IP Address :
    Subnet Mask :

  • Procedure in Windows 10

    Click “Settings” on the lower left side of the start screen to open the “Settings” screen.

    Click “Networks & Internet” to display “Network & Internet” screen.

    Select “Ethernet” and click “Change adapter options” in the Related settings to open “Network connections” screen.

    Click “Ethernet” to display “Ethernet status” screen.

    Click “Properties” to open “Ethernet properties” screen.

    Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” in “This connection uses the following items:” dialog box and click “Properties”. The “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” screen appears.

    Mark check boxes for “Use the following IP address (S):” and enter the IP address and Subnet Mask numbers as follows:

    IP address :
    Subnet Mask :

    Select “OK” to fish the settings. Proceed to the download procedure of update program.

Warning for Update

The version upgrades are provided as a set. A function cannot be installed as a single feature.

eCos is used in part of this software. Based on the license issued by eCos, users can obtain the source code used in the eCos part. Please contact Vixen for the detail.


In case of any damage experienced by a customer when installing or using this softwareor or any charge sent by a third party to a customer due to the damage, the company or dealers do not take responsibility unless the customer is not responsible or the company was intentional or negligent.

Update History

If you perform the latest update, all the events will be improved.

Update Start Date Update Contents
  • Improving Slewing Accuracy to the Moon
    It improves the pointing accuracy of automatic go-to slewing to the Moon with minute position calculations of the Moon.
  • Program Correction
    When choosing “AltAz” mode in the chart setting, it happened possibly that the accurate pointing of the Moon and planets was disturbed.
    When ascending celestial objects below horizon reached less than one degree in altitude, there was an error that the “minus (-) was not displayed.
    There was an error that the stop button did not work while the mount moved to the home position.
  • Program Error Correction
    An error that the setting is not saved when you choose “Save the Setting” to hold the setting is corrected.
  • Addition of target objects to the “Star” database in the Object Menu.
    The following fixed stars become available for display from the Object Menu.
    Rigel (Orion),Becrux (Crux),Hadar (Centaurus)
  • Corresponding to both “Stella NavigatorVer.8” and “Stella Gear” telescope control software (Japanese Language) working on a PC.
    The “Stellar Navigator Ver.8” and “Stellar Gear” from AstroArts are available to control a telescope with the STAR BOOK-S via a PC.
    ※Be sure to reboot the STAR BOOK-S if data of location are downloaded from a PC.
    ※Visit AstroArts’ website below for information on how to operate the “Stellar NavigatorVer.8” and “Stellar Gear”.
  • Program Correction
  • This update is to remedy erratic behaviors which arise only at tracking of the GP2 and GPD2 mounts in the setting of the southern hemisphere. There is no difference between the Ver.2.2 and the Ver.2.1 in the tracking performance as long as the mounts are used at the setting of the northern hemisphere.
  • Smoother motor behaviors at tracking
  • A feeling of the operation buttons becomes smoother and the behaviors of the motors in tracking are refined.
  • Go-To Speed Control
    The speed of celestial go-to system can be reduced to about 1/2 of the original speed. It reduces the noise generated when go-to function is performed.
    »Manual for Go-To Speed Varying Function
  • Display the names of Bright Stars and Messier Objects
    The names of prominent bright fixed stars and Messier objects can be displayed on the screen. The manner of displaying the names can be selected from “Always ON”, “Always OFF” and steps at zooming.
    » Manual for Display Settings