TheSkyX and Atlas--how???
Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:08 PM
I can't find any mention of ASCOM on Software Bisque's site, so I guess EQMOD is out. Is this correct? Furthermore, their site says that Orion mounts use the Celestron Nexstar GPS drivers. Since there's no EQMOD for Celestron, does this mean that I would have to purchase the full hand controller for my mount? And if not, do I still use the EQDIR and straight-through serial cable, or something else? And if I somehow manage to get TheSkyX controlling my mount, are there any ramifications as far as guiding that I should be aware of? I'm currently using PHD but may switch to Maxim DL.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:50 PM
Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:50 PM
Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:17 AM
Since there's no EQMOD for Celestron, does this mean that I would have to purchase the full hand controller for my mount? Tony
There's a driver for TheSky
TheSky Controlled Telescope (Paramount, etc., 5.0.3)
Installs a driver that connects to Software Bisque's TheSky 5/6 Astronomy Software and makes it look like a standard ASCOM telescope. This allows ASCOM-based astronomy software to use TheSky (including TPOINT and ProTrack) as a smart telescope controller. For more information see Working with TheSky (section 1). It is required for the Paramount mounts, and may be used with TheSky controlling any other of its supported telescope types. Version 5.0.3 adds control to enable/disable tracking rate offsets. The driver is licensed per Creative Commons.
I use the Celestron driver for my EQ5 Pro mount with AstroPlanner.
Celestron Unified (5.0.14)
Download Installs a driver for all computerized Celestron telescopes. This version has passed the Conformance Checker tests (see this report) and has support for programmably changing pier side.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:02 AM
I think your best bet might be to post your question on the EQMOD Yahoo! User Group. This is an occasional topic that pops up there. Unless Uncle Rod, who knows everything it seems, might know the answer and chime in.
I SHO don't know everything, but I do know a LITTLE...
And I do know the answer to this one. If you want to use TheSky with EQMOD, you have to rig it up to use ASCOM. You do that basically by using the Telescope API driver to do that.
There are a couple of gotchas...but I believe they are addressed fully in a document on the EQMOD Yahoogroup files section. These involve just a couple of minor file changes that SOME folks may have to make.
Me? While these days I am using EQMOD with SkyTools 3, I've used it a lot with TheSky and it works super.
If you have any problems, let me know. I don't have access to the Yahoogroup from work or I'd summarize the steps needed...but I don't think any of them will be a problme, and you may not need to do a thing other than set TheSky to "Telescope API" and configure ASCOM as per normal.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 10:31 AM
Posted 07 August 2009 - 10:53 AM
Of course, if you're trying to run it on a Mac or Linux enabled machine, TheSkyX is your only choice Bisque wise anyway.
It's a matter of timing. I believe the revised date for TheSkyX Pro is now November rather than September. Whether they make the projected November date remains to be seen.
Posted 08 August 2009 - 11:40 PM