computers for telescope
Posted 26 August 2013 - 07:38 PM
Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:29 AM
Posted 29 August 2013 - 03:24 PM
What you need to talk to your mount is a serial interface. Older PCs often have a real RS232 serial port, and if not then you'll need a USB - serial adapter to create the serial port.
As for software, I'd look into one of the planetarium applications like The Sky, Cartes du Ciel, or Stellarium. With some software you may also need the ASCOM software platform and a Meade device driver, and with other software you'll have a built in Meade scope control option. Either way pay close attention to LX80 compatibility. There is certainly a lot of software commonality with the LX80 and other Meade mounts but there may be some "uniqueness" with some control packages.
Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:39 PM
Posted 30 August 2013 - 11:45 PM
For goto and a general star chart the software that comes with the mount looked pretty good for the price.
Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:08 PM
Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:33 AM
Now I just use an iPod or iPhone. Even better. An iPad might be the most balanced option (with Skywire and Skysafari). My mount is Nexstar SE and I hope this works with SW Flextube GOTO mount, when I get one.
If your setup is permanent, in an observatory of some kind, you can use whatever you like, even a desktop. But if it's portable, the lighter and less power hungry, the better.
Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:45 PM
Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:25 PM
Also, this gives you complete wireless control over your telescope. No extra cords wrapping and cluttering your zone.
You can get either an iPad Mini or the full sized iPad. Both run wonderfully with SkySafari. SO much less hassle than messing with a computer for VISUAL astronomy.
Also, you can sit with your iPad and create an observing list and add to it from SkySafari directly, or read through CloudyNights and add any interesting things other people are viewing. Let's you easily get the most from your evening under the stars.
Jim in Boulder
Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:39 PM