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#1 Emanuel

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:30 AM

Hey good people, how`s going?
Here`s a question ive always wanted to ask: can you guide your telescope mount through a tablet? And how? Wi-fi? Normal usb connection?
The idea was to guide through a small tablet, saving some equipment weight! I do have the Ipad2, but i´m not sure if it can be possible! :confused:

#2 Ricky

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:30 PM

I think you can guide through a Win 8.1 Pro tablet and not the 8 RT version.

#3 Emanuel

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 02:35 PM

Hummmm. I see... Thanks for the answer my friend. :)

#4 Jon Rista

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:02 AM

If you have any Windows 8/Pro device (non Windows-RT) that offers USB ports, you can gude. Microsofts Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 both work. Pro 2 is the much better option...battery life should last through most of the night. You can also install any other software you need to perform AP, such as control software (Nebulosity) and planetarium software (TheSky, StarryNight, WWT, etc.)

The Surface Pro/2 are actually quite nice, as they include a stylus, which often makes using these programs on the high density screens these modern tablets have a lot easier.

When it comes to iPad, you might want to check here:

http://astronomyonli...omySoftware.asp

I don't know of any guiding software that works on iOS, but I kind of ditched the Apple platforms and went back to Windows a while ago (in no insignificant part because Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro and compatible devices are full blown PC computers that run any and every application ever made for the Windows OS...makes them eminently capable.)

#5 Raginar

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:44 AM

If you're a hobbyist, you can make a Raspberry Pi auto guiding setup. I think it's pretty mature at this point. it does use INDI/linux, but it's not too shabby.

#6 rmollise

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:25 AM

He asked about a tablet, not a singleboard computer. And if you are interested in a compact NON TABLET computer for guiding, there is no need to mess with Linux and the limited choices available there. Just scoot to BestBuy and pick up a Windows netbook. PHD guiding--or any other Windows autoguiding program--will like it just fine. ;-)

#7 anat

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:29 AM

This is the solution to use a mobile device to control an autoguider:
http://sourceforge.n...ects/iastrohub/

#8 Emanuel

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 03:18 PM

Thanks for the answers guys! The idea was to keep it as simple as possible! Been looking on the stand alone autoguider from Celestron and Skywatcher, wich are the same, but ive saw more bad reviews than good, so im not going through there, although if it was a reliable system, it was the best to use. An of axis guider is also a possibility, but there's also the problem of finding a good star to guide, specially when youre imaging a faint object with no significant bright stars around. The normal guide tube and guide camera seems to be the best option and the Notebook probably the lightest solution. I know that astrophotography means plenty of acessories, but if you eliminate some, such as the computer and all the electrical cable connections, im sure that it would make your life easier.
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#9 Raginar

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:36 AM

Oh, thanks Rob, I really appreciate the clarification. It's a good thing you're here.






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