8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
Others may disagree. Your millage may vary. Void where prohibited by law.
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NexRemote gives you the virtual hand controller to control the scope and the virtual serial port so PHD will certainly work in conjunction with it (I do it all the time). NexRemote is however really not a full replacement for the planetarium programs like Stellarium or Cartes du Ciel.
Quote:Yes the scope uses ASCOM but I couldn't find any functionality for a virtual port within ASCOM setting. I figured this was a function of the program itself. As I understood it, ASCOM are the drivers, not the control UI software. I'm looking for a nice software UI for ASCOM control, not the actual ascom drivers themselves.I just discovered that the NexRemote download is free! About a month ago I was looking at it priced at $89 and was like *BLEEP*? Anyway it appears that it does pretty much what I want, with the exception of having a digital sky aspect like Stellarium. It does proper virtual port emulation and allows PHD to connect as well. WinningUsing NexRemote with a virtual port for PHD to connect leaves me with 2 programs and no virtual sky, and no room to connect a 3rd program. I'm not sure if I can control the amount of virtualized ports, if I could this would solve my problem by allowing NexRemote, PHD, and Stellarium to access the scope at the same time.I guess in English I'm looking for a program like Stellarium that will still allow PHD to connect.
Quote:You don't need a virtual port with the ASCOM driver. Just select the Celestron driver in the ASCOM chooser in both the planetarium program and PHD. You can connect using both the applications at the same time.You can still use NexRemote by connecting to the virtual port that NexRemote provides but it isn't essential.Rob's idea should work if you don't want to use ASCOM but AFAIK you will need to for PHD in any case if you use the mount controlled guiding.Chris
Quote:I have tried just using the ASCOM driver in both programs but when I try to use it in the 2nd program it fails to connect until I close the first program. I'm still using ASCOM drivers for nexremote, just virtualizing more ports for other programs to connect via the first ascom instance.
The Celestron driver is a hub, just as I said about 10 posts ago. But I'm only the guy who wrote it, why believe what I say.