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BigC
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Direct computer control of scope ?
      #5548463 - 12/01/12 09:26 AM

Search didn't find me anything so here is the question:

Are there any computer programs and interfaces(if needed) that would directly control the motors of various goto scopes and that do not need a working han controller ?

I know hand controllers can fail and that in the case of donated and estate sales the controllers are sometimes seperated or lost.Usually the price of a repacement controller from the original company costs more than I want to spend.


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Bill-in-BC
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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: BigC]
      #5548599 - 12/01/12 11:14 AM

MaxIm DL allows telescope control from the keyboard, but you need to do your initial alignment using a hand controller. After perfoming a sync on a couple of stars using the hand controller, you can then use MaxIm DL for all your GOTO. (I'm using an LX200 Meade.)

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groz
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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: Bill-in-BC]
      #5549052 - 12/01/12 04:28 PM

Cant say about the others, but, the EQ6 / HEQ5 / EQ3 series, based on the synscan controller, can all be operated directly from a pc, without the hand controller, buy simply purchasing a serial converter for them, commonly called the 'eqmod' type stuff. It's just an rs-232 -> 3Vttl converter. Shoestring astronomy sells the inexpensive eqdir module that does the trick, there are other variants out there.

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A. Viegas
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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: groz]
      #5549189 - 12/01/12 06:23 PM

Celestron has software called nexRemote, this usually comes with a new telescope or mount. The new CPC line of telescopes have a "pc" port that you connect to a standard rs232 type cable and in turn, using the nexRemote software you can control the telescope without a hand control.

However, used hand controls can be bought on EBay for $50 so that is usually a better option...

Al


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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: A. Viegas]
      #5549860 - 12/02/12 06:55 AM

It is more a function of the scope not the software. If the brains are in the scope most scopes will allow total control from a computer without need for the controller. If however the brains are in the controller, you'll need the controller.

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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: BigC]
      #5549996 - 12/02/12 09:23 AM

Quote:

Search didn't find me anything so here is the question:

Are there any computer programs and interfaces(if needed) that would directly control the motors of various goto scopes and that do not need a working han controller ?

I know hand controllers can fail and that in the case of donated and estate sales the controllers are sometimes seperated or lost.Usually the price of a repacement controller from the original company costs more than I want to spend.




Two thus far:

NexRemote (Celestron scopes).
EQMOD (SynScan scopes--Orion, SkyWatcher, etc.)...


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*skyguy*
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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5550120 - 12/02/12 10:47 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Search didn't find me anything so here is the question:

Are there any computer programs and interfaces(if needed) that would directly control the motors of various goto scopes and that do not need a working han controller ?

I know hand controllers can fail and that in the case of donated and estate sales the controllers are sometimes seperated or lost.Usually the price of a repacement controller from the original company costs more than I want to spend.




Two thus far:

NexRemote (Celestron scopes).
EQMOD (SynScan scopes--Orion, SkyWatcher, etc.)...




If you have a Meade LX200 "Classic" scope without the handcontroller ... you can purchase the $30 "LX200 Keypad Simulator" dongle to initialize the scope and then use any planetarium program that has the LX200 drive protocol to control the scope:

http://www.dv-fansler.com/dvf%20Technologies/lx200_keypad_sim.htm

Jim


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Charlie B
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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5550169 - 12/02/12 11:25 AM

Quote:

Two thus far:

NexRemote (Celestron scopes).
EQMOD (SynScan scopes--Orion, SkyWatcher, etc.)...






There is also Gemini for the Losmandy G8, G11 and Titan, HGM 200 and MI250. It also will support other "custom" mounts, but I don't know much about that feature.

Regards,

Charlie B


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BigC
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Re: Direct computer control of scope ? new [Re: A. Viegas]
      #5550406 - 12/02/12 02:07 PM

Quote:

Celestron has software called nexRemote, this usually comes with a new telescope or mount. The new CPC line of telescopes have a "pc" port that you connect to a standard rs232 type cable and in turn, using the nexRemote software you can control the telescope without a hand control.

However, used hand controls can be bought on EBay for $50 so that is usually a better option...

Al


OK,I am seeing that used hand controller may be the better and simpler solution.

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