When I started researching satellite tracking 2 years ago there was basically nothing that enabled me to do it beyond just calculating TLE vectors and blindly tracking where the satellite is supposed to be. Satellite Chaser goes beyond this approach: It allows for precise scope alignment, slewing to the satellite interception point using platesolving and, most importantly, guiding.
Here’s a gif showing me guiding on the ISS with my refractor at a pixel scale of 0.88. The camera feed of the telescope was recorded using Sharpcap, but the guide cam feed was processed in Satellite Chaser and Moveaxis commands are given according to the position of the ISS in the guide cam. Note that this is an 800x800 central crop of the sensor of the ZWO 1600.
This software uses the MoveAxis command in the ASCOM protocol. I don’t know which mounts actually support arbitrary MoveAxis commands. If a mount does not support it, a warning message will appear when connecting the mount.
I have thoroughly tested all the features and I’m confident that everything works with my setup. But I am using a homemade mount, so things might be different with commercial mounts. In particular I’m looking for feedback on the Live Align tool, I went through a lot of iterations with that tool and I’m not sure it’ll work under all circumstances.
I’ve documented all the features in the manual, feel free to check that out.
Also, chrome flags the download as uncommon. I’ve just published the website and google hasn't crawled the file yet, I hope the warning will go away soon.
Edited by NGC3031, 26 December 2018 - 01:26 PM.