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#1 Obs30

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 03:19 PM

Is there a sample code/shell script or something similar that shows in some easy steps how to control a telescope (or better its mount) via command lines in a terminal window on my Macbook Pro and maybe even on my iPad with Swift? 

 

I actually tried INDIGO. It works pretty well on the MBP. I could access my mount utilising indigo_server, indigo_prop_tool and the mounts's WiFi hotspot. 

 

After some excellent and very helpful e-mail discussion with Peter from the INDIGO project, I kind of hit the (high) limits of what's possible with this configuration. I am not sure yet if these limits are software or hardware driven.

 

If I need more or different features in indigo, I would have to dig into the source code of the mount drivers and/or request certain features on the GitHub.

 

I have all the serial commands of the mount in documents provided by the mount suppliers (iOptron and Celestron), going via indigo is not very practical for me. I like to send those commands directly to the mount via WiFi and eventually I like to add my own math and algorithms.

 

Any pointers on how to do that would be highly appreciated.




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