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#1 droe

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:14 PM

Is there software out there that can allow your mount to track satellites. 

 

For example, Stellarium has shows satellite and can slew your mount; can it slew your mount to track satellites? Is there other software that can do it with a low-end or mid-level mount? I have seen it done in upper end mounts.



#2 t_image

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:34 PM

search cn. topic comes up often.

Cn member ngchunter has written some code yt channel:astronomy live.

 

There are limitations with any as a low low earth orbit ones less than 500km (iss,starlink,etc)approaches zenith and pass faster overhead than a mount can move if has such pass that night YMMV. But anything near horizon up can be passing slow enough for motors to keep speed with.

The one ngchunter has i think gives you ability to center sat in frame since depending on FL and accuracy of orbit data and synch time, it's easy to be off the mark.


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#3 ollie31770

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 05:20 PM

There is this software: https://www.heavenscape.com/index.html

 

I have not tried it but might be what you are looking for.


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#4 daw316

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 05:39 PM

+1 for SkyTrack at heavenscape link above.  Does leap frog tracking with ASCOM mounts.  Works great with my iOptron CEM25.  Can watch satellites almost continuously for about an hour or so in the evening.  Great fun!


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