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    Default ASCOM Interface - Can Anyone Help?



    I've recently purchased a Skywatcher Explorer 200 with a EQ5 mount, I know
    it is possible to add dual axis drives for this mount but I was wondering if
    there is any way to interface these drives to make use of the ASCOM standard
    used by products such as Starry Night Pro. It might be asking a lot to find
    a set of drives and an interface to do this but the £1000 for a special
    mount seems a lot of money.

    Or is there any other drives that can be controlled by a computer by
    entering DEC & RA co-ordinates.



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    Default ASCOM Interface - Can Anyone Help?

    John

    You do not need ASCOM to drive a scope via
    planetarium software. ASCOM is a attempt to
    integrate automated telescope control with CCD
    imaging and dome motion and ......etc.

    Check out
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RoboScope/
    these guys are motorising mounts using readily
    available Meade motors and Autostar. I believe
    that Autostar can be linked to a computer so that
    planetarium programmes can be used to guide a
    scope.

    This might be a way forward for you.

    Adam

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    make use of the ASCOM standard
    might be asking a lot to find
    the £1000 for a special
    controlled by a computer by



 

 

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