This is generally not recommended, particularly if you are into astrophotography unless you really want to use this feature. Once a Goto command is issued to slew to a target, the mount will automatically track that target for as long as you keep it there. However, we can enable a pointer that always centres itself where you are looking on the night sky view and this pointer does have the labels on the rectangles and eyepiece circles, if you added and enabled any. This will essentially force the counterweights to point upwards. When the cable is connected, automatically even when no power is going to the mount , the computer detects the cable and installs the drivers.
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Moving away from the hand controller on an equatorial mount can seem daunting at first but is ultimately a very rewarding experience when you realise all the possibilities it unlocks.
Please log in to reply. For this reason, you must make sure the computer you are using is displaying the correct time.
This will allow you to control the mount directly from the computer without needing the hand controller. When the cable is connected, automatically even when no power is going to the mountthe computer detects the cable and installs the drivers.
Whichever mount you choose to use, by installing the ASCOM driver for that mount, you can then use the hardware asfom a wide variety of software.
What is the difference between ASCOM and EQMOD?
However, we can enable a pointer that always centres itself where you are looking on the night sky view and this pointer does have the labels on the rectangles and eyepiece circles, if you added and enabled any. The advantages of computer-control do not stop there however.
As I look into mount control software, I see these two names pop up. Where it’s important is if you have a mount made by Synta and want an easy to use full featured driver as last I checked the Orion versions don’t have a supported ASCOM driver.
Mount hand controllers tend to guide users through a star alignment process. We will however need to check which COM port number the mount is connected through.
Ultimately it is up to you, of course. To me the most wscom feature is the fact that, once I platesolve once on each side of the meridian my pointing improves to the point where everything is on my smallish chip.
Connecting the Mount to Cartes du Ciel for Goto.
From this, it calculates how far off you are from having your intended target perfectly centred in the frame and sends a slew correction command to the mount, which centres the target perfectly. Posted 23 November – Unfortunately, it only supports a number of mounts for a direct connection to them.
Downloading and Installing the Necessary Software. You will of course also need to add and configure your telescope. Sign in anonymously Don’t add me to the active users list.
I’ve forgotten my password. Additionally, EQMOD can access the mounts motor controller directly to set custom guide rates, the King rate and other rates which might be needed if the mount’s gears are modified.
This will be displayed by default when we connect to the mount and so it is a good idea to customise it first. This should be configured right away so that your site location is entered. Default settings tend to do a good job but analysis of the autoguiding curve can be useful in order to tweak these settings for optimum performance with your mount.
This has been very helpful. Limits are in place to stop the mount slewing beyond the horizon. Best of all, you do not need to actually do it to more than your actual imaging target. We now centre the target we are pointing to and zoom in. Deep sky common name and then select from the relevant list or enter into the relevant field that appears below.
What is the difference between ASCOM and EQMOD? – Astronomy Software & Computers – Cloudy Nights
Links to each are provided within this tutorial. As aforementioned, it behaves identically to having an actual equatorial mount set up and connected.
This allows your exposures to be combined perfectly even if captured over the course of several nights. The subsequent exposure then displays your target perfectly centred in the frame.
You can select from a multitude of options to show lines that are not necessarily bold and are instead broken or dashed.