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ASCOM drivers for Meade + others. SDK for motion control?
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Author:  astronomerroyal [ Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:33 am ]
Post subject:  ASCOM drivers for Meade + others. SDK for motion control?

Are these not the drivers/Software Development Kits for building the much-sought-after software for motion control? I don't use a telescope mount for motion timelapse, so maybe I'm missing something important... I searched here for ASCOM but found nought.


'Welcome to the ASCOM Initiative

This is the home of the ASCOM Initiative, a loosely-knit group of astronomy software developers and astronomy device manufacturers devoted to vendor-independent plug-and-play control. ASCOM is a many-to-many and language-independent architecture, supported by most astronomy devices which connect to computers. The diagram below shows how ASCOM differs from traditional astronomy instrument control architectures.'


'Meade LX200 Classic and Autostar I (combined telescope/focuser, 5.0.2)
DownloadInstalls a driver for the original Meade LX200 ("classic") telescope mounts (including the 16"), as well as Meade telescopes that use the Autostar I (#495 and #497) controllers, such as the ETX and DS series. This driver provides both telescope and focuser interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs. It also has support for an improved form of PulseGuide.'

I found the link on a page about gigapixel panoramas. They used the ASCOM SDK to automate the process using their Meade mount. An impressive looking machine. I wonder if they've considered using it for motion timelapse.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/ ... owdone.htm

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