Friday, July 14, 2023

verified mount control in Stellarium

Another milestone.

More ways that one.

The big thing is that I wanted to see the Super Polaris move under the control of Stellarium 23.2.

Short report: it worked.

slewing mount in the latest Stellarium

I was not anticipating any issues. But there are, of course, a lot of links in the chain.

When it works, curiously, it's fiddly, bothersome, tedious, mundane. You just gotta do all the things, all the steps, sometimes in the particular order. Denouement.

So, for the books:

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
  • 64-bit Windows 10 Home
  • 32-bit Stellarium 23.2
  • ASCOM platform 6
  • 32-bit Vixen SkySensor 2000 ASCOM mount driver 
  • Staples USB-serial adapter - Prolific chipset
  • custom data cable
  • IDEA GoToStar motor control system
  • Vixen Super Polaris German equatorial mount

I was happy to tick a box or two.


All this is good news too for field use. I still don't think I've used it, John Grim, in the field yet to drive the mount. My runs to date, I've used a combination of the GoToStar hand controller, star hopping, and field hopping. I definitely not used SkyTools. Just haven't wanted it enough. 

An end goal is SkyTools use so there are some checkpoints to pass there but this paves the way. The ASCOM parts are in place. Just need to hook SkyTools up to the ASCOM bits. Should be easy. Right?

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