Next, we need to install what will essentially replace the hand controller in a virtual form on your computer. This has been very helpful. Scrolling the mouse wheel up and down zooms in and out, respectively. Unfortunately there seems to be no way I can find to enable labels with the rectangle descriptions to be displayed under the corresponding rectangles. This will allow you to control the mount directly from the computer without needing the hand controller. John Edited by jdupton, 21 November – The subsequent exposure then displays your target perfectly centred in the frame.
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What is the difference between ASCOM and EQMOD? – Astronomy Software & Computers – Cloudy Nights
As computer-control of astronomical equipment reached the hands of amateurs and the market got increasingly saturated with equipment choices, programmers ended up making an open-source platform to allow all the equipment to communicate with the computer on a common platform.
In the second screenshot above, I turned off the pointer so you can clearly see that the telescope is now pointing precisely to the centre of sqmod three galaxies.
That or you may wish to image an extended region around your target. This is only really useful if you are issuing a Goto command e. One should of course only need to pay attention to the rectangle relevant to the imaging system being used. The red and green circles to the left of each item on the list control if they are physically displayed on the night sky view or not.
What is the difference between ASCOM and EQMOD?
ASCOM interfaces to a wide variety of hardware be asfom a mount, a camera, a filter wheel, etc. You may have the exact same item listed.
As Ross and Jay explained, ASCOM is a standardized infrastructure that allows both hardware vendors and software vendor make products that work together. Links to each are provided within this tutorial. There is not much else we need pay attention eqmos in this setup window, though there are a few settings worth noting.
However, please make sure this option is re-enabled afterwards. Ross is right on point. EQMOD may be good for some people, for most I don’t see it as a significant factor for mount selection these days.
The extra capabilities provided by computer-control do not end there. Arizona Sky Village or the rain forest. I really can’t see it being that important in mount selection, now that everything is ASCOM compatible and there are many good 3rd party programs.
It unlocks many features that the hand controller cannot possibly provide. Moreover, you may not want the mount stopping tracking unless you want asco, stop it. This can make it difficult to precisely frame multiple targets, if there is no central star you can select, for example. We can however set up our site’s GPS coordinates, to simulate as if we were set up at our eqmid.
Having set your site location with the correct timezone, we need not worry about that. With ASCOM, we users can mix and match most any hardware with any software getting the most out of our equipment.
Whichever mount you choose to use, by installing the ASCOM driver for that mount, you can then use the hardware with a wide variety of software. Does RS refer to the actual physical jack the one with the pinsor does it refer to the method of communication between the device and the computer?
Unfortunately, it only supports a number of mounts for a direct connection to them. You can essentially type in an object catalog code e. To do this, we simply double-click on each item and a small window to enter values into pops up. Since I’m permanently mounted these days with my Atlas, all I need to do is select and do a bit of framing. You will also need a cable that can eqmo your mount directly to a USB port on your computer, or a mount that connects your hand controller to your computer.
The subsequent exposure then displays your target perfectly centred in the frame. Deep in the heart of Texas.