Category: Software

Compustar output for Dome support

Beware! This is a pretty technical post. Reason is, these informations are useful to everyone who wants to build an automated dome controller for the Compustar. Therefore, useful to no one, I guess…

Compustar 64K firmwares, starting with version 1.80, output a dataframe that can be used to calculate the position the telescope is pointing …

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An ASCOM driver for the Celestron Compustar

After a few versions of the Compustar firmware that I used as a way to better understand the intricacies of the Compustar firmware, I was ready for the major task of adding enough support to implement a full ASCOM driver to connect the Compustar to a modern PC with a standard astronomy software.

I knew …

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New Compustar Firmware

Update 27th December, 2017:new version 1.70!
Update 29th March 2018: new version 1.71!
Update 19th December 2018: new version 1.80!

One of the reasons that made me write the Compustar Emulator (see here for the full post) was that I wanted to make changes and improve the Compustar firmware, both because I had …

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Compustar emulator

Update 6th December, 2017: new version 1.09!
Update 27th December, 2018: new version 1.10!
Update 12th November, 2019: new version 1.11!

Don’t you know that feeling, when you just want to do something, but not enough to start actually doing it…. and then something else make you think again to that project, but …

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Canon 5D and 350D/Rebel XT driver/library for Windows 7/8/8.1/10 64bit

I used the original Canon library (and in particular the Canon Utilities software) on my old Acer Ferrari PC witth Windows XP for nearly 10 years without any problem, and I was very happy about that. But a couple of years ago I moved to a more modern Windows 7 PC and have also in …

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EqPad: an Arduino joystick for Eqmod

Using regularly EqAscom to drive our EQ6 mount, we found the necessity to move the telescope in an easy way without having to use the PC keyboard or mouse. Since EqAscom can use a joystick to do this, we realized a dedicated joystick.

 

Mode of operation

In addition to the standard four movement keys …

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