True if this telescope is capable of programmed slewing synchronous or asynchronous to local horizontal coordinates. Equatorial coordinate system used by this telescope. Matches the scope’s local horizontal coordinates to the given local horizontal coordinates. The interface version number that this device supports. Vixen Sphinx external link Driver for the Vixen Sphinx mounts. True if this telescope is capable of programmed setting of its park position SetPark method. Properties and Methods are accessible via scripting interfaces, allowing control of devices by standard scripting applications such as VBScript and Javascript.

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The author provides a self-contained installer. You can tinker with MaxPoint at your desk, without actually using a telescope. Move the telescope to the given equatorial coordinates, return immediately after starting the slew. Returns a collection of supported DriveRates values that describe the permissible values of the TrackingRate property for this telescope type. Creates an instance of the telescope class.

You’ll also find plug-ins for TheSky and other useful tools and components here for download. The area of the telescope’s aperture, taking into account any obstructions square meters.

Initially, the Platform developer team used servers hosted by TiGra Networks Long’s IT consulting company for source code control, issue tracking and project management, with server licenses contributed by Atlassian and JetBrains. This version corrects the installer so it can be installed on Platform 5 and 6 and later.


There are no particular licensing requirements other than that the ASCOM logo may only be used if the client application is ASCOM compatible, and an ASCOM driver must implement all the required properties and methods but need not implement any of the optional properties and methods. This is an initiative to provide standardized software interfaces for astronomical equipment such as telescopes. Returns the list of action names supported by this driver.

A string containing only the major and minor version of the driver. You can also read the property to check whether it is connected. The procedure for installing TeleAPI is as follows:.

ASCOM – Standards for Astronomy

The current tracking rate of the telescope’s sidereal drive. An ASCOM driver acts as an abstraction layer between the client and hardware thus removing any tdlescope dependency in the client, and making the client automatically compatible with all devices that supports the minimum required properties and methods. This driver provides combined telescope, focuser, and dome interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs.

The declination degrees, positive North for the target of an equatorial slew or sync operation. This is a great tool for learning about how it works.

Articles lacking in-text citations from February All articles lacking in-text citations. Of course, your telescope simulator doesn’t have any pointing errors, but you can quickly get a feel for using the package using the simulator. Move the telescope to the TargetRightAscension and TargetDeclination coordinates, return when slew complete. The call will not return until the user clicks OK or cancel manually.


Matches the scope’s equatorial telesccope to the given equatorial coordinates.

ASCOM Telescope Drivers

Move the telescope in one axis at the given rate. Sets the telescope Park position to the current telescope position. Indue in part to differences in development style, TiGra Networks’ involvement with the software development effort ceased and the source code was relocated to SourceForge. Optionally, protocol framing characters may be added to the string before transmission.

Simple applications such as planetarium slewing are more likely to work than sacom automation applications. The documentation, templates, and timely and accurate answers to questions on this forum have made my latest driver development an enjoyable and relatively simple process – Doug Anderson, Shoestring Astronomy.

This driver does NOT support Synta mounts. Indicates the pointing state of the mount. Transmits an arbitrary string to the device and waits for a boolean response. February Ascon how and when to remove this template message.

Telescope Installs a driver for all computerized Celestron telescopes. The right ascension hours for the target of an equatorial slew or sync operation.