Astronomy and Computerised Telescopes

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Sat Apr 18 14:36:53 BST 2009

On Saturday 18 April 2009, David Fletcher wrote:
>I'm wondering, does anybody here use computer controlled telescopes with
>I've always rather fancied having a telescope, and these days I could afford
>to buy the new Meade model which automatically aligns itself using a built
> in GPS receiver and digital sensor.
>The potential problem is, that AIUI the controllers for these need to be
>updated for new comets, path changes of asteroids due to gravitational tugs
>from other objects they pass, etc. The Meade site only mentions support for
>Windows. So, does anybody use these instruments with Linux? If so how?

One at least, of the night sky programs we have does have a driver for the 
Meade's.  Celestia maybe?  Stellarium?  I had several of those that were a 
victim of an emergency re-install.  Unforch, my DS-10's motors don't have such 
an interface as its nearly 25 years old.  I have been meaning to address that, 
but it seems the time & the money for decent driving gears haven't coincided.  
Just reinstalled both of those but don't see a telescope controller in the 
options for either.  But I know we did have such a beast.  You might google 
for it.

Cheers, Gene
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