Latest firmware is recommended but will run with old firmware backwards compatible with reduced features. This driver has special features that allow it to initialize a parked LXGPS from a cold-start park, power-cycle, connect or a warm-restart park and reconnect without power-down. This driver provides both telescope and focuser interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs. Typically, one should connect to the Telescope driver first, then connect to the focuser. Tigra Astronomy is working hard on developing a new, ultra modern unified driver for all Meade and Meade-compatible telescopes, mounts and drive systems.
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ASCOM Meade Driver
Be prepared for limitations and problems. The purpose of parking a scope is to allow a stationary scope to be powered up at a later time and not have to be synced or otherwise aligned. If you move your scope or disengage the RA or Dec clutches, then you must power up and align your scope with the handbox before connecting from your software.
It also recognises meace StarSense HC. Vixen Sphinx external link Driver for the Vixen Sphinx mounts. When you want to use the scope again, depending on whether you left it powered up or not, do one of the following:.
ASCOM Meade LX200GPS driver setup
Use the SkyWatcher driver listed below. Upon connecting from your software, the scope will be aligned and ready for use. Please follow the procedure given below to the letter or risk having pointing problems. The purpose of parking a scope is to allow a stationary scope to be powered up at a later time and not have to be synced or otherwise aligned. If you upgrade from firmware 3. We will not complete the driver if it is clear there is no market for it.
In order for this to work, there are a asdom Autostar II handbox settings that must be made once:. Earlier firmware versions will likely not work at all.
This driver works with either alt-az mounts like a dobsonian or equatorial mounts. In order for this to work, there are a few Autostar II handbox settings that must be made once:.
The 1st option is for purists who need the raw scope behavior. Defects in the Meade firmware prevent other cases from working at this time.
Vixen SkySensor mfade. There is one mandatory setting:. Find us on Facebook. If you would like to help the project along, please share this sign-up link with your colleagues who you think might be interested.
This firmware upgrade alters the Smart Drive behavior, and existing PEC data must asco converted to the new format.
The driver allows the Park Position to be changed. You don’t have to set it again, unless you want to change to a new Park Position. The scope is always tracking when connected. It should also work with TheSky6 and TheSky5 but not all functionality will be present. After a Park command is completed, the software must be disconnected. If you are interested in helping us develop this exciting new driver, or meare you’d just like to know when it is available, then please sign up to our mailing list asdom the signup form at the bottom of the page.
The product is not quite ready to be released to the public yet, but we will soon be looking for alpha and beta testers and we will be seeking feedback from Meade users to help us decide what features to include and which features to prioritize. Let Us Help You. Upon connecting from your software, the scope will be aligned and ready for use.
It has been reported that this driver also works with the RCX except it doesn’t allow access to its unique features. If you move your scope or disengage the RA or Dec clutches, then you must power up and align your scope with the handbox before connecting from your software. The Autostar I cannot be unparked. Driver name users, in the Chooser: We will contact you when there is any news regarding the driver.