STAR Atlas:PRO™ telescope control system
STAR Atlas:PRO™ supports most popular makes and models of telescopes, easily pointing your telescope to countless deep sky objects in no time at all.
Slewing your telescope to the Great Nebula in Orion is as easy as choosing Locate, then select the Great Nebula in Orion from the list of deep sky objects, click Goto and your telescope slews straight to it. Or on horizon chart or deep sky chart, right click on any celestial object and choose Goto, telescope control couldn't be simpler!
In fact controlling your robotic Telescope can be achieved using numerous methods with STAR Atlas:PRO™ depending on your personal choices. The Astronomical Database Manager may be used to locate any celestial object of choice from STAR Atlas:PRO's databases, then choose the [Goto] command to slew your telescope to that object. There are other sophisticated features available too, when celestial objects are clustered together on the screen, such as stars in a star cluster, STAR Atlas:PRO™ lists all the objects located in the proximity. You may then slew your telescope to each object individually or to any object of choice.
Telescopes equipped with Digital Setting Circles (DSC), or similar equipment like the Argo Navis™ Digital Telescope Computer, can use STAR Atlas:PRO™ to find deep sky objects quickly and easily.
STAR Atlas:PRO™ displays a cursor at the pointing location of your telescope, when you move your telescope, the cursor floats across the STAR Atlas:PRO™ chart to follow your telescope. In no time at all you’ll be locating dozens of deep sky objects just by watching the computer monitor and moving your telescope to centre on deep sky objects.
Of course STAR Atlas:PRO™ can also project eyepiece and CCD camera reticles onto a chart to match the field of view of your telescope, and eyepieces or cameras.
STAR Atlas:PRO™ supports dozens of different makes and models of telescopes including Meade, Celestron, Vixen, Astro-Physics, and the freely available ASCOM telescope plug-in drivers
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The STAR Atlas:PRO™ inbuilt Meade telescope driver supports high & low precision telescope pointing and includes the powerful Control Panel for Meade Telescopes (pictured) that permits you to remotely control the settings of your Meade telescope with ease. many commands supported including...
[GOTO] dozens of objects in no time at all
Each of STAR Atlas:PRO's Astronomical Catalogues available in the Astronomical Database Manager include the Telescope commands [GOTO] and [SYNC].
The [GOTO] command Slews your telescope to any celestial object you care to select from STAR Atlas:PRO's mammoth astronomical catalogue database.
[SYNC] is used to re-calibrate the pointing accuracy of your Meade compatible telescope during an observing session by calibrating the telescope position with the same co-ordinates of the celestial object you have centred your telescope on.
In addition to the many telescope drivers provided by the optional ASCOM telescope driver plug-in, STAR Atlas:PRO™ also includes it's own native drivers for the following telescopes, digital setting circles (DSC) and digital telescope computers (DTC).
STAR Atlas:PRO™ supports all popular robotic and computerised telescopes including: Argo Navis™ (NGC-superMax™), Celestron NexStar™ 5i/8i , Celestron NexStar 8/9.25/11 GPS. Celestron CGE Series, Celestron Advanced Series, Celestron NexStar 5/8, Celestron GT Models older and current series, FS2, Meade LX200, Meade LX600, LX850 Meade Autostar™ and Autostar II, Astro-Physics GTO Mounts, Bartel's, Vixen Sky Sensor 2000, Losmandy Digital Setting Circles (DSC), FS2 telescope drive unit and dozens of additional telescope drivers are included when you use the freely available ASCOM plug-in.
STAR Atlas:PRO™ telescope drivers
Compatible Telescopes / DSC
|Argo Navis™ Digital Telescope Computer||Argo Navis
|Astro Physics Telescopes||Astro-Physics GTO mount.|
|Celestron Telescopes||Celestron NexStar™ 5i / 8i ( with iComp hand control ).
Celestron NexStar 8 / 9.25 / 11 GPS (firmware V2.2 or later).
Celestron CGE Series.
Celestron AS Advanced Series.
Celestron NexStar 5 / 8.
Celestron GT Models 60/80/114/4 (manufactured prior to Dec-2001).
Celestron GT Models 60/80/114/4/130 (new/current series).
|Losmandy Telescope Mounts||Losmandy G-11.
Losmandy Digital Setting Circles.
|Meade Telescopes||Supports all Meade LX Series Telescopes with Autostar™ I or Autostar™ II including;
LX200 GPS 16-inch.
Meade LXD Series.
Meade ETX Series.
Generic LX200 Scopes.
|Sky Commander||Sky Commander Digital Setting Circles.|
|SkyWatcher Telescopes||SkyWatcher EQ5, EQ6 with Synscan.|
|Vixen||Vixen Sky Sensor 2000|
|All telescope drivers provided by the optional ASCOM telescope driver plug-in.||For more information and the most recent list of supported Telescopes visit http://www.ascom-standards.org|
ASCOM Compliant Telescope Control
STAR Atlas:PRO™ also supports telescope drivers available in the ASCOM Telescope Driver software package. The ASCOM software package may be freely downloaded from the ASCOM Web Site and integrated with STAR Atlas:PRO™ to provide additional telescope drivers. For more information and the most recent list of supported Telescopes visit http://www.ascom-standards.org
The ASCOM add-on provides drivers for the following telescopes (check the ASCOM web site for a complete list).
ACL Based Telescopes (Comsoft PC-TCS, Optical Guidance, DFM, other research grade instruments)
ACP Astronomer's Control Panel telescope hub
AstroOptik Research Telescopes
Astro-Physics GTO Mounts
Celestron NexStar 4 GT, 80 GT, 114GT, 5, 5i, 8, 8i, GPS and Ultima 2000
Generic LX200 and other LX series Scopes (many emulations including Bartels, FS2)
Losmandy Gemini Controller (levels 1-3)
Meade LX200, LX200GPS, and Autostar (Meade specific features supported)
Meade Telescope and Focuser
Vixen SkySensor 2000 PC