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Anne S

Telescope to laptop connections

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I’ve been having issues with platesolving using Platesolve2 and my Ioptron IEQ30PRO Mount, I’m connecting using the Ioptron Commander Ascom driver. I’m using Maxim DL5 to locate and image via the Planetarium section. When the Maxim platesolving fails, especially when I’ve just started in a new location, I need to use Platesolve2, which is installed as an add on. Unfortunately I can never sync once it’s finished platesolving as the telescope disconnects at some point in the process. I only use the above setup at Star parties.

At home I have an observatory with Eqmod running an eq6. I don’t have any problem using  Platesolve2 in a Maxim.

I was wondering if I should be connecting using POTH in between Maxim and the telescope driver. I don’t generally connect a planetarium programme now I use platesolving but I want to use The Sky6 to help with camera orientation in the future. As I understand it Eqmod will act as a hub allowing this but Ioptron Commander won’t. This may be why I have issues when using my Ioptron Mount.

Can someone confirm that I’ve understood the process correctly, please?

Anne

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It could be the way in which you connect to EQMOD. As I understand it, the EQMOD server continues to run until no more clients are connected to it - at which point it exits.

When I fire up EQMOD, I use a small script that sets the client count to 1, so it is always running - and then, when I have finished the session, use another script to set the clients to 0, at which point it exits.

POTH would keep the server running, as it (essentially) is a client for the EQMOD server. It certainly wouldn't do any harm to test it!

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