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I'm deperately looking for a telescopes.json file created by the Stellarium TelescopeControl plugin (and maybe a points.json as well ... don't know what that is for, though). The file(s) is/are normally located in $HOME/.stellarium/modules/TelescopeControl/ (Linux, I think it's a similar directory in Windows or MacOS). The files could be created in Windows and then copied to my Linux folder, but I don't have a native Windows machine and issues with the emulated one as well.
Background: Stellarium won't let me add my telescope, as the configuration dialog won't disappear when pressing the OK button (see here for details: https://sourceforge.net/p/stellarium/discussion/278769/thread/fae0bc91/). According to the mentioned forum post this situation can be resolved by copying the telescopes.json (and maybe points.json) into the telescope plugin folder. I've searched the internet over and over, but cannot find copies of that files. Would be great if someone could share them with me. I'm aware that I will have to edit the files to fit my setup, but without knowing what the fies look like, I don't know where to start.
Also, if anyone has had the same issue with the "Add telescope" dialog not closing in Stellarium, please share your solution, if different from what I'm aiming for.
Thanks in advance,
Stellarium 0.18.1 has been released today!
Full list of changes:
- Added dithering support
- Added filtering for pulsars
- Added option for Telrad
- Added nomenclature for Charon
- Added new time steps for AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
- Added support Mandarin Chinese language
- Added support of hi-res screenshots (GH: #141)
- Added few small improvements for Quasars plugin
- Added tooltips for color buttons in Pulsars plugin
- Added option to hiding invisible satellites in markers mode (GH: #145)
- Added angular size for the estimated values of coma and gas tail for comet
- Added support decimal degrees for size of DSO
- Added improvements for proportional size textures for large DSO (GH: #159)
- Added atmospheric mixing and extinction handling to Toast Survey (GH: #158)
- Added Korean translation for landscape description (GH: #170)
- Added shortkeys for change light pollution (GH: #171)
- Added rise, transit and set times for celestial objects (GH: #169)
- Added info about duration of the solar day
- Added scripting function to retrieve environment variables.
- Added changeability of magnitude limit for stars through keyboard shortcuts (GH: #174)
- Added Korean ISL File and Update iss.cmake (GH: #185)
- Added allowing storing script output to absolute path
- Added equatorial radius / diameter info for Solar system bodies
- Added calculation of equatorial rotation velocity for Solar system bodies (except comets)
- Added 2 more lines to ArchaeoLines plugin
- Fixed load the HiPS sources through proxy
- Fixed creating screenshots on retina displays
- Fixed behaviour Macbook's touchpad
- Fixed result of dithering color components with exactly zero tail
- Fixed dithering for OpenGL ES2
- Fixed enabling various lines when Telrad is enabled (GH: #109)
- Fixed error in DSO catalogs filter
- Fixed bug when screenshots folder can't be changed via GUI (LP: #1764084, GH: #144)
- Fixed compile with Qt5.10 (Windows/Visual Studio 2015) (GH: #139)
- Fixed visibility of splash screen (GH: #142)
- Fixed rendering asterisms names
- Fixed editing telescope properties for Telescope Control plugin
- Fixed memory leak of Bayer pattern texture in StelPainter (GH: #154)
- Fixed HiPS server requests (GH: #156)
- Fixed infotext brightness when planets are switched off
- Fixed crash after customization of absolute/relative scales
- Fixed operational status string for satellites
- Fixed incorrect pair counts in constellationship.fab files (GH: #167)
- Fixed color issue for formatting infostring
- Fixed selection in AstroCalc/Positions tool
- Fixed fullscreen toggle on Mac OS X (GH: #193)
- Fixed User Agent string for HiPS
- Fixed the SSO isolated trails checkbox. (GH: #199)
- Fixed a rendering bug with spheric mirror distortion (LP: #1777320)
- Updated behaviour of Toast: lazily creation of the grid
- Updated help of Telescope Control plugin
- Updated HiPS behaviour: try to use caching as much as possible
- Updated user agent string for HiPS browser
- Updated nomenclature list
- Updated main GUI
- Updated GUI of plugins
- Updated Satellites plugin
- Updated GPS handling
- Updated list of contributors
- Updated catalog of pulsars
- Updated behaviour of Search Tool for craters
- Updated Quasars plugin
- Updated format for DSO's size
- [SUG] Updated year for copyright notices
- Updated Korean Star Names (GH: #173)
- Updated hyperlinks for DOIs resolver (GH: #187)
- Updated CMake rules for Windows/MSVC (GH: #183, #188)
- Updated textures
- Updated Scripting Engine: extended behaviour for includes files in scripts
- Updated the code: remove some redundant calls to increase code readability. (GH: #184)
- Updated the code: replaces foreach macro by C++11 range-based for. (GH: #195)
- Updated the code: remove gVector, use Vec3d instead. (GH: #197)
- Updated the code: C++11 auto to replace complicated hand written types. (GH: #196)
- Updated the code: disable debug logging on OpenGLES mode. (GH: #201)
- Updated the code: remove the null pointer check after new. (GH: #202)
- Updated the code: check struct size by using static_assert. (GH: #203)
- Updated the code: put dwarf galaxies and h400 tables into static array. (GH: #204)
- Updated the code: call getDecYear in getDeltaTByEspenakMeeus. (GH: #205)
- Updated the code: remove some new/delete pairs, just use variables on stack. (GH: #206)
- Updated CMake code: enable persistent usage of C++11 standard for compiling (GH: #192)
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OK, my second guide, this took a bit more thinking about cos I haven’t used Stellarium before but I wanted a ‘single device’ option as my other stuff is IOS. I will be using this with my Canon tethered to the PC by an active usb cable so I can do pretty much everything (bar focussing) indoors when it’s too cold outside!
Anyway, this how I did it. If there is a better way I am happy to update this guide. Let me know. Hopefully this is straight forward cos there isn’t a lot of info on how to do this all in one place! I’ve had this working indoors this PM so I’m really excited to try it at night now. Note that you need to be connected to the SynScan WiFi network to control your scope.
1. Download & install Stellarium (I’m using v18) – do not run at this point
2. Download & install Stellarium Scope (I’m using v2016.12.26.330) – do not run at this point
3. Download ASCOM software & install (I used ASCOM Platform63) – do not run at this point
4. Download ASCOM driver from Skywatcher & install
5. Download and install SynScan App (it will run either Alt Az or Eq mounts as needed)
6. Connect to SynScan WiFi & open SynScan app, settings, WiFi and select Access Point mode (which is what I used as it seemed most straight forward). Add naming and security as needed. Note that the unit ‘resets’ to factory settings if powered up and unaccessed for 24 hrs (I have also seen this as 1 hr but haven’t tried it).
7. OPTIONAL TEST STEP OTHERWISE GO TO STEP 8. In settings set to ‘emulator’ if you want to test first. Go back to main screen and ‘connect’ – you will need to select eq or alt az. Note: you can do this part without the WiFi adaptor as it is only testing the software. Go to step 9.
8. In settings, select UDP, go back to main screen and connect (select eq or alt az). Do a star align if you are ready and leave running.
9. Run ASCOM diagnostics, tools, telescope chooser .net – select SynScanMobile Telescope in dropdown box. You may have to select and exit properties before ‘OK’ is enabled.
10. Open Stellarium Scope. Accept the disclaimer, select mount as ASCOM.Synscanmobile.Telescope and connect.
11. Label your Telescope on this screen if you want and then select update Stellarium. Accept all the warnings. If you want to customise further look in ‘options’ for auto start of Stellarium etc. You may need to update Stellarium again via this screen if you change anything.
12. Open Stellarium. It should now be ready with your scope. If you scroll around the reticle should be on the star you last aligned. You are now good to go! Select something in Stellarium and press CNTL and 1 together. Your scope should slew to the new target. Conversely, if you select something on the SynScan App it will show in Stellarium.
13. If you did this all in test mode and have a SynScan WiFi connected you should now be able to go to step 8. You do not need to do the other steps again apart from restarting Stellarium Scope and Stellarium. I have Stellarium auto open in options so I just click on StellariumScope.
Hope that helps anyone interested. I’m happy to update this as needed, or do pics if required.
PS I’m running this on a Win10 Dell Laptop - I have experienced a ‘form error’ bug when looking up stars in the SynScan App but that maybe because I moved the folder to a new location so it can’t find a library or something. It’ll be interesting if anyone else gets this. This does not affect the running in Stellarium so I’ve ignored it for now and will recheck later. UPDATE: 19/04 - I raised this with SW app team. It appears there is a DB missing from the v1.9 zip (previous versions are fine), they are rectifying asap - so it wasn’t me!! 😀