ASCOM is a third party platform
that provides an interface to various telescopes and other
devices. SkyTools Real Time requires ASCOM to interface
with all but the Argo Navis and Sky Commander devices.
To use ASCOM first download and
install the ASCOM
Next download and install the ASCOM
device drivers that you require.
You may go directly to the ASCOM
ASCOM now supports Tangent-based
DSCs such as the Celestron Advanced Astromaster, David
Chandler Co. Deep Space Navigator, Discovery Digital Setting
Circles, Grecner Navigator, JMI NGCMAX, Lumicon Sky Vector,
Mountain Instruments Star Pilot, Orion Sky Wizard 3, and TeleVue
Sky Tour, as well as BBox, Ouranos, MicroGuider III and V, and
other similar units. Requires SkyTools 3.
ASCOM 5 or greater is required for
SkyTools 3 as well as the latest driver for your mount. If
you receive an error when you connect to ASCOM or to your
telescope the issue is most likely related to your ASCOM
installation. Pay special attention to driver
requirements with respect to the firmware version you are
using. It is also important to properly set all of the
correct driver properties via the ASCOM telescope chooser.
If you still receive an error try connecting via the ASCOM POTH