How To Tell if Your Telescope Control System is Supported by
supports the Argo Navis and Sky Commander.
If you use one of these then read no further.
For all other control
systems SkyTools uses the ASCOM interface. This is
a 3rd party program that has been used by the majority of astronomy software products for many years. It
interfaces to an
impressive variety of mounts and support for new control systems
continues to be expanded.
this means that we at Skyhound are not the experts on which
mounts are currently supported. We can say this with certainty: if
your control system is supported by ASCOM it is compatible with
question then becomes, "Does ASCOM support my control
of Telescopes currently supported by ASCOM from the ASCOM
often email us to ask about a recent control system or an
offshoot of one listed as supported by ASCOM to be certain it
will work. What we usually do with these requests is to
research them ourselves. You can save time by doing what
we do: use a search engine to look for your control system or
mount plus the word "ASCOM". As an example, one
could search for "LX90 ASCOM". I did this and
soon found the following quote from a forum posting: "I can
control the scope using ASCOM drivers". One advantage
of this kind of search is that you will quickly find out what
sort of problems people run into connecting mounts like yours to
computers, often including the solution as a bonus.
useful resource is the various online forums dedicated to
telescopes like yours. A search of one of these forums for
"ASCOM" will usually tell you all you need to
know. If not, you can always join and ask.
you are still not sure feel free to email
us and we will try to help.