Software and computer configuration A4C02
Creation: 3 Dec 2004
Revised 26 May 2006
|AstroMB||version 2.6x||Interactive and robotic observations.|
Automatic astrometry and photometry
|ASCOM||Platform 3||Interface with telescope, focuser, filter wheel|
|RoboFocus||version 4.1.0||Interface with focuser (ASCOM).|
Temperature compensation not used
|Maxim DL||version 3.22||Interface with camera.|
Image reduction (bias, dark, flat)
|FocusMax||version 3.2.1||Automatic focusing|
|PoleAlignMax (PAM)||version 2.0.1||Help for telescope alignement|
|Mathcad||2001 Professionnel||Data analysis|
AstroMB drives the telescope via ASCOM. It communicates with Maxim DL via a Microsoft
script to make images.
ASCOM Dome Controller allows the telescope interface to be shared by
Maxim DL and PoleAlignMax (no dome is used).
FocusMax drives the focuser via the RoboFocus software. It communicates with Maxim DL
to make images.
Maxim DL drives the camera and the filter wheel. It communicates with
the telescope via the ASCOM interface (getting the celestial coordinates,
centering the images).
PoleAlignMax communicates with Maxim DL to make images and to solve
the astrometry (PinPoint LE) and drives the telescope via ASCOM.
The computer is a laptop running Windows XP.
USB1 interface: 5m USB cable, USB hub: 3 cables with RS232 converter and RS232 cables
connected to the telescope, filter wheel, focuser;
5m USB cable with a webcam (occasionally).
Parallel interface to the camera.
Next configuration A5818.