Software and computer configuration A7202
Creation: 2 Feb 2007
Updated 14 Feb 2011
Previous configuration A5818.
Next configuration B2101.
|Interactive and robotic observations.|
Automatic astrometry and photometry
||Interface with telescope, focuser, filter wheel|
|RoboFocus||version 4.1.0||Interface with focuser (ASCOM)|
|Interface with camera and filterwheel.|
Image reduction (bias, dark, flat)
|Interface with camera and filterwheel.
Image reduction (bias, dark, flat).
No ASCOM interface.
|FocusMax||version 3.2.1||Automatic focusing|
|PoleAlignMax (PAM)||version 2.0.1||Help for telescope alignement|
|GPStime||version 1.1||Update the computer clock every minute from a GPS|
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).
CCDSoft V5, occasionally, in place of Maxim DL for the same use. With
my setup, it does not communicate with the telescope (no ASCOM).
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 each with a RS232 converter
and RS232 cables connected to the telescope, filter wheel, focuser; 5m
USB cable with a webcam (occasionally).
Parallel interface to the camera.
COM1 port connected to a GPS to update the computer clock automatically.
Sometimes a second computer on a network with the first one. The first computer
is used then for robotic observations, write the results in the AstroMB database,
which is accessed from the second computer for further analysis.