Software and computer configuration B2101
Creation: 11 July 2012
Previous configuration A7202.
||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|
|Dimension4||version 188.8.131.52||Update the computer clock from the Internet|
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).
2 computers are used on a LAN;
one computer, running Windows Vista, is used to analyze the images being
acquired and to hold a database of astronomical data;
the other computer, running Windows XP, is an old one featuring serial
and parallel ports. It is used to control the telescope and camera and
write the data being acquired to the database of the first computer;
a Belkin Ethernet-USB hub is on the LAN, near the telescope, with USB-RS232 converters
to communicate with the telescope and the filter wheel;
a parallel cable to communicate with the camera and a RS232 cable to communicate
with the focuser.