AstroTelescope

AstroTelescope is a front end to mount and auxiliary devices INDIGO agents, it is a simple planetarium and telescope control application for astrophotography.

Star map in AstroTelescope can be displayed in any scale and rotated by any angle, with selectable star density and with or without star names. Hipparcos Catalogue and selected NGC and IC DSO objects are available from the application locally, but any object can be searched online by calling public SIMBAD service on Strasbourg Astronomical Data Center.

Application can control connected mount both by selecting object on the star map or manually, mount position can be synced automatically to the centre of the solved image in AstroImager application.

Application can synchronise mount, dome, GPS received and joystick drivers to work together on INDIGO bus.

It can control many devices supported by built-in INDIGO drivers or it can use any 3rd party remote INDIGO or INDI driver. Out-of-the-box it contains INDIGO drivers for the following mounts and other devices:

  • Mount, GPS and dome simulator drivers,
  • PegasusAstro DMFC, UPB, PPB and FlatMaster drivers,
  • Baader Planetarium Classic dome driver,
  • Lunatico Limpet/Armadillo/Platypus Powerbox drivers,
  • LX200 mount driver (supports Meade, AvalonGo, Losmandy Gemini, 10micron, EQMac, Astro-Physics GTO and OnStep dialects),
  • NexStar mount driver (supports Celestron and Skywatcher dialects),
  • Takahashi Temma mount driver,
  • iOptron Mount driver,
  • SynScan/EQDir mount driver,
  • ExploreScientific PCM8 mount controller driver,
  • RainbowAstro mount driver,
  • NexStarAUX mount driver (WiFi only),
  • Vixen Starbook Ten driver,
  • ZWO AM5 mount driver,
  • Generic NMEA 0183 GPS driver,
  • GPS Service Daemon (GPSD) client driver,
  • HID Joystick driver,
  • Unihedron SQM sky quality meter driver,
  • ASTROMECHANICS PLM aux driver,
  • Artesky flatbox driver,
  • Lacerta Flat Box Controller driver,
  • Optec Flip-Flat driver,
  • Geoptik flat driver,
  • USB_Dewpoint V1 and V2 driver,
  • Lunatico AAG CloudWatcher driver,
  • Lunatico Astronomia Dragonfly Dome and Relay controller drivers,
  • Astromi.ch MGBox v1/v2, MBox, MGPBox and PBox driver,
  • NexDome Dome driver (based on G.Rozema's firmware),
  • NexDome Dome driver (requires firmware v.3.0.0 or newer),
  • Beaver dome driver,
  • Interactive Astronomy SkyRoof and SkyAlert drivers.

Even if it can be used separately, it is meant to be used together with AstroImager or AstroDSLR and AstroGuider. Application communicates over INDIGO protocol and it can be used to integrate with any INDIGO 3rd party application as well.

If you want to use AstroImager, AstroGuider and AstroTelescope, you can consider All-in-One INDIGO A1 instead.

To run AstroTelecope you need Apple Mac running macOS Sierra or later.

You can read Getting Started or to watch video tutorial to learn more and if you will have any problem with some of our products do not hesitate to contact us on info@cloudmakers.eu or users group forum.