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Mount Discussions / Re: Skywatcher Allview altaz mount support
« Last post by John Eccles on March 08, 2018, 03:40:48 PM »
If you do locate the Allview message specification I would appreciate if you would post it as a reply to your question here for others to see and use. I hope this helps you get to use your mount with Satellite Tracker.

The message specification I am looking for should be similar to the message specification (CommandSet.pdf) that I have attached for the Meade LX-200 type mounts.

In addition, in order to make the connections you would need the wiring diagrams for your mount in a document similar to the wiring instructions I have included as an attachment called LX200AppendixF-G.pdf as well.

From these documents we can determine if the Allview mounts emulate the LX200 Command Set or one of the other command sets for the other mounts supported by Satellite Tracker.

Based on the email it seems like they are indicating that we can extract the command set from the code. While that may seem plausible this would take a great deal of time since it is a kind of reverse engineering of the code in order to obtain the Command Set document. One would think that the Command Set Document must exist in order to develop code. So let's see if we can locate the document of the Command Set that they used to develop the code.
Mount Discussions / Re: Skywatcher Allview altaz mount support
« Last post by Szabolcs Nagy on March 06, 2018, 09:19:13 AM »
Hi folks,

The good news is that Skywatcher offered their help to resolve the problem. An engineer - Frank Liu will help us, he offered his help, I have his email address so if anyone wants to get involved, let me know.
Here is the reply I recieved a few weeks ago:

"We ran your message by a Sky-Watcher engineer and got the following positive reply

The Engineer's name is Mr Frank Liu and is in CC to this email should you wish to make contact with him directly

Kind regards,

We are glad to help on this project.

Currently, we do not have a good document for the motor control's communication inferface, but we do have a sample code to demonstrate how to control the motor via the hand control port. Szabolcs can find the source code here.

If Szabolcs has any question on the protocol, we are gald to provide direct support for him or the development team. You may forward my contact information to them to discuss technical issues directly.

We recommend to develop the application based on the AZGTi mount, because the motor controller provide better accuracy for middle to high speed slewing. We might upgrade the motor controller in the AllView to the one that is used in the AZGTi mount in the future.

The motor controller in the AZGTi mount supports both wired serial connection or Wi-Fi connection. And the SynScan Wi-Fi dongle has the potential to support Celestron's mount too. It might also work with Meade's mounts that use UART interface.
Mount Discussions / Re: Skywatcher Allview altaz mount support
« Last post by John Eccles on February 07, 2018, 10:14:59 AM »
When you have questions like this you should become familiar with a document that captured all of the messages on the previous Yahoo Group Satellite Tracker. There are 8088 messages in the document called SatelliteTrackerMessage1thru8088.pdf located in the Archived Group Messages at Reply #3 under "Software Repository, Archived Messages, Pictures, and Software Utilities" section of this forum. This file contains all of the activity to include questions and answers similar to the question you have asked. In that document if you do a search for Skywatcher there are 37 hits. One of those hits is message #4732 which describes how you can get Satellite Tracker to work with Skywatcher mounts (although the Allview mount is not mentioned directly). What you would need to do is compare the message specification the Allview mount uses versus the message specification of the mounts mentioned in Reply #4732. At this point I do not know the direct answer since I would have to analyze the code and also get the Allview mount message specification. Right now I am tied up with another project and do not have the time to spend doing that. I do not have the Allview message specification available to me. If you do locate the Allview message specification I would appreciate if you would post it as a reply to your question for others to see and use. I hope this helps you get to use your mount with Satellite Tracker.
Mount Discussions / Skywatcher Allview altaz mount support
« Last post by Szabolcs Nagy on February 07, 2018, 06:17:56 AM »
Hi everyone,

Just joined the group and looking forward finding some answers to my question :)
I have been imaging the International Space station for a few years now. As I do not possess any good quality mount that is able to track it, had no choice but to develop the skill to manually follow ISS.
About 2 years ago I found this website and this amazing software. Sadly I the Skywatcher Allview mount I have is not supported at all. Actually Skywatcher as a brand is not supported at all only Meade and Celestron mounts are.
As far as I know Celestron and Skywatcher are owned by the same owner, although I'm not too technical I don't see why the big difference between support and not support one or the other.
I am also sure that this topic is on and off every now and then, and people want to know more about any support to skywatcher mounts.
I would beg for the developers of this amazing software to please please please make a support for at least alt-azimuth mounts or give a guidance how to use these mounts for the right purpose, which is tracking the International Space Station.
I am nearly sure that they would be capable of doing the job.

I have tried my own experiments after googling the subject. It did not end well funnily, I attached a very weak phone power cable to the mount to the wrong port and it fried the motherboard which seems just weird. Weird because there is no instruction in the manual what not to do at all. Anyway I do not want to fry my motherboard again obviously, but in the same time I would like to achieve some kind of result with my existing mount. Sadly I don't have thousands of pounds to buy very very expensive mounts. Also I'm already doing a manual tracking and I achieved really good results so worst case scenario I'm going to stick with what I have already.

Could you please update me with the issue and possibly insuring me that there will be a version which might be compatible with skywatcher mounts? I already acknowledged that there must be a good reason why skywatcher is not supported at all or at least just the the most serious mounts like the eq6 etc.

Thanks very much!
Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Telescope Runaways
« Last post by John Eccles on December 01, 2017, 09:53:22 PM »
I haven't heard of such reports before. However, you might want to do a search of the old Yahoo Group archived messages to see if there were any similar reports. I would normally do that but right now I am very busy with packing and planning for my next move back to Florida. So I am really tied up. Go to the section of this forum called: "Software Repository, Archived Messages, Pictures, and Software Utilities - You must be registered to download files or view content! " and go to the subheading "Archived Messages". You can do a search using keywords like meridian, runaway, and the like.
Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Telescope Runaways
« Last post by Matthew Nelson on December 01, 2017, 02:03:09 PM »
I have been using 2.6.1 extensively with a Celestron CGE-Pro mount.  On occasion when slewing
to, or tracking, a satellite near the meridian, the software will run the telescope toward the floor
in declination.  Shutting off tracking stops the telescope, which then repoints normally and usually
re-tracks the target as well.

Satellite Tracker Feature Additions / Asteroids/NEO's tracking
« Last post by Henk Spoelstra on October 16, 2017, 08:54:01 AM »
One of my main goals and interests are to observe fast moving NEO's.

Would be great if Satellite Tracker has this option.

There has been some discussion about this in this forum:

Pictures / Re: Marcel Kukuricáš
« Last post by Marcel Kukuricas on August 14, 2017, 10:19:47 AM »
Satellite Tracker Bug Reports / Re: Download Error
« Last post by Joey Tucker on August 11, 2017, 10:08:06 AM »
I ran the compatibility function and reset to Windows 8. Program loaded and all is well.  Thanks
Pictures / Marcel Kukuricáš
« Last post by Marcel Kukuricas on August 02, 2017, 05:49:47 AM »
Hi everybody, funs of ISS

here are my few shots and videos from last week. But in next days, weeks and months there will be more, I hope :)
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