Click here to determine whether telescope control support is available for your equipment through ASCOM.
You can slew your telescope to any reported object in Deep-Sky Planner with just a mouse click, or synchronize the coordinates of your telescope or digital setting circles (DSC) to the position of any reported object. These operations are performed asynchronously if your equipment's driver supports it. (Synchronous operation causes your computer to 'freeze' while the telescope processes your command - asynchronous operation avoids the 'freeze' so that your computer continues running and responding normally.)
Deep-Sky Planner gives you more than just Go To telescope control. You can:
- view the real-time position, time and local sidereal time reported by your telescope/DSC
- synchronize your telescope's latitude & longitude with your favorite location in Deep-Sky Planner (or vice versa)
- synchronize your telescope's time with your PC's system time (or vice versa.)
Note: Windows 10, 8 and 7 users need administrative privileges to change system time.
- park, un-park and set telescope parking position
- home your telescope
- abort a slewing operation
- start and stop tracking
Setting Observing Site Latitude & Longitude for Deep-Sky Planner using Telescope Control Information
The Push-To feature allows you to transmit the position of any object in a Deep-Sky Planner report to Argo Navis or Sky Commander digital setting circles (DSC). The Push-To feature does not require ASCOM. Once the data is transmitted, you can use the device's guiding feature to locate the object. This is extremely useful to 'Push-To' observers that want to observe objects that are not known to the connected DSC device. This extends the capability of the DSC by making it capable of locating any asteroid, comet, star or deep-sky object.
You should configure TheSky to control the Paramount, and choose TheSky controlled telescope in Deep-Sky Planner to be your ASCOM driver. This allows Deep-Sky Planner to send commands through TheSky to the mount.
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