Okay so let's get things straight: After I found out that Linux basically offers most of what one would need to operate the whole observatory - including cameras, focusers, domes and so on - I began to wonder if there would be a way to use ASA mounts under Linux. It became quickly clear that there would , right now, only be two ways of doing this:
- run Autoslew on a windows computer (or maybe in a Virtual Machine), install the wINDI wrapper and let Linux access the mount interface over the network (which cna be on the same computer, actually)
- run Autoslew under WINE (WINE is not an Emulator) under Linux, and use it again "over the network" with wINDI.
I am quite impressed what happened and is available on the software front under Linux, I want to give it a try and install Linux on my old Laptop and see what I can do. The free applications seem to be able to replace, at least in my workflow, all applications I am using except Photoshop and Pixinsight - but luckily, those two are available as native Linux versions.
Would be great to have at least a basic Linux driver or our mounts, though I see that the market is (very) small... Maybe these infos can help one or another
Astro Dolomites Observatory, Skygems Network
Santa Cristina Valgardena, Italy
20" Cassegrain-Newton on ASA DDM85XL