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#1 VMiceli

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 12:26 PM

Hello folks,

 

I'm considering a DMM85 mount for a new setup. I have two questions:

 

1) Are the ASA mounts capable of tracking low Earth orbit objects provided TLE data (ISS etc...)? How about asteroids and comets ... moving further away from Earth :-) ? I haven't been able to find a definitive answer to this in the forum.

2) I was under the impression that anyone could install AutoSlew and use it in sim mode without an ASA mount. I installed it but can't go past the serial number input screen. Am I missing something?

 

Thanks and best wishes for 2017!

 

Vincenzo



#2 lukepower

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:54 AM

Hi VIncenzo,

 

the ASA mounts have been used for exactly this quite a few times, but I honestly don't know how to deal with such a situation on the software side.

Mechanically they are able to easily track very fast objects. It would be a matter of software. Tracking asteroids and comets is easy, though...


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20" Cassegrain-Newton on ASA DDM85XL


#3 VMiceli

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:25 PM

Thanks Lukas,

 

that's good news. I hope someone will chime in with the software details on how to use TLEs with the ASA mounts. I was goinf to mess around with AutoSlew but I don't seem able to run it in simulation mode...

 

Thanks!

 

V.



#4 lukepower

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:32 AM

hm well, I think it still needs a serial, as the serial holds the information which is specific to each mount's motor settings...

YOu might try to ask Philipp Keller about the details for the fast tracking you seek


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Astro Dolomites Observatory, Skygems Network
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