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AstroEQ: Telescope Controller With EQMOD Emulation

AstroEQ is another GOTO telescope controller from the UK.

Basically, the author was a university student when he started this project, to convert a non-GOTO motorized mount into a GOTO mount.

A ready made AstroEQ controller is available for purchase. It has USB on one side, and two connectors for steppers on the other.


DIY GOTO Telescope Controller With Autoguiding and Periodic Error Correction

In these pages, I describe how to make a Do It Yourself (DIY) Telescope Controller. That is, a piece of electronics that would at a minimum drive motors on the telescope to track the sky.

The features should be:



OnStep: A Full Featured Open Telescope Controller

OnStep Telescope is an open, very capable and feature rich telescope controller by Howard Dutton.

This page was created because it was very difficult for me to find information about OnStep. The main venue for exchanging information on it is a closed Yahoo Group. Getting information without registering and getting approved is impossible. Even after you do that, it is very hard to get the information needed. Hence, this page.


Creating a Bootable FreeDOS USB Flash Drive From Linux



As someone who only runs Linux, I occasionally need to run DOS for updating the BIOS on various machines.

Floppy disks are no more an option, since it has been nearly two decades with machines not shipping with them. Therefore, the only realistic option is using USB flash drives.

One excellent alternative to Microsoft MS-DOS, is FreeDOS, a free clone that needs very little resources to run. It can be used to run legacy applications, and one of them is flashing a new BIOS.

Installing the latest KStars, Ekos and INDI Library on Ubuntu 16.04



When I select a Linux version to run, I always use the latest stable long term release version. For example, for XFCE based Xubuntu, I am now on 16.04.

However, being with a long term release version means that for some software packages, you will have older versions. One such case is telescope automation platform, Ekos and the associated INDI Library.

To make sure that you are running the latest Ekos and INDI library, you can do the following:

First, purge all the KStars and INDI packages, if they are installed:

Frugal Astrophotography Presentation for the Stargazing 101 Meeting



Astrophotography is usually an expensive hobby, and occasionally a very expensive one. But it does not have to be so.

I have been doing astrophotography using used equipment for around 11 months now, with a total of only 7 months experience (if you count the winter hiatus and another two month hiatus in autumn).

While a typical astrophotography setup would cost a minimum of C$2,500 (with the upper limit being as much as 10X that), I have been able to get acceptable results with a total cost of equipment (including a used DSLR camera) is less than C$1,000.


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