GOT GPS?

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GOT GPS?

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Post by Gulf Coast Guy » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:54 pm

I've discovered a way to add GPS to probably any Goto mount that doesn't as long as there is an Ascom driver for it.

It's called AscomGPS and it uses a GPS receiver attached to a PC to pass Date, Time, Latitude, and Logitude to a mount whose Ascom drive has implemented the UTCDate property with both read and write.
I found it after I researched a new driver project for Meade mounts.

You can find it Here on the Web page of th author Colin Dawson.
https://cjdawson.com/2019/06/22/ascom-gps/

The only catch is that the GPS receiver needs to be installed and recognized (by Windows) as a valid Location Sensor. In my case that required Updating the driver and manually selecting the correct one after Window got it wrong. More than a couple of times.
I can vrify it works with the Meade Autostar 497 hand set running thr 43Eg version Firmware.

If you're still entering Time,Date, and Location by hand you might find it worth a try.

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OTA's: 203mm f10 Meade SCT (LXD75); Antares 80mm Refractor w/William Optics APOGrade f6.9 objective; Orion Starseeker 80 f11.2 Refractor
Mount/tripod's: Meade LXD-75 EQ; Orion Starseeker IV ALT/AZ; Celestron Heavy Duty ALT/AZ Farpoint UBM (Universal Binocular Mount)
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Post by Gulf Coast Guy » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:17 am

BTW Folks. If you get a USB GPS dongle like I did use a USB 2.0 port over a USB 3.0 port. As it happens USB 3.0 Ports some how can inhibit the receiver from acquiring satellites.

Just an FYI.

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OTA's: 203mm f10 Meade SCT (LXD75); Antares 80mm Refractor w/William Optics APOGrade f6.9 objective; Orion Starseeker 80 f11.2 Refractor
Mount/tripod's: Meade LXD-75 EQ; Orion Starseeker IV ALT/AZ; Celestron Heavy Duty ALT/AZ Farpoint UBM (Universal Binocular Mount)
Eyepieces:Meade - 26mm plossl, 12mm Astrometric; GSO (OPT badge) 2" Superview 50mm & 30mm 1.25" 15mm; TMB Planetary Series 9mm, 6mm, & 4mm: 10mm & 23mm 60° that came with the 80mm f11.2
Barlows: Orion 2x Shorty; Meade 4000 Series 3x
Binoculars:Brunton 10x50 Celestron Skymaster 15x70 Oberwerk 25x100 IF delux
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Post by turonrambar » Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:40 pm

Hello,

Thanks for the excellent information on GPS systems integrated to telescopes' mounts. I use ASCOM with all my Meade telescopes.

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