ACL Telescope Controllers (6.0.1)
Installs a driver for telescope control systems that speak the Merlin Controls Astronomy Command Language. Please note that there is a specific driver for the COMSOFT PC-TCS control system
below. Version 6.0.1 corrects a COM port setup bug, and has sources for building under Platform 6.
Advanced LX-200 Driver (Generic, not for Meade scopes)
Installs a driver that uses a subset
of the LX-200 protocol. Use this driver with mounts that purport to use the LX-200 protocol like FS2, Picastro etc...
Ascom 2X Mount Adaptor (Paramount, etc., 6.1) for TheSky X and TheSky 5/6 (external link)
This is supplied by Software Bisque and is available from the Downloads section of the Software Bisque site, the file is called Ascom 2X Mount Adaptor Setup.exe
Installs a driver that connects to Software Bisque's TheSky X/6/5 Astronomy Software and makes it look like a standard ASCOM telescope. This allows ASCOM-based astronomy software to use TheSky (including TPOINT and ProTrack) as a smart telescope controller. For more information see Working with TheSky (section 1). It is required for the Paramount mounts, and may be used with TheSky controlling any other of its supported telescope types, or via its built-in outbound ASCOM support, and then using ASCOM telescope drivers. This driver provides Telescope V3 support, 100% conformance, and compatibility with TheSky X (10.2.0 or later). It should also work with TheSky6 and TheSky5 but not all functionality will be present.
Astro-Physics GTO - Factory Supplied Driver and Software
This is the installer for the Astro-Physics
factory-supported driver for all Astro-Physics telescope models. Please go to the Astro-Physics Driver web page
for their driver and associated software.
Celestron Unified (6.0.5978, May 2016)
Driver name (users, in the Chooser): Celestron Telescope Driver
ProgId (programmers only): ASCOM.Celestron.Telescope
Installs a driver for all computerized Celestron
This version has passed the Conformance Checker
tests and has support
for programmably changing pier side. It also recognises the StarSense HC.
Park and Unpark use the mount Hibernate/Wakeup commands for NexStar+ HCs version 5.24. See the help file and release notes(!), installed as part of the driver, for a full description.
This driver does NOT support Synta mounts. Use the SkyWatcher driver listed below.
Digital Setting Circles (David Ek, external link)
This ASCOM driver allows the use of a variety of commercial and homebrew passive encoder-based digital setting circles systems with any Windows software that supports the ASCOM standard. This driver works with either alt-az mounts (like a dobsonian) or equatorial mounts. Equatorial mounts do not need to be accurately polar-aligned (although an accurate polar alignment will likely lead to a more satisfying observing experience). The button leads to David's web site for this driver as well as other info on DSCs.
Explore Scientific PMC-Eight Mount Controller Driver
This is the link for the PMC-Eight Mount Controller
to download the PMC-Eight Software Development Kit. This kit includes the ASCOM-Standards driver and other information needed to develop applications for the controller. This version of the driver has passed the Conformance Checker (report included in SDK). Please contact Explore Scientific
for more information.
EQMOD Project (external link)
With the EQMOD ASCOM driver, the user will be able to control the Modded EQ mount
using any ASCOM based astronomy software at 0.144 arcsecond resolution. This is an ongoing project, so be sure to check the site for updates.
Gemini Telescope .NET (1.0.62, Oct 2015)
Installs a driver for mounts controlled by René Görlich's Gemini
Astronomical Telescope Positioning System. Current firmware required!
Generic LX-200 (5.0.1)
Installs a driver that uses a small subset of the LX-200 protocol. Features are limited, and end-of-slew detection may be unreliable (requires adjustment of encoder resolution). Use this driver with mounts that purport to use the LX-200 protocol. Be prepared for limitations and problems. Simple applications (such as planetarium slewing) are more likely to work than demanding automation applications.
iOptron CEM60 and iEQ45 Pro
Installs a driver for the iOptron CEM60 and iEQ45 Pro
mounts. This driver has been supplied by the manufacturer and has passed all conformance tests (report here
LittleFoot Controller (1.0.0)
Driver for the LittleFoot Controller Project, specifically the LittleFoot Classic. For more info see Astronomie & Elektronik
(a German/English forum).
Meade Universal Driver Project (June 2014)
Link to a driver that recognizes new Meade
telescopes (LX850 and LX600), some earlier LX200GPS telescopes, and telescopes that recognize basic Meade Commands (e.g., LX200 Classic, Centurion). Provides position readout, slews, side of pier (where appropriate), and pulse guiding among its basic capabilities. It has passed Conformance Checking for the LX850
and the LX600
and has been run with a number of other Meade telescopes. While not complete functionality (e.g., missing tracking control, focus control, slew rate selection), this is the first iteration of a driver that is intended provide replacement capabilities for all existing Meade drivers. Please Note: This driver reports that it cannot control tracking (on/off) so it may not be suitable for automation applications.
Meade LX200 Classic and Autostar #494, #495, and #497 (combined telescope/focuser, 5.0.4)
Installs a driver for the original Meade
LX200 ("classic") telescope mounts (including the 16"), as well as Meade telescopes that use the Autostar I (#494, #495 and #497) controllers, such as the ETX and DS series. This driver provides both telescope and focuser interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs. Do not use this with the LX200GPS, LX200R or the RCX400
. V5.0.4 corrects installer and driver version mismatches only, no logic in the driver has changed since 2008.
Meade LX200GPS and LX200R (combined telescope/focuser, 5.0.0)
Installs a driver for the Meade
LX200GPS and LX200R telescope mounts. This driver provides both telescope and focuser interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs. Do not use this with the LX200 Classic or the Autostar I (#495/#497) controllers
. It has been reported that this driver also works with the RCX400 except it doesn't allow access to its unique features.
PC-TCS (combined telescope/focuser/dome 5.0.1)
Installs a driver for the COMSOFT
PC-TCS telescope control systems. This driver provides combined telescope, focuser, and dome interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs.
ServoCAT (5.2.1, external link)
Driver for the StellarCAT ServoCAT telescope control system. Latest firmware is recommended
but will run with old firmware (backwards compatible) with reduced features. The author provides a self-contained installer.
Sky Commander (2.1.0, external link)
Driver for the Sky Commander digital setting circle (DSC) device. The author provides a self-contained installer.
SkyWatcher SynScan Mount Controller (6.0.5999, June 2016)
This driver is for all mounts that use the Synta SkyWatcher SynScan controller, including those provided by Orion etc. It should work with both AltAz and GEM mounts. The SynScan Hand Controller version must be 3.38 or 4.38 or later to get full functionality but limited functionality should be available for all HC versions.
Takahashi Temma (5.0.26, external link)
Driver for the Takahashi Temma
This is a full-featured driver that provides not only ASCOM standard driver functions, but also user access to many of the Temma's special features.
Vixen Sphinx (external link)
Driver for the Vixen Sphinx