Since TheSky X and TheSky 6 are themselves not 100% compatible with the ASCOM environment, we've provided some adapter components to make them fit in.
Please note: As of March 2013, Software Bisque's TheSky X includes built-in support for controlling devices through their ASCOM drivers. The description of the separate plug-ins that was here has been removed, as Software Bisque now provides access from TheSky X to all ASCOM devices. Please upgrade your copy of TheSky X to the latest version.
There are three different ways that TheSky can fit into the ASCOM environment:
In this case, ASCOM astronomy software selects TheSky Controlled Telescope as its telescope type (this adapter driver is separately downloadable). This makes TheSky (X and 6), TPOINT, ProTrack, and its internal telescope control logic look like any other ASCOM telescope driver. See the text below the diagram for details.
This requires TheSky X or TheSky 6 Professional (TheSky 5 Level IV is supported for backward compatibility). When using one of the many programs that control telescopes via ASCOM drivers, you need to have downloaded and installed the TheSky-Telescope driver and select "TheSky Controlled Telescope" as the telescope type. Of course, within TheSky itself, select your real telescope type (e.g. Paramount). This configuration (using TheSky as a telescope controller) is not limited to the Paramount; it can be used with any telescope type that can be controlled from within TheSky (including ASCOM mounts as of March 2013 with TheSky X).
All that's needed is to activate TheSky X scripting support, normally only required on Vista or Windows 7:
You need to enable TheSky's external control features:
In this case, TheSky 6 plays the role of an ASCOM astronomy program that uses ASCOM drivers like any other. See the text below the diagram for details.
In order to use ASCOM drivers for telescope control from within TheSky, you need to install the ASCOM "TeleAPI" plug-in. Download, unzip and read 'install.txt'. This gives instructions on how to install the adapter. After you have done this:
You need to do steps 2-9 only one time (unless you change your telescope type)