What is the ASCOM Initiative?

The ASCOM Initiative is a loosely-knit group of developers and astronomical instrument makers that work together to bring vendor-independent and language-independent plug-and play compatibility between astronomy software and astronomical instruments on Windows, and now Linux and MacOS computers. ASCOM stands for the Astronomy Common Object Model.

See the pages listed on the left for more information about ASCOM. See the Frequently Asked Questions section for info on using drivers and tools in the ASCOM Platform.

A Graphical History of ASCOM Platform Development

Core Team member Tim Long has made this interesting video showing a graphical history of ASCOM from V5.0 (Feb. 2008) to the present. It will give you some idea of the amount of work and skill that has gone into the ASCOM Platform over the last eleven years: