Re: [guide-user] Does not play well with others...

P. Clay Sherrod Jan 28, 2012

You do not want nor need ASCOM to run Guide for an LX200.

Clay
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Dr. P. Clay Sherrod
Arkansas Sky Observatories
MPC H45 - Petit Jean Mountain South
MPC H41 - Petit Jean Mountain
MPC H43 - Conway West
http://www.arksky.org/

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From: "barringtonri" <pecorp@...>
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Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 3:58 PM
Subject: [guide-user] Does not play well with others...


> After taking a break from this problem, I've once again attempted to simultaneously
> run Guide and The Sky 6 Pro interfaced with a Meade LX200 GPS. The objective is to
> have both programs communicating with the scope so that CCD Soft will read the
> scope orientation while Guide (now version 9) is used to determine and slew to
> targets.
>
> Both programs work fine if run alone, but Sky seems to be appropriating the COM 1
> port as I'm getting a "Cannot open Com Port 1" message in Guide when I attempt a
> slew in Guide with Sky open and connected. Disconnecting the scope from Sky allows
> Guide to slew the scope.
>
> The Bisque software doesn't have an ASCOM telescope control option but they do
> offer "LX200 GPS by Meade Instruments" and "Autostar by Meade Instruments" as
> control options. The first option works well and the second appears to try to
> emulate the Meade hand controller so I didn't follow the step by step Autostar
> routing all the way to powering up an already operating scope.
>
> Sky is running on Com 1 at a 9600 baud rate.
>
> Guide 9 is set to Com 1 and LX200. It will also run the scope when set to ASCOM
> Scope. Putting Guide into ASCOM, the Sky 6 displays "Could not open
> communications port. The port is either in use by another application or not
> recognized by the system."
>
> Using direct software controls in both programs, with Guide connected to the scope,
> Sky will connect, and when it does it seems to disconnect Guide. When Sky is
> running, Guide refuses to connect.
>
> So, in summary, I remain unable to run my LX200 GPS with both Sky and Guide using
> direct built-in (not ASCOM) control simultaneously. Does anyone have any further
> thoughts on how to get Sky & Guide to play nicely?
>
> Pete Peterson I15
>
>
> --- In guide-user@yahoogroups.com, Bill J Gray <pluto@...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Pete,
>>
>> As Steve Barkes mentioned, this really _should_ work... _if_ both
>> Guide and TheSky are using ASCOM. I think you must still have Guide
>> set up to control the scope directly, since you got a "Can't access
>> COM Port" message from Guide. If you've set Guide up to use
>> ASCOM (i.e., clicked on the "ASCOM" button in Settings... Scope
>> Control), but still get a message about COM ports... well, something
>> is _very_ wrong there, and I'll need to fix something.
>>
>> Another possible fix, which I should have thought of before: I
>> dunno if TheSky retains the ability to control Meade scopes directly,
>> as an alternative to ASCOM control. I am reasonably sure that they
>> supported scope control long before ASCOM came onto the scene, as
>> did I. I've found it best to use "direct", not-through-ASCOM
>> control where possible, since it removes a layer that (for Meade
>> and Celestron scopes and some others) is not needed by Guide. And
>> it's likely that Software Bisque has found this to be true as well.
>>
>> ASCOM will always grab the COM port and not let go of it; there's
>> no concept of "working well with others". But I'd not be surprised
>> if the folks at Software Bisque thought, as I do, that grabbing a
>> COM port and hogging it is really bad manners (and poor software
>> design).
>>
>> If so, you should be able to set up both Guide and TheSky to use
>> their built-in scope control, and ASCOM will vanish from the picture.
>>
>> -- Bill
>>
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