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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Virgil, NY


    Hi again, Saulius,

    i was concerned about your statement about the roof and ACP. If your dome can work using ASCOM with MaxIm, then I would think it should work in the same way with ACP. So I looked rather thoroughly at the Talon6 Operators Manual I found on the website.

    I read the section on page 12 where the choice of the ASCOM Gemini Telescope.NET driver is selected, but I donít see where there is a choice for an ASCOM dome.

    I have to confess I donít know anything about Talon6 or for that matter the Gemini telescopes, so Iím probably shooting in the dark here.

    In ACP, in the Preferences for the Dome, what ASCOM driver did you choose there? I guess I could ask the same question re: dome driver selection in MaxIm. ACP requires choosing a dome driver. (Also, did you enable the dome connection in the preferences?) Does the Gemini telescope driver also function as the dome driver? I would not think so.

    Looking at the website, they provide a driver/application for the Talon6, too. They donít have a version for Windows, but in any case they are almost surely not ASCOM. Did Talon6 provide any other ASCOM driver for a dome?
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    w. focal reducer to f/5.3 ~ FL 1630mm
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XME
    FOV ~ 15' x 10'
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    MaxIm and, of course, ACP!
    AAVSO Code: BRIC

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Mesa, AZ


    So far I have 2 critical pieces of equipment that are widely used as remote components - 10micron mount and Talon automated roof that work very well standalone and through MaximDL, using Ascom. This however doesnít allow me to use ACP for remote control - Talon crashes ACP altogether every time during roof close
    I found this thread

    Morning calibration and shutdown script not running, no logs

    in which we were going to look online but I either failed to follow up with post-session message or we never finished doing this. If you want to continue, please continue on that thread so things don't get mixed up here.

    I'm happy to look, but from the evidence the Talon dome was/is not ASCOM compatible. ACP requires that devices report consistent info. It is an automation system. Sure it is OK to manually open and close the dome with MaxIm or ?? but those apps aren't making the status a condition. They just send the command and hope for the best. ACP cannot do that. Also ACP is OK with a wide variety of Dome and Roof controllers. And what can I do about the 10 Micron? "Working very well standalone" doesn't mean "well it should work with a strict remote robotic/automated system" also. I'm sorry to sound a bit harsh but I cannot bend on the design for devices that don't follow the specs.
    -- Bob



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