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    Default Telescope Aimpoint

    I want to post this web-GUI tool to complement what Jonas has provided in terms of seeing where you are in the sky. You'll have to do a little "tiddler" construction to set up this tool. That's explained in the Authoring help files. The instructions and all the parts for this item are in the attached zip file.

    If the telescope is connected and running, then using the catalog named in the ACP Preferences/PinPoint tab, this item displays the star field at the location where the telescope says it is aiming. If the telescope is not connected, then this item displays the star field at the default location RA = 0, Dec = 0. No user input is needed. I've only provided for a 30' x 30' field of view (North up, East left), and this is the difference from the all sky view that Jonas has created.

    As I mentioned, the image generated is based on the catalog you've selected. In this way it's much like the image you get when running ACP with MaxIm in the simulation mode. I'm trying to add the ability to click on a star in the generated image to pop up the RA, Dec and magnitude retrieved from the catalog. Because of the way I built this simple tool, that's a more challenging task. It's not ready (and may never be ready!).
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    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XME
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~ 15' x 10'


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    You guys are AMAZING!!! I could not be happier right now. THANKS!!
    -- Bob

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    Bob,
    I've finally figured out how to get the coordinates out of the catalog to display in the tiddler! I'll put up a new wherepoint.asp file later this week.

    Here's a link to the latest update, v3.
    http://forums.dc3.com/showthread.php...9752#post39752
    Last edited by Dick Berg; May 1, 2013 at 12:30. Reason: added link to update file location
    Dick
    www.VirgilObservatory.us
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XME
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~ 15' x 10'


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    Woo Hoo!!! This is great!
    -- Bob

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    Default Version 2

    This is an update. What's changed is only the wherepoint.asp file. I changed it to ensure that the displayed image is referenced to the J2000 epoch and not JNow, even if your telescope reports JNow coordinates.

    I still haven't been able to figure out how to enable clicking on a star and displaying the identification, coordinates and magnitude.

    To install, follow the instructions in the zip file.
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    Last edited by Dick Berg; Apr 11, 2013 at 01:17.
    Dick
    www.VirgilObservatory.us
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XME
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~ 15' x 10'


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    Default Version 3

    Here's a pointer to the latest update, v3.

    http://forums.dc3.com/showthread.php...9752#post39752
    Dick
    www.VirgilObservatory.us
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XME
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~ 15' x 10'


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    Default Version 4, January 28, 2014

    Here's a pointer to the final update:

    http://forums.dc3.com/showthread.php...3204#post43204
    Dick
    www.VirgilObservatory.us
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XME
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    FOV ~ 15' x 10'


 

 

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