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JAY R Posted: 09-10-2010 7:08 PM

With a Celestron Nexstar 8 Se,  can theSky 6 or SkyX First Light control the scope to track earth satellites?

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JAY R:
With a Celestron Nexstar 8 Se,  can theSky 6 or SkyX First Light control the scope to track earth satellites?

TheSkyX Student Edition, TheSkyX Serious Astronomer Edition and TheSkyX Professional Edition include satellite orbit prediction; The latter 2 can control the Nexstar 8.

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Good evening:

I also track satellites. I'm trying to configure a 16'' Meade mounted on an LX-200 to track satellites. Our current version of your software, TheSky6, doesn't allow us to do this or at least I've been told by a prof that the Track Satelitte menu is greyed out and unusable contrary to when we use it with our Paramount mount. 

Does TheSkyX P.E. allow one to use the track satellite option with the LX-200 mount or does this remain an unsupported function?

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Don

 

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Does TheSkyX P.E. allow one to use the track satellite option with the LX-200 mount or does this remain an unsupported function?
In order to track satellites with TheSkyX, the telescope control system must be able to set tracking rates in both the RA and Declination axes to match the satellite's rates.

In other words, the LX200 control system does not allow tracking rates to be set in both RA and Dec, so it does not meet the minimum system requirements. 

I hope this makes sense.

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donald.bedard:
Does TheSkyX P.E. allow one to use the track satellite option with the LX-200 mount or does this remain an unsupported function?
In order to track satellites with TheSkyX, the telescope control system must be able to set tracking rates in both the RA and Declination axes to match the satellite's rates.

I am planning to use my Losmandy GM-11 mount to track Amateur Radio Satellites using a directional antenna in place of a scope.

My Losmandy Gemini manual states that I can set independent RA and Dec tracking rates.  I take it from the above response that the TheSkyX  can be used for tracking on the mount.  Have you experience with their mounts and tracking systems?  Which SkyX products have the satellite tracking feature.

 

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Have you experience with their mounts and tracking systems?
Unfortunately, I do not. 

One technique that is used by software is to perform "leap frog" slews to track a satellite.  TheSkyX does not use this technique.

TheSkyX's satellite tracking algorithms first compute the satellite's tracking rate in RA and Dec, and then sets the telescope's tracking rate to match.  Using this method, Software Bisque's Paramount mounts have been used to accurately track fast moving satellites, including the ISS and Iridium satellites.

Many commercial mounts do not have sufficient dynamic range for setting the mount's tracking rates in both RA and Dec to track the faster moving satellites.  The next step is to determine if the Gemini control system can set rates for these satellites.  Perhaps Rene can answer this question. 

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Daniel R. Bisque:

In other words, the LX200 control system does not allow tracking rates to be set in both RA and Dec, so it does not meet the minimum system requirements. 

 

It has been a while since the last comments in this thread, so I wanted to bring it back after all these years.

Has there been any change to whether or not TheSkyX could track a satellite using an LX200 telescope? Would the use of the Advanced Satellite Tracking Add-On work? If not, could this be a potential future change - potentially using the satellite's change in RA/DEC converted to a change in Alt/Az - or is the ability truly not possible on the LX200 mounts? 

Thank you for your help!

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Adam

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348688:
Has there been any change to whether or not TheSkyX could track a satellite using an LX200 telescope?
No.

348688:
Would the use of the Advanced Satellite Tracking Add-On work?
No.

348688:
If not, could this be a potential future change - potentially using the satellite's change in RA/DEC converted to a change in Alt/Az - or is the ability truly not possible on the LX200 mounts? 
The coordinate system is not the issue.  The issue is how TheSkyX tracks satellites (frequent changes to the RA and Dec positions) and how non-Paramount mounts respond to them (generally, with disdain).

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How could I possibly script a Paramount ME II mount to track a satellite? Is that possible via COM Object or even using the TCP/JavaScript Option?

Thanks in advance

Erik

BTW.: Meade Autostar II seem to support different tracking rates in RA and DEC, it just seems not to be implemented in most common drivers like ASCOM or INDI. But the serial commands are out there and ready to use.

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