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telescope control software that can talk to NEMA GPS modules

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Joe Perry Posted: 12-03-2018 7:15 PM

hi

does the sky6, or the sky 10

allow one to select a GPS rs232 device to read lat/long and time and date

automatically into the SKY with NEMA simple commands and decode.

i can not find this in the forum or searches.

thanks joe perry wb6dco ME mount

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While at the present time TheSkyX (and TheSky6 before it) has no built-in capability to automatically obtain the site location and time from a GPS receiver, it can be done through scripting (requires TheSkyX Professional Edition).

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hi.. ouch spend 1000$ to get one small script.  is there a forum for scripts!! if not we need one i guess.

thanks joe perry old sky x

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In the past I had made many posts along these lines. Including how to do most of this with TheSky6 or TheSkyX.
http://www.bisque.com/sc/forums/p/10318/37849.aspx#37849

Another post here.
http://www.bisque.com/sc/forums/p/969/21360.aspx#21360

And this one has the attached example script provide,
http://www.bisque.com/sc/forums/p/8835/31653.aspx#31653

Yet one more along these lines can be found here.
http://www.bisque.com/sc/forums/p/11661/43357.aspx#43357

The example scripts provided take the input from the user to set the date/time, location, even daylight and time zone, via the script. Meaning that using the existing script in a nutshell needs to do little more than open the com port and get the data from the GPS stream. That is the hardest part of the process. But should be about 3 lines of code. However, actually getting the GPS to sit and wait on a "good" signal from the GPS and trying to set extremely accurate time from the GPS (ignoring daylight and time zone) are not as simple/trivial as you might think. The more time I spent digging into this sort of thing the more difficult I found it was going to be in the end. My guess is that after 20 years of asking for this if this was as simple as it sounds someone would have already taken the time to create the script or even a stand-along app. I have not seen any to date.

Obviously this is something we or at least I have put a lot of time and effort into over the last few years. Realizing full well why you would want to do this. But again when it is all said and done this is really not as simple as it sounds. And after saying this no one has gone ahead and spent an hour to get this all done and offered a fully working simple to use script to accomplish the task.

 

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Hi Joe,

There sure is a forum for scripting!

http://www.bisque.com/sc/forums/121.aspx

Clear skies,

Bill

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Joe Perry:
hi.. ouch spend 1000$ to get one small script.

I'm not sure where you got that price, or what it is for. TheSkyX Professional Edition is USD $329, though one may upgrade to TheSkyX Pro from a lesser edition of TheSkyX, or older version of TheSky (e.g. TheSky5 or TheSky6) for considerably less.

Brian S. Rickard
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