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Installing ASCOM Telescope Drivers

ASCOM is a third party platform that provides an interface to various telescopes and other devices.  SkyTools Real Time requires ASCOM to interface with all but the Argo Navis and Sky Commander devices.

To use ASCOM first download and install the ASCOM platform.

Next download and install the ASCOM device drivers that you require. 

You may go directly to the ASCOM telescope divers.

ASCOM now supports Tangent-based DSCs such as the Celestron Advanced Astromaster, David Chandler Co. Deep Space Navigator, Discovery Digital Setting Circles, Grecner Navigator, JMI NGCMAX, Lumicon Sky Vector, Mountain Instruments Star Pilot, Orion Sky Wizard 3, and TeleVue Sky Tour, as well as BBox, Ouranos, MicroGuider III and V, and other similar units. Requires SkyTools 3.

ASCOM Support

ASCOM 5 or greater is required for SkyTools 3 as well as the latest driver for your mount.  If you receive an error when you connect to ASCOM or to your telescope the issue is most likely related to your ASCOM installation.   Pay special attention to driver requirements with respect to the firmware version you are using.  It is also important to properly set all of the correct driver properties via the ASCOM telescope chooser.  If you still receive an error try connecting via the ASCOM POTH hub.

ASCOM main page.