Stephen E. Hutson’s ScopeDriver 3.0 enables hobbyist and amateur astronomers to use their Macs to operate telescopes that feature computer connections. The new version has more than 100 enhancements and is available as a trial download. It costs $30 to register.
ScopeDriver works with telescopes that are compatible with Meade’s Autostar, LX200 or Losmandy’s Gemini command sets, and enables you to control your telescope from indoors or even on the Internet. You can plan observations in advance, tell your Mac and telescope to track these observations, then log what you see from within ScopeDriver. What’s more, there are “Observing Lists” you can download to “take tours of interesting stars and deep sky objects.”
Newe to this release is more accurate sidereal tracking for Autostar and compatible telescopes. You can adjust the tracking rate in increments down to 0.001 Hz. Automated Observing Runs can be used sequentially to slew the telescope to an unlimited number of celestial objects.
Observing Lists and find Object Windows now have Rise, Transit and Set times listed in their data displays. And the Observing Lists now have more flexible data display, sorting and functionality.
ScopeDriver is a Universal binary that requires Mac OS X v10.2 or later.
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