Starting EQMOD

Starting EQMOD

EQMOD is not a stand-alone program. It is software that acts as a driver between other applications (such as your planetarium program). For this reason you should start the planetarium program and then connect to the mount from within the planetarium program. This will start up the EQMOD driver.

Because there are many different combinations of software (and hardware) you will have to use the following examples to guide your own startup steps.

Caution:It's very important that EQMOD and your planetarium program agree upon your Latitude/Longitude. A common problem is forgetting to set these values in both the planetarium program and EQMOD.

Information: If the “EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver” does not appear in the ASCOM chooser window in the instructions below, you have an EQMOD installation issue. Check the installation instructions in this manual.

Planetarium program connected directly to EQMOD

Cartes du Ciel (CdC)
  1. Start the planetarium program
  2. Select “Telescope | Select Scope Interface” and click ASCOM
  3. In the ASCOM Telescope interface window that appears click [Select]. If the window does not appear select “Telescope | Configuration Panel” first.
  4. In the ASCOM “chooser” window that appears, select “EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver”
  5. In the ASCOM Telescope interface window that appears click [Select]. If the window does not appear select “Telescope | Configuration Panel” first.
  6. When connected the EQMOD ASCOM driver window will appear.
  7. Remember to check Latitude/Longitude or use GPS.
Hallo Northern Sky (HNSKY)
  1. Start the planetarium program
  2. Select “Screen | ASCOM Telescope driver”
  3. In the ASCOM “chooser” window that appears, select “EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver”
  4. EQMOD will connect
  5. You will want to move the EQMOD window aside to reveal the message window underneath.
  6. Click the “OK” button to dismiss the message window (otherwise you may have trouble accessing some of the HNSKY features).
  7. When connected the EQMOD ASCOM driver window will appear.
  8. Remember to check Latitude/Longitude or use GPS.

Hint: If you select HNSKY's “File | Save status” before exiting the program, HNSKY will remember that you use EQMOD the next time it is started.

Starry Night
  1. Start the planetarium program
  2. Click the “Telescope” tab
  3. If necessary, expand the setup form
  4. Click the [Configure] button
  5. In the ASCOM “chooser” window that appears, select “EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver”
  6. Click the [Connect] button
  7. When connected the EQMOD ASCOM driver window will appear.
  8. Remember to check Latitude/Longitude or use GPS.
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