How do I use Skyris as an autoguider?

Using a Celestron Mount

 

  1. Download and install ASCOM Platform 6, and Celestron Unified ASCOM Driver.  These ASCOM drivers are for your Celestron mount, not the Skyris camera.  Skyris will work in other programs as outlined in step 2. 
  2. Download and install a popular autoguiding program of your choice, such as PHD Guiding. The camera works with a number of other programs such as MaxIm DL, Guidemaster, MetaGuide, and more.  These programs connect to the Skyris as a DirectShow device or WDM-style webcam. 
  3. Plug the serial cable supplied with your mount into the hand controller.
  4. Plug the other end of the supplied serial cable into a USB to RS-232 Converter (not included) connected to your PC laptop using a USB to RS-232 Converter.
  5. Plug the Skyris into your computer and open your autoguiding software and connect to the Skyris as a “DirectShow”, “DS Video”, “Webcam”, or “WDM-style Webcam”.  You’re ready to start autoguiding! 

 

Using Other Mounts Equipped with an ST-4 Autoguide Port

 

  1. Purchase the Shoestring Astronomy USB Guide Port Interface GPUSB
  2. Download and install a popular autoguiding program of your choice, such as PHD Guiding. The camera works with a number of other programs such as MaxIm DL, Guidemaster, MetaGuide, and more.  These programs connect to the Skyris as a DirectShow device or WDM-style webcam. 
  3. Plug the GPUSB’s supplied RJ-12 cable from the GPUSB to the ST-4-compatible autoguide port on your mount. 
  4. Plug the Skyris into your computer and open your autoguiding software and connect to the Skyris as a “DirectShow”, “DS Video”, “Webcam”, or “WDM-style Webcam”.  You’re ready to start autoguiding!

 

Updated 12/16/13