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Sky at Night Magazine - - CONTENTS - GRAEME DUR­DEN

We pro­duce an EQTOUR for­mat data file each month to ac­com­pany the printed Deep Sky Tour (see page 5 for de­tails). Un­for­tu­nately, this data can­not be im­ported di­rectly into your Ce­le­stron CGX mount or in­deed any other. How­ever, both EQTOUR and your mount are ASCOM com­pat­i­ble. This means that you can con­trol your mount us­ing any ASCOM-com­pat­i­ble plan­e­tar­ium soft­ware like the free Cartes du Ciel and Stel­lar­ium, or paid-for pro­grams like TheSky and Starry Night, and run EQTOUR at the same time.

Con­trol­ling your Ce­le­stron CGX mount us­ing a lap­top PC and a plan­e­tar­ium pro­gram is a fan­tas­tic way of lo­cat­ing ob­jects to ob­serve or im­age. As a bonus, you can then select each of the ob­jects in that month’s tour us­ing EQTOUR and in­struct the plan­e­tar­ium soft­ware to slew the mount to point at each ob­ject au­to­mat­i­cally.

You can con­nect your mount to a PC us­ing a mini USB cable from the PC to the USB socket on the hand-con­troller.

EQTOUR be­ing used with plan­e­tar­ium soft­ware Carte Du Ciel

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