TSC – a powerful open-source controller for large telescopes

What is TSC? TSC is an open hard- and software project. It was based on two industrial grade stepper controllers (Phidget 1067 B bipolar stepper controller). In order to utilize high-resolution microstepping, a recent upgrade was made to more modern boards, currently ON Semiconductor AMIS 30543 are used. The boards are controlled via USB 2.... Continue Reading →

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A long winter has ended …

... and I spent it with developing new stepper driver interfaces. The Phidget drivers were not bad, but as their programming interface changed completely and they are fixed to 1/16 microsteps, something new had to come. And here it is - the AMIS 30543 controller, maximum current also 3.0A, maximum voltage 30 V, and a... Continue Reading →

Information at a glance

As said before, TSC is an open hard- and software project; its primary purpose at the time being is to provide a telescope controller based on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B for large stationary telescopes. In order to get familiar with its functionality, there are a few starting points: A beautiful PDF of more... Continue Reading →

A quick tour of TSC

At a glance: The following post shows the basic functionality of TSC; all screenshots are taken from the topical release available on┬áThe TSC GitHUb Repository. All is also explained in greater detail in the TSCUserGuide   The main element of TSC is the handbox-screen; here, it is possible to carry out telescope motion in all... Continue Reading →

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