TSC – a powerful open-source controller for large telescopes

What is TSC? TSC is an open hard- and software project. It currently based on two industrial grade stepper controllers (Phidget 1067 B bipolar stepper controller, http://www.phidgets.com, with a maximum coil current of 4A and 30V maximum supply; the resolution is fixed with 1/16 microsteps. The boards are controlled via USB 2. The controllers are... Continue Reading →

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Tweaking with the autoguider, and utilizing 3 clear moonless nights

So there was the scarce coincidence - weekend, no moon and clear skies. I spent 3 nights programming fine details on the autoguider and taking exposures. There is some more fine tuning to be done, but in the end I had 42 usable 5 min. lights taken through the 13" Houghton with a Canon 1100d... 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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