WiFi telescope and camera control
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Revision as of 07:59, 13 November 2020 by Danny
I'm so happy with my new telescope! This Skywatcher 150mm telescope (150P-DS) came with a decent motor-controlled mount with go-to capability (EQM-35 Pro). Out of the box, it comes with a SynScan hand controller, which is fine, if somewhat tedious to use. However, when using this mounts go-to capabilities with a WiFi bridge (instead of the hand controller) and the SynScan Pro app this telescope is a pure joy to use.
The app also has a function to control a camera attached to the mount controller. Unfortunately, the EQM-35 Pro is not equipped with a SNAP port, the port to which a camera can be connected, so with a regular WiFi adapter, you can't use that functionality.
It would be nice to have a WiFi-to-serial bridge that could also implement the camera controls sent by SynScan Pro app. And luckily, with cheap WiFi enabled microcontrollers available, this is relatively easy to do!