PC Control for your Sky-Watcher computer controlled mount
This small and inexpensive dongle updates your current Sky-Watcher mount with the new “PC-Direct” features found in latest version of mounts like the Sky-Watcher EQ8-R or those with the new version 5 of the SynScan hand controller.
It allows control of your mount via your PC using a USB cable instead the SynScan hand controller.
This opens up your Sky-Watcher mount to a wide collection of both Open Source and commercial telescope control, planetarium and guiding software.
Here’s some examples.
For Windows PCs:
Planetarium programs –
- Cartes du Ciel
- Starry Night family
Plus many more.
Once connected via the SynScan USB adaptor, most of the these programs will allow you to move your telescope to an item of interest or even click on a star map to position your telescope.
- Open PHD Guiding (Often just called “PHD”)
This popular program allows autoguiding of a mount while taking astronomical photos via a camera.
MacOs and Linux users can access a range of astronomy applications via the INDI Library Open Astronomy Astronomy Instrumentation platform.
It supports both equatorial or “EQ” mounts Sky-Watcher mounts and Alt-Az Sky-Watcher EQ mounts such as the range of Sky-Watcher GOTO Dobsonian telescopes.
Please not you do not require this adaptor if your Sky-Watcher mount already has a USB port or you have a new, Version 5 SynScan hand controller.