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lx200ctl

What is lx200ctl?

lx200ctl is a utility for telescope control via LX200 protocol. It supports GOTO and export / import of coordinates to / from XEphem via the Telescope interface. The program is written in Freepascal and distributed under GPL.

Download

lx200ctl-2.1.tar.bz2
Sources
lx200ctl-2.1.linuxelf.tar.bz2
Linux binaries

Screenshot

lx200ctl screenshot

Installation from sources

Unpack the archive:
bunzip2 -c lx200ctl-2.1.tar.bz2 | tar -x
change to the base directory:
cd lx200ctl
and run the commands:
make
make install
The first command builds the package, the second installs it. Edit the Makefile to change the installation directories.

For the compilation you require the Freepascal compiler, the GTK package and the pgettext package.

Installation of the binaries

Change to the root directory
cd /
and unpack the archive:
bunzip2 -c <location of the archive>/lx200ctl-2.1.linuxelf.tar.bz2 | tar -x
<location of the archive> is the directory where the archive is stored.

Usage

lx200ctl [options]
  
Options:
  -t <device>    Serial device (default: /dev/ttyS0) 
  -m <FIFO>      FIFO to XEphem for telescope marker 
  -g <FIFO>      FIFO from XEphem for telescope GOTOs 
  -h             Help

Usage with XEphem

Start the configuration dialog from the Telescope menu in the Sky View of XEphem and change the program name in the field Control process to lx200ctl, see screenshot. That's all. (Of course, XEphem and the FIFOs have to configured correctly.)

If the field Show Sky View marker is activated, a marker shows the telescope position. The Telescope GOTO command of the popup menu in the Sky View copies the coordinates into the XEphem field of lx200ctl, see screenshot. (No GOTO is performed!). The Enable telescope GOTO button needs to be activated to enable this feature.

Example

If your telescope is connected to 2nd serial port (/dev/ttyS1) run:
lx200ctl -t /dev/ttyS1

Old versions

Version Sources Linux binaries
2.0 lx200ctl-2.0.tar.bz2
lx200ctl-2.0.linuxelf.tar.bz2
1.0 lx200ctl-1.0.tar.bz2
lx200ctl-1.0.linuxelf.tar.bz2


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