Hi group, latest update – sorry for the wordiness.
I used the DevManView utility that Howard recommended. It
confirmed that the Serial/USB device was the correct com
port (COM5). And I saw no duplication of this port.
I stand corrected on service patches. Mine is indeed sp3.
The "Simulator" works. I can drive the dome around by
executing the scope controls in Simulator. So the computer
and software are communicating with the dome. However,
this was not the issue.
The only "planetarium" software on my OBS computer is
Cartes du Ciel. It's used solely for information and not
to drive the scope. Looks like it may take a bit to setup.
So this was a non-starter.
Chris and Pierre have challenged my Lesvedome setup menu
selections. I apologize in advance for not following their
suggestions. It's unclear to me what is being recommended.
I have changed the scope setup from POTH/Meade to Meade,
and the dome setup from POTH/Lesvedome to Lesvedome. And
this has not solved the problem.
Lastly, I've included screen shots of the dome control at
This first image is when I hit the connect button on the
Ascom Dome Control Panel (right window). The Windows Task
Manager was there for other reasons, but interestingly, it
shows everything running, including the Meade driver.
After 60-120seconds, the Task Manager shows the Meade
driver "not responding". And after another 20 seconds the
Meade driver flips back to "running". And then the system
connects, but not in a functional way. This screen shot
shows the connection. However, the Position Update counter
(a 10 second counter) at the bottom of the Dome Control
Panel moves at about 1/20 its normal rate (i.e. each
second count takes about 20 real seconds). And all is
hung-up in between. Funky as it is, the dome does move to
keep up with the scope.
This last image is when I bypassed POTH and went directly
to Meade (see the Scope line in the Dome Control Panel).
In this setup, the Position Update counter takes about 10
seconds per second rather than the 20 seconds when using
So after about 2 minutes (or there about) there is a
connection, but something keeps interrupting the operation
to the point where it is non functional.
Appreciate any suggestions.
--- In ASCOM-Talk@yahoogroups.com,
> Hi Gents,
> I've been running Platform 5a along with Lesvedome
and my classic Meade since mid 2009. All works well.
> Just now I've added an Atik filter wheel that
requires Platform 5.5 to communicate with my Images Plus
capture software. And I see that the only platform to
download is 6 sp1.
> 1. Is Platform 6 sp1 the one?
> 2. Do I simply install 6 sp1, and it updates my
> 3. Do I need to update the Meade driver?
> Feel like I have a house of cards and want to be
careful about my approach.
> Thanks for your help.