Re: RCOS rotator


May 16, 2010

 


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#41148 May 16, 2010

Hi all,



I have an RCOS rotator that I'd like to get connected to MaxImDL. However, when I try to add it to my configuration, the only option that shows up under Rotators is "Rotator simulator".



I *have* successfully connected my RCOS focuser, which is controlled by the same RCOS TCC software, to MaxImDL.



Did I miss installing some necessary drivers somewhere? The ASCOM website says it's possible to drive the RCOS rotator and that RCOS distributes an ASCOM driver for it as part of their TCC software, but when I installed that software (which was a while ago) I don't remember there being separate drivers that came with it, just the TCC executable.



Any help is appreciated - I'm running MaxImDL 5.09.



Thanks,



Eric



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#41150 May 16, 2010

On 2010-05-16 8:07 AM, ejensen wrote: > Hi all,

>

> I have an RCOS rotator that I'd like to get connected to MaxImDL. However,

> when I try to add it to my configuration, the only option that shows up under

> Rotators is "Rotator simulator".

>

> I *have* successfully connected my RCOS focuser, which is controlled by the

> same RCOS TCC software, to MaxImDL.

>

> Did I miss installing some necessary drivers somewhere? The ASCOM website

> says it's possible to drive the RCOS rotator and that RCOS distributes an

> ASCOM driver for it as part of their TCC software, but when I installed that

> software (which was a while ago) I don't remember there being separate

> drivers that came with it, just the TCC executable.

>

> Any help is appreciated - I'm running MaxImDL 5.09.

>

> Thanks,

>

> Eric



The ASCOM driver is supplied by RCOS. Please contact them for support.



Doug



--



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Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com/



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

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Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#41151 May 16, 2010

I use one too; If I remember correctly, you need to run the TCC application

(I think it provides the ASCOM hooks). It also gives you a chance to check

the connections and link to theSky position angle (if you are using theSky).







Hope this helps...



-Mike.







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ejensen

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Subject: [MaxImDL] RCOS rotator











Hi all,



I have an RCOS rotator that I'd like to get connected to MaxImDL. However,

when I try to add it to my configuration, the only option that shows up

under Rotators is "Rotator simulator".



I *have* successfully connected my RCOS focuser, which is controlled by the

same RCOS TCC software, to MaxImDL.



Did I miss installing some necessary drivers somewhere? The ASCOM website

says it's possible to drive the RCOS rotator and that RCOS distributes an

ASCOM driver for it as part of their TCC software, but when I installed that

software (which was a while ago) I don't remember there being separate

drivers that came with it, just the TCC executable.



Any help is appreciated - I'm running MaxImDL 5.09.



Thanks,



Eric











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#41152 May 16, 2010

I use one too; If I remember correctly, you need to run the TCC application (I think it provides the ASCOM hooks). It also gives you a chance to check the connections and link to theSky position angle (if you are using theSky).



Hope this helps...

-Mike.



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "ejensen" ejensen1@...> wrote:

>

> Hi all,

>

> I have an RCOS rotator that I'd like to get connected to MaxImDL. However, when I try to add it to my configuration, the only option that shows up under Rotators is "Rotator simulator".

>

> I *have* successfully connected my RCOS focuser, which is controlled by the same RCOS TCC software, to MaxImDL.

>

> Did I miss installing some necessary drivers somewhere? The ASCOM website says it's possible to drive the RCOS rotator and that RCOS distributes an ASCOM driver for it as part of their TCC software, but when I installed that software (which was a while ago) I don't remember there being separate drivers that came with it, just the TCC executable.

>

> Any help is appreciated - I'm running MaxImDL 5.09.

>

> Thanks,

>

> Eric

>



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#41153 May 16, 2010

Thanks, Mike - it's useful to know that someone has it working; I'll try

some other things and report back here.

Doug - thanks for chiming in, too. I didn't mean to come across as

"Hey, Diffraction Limited, fix my problem." My intent was more like

"Hey, community of users, anyone have any ideas?" I appreciate your

presence here and realize that interactions between different software

packages are complicated. In general I think it's useful to know

whether something should work in principle (or has worked in practice

for some users), even if the details of making it work may fall outside

the support domain of one particular software package.

A related question: where does MaxImDL look for ASCOM drivers?

Thanks again for your patience and help,

Eric







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#41154 May 16, 2010

On 2010-05-16 3:35 PM, ejensen wrote: > Thanks, Mike - it's useful to know that someone has it working; I'll try

> some other things and report back here.

> Doug - thanks for chiming in, too. I didn't mean to come across as

> "Hey, Diffraction Limited, fix my problem." My intent was more like

> "Hey, community of users, anyone have any ideas?" I appreciate your

> presence here and realize that interactions between different software

> packages are complicated. In general I think it's useful to know

> whether something should work in principle (or has worked in practice

> for some users), even if the details of making it work may fall outside

> the support domain of one particular software package.



The RCOS driver does work; I used to have a TCC. But you'll have to check with

RCOS about the installation. It may be that they haven't upgraded it for ASCOM

5.5.

> A related question: where does MaxImDL look for ASCOM drivers?

> Thanks again for your patience and help,



We call the ASCOM Chooser.



Doug



--



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com/



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#41183 May 18, 2010

Make sure you have the latest TCC install. then manual start the ae program. this will make the necessary changes to your registry. It should show up in the ascom chooser then.



TCC -should- make these entries itself. But it doesn't.

RC does very little to support this product. Diffraction limited

is in a whole other league for enhancements and support.





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "ejensen" ejensen1@...> wrote:

>

> Thanks, Mike - it's useful to know that someone has it working; I'll try

> some other things and report back here.

> Doug - thanks for chiming in, too. I didn't mean to come across as

> "Hey, Diffraction Limited, fix my problem." My intent was more like

> "Hey, community of users, anyone have any ideas?" I appreciate your

> presence here and realize that interactions between different software

> packages are complicated. In general I think it's useful to know

> whether something should work in principle (or has worked in practice

> for some users), even if the details of making it work may fall outside

> the support domain of one particular software package.

> A related question: where does MaxImDL look for ASCOM drivers?

> Thanks again for your patience and help,

> Eric

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>



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#41184 May 18, 2010

On 2010-05-18 12:39 PM, j_kammlade wrote: > Make sure you have the latest TCC install. then manual start the ae program.

> this will make the necessary changes to your registry. It should show up in

> the ascom chooser then.



Please be aware that ASCOM 5.5 no longer uses the Registry. If RCOS didn't use

the ASCOM-recommended method to register the driver, and hasn't bothered to

update their installation, then it may not show up.



This can be fixed manually using the ASCOM Profile Explorer (Start menu, All

Programs, ASCOM Platform, Tools, Profile Explorer); however, I don't know

offhand what the "name" is supposed to be. It might be "TCC.Rotator", but

that's just a guess.



Doug



--



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com/



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#41185 May 18, 2010

On 2010-05-18 12:39 PM, j_kammlade wrote:

> > Make sure you have the latest TCC install. then manual start the

> ae program.

> > this will make the necessary changes to your registry. It should

> show up in

> > the ascom chooser then.

>

Thanks for the suggestion, but I had no luck with this approach.



On May 18, 2010, at 1:46 PM, Douglas B. George wrote:

> Please be aware that ASCOM 5.5 no longer uses the Registry. If RCOS

> didn't use

> the ASCOM-recommended method to register the driver, and hasn't

> bothered to

> update their installation, then it may not show up.

>

> This can be fixed manually using the ASCOM Profile Explorer (Start

> menu, All

> Programs, ASCOM Platform, Tools, Profile Explorer); however, I don't

> know

> offhand what the "name" is supposed to be. It might be

> "TCC.Rotator", but

> that's just a guess.

>

Hmmm, I have ASCOM 5 installed, not 5.5, and there is no Profile

Explorer. I can upgrade to 5.5 - anything to watch out for if I do?

(Not regarding the rotator, but in general - I don't want to mess up

other things, which are working fine.)



Thanks,



Eric







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#41188 May 19, 2010

Have you contacted RCOS on this? Seems like a logical place to start.



My experience has been that the RCOS rotator driver is there (TCC uses it!) but

for whatever reason (ask RCOS) it doesn't get registered for the Chooser. TCC

"just knows" its ID.



If RCOS isn't able to help with their software, I can help. But I'd rather it

go there first in order to give them a fair chance to address it.



-- Bob



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#41189 May 19, 2010

Doug -- I believe they just don't register it at all. I've already

echoed your suggestion to take this up with RCOS, as it has nothing to

do with Maxim.



Eric -- Don't add ASCOM 5.5 to the mix just yet. The problem has nothing

to do with the ASCOM platform (or MaxIm). It's the driver's installation

process, and that's RCOS' responsibility since they developed it.



-- Bob



You said: > Please be aware that ASCOM 5.5 no longer uses the Registry. If RCOS didn't use

> the ASCOM-recommended method to register the driver, and hasn't bothered to

> update their installation, then it may not show up.

>



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#41192 May 19, 2010

Bob,



Thanks for your suggestions. I've contacted RCOS, and will post here

once I have more information to share.



Eric



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#41706 Jul 11, 2010

Hello



Do you have any news on this ?

Is there a newsgroup where I can track this issue ?



thanks

Nicolas

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Eric Jensen ejensen1@...> wrote:

>

> Bob,

>

> Thanks for your suggestions. I've contacted RCOS, and will post here

> once I have more information to share.

>

> Eric

>



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