AstroTelescope is a simple planetarium application for the astrophotography.
The star map can be displayed in any scale and rotated by any angle, with selectable star density and with or without star names. Hipparcos Catalogue and selected NGC and IC DSO object are available from the application locally, but any object can be searched online by calling public SIMBAD service on Strasbourg Astronomical Data Center.
An application can control connected mount both by selecting object on the star map or manually, mount position can be synced automatically from solved image in AstroImager application. AstroTelescope is now also integrated with AstroGuider.
Its built-in drivers support Meade LX and Celestron NexStar protocols both over serial line and TCP/IP (with many version limitation in case of NexStar protocol). Application can be used as a client to any remote or local INDI server with any supported telescope mount and it can also control EQMac application over TCP/IP connection and LX protocol or any Meade or Synta (e.g. Celestron or SkyWatcher) mount with SkyFi network controller.
A dome with INDI driver can be synced to the controlled telescope mount.
- Many bugfixes
- Automatic INDIGO servers lookup
Ratings and Reviews
Don’t waste your money on this app. The star map is totally unusable. The fonts are so tiny as to be unreadible, and the background for the star map cannot be changed. it is dark grey on slightly lighter grey, and you cannot zoom the fonts for the labels at all. I contacted the developer, and got lip service about how they chose to use the standard OSX presentation space. Bad choice, virtually no support. That said, the other apps appear much better, but still buggy and crashes often. Definitely a work in progress.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.