Telescope Compatibility

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WARNING: Stellarium CANNOT prevent your telescope from being pointed at the Sun.
  • Never point your telescope at the Sun without a proper solar filter installed. The powerful light amplified by the telescope WILL cause irreversible damage to your eyes and/or your equipment.
  • Even if you don't do it deliberately, a slew during daylight hours may cause your telescope to point at the sun on its way to the given destination, so it is strongly recommended to avoid using the telescope control feature before sunset without appropriate protection.

If you abuse this feature to point your telescope to the sun and ruin your telescope, your eyes, your children's eyes or whatever, then this is not our fault, but yours.

Note: version 0.10.0 of Stellarium does not include the key bindings for telescope control. The telescope control feature was being re-worked and was re-introduced in 0.10.1. If you want to use telescope control, but can't run versions 0.10.1 and later, you can use version 0.9.1.

This page lists telescope control drivers and their compatibility with various models.

Make Model Operating System Server (see note 1) Status Notes
Meade Autostar Linux TelescopeServerLx200 Untested
Meade Autostar Windows TelescopeServerLx200.exe Supported see note 2
Meade Autostar MacOS X TelescopeServerLx200 Untested currently source code only
Meade LX200 Linux TelescopeServerLx200 Supported Original reference implementation, used by the developer
Meade LX200 Windows TelescopeServerLx200.exe Supported Original reference implementation, seems to work well with different kinds of Windows
Meade LX200 MacOS X TelescopeServerLx200 Untested currently source code only
Losmandy G11 Linux/Windows TelescopeServerLx200(.exe) Supported successfully used by some guy in the forum
Celestron NexStar Linux/Windows TelescopeServerNexStar(.exe) Untested by Michael Heinz
Celestron NexStar Mac TelescopeServerNexStar Supported by Michael Heinz
SkyMax 127 GOTO Linux TelescopeServerNexStar Supported by Renato Golin
Astelco full range (OpenTPL) Linux, Solaris TelescopeServerRTS2 Supported see note 3
CAHA 1.23m Solaris TelescopeServerRTS2 Supported see note 3
Software Bisque Paramount Linux TelescopeServerRTS2 Supported see note 3
Astrolab various custom models Linux TelescopeServerRTS2 Supported see note 3


  1. The telescope server program (short: Server) is a stand alone program that can operate exactly one telescope, and can simultanousely serve one or many clients (like stellarium). The terms server and client refer to the respective role in TCP/IP communication. The name of the binary should uniquely identify the telescope communication protocol it is using for communicating with the telescope. Naming convention for programmers: The name of the driver refers to the class in the driver source code. This is usually similar to the name of the resulting binary (program), but to be certain, look inside the .hpp file which is used to make the binary. It might be a good idea to adopt the convention of making the resulting binary have the same name as the driver class.
  2. Autostar ETX70 with 494 controller and 506 cable. The original telescopeserverLX200.exe was too fast for the slow link connection to the 494 controller. The problem has been repaired with the latest version of TelescopeServerLx200.exe. To get a smoother move of the cross hair edit the time delay in the config.ini file from 500000 to 1500000. B.G
  3. RTS2: for RTS2 models, you will need RTS2 driver. You can obtain it from [[1]].
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