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 +====Using EQMOD with a Planetarium program====
 +EQMOD is not a stand-alone program. ​ It is software that acts as a driver between other applications (such as your planetarium program). ​ For this reason you should start the planetarium program and then connect to the mount from within the planetarium program. ​ This will start up the EQMOD driver.
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 +(Note: Other add-on modules such as //EQTour// and //​EQMosaic//​ will also start up EQMOD even without a planetarium program. Information about these add-on modules can be found in a later section in this documentation).
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 +Because there are many different combinations of software (and hardware) you will have to use the following examples to guide your own startup steps.
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 +**Caution: **It's very important that EQMOD and your planetarium program agree upon your Latitude/​Longitude. A common problem is forgetting to set these values in **both** the planetarium program and EQMOD. ​ Setting an accurate time is also very important. GPS or Internet time is a good idea.
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 +**Information:​** If the "EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver"​ does not appear in the ASCOM chooser window in the instructions below, you have an EQMOD installation issue. Check the installation instructions earlier in this manual.
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 +Examples of planetarium usage follows:
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 +==Cartes du Ciel (CdC) ==
 +  -Start the planetarium program
 +  -Select "​Telescope | Select Scope Interface"​ and click ASCOM
 +  -In the ASCOM Telescope interface window that appears click [Select]. If the window does not appear select "​Telescope | Configuration Panel" first.
 +  -In the ASCOM "​chooser"​ window that appears, select "EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver"​
 +  -In the ASCOM Telescope interface window that appears click [Select]. If the window does not appear select "​Telescope | Configuration Panel" first.
 +  -When connected the EQMOD ASCOM driver window will appear.
 +  -Verify that CdC and EQMOD agree upon settings for time/​date/​Latitude/​Longitude.
 +
 +==Hallo Northern Sky (HNSKY)==
 +  -Start the planetarium program
 +  -Select "​Screen | ASCOM Telescope driver"​
 +  -In the ASCOM "​chooser"​ window that appears, select "EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver"​
 +  -EQMOD will connect
 +  -You will want to move the EQMOD window aside to reveal the message window underneath.
 +  -Click the [OK] button to dismiss the message window (otherwise you may have trouble accessing some of the HNSKY features).
 +  -When connected the EQMOD ASCOM driver window will appear.
 +  -Verify that HNSKY and EQMOD agree upon settings for time/​date/​Latitude/​Longitude.
 +**Hint:** If you select HNSKY'​s ​ "File | Save status"​ before exiting the program, HNSKY will remember that you use EQMOD the next time it is started.
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 +
 +==Starry Night==
 +  -Start the planetarium program
 +  -Click the "​Telescope"​ tab
 +  -If necessary, expand the setup form
 +  -Click the [Configure] button
 +  -In the ASCOM "​chooser"​ window that appears, select "EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver"​
 +  -Click the [Connect] button
 +  -When connected the EQMOD ASCOM driver window will appear.
 +  -Verify that Starry Night and EQMOD agree upon settings for time/​date/​Latitude/​Longitude.
 +You should be aware that programs such as Starry Night that have the more realistic view of the sky use a greater amount of CPU processing on the computer.
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 +
 +==StarCalc==
 +  -Start the planetarium program
 +  -Select Telescope | Choose menu item
 +  -In the ASCOM "​chooser"​ window that appears, select "EQMOD ASCOM Scope Driver"​
 +  -Select Telescope | Driver setup menu item. Complete appropriate details.
 +  -Select Telescope | Connect EQMOD ASCOM driver menu item
 +  -Select Telescope | Options menu item .
 +  -Verify that StarCalc and EQMOD agree upon settings for time/​date/​Latitude/​Longitude.
 +
 +==Stellarium==
 +In order to integrate //​Stellarium//​ with EQMOD, you will need to install both //​Stellarium//​ and //​StellariumScope//​. ​
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 +//​StellariumScope//​ provides the necessary interface between //​Stellarium//​ and the EQMOD. It is available at
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 +//​ //​[[http://​www.welshdragoncomputing.ca/​|http://​www.welshdragoncomputing.ca/​]] ​ (under the "​Astronomy"​ menu item)
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 +  -Full documentation is included within the //​StellariumScope//​ program.
 +  -Start //​StellariumScope//​. It can start //​Stellarium //or you can start //​Stellarium//​ yourself.
 +  -Select the Scope Drive (typically //EQMOD Scope Driver// or //EQMOD ASCOM Simulator//​).
 +  -Click on "​Connect"​ in StellariumScope.
 +  -Select Configuration | Location menu item in Stellarium.
 +  -Verify that //​Stellarium//​ and EQMOD agree upon settings with respect to time/​date/​Latitude/​Longitude.
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 +== A comment about CPU usage:==
 +You should be aware that programs such as Stellarium that have the more realistic view of the sky use a greater amount of CPU processing on the computer. This may pose a problem if you have a slower computer or are running remote control operations that also need significant CPU processing.
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 +You can reduce the impact upon CPU usage by minimizing the program when you don't need to see the display.
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