Download TTS-panther drivers, emulators, and firmware updates.
A Windows application made to control the TTS-160 Panther Mount remotely from a PC. Easy and quick to set up.
The TTS-160 ASCOM driver allows for control of the mount from software applications using ASCOM.
The latest firmware update for your TTS-160 Pather mount. With all the improvements and newest features.
This new Windows application will create an emulated handpad on your PC. It can do everything a physical handpad can while giving you complete remote control of the mount.
Bringing a PC into the telescope setup complicates things. In most situations, you need the PC to control devices like the imaging camera, guide camera, filter wheel, focus motor etc. All this equipment and the telescope mount are typically connected to the PC using Ascom Drivers.
Reid Smythe developed the driver in cooperation with Track The Stars.
It is now possible to control the mount from your favourite planetarium software such as Sky Safari, Stellarium, Carte du Ciel, and more, as well as from astrophoto tools like NINA, Sequence Generator Pro, Voyager, Sharpcap etc. For Astrophotography, it is possible to set up automated sequences using the Ascom driver for mount control, including guiding.
Any TTS-160 Panther Mount bought from Track The Stars will automatically come with the latest firmware. But as we keep improving and expanding the TTS-160 Panther Telescope Mount’s features, we will be updating the firmware. These firmware updates can be found here.
Send us an email to get the correct firmware for your TTS-160 Panther Telescope Mount.
353 Beta - Display minutes before rOTAtor rewind
Now displays available tracking minutes on the rOTAtor before having to rewind.
The coordinates displayed under the type “Field rotation” have been changed: The number on the right is now in the format of: xxxm.
It displays the estimated number of minutes the rOTAtor can track before rewinding is needed. The number is calculated by a new algorithm, giving precise numbers all over the sky.
353 Beta - Display Exposure time before field rotation
The display now shows how many seconds of exposure are left before field rotation becomes an issue when not using a rOTAtor. This feature can be helpful when doing EAA.
The number on the left is in the format of: xxxsec.
353 Beta - Longitude input updated
The Handpad now displays the longitude input differently, so western longitudes are negative and eastern longitudes are positive, just like modern GPS trackers.
352 Release - Automatic rOTAtor rewind
This new feature allows automation with software like Sequence Generator Pro, NINA, or other astronomy apps. The mount can slew to a target, centre precisely via plate-solving, and take subs for around 30-180 minutes. When making a go-to to the same target, the rOTAtor will automatically rewind, after which you can take more subs. When wished a new target can be selected. Everything is orchestrated from your PC.
352 Release - Smart rOTAtor rewind
When doing a go-to either from the handpad or through the ASCOM interface the Telescope rOTAtor will rewind to the optimal side giving the longest possible tracking time. Until now the rOTAtor has slewed to the central position but improved functionality of the Smart rewind algorithm has changed this.
351 Release - Tracking while aligning
To make it easier to centre the alignment stars, tracking has been enabled after the first alignment star has been chosen. For a better alignment, first align roughly on the first star. Then after tracking has been enabled redo the first alignment star precisely in the eyepiece/camera.
351 Release - Park and automatic alignment functions
The Park function through the Ascom interface has been updated. It is now possible to Park the mount via the Handpad and Ascom. If the mount has been parked in the previous observation run the last alignment will be automatically loaded.
351 Release - Ascom guiding and slewing
Guiding can now be done through Ascom either with slew commands or pulse guide commands. The handling of slew guide commands, both types of Ascom guiding, and guiding via an ST4 cable connection has been improved.
350 Release - Moon goto
The moon has been added to the “Planets” list in the goto menu. Functionality as any other goto.
350 Release - Horizontal position start
The telescope must be in an approximately horizontal position when powering up the mount.
350 Release - Cable Protection
A function has been added that only allows the mount to turn one full turn in Azimuth. Here is a description of the principle:
When cable protection is off the mount will always make the shortest go-to an object. This means the mount can turn unlimited in Azimuth.
When cable protection is on the mount will never rotate more than a half turn in AZ in either direction from the starting (power up) position. This avoids the risk of twisting cables. Before reaching the movement limit a warning will be given on the handpad. When the limit is reached the mount stops and the user must manually slew away from the stop position.
350 Release - Lunar and solar tracking
It is now possible to switch between sidereal, lunar and solar tracking rates. This can be done manually or automatically based on the go-to target.
Track The Stars is a Danish telescope mount manufacturer. The mounts are the TTS-160 Panther and TTS-300 Mammoth, two Alt-Azimuth telescope mounts with top-mounting saddles. The Alt-Az design gives it multiple advantages over Equatorial Mounts. These include no polar alignment, 4-minute set up, top mount saddle, no meridian flip, compact design, precise go-to and tracking, and much more.
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