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Star Book

Discontinued June 2014

Star BookThe Star Book controller is not available for purchase as a standalone item. It is included with the SX mount.

The features and functions below are just some of those available in the Star Book. For a full demonstration of the power and flexibility of this superb GO-TO controller please contact us.

Specification
CPU: 32 bit RISC processor
Power supply: DC 12V
Power consumption: Max. 0.25W (in stand-alone mode)
Size: 19.5cm x 14.5cm x 2.8cm
Weight: 400g (0.88oz)
Max. slewing speed: 1200x sidereal rate

Large Colour LCD Screen
Star Book has a large 4.7” diagonal colour STN LCD screen (320x240 pixels).

Intuitive Push Button Operation
The two sets of 5 control buttons enable simple menu navigation as well as push button control of the mount. As you move through the Star Book menus, the function of each button is shown on the display.

Mount Motion linked to Star Chart
In Scope Mode, where telescope motion is controlled in real-time, manual motor corrections and slewing are scaled to the zoom setting of the star chart. Motion is fast when the chart displays wide fields and becomes progressively slower when zoomed to narrower fields.

LAN Port
Firmware updates are downloadable to Star Book using a crossover LAN cable for direct PC connection or a conventional LAN cable via a network switch or router. (Note: Cables not supplied with Star Book). The IP address of the controller must be manually set on the PC when using a crossover cable. The Star Book can request an IP address from DHCP when used on a network.

Built-in Speaker
GO-TO and other operations are confirmed by audible tones.

Multiple Language Options
The Star Book has menus in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

PC Software Compatibility
There is support for the ASCOM platform via third party drivers. This allows applications such as Cartes du Ciel to interact with Star Book. Please check third party software supplier websites to confirm the latest compatibility information. Some astronomy applications also provide direct support for the Star Book but compatibility should be checked with the application provider.

Usable as a Stand-alone Unit
A 12V DC power supply can be attached to the Star Book directly without attaching it to a mount. This allows the Star Book to work as a stand-alone ‘night sky’ simulator for observation planning.

ST-4 Autoguider Compatible
Automatic guiding is possible by connecting a guide scope, CCD camera, and autoguider. For information on autoguiding features and functions, please contact third party suppliers of ST-4 compatible autoguiding products.

Altazimuth Mount Mode
It is possible to move the mount in vertical or horizontal directions, as on an altazimuth mount, with a single key press.

Comet Tracking
Orbit data for comets can be downloaded to the controller, allowing automatic location and tracking.

PEC Function
Star Book has a periodic error correction (PEC) function to allow the user to ‘train’ the controller to compensate for small errors in mount motor movement. Note that the PEC data is not stored when the controller is switched off. PEC training takes only a few minutes and is essential for accurate tracking during long exposure astrophotography.

Multiple Star Alignment
The GO-TO accuracy of the Star Book can be fine-tuned by aligning to multiple stars. Once alignment is done and an observing or photography session is complete, the scope can be returned to a “home” position. This allows a quick start up next time.

 

Example Screen Shots from Star Book S

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Extensive built in Celestial Object Database
The Star Book has a database containing 22,725 celestial objects (17,635 planets, 110 Messier objects and 4,980 NGC/IC objects).
In Chart Mode (above left), the screen shows objects which are in the sky for the current time and location. Once a target object is centered on screen using the push button controls, a press of the GO-TO button switches the controller to Scope Mode (above right). The telescope then slews to the target object.Locate objects using the star chart
Easy Object Navigation
The Star Book has a list of well known objects in its database, including planets, constellations and numerous deep sky objects. These are grouped together by type and are identified by name or object number.