1. System Requirements
3. Telescope Control
4. Data Catalogs
5. Internet Data
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We have divided in sections according to menu options.
1.1 What are the requirements for
use Tachyon ?
1.2 My PocketPC is compatible ?
Tachyon is not available for PalmOS
devices. It runs only in Pocket PC devices.
The .NET Compact Framework is
supported on Windows Mobile 2000-based Pocket PC, Windows Mobile
2002-based Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PCs,
Windows Mobile-based Smartphones and embedded systems running
Windows CE .NET 4.1 and later.
To control a telescope you will need
a serial interface in your PDA.
1.3 Is it necessary a GOTO
Telescope or Internet Connection to run Tachyon ?
It is not necessary a GOTO
telescope to use Tachyon. Nowadays amateur telescopes are
becoming more and more automated. Tachyon allows you, if you
are a lucky owner if one of these marvelous machines, to
expand the usability.
Tachyon has skins for some handboxes and you can create your own
if you are a good designer. You can even run a Meade Telescope
with a Nextstar interface or vice-versa, as strange this can
If you do not have a GOTO
telescope there is no problem at all. All functions, except
commanding the telescope will work without restrictions.
GOTOs are only a small
fraction of Tachyon capabilities.
do not need an internet connection to work. But indeed it is
very recommended if the user intends to use real time data,
like Aurorae conditions, Sun conditions, Weather Patterns,
DSS & SDSS images, latest comet or asteroid orbit data etc.
If you intend to go to a
star party that has no access to an internet connection
(common place) you need only, if you will use timely data,
to synchronize desired field information before going to the
party using your personal computer.
But indeed is fantastic to
open supernovae CBAT recent list, see a SDSS image with the
correct position, command remotely your telescope and see
the dying star. Or get latest comet orbit data, see
ephemerides and observe directly from your telescope
2.1 How can I install Tachyon in
my pocket ?
It is easy. See our
3.1 I have not found my telescope
driver. What are the drivers available ?
We are trying to expand the drivers
for, at least ASCOM compatible setups. If your telescope driver
is not available you could ask us about. TachyonNET have
standard the Meade LX200 Classic, Autostar and Celestron
4.1 How use a Vizier Catalog ?
With Tachyon you have access to any
Catalog. This mean that you can have access to about every
conceivable astronomical catalog. You cannot forgot about Pocket
PC device limitations. If you put huge catalogues simultaneously
available in StarMap you can have a huge impact on Mapping performance.
This does not affect the use of catalogues in other parts of the
Tachyon was designed to be
expandable and it uses a large set of astronomical resources
available in the web. As a long time amateur astronomer, we
know that we can have very different objectives. Some people
like to observe variable stars, others are comet hunters or
deep sky observers. With this fact in mind we designed the
Catalog module with an amplitude that can satisfy everyone.
You can get any catalog in
Vizier and put it in Tachyon. Not only coordinates data, but
the full set of data you understand that is valuable.
In our homepage we have an
example of this. You can see some catalogues like
Herbig-Haro objects or 3C. In each catalog you can search a
desired object and see the full data available. Pressing "D"
- details button you have an explanation for each field.
The software can send you
directly to the starmap positon desired and/or goto your
telescope for observation.
Instructions are available
5.1 I do not have internet
connection in my mobile. Could I use the features ?
Yes, you could use those features if
you have internet access in your personal computer. In this case
you must run a Synchronizer that is available to get internet
data and transfer to your handheld device.