Joined: 07 Jan 2006
|Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:32 pm Post subject: System Requirements to run Tachyon on a Pocket PC
1. System Requirements
1.1 What are the requirements for use Tachyon ?
* PocketPC 400MHz/32MB
* CF .NET platform 2.0
* WM2003 or better
* 17mb Storage Memory and 8mb Program Memory
* PocketPC 600MHz/64MB
* WM2003 or better
* 512MB Memory Card
* CF .NET Platform 2.0
* Wireless adapter
* Internet Connection
* Computer Controlled Telescope (Autostar)
* Serial interface bluetooth or cable
1.2 My PocketPC is compatible ?
Tachyon is not available for PalmOS devices. It runs only in Pocket PC devices.
The .NET Compact Framework 2.0 is supported on Windows Mobile 2000-based Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 2005-based Pocket PCs, Windows Mobile-based Smartphones.
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 ?
1.3.1 GOTO Telescope
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 be.
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.
1.3.2 Internet Connection
Tachyon 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