FAQ

Which CCD cameras does GoQat support?

GoQat has fully integrated support for all CCD cameras with INDI drivers. It also has native support for QSI and Starlight Xpress cameras using the USB 2.0 interface.

Can I use my filter wheel?

GoQat has fully integrated support for all filter wheels with INDI drivers. It also has native support for the internal filter wheel in QSI cameras and Starlight Xpress filter wheels that use the USB 2.0 interface.

What cameras can GoQat use for autoguiding?

GoQat has fully integrated support for all autoguider cameras with INDI drivers. In addition, there is native support for Starlight Xpress cameras such as the Lodestar. You can also use QSI cameras and image streaming devices such as webcams and frame-grabbers.

Will GoQat guide my mount?

  • You can send guide commands via the guide port on a camera head. This may be directly compatible with the autoguider port on modern mounts, or you may choose to use an intermediate relay box.
  • If you can talk to your mount via a serial link, GoQat can provide LX200 and Autostar-compatible guide commands via a serial connection (either a real serial port on your computer, or a USB-to-serial converter).
  • If your mount has an autoguider port, you can connect a suitable relay box to it and GoQat can send serial guide commands to the relay box.
  • GoQat can send guide signals via a parallel port, if your computer has one.

PLEASE ALWAYS READ THE DOCUMENTATION FOR YOUR MOUNT CAREFULLY to ensure that the guiding arrangement you choose will not cause damage to the connected hardware. For a detailed discussion of the various autoguiding arrangements and problems that may arise, please see this document by Mike Collins: Autoguider_Interfaces.pdf