To get the best performance out of your 10Micron mount, a mount model needs to be made. ModelCreator is a free software utility that will allows you to create models for your high precision 10Micron mount.
This software can be used with a wide range of current popular 3rd party applications used for camera and mount control etc such as MaximDL, Sequence Generator Pro (SGP), TheSkyX, BackardESO etc. Model Creator creates the 10Micron mount models in the following simplified sequence: pointing the telescope to a set of predefined celestial positions, taking an exposure, plate solving the image, and then synching the solved position to the mount by creating a new alignment point or by alignment to an previous existing model. This sequence can be done for up to 100 celestial points in total.
Creating the points can be done manually by clicking on an alt-az chart or by letting the software automatically generate its own “point array grid”. You can also create a horizon mask for areas on your local horizon which are blocked by e.g. trees or houses. Alignment points will be excluded from these areas. You can create different equipment profiles that corresponds not only to your mount or camera configuration but also to what software you are using for camera control, or for plate solving etc. For mount control, 10Micron offer their official ASCOM driver which you can download from their downloads page on the 10Micron forum. Plate solving can be performed including PinPoint, All Sky Plate Solver and PlaneWave’s PlateSolve2. Plate solving can also be done through SGP and TheSkyX too.
The software was tested and developed with Windows10 64bit operating system and also requires ASCOM 6.2 or higher.
The software and user manual is available from astromi.ch. To find out more on this useful and free software and how it works you can read and download the manual here. The software can be downloaded in the Utilities section here.
**Please note: the current version of Model Creator (as of 2nd March 2020) is version 2.4.1: you can download the current version and the user manual >>here<<. We will cover the new version in a future blog. The version 1.6 mentioned above can still be downloaded using the links mentioned.
Below are a few example screenshots. If you want to get a feel of the software and its use you can use the Simulator options for mount, camera etc.