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Designed by Explore Scientific's Engineers, the PMC-Eight™ represents a new approach to robotic precision motion control for telescope mounts with a robust eight-processor electronics board for a wide range of software clients. While the design is innovative, we are doing what no other telescope company has done, and that is to make the controlling interface language and example software code open source, so that programmers in the astronomical community can create new platforms and new astronomy GoTo experiences to best suit their needs. Moreover, Explore Scientific encourages the sharing of these innovations via our OpenGOTO Community.

A major advantage of our GoTo mounts is that they can be controlled (wired or wirelessly) by any ASCOM compatible software. In addition, Explore Scientific offers a free software app, called ExploreStars™, that controls our GoTo mounts (wired or wirelessly) via a PC, laptop, or tablet. ExploreStars™ is currently available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems, Android, and an iOS version is in test phase now, to be released soon.

Even though the EXOS2-GT mount with PMC-Eight can be controlled by any ASCOM compatible software system (a widely accepted standard for handling communication between components of astronomy equipment), Explore Scientific also offers a specific control application called ExploreStars™ that runs on any Windows 8.1 or 10 system or Android and can be downloaded from the Microsoft app store at no charge. (Versions of ExploreStars™ for other operating systems will be available soon.) This application controls any PMC-Eight mount by means of an intuitive graphical interface.Among other features ExploreStars™ offers both 2-star and 3-star alignment procedures, educational information and images of the more popular celestial objects, and a choice of over 80,000 objects for viewing. The communication between the PMC-Eight mount and a PC/laptop running ExploreStars™ can be via a wired or wireless connection, or via a Windows based Tablet wirelessly thus freeing the user from being tethered to the mount.

The object database used by ExploreStars™ is called the Celestial Database. It encompasses a wide range of celestial objects including those in the Solar System, the Messier Catalog, the New General Catalog, and the Index Catalog, as well as a collection of over 70,000 stars. The Celestial Database also includes educational material and images for many of the more popular objects. This database is available as a separate updatable component of the ExploreStars™ software system. It can expand over time and any ExploreStars™ implementation can easily be updated by downloading a fresh copy of the Celestial Database. In fact, the educational material and images within the database can be customized by each individual user using Microsoft Access.

Click here to download software and learn more about the PMC-Eight™ and its documentation, the PMC-Eight™ ASCOM driver, and ExploreStars™ App.

Here is a list of most of the ASCOM software packages available for use with the Explore Scientific with PMC-Eight mounts: ACP; APT; AST / ATC & Ricerca (Omega Lab); AstroArt; AstroMB; Cartes du Ciel / Sky Chart; CCD AutoPilot; DeepSky; Deepsky Planner; DFM Engineering; Earth Centered Universe Pro; EasySky; Eye and Telescope; Project Pluto; Hallo Northern Sky; Maxim DL; MaxPoint; PinPoint Astrometric; Prism; Sequence Generator Pro; Sidereal Technology; The Sky; SkyMap Software; SkyTools 3;  Star Atlas PRO; Sky Observer; StarryNight; Stellarium; Virtual Moon Atlas; and WorldWide Telescope.  

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