[AstroPy] Does anyone here use The Software Bisque Orchestrate Program?

RayS rays@blue-cove....
Mon Aug 9 13:16:25 CDT 2010


A py2exe distribution should behave identically 
to a Python script with the interpreter installed 
(py2exe just creates a stub and packages up the 
interpreter and object files). py2.6+ are now 
more finicky to compile, what with the VS2008 DLLs and manifests.

Also, if you're using LX200 protocols one could 
try the classes I wrote for direct scope control
http://rjs.org/Python/LX200/
http://rjs.org/Python/LX200.zip


Ray


At 10:29 AM 8/9/2010, Wayne Watson wrote:
>You hit a home run with that. Thanks. Not even The Bisque seems to know
>this.
>
>On 8/9/2010 7:15 AM, Eric Jensen wrote:
> > Hi Wayne,
> >
> > I don't know the specific answer to your question, but here are some
> > related items that might put you on track to an answer.
> >
> > First, here's a page from someone who is using Python for telescope/
> > camera scripting on a Windows platform:
> >
> > http://www.astrophotoinsight.com/content/automation-budget-part-2-software
> > http://www.astrophotoinsight.com/content/automation-budget-part-3-operation
> >
> > There is some example Python code on those pages, and all the code is
> > in a ZIP file linked at the end of the second page.
> >
> > That doesn't deal with Orchestrate per se, but shows that Python can
> > be used to interface with the Windows Common Object Model (COM)
> > interface, so to the extent that Orchestrate exposes a COM interface,
> > you should be able to talk to it via Python.
> >
> >
> > On Aug 8, 2010, at 9:56 PM, Wayne Watson wrote:
> >
> >
> >>   Further, Orchestrate is able to utilize
> >> programs written in Visual Basic Script, JavaScript, Perl and other
> >> high
> >> level languages. If I'm not mistaken it does this in first three
> >> languages by the user providing a "compiled" version to Orchestrate.
> >> Using, say, VB, one is able to write "auxillary" programs with a GUI
> >> as
> >> an aid to operation.
> >>
> >> So my follow up question is will Python work with it Python? Python
> >> can
> >> produce exe files, as I understand it but neither the Bisque or I know
> >> if they work.
> >>
> > I don't think you need a compiled version of the script you want to
> > run.  All of these are interpreted languages, so all that you need is
> > a compiled *interpreter* program to translate the script into system
> > calls at runtime.  In the case of JScript or VBScript, the interpreter
> > is built into Windows.  In the case of Perl or Python, you just need
> > to install a Windows version of the relevant interpreter (i.e. a
> > Windows Python distribution).
> >
> > Also, depending on what you want to do, you may or may not need to
> > interface with Orchestrate directly.  If your main goal is to control
> > the telescope and you are using TheSky (just guessing since you're
> > using Bisque software and it sounds like maybe you've got a Paramount
> > mount), you can talk to TheSky directly from Python via its ASCOM
> > interface.  If you log into the Software Bisque support site and
> > search there, you can find documentation of the objects and methods
> > that TheSky exposes.  If you like, contact me off-list and I can send
> > you an example script in VBscript that just moves the telescope to a
> > particular RA and Dec.  It's not Python code, but it shows the use of
> > some of the objects and methods for communicating with a telecope via
> > TheSky and wouldn't be hard to translate to Python.
> >
> > Finally, and more generally, any software you're running that speaks
> > ASCOM can, in principle, be controlled via 
> Python 
> (<http://ascom-standards.org/About/CompatLang.htm>http://ascom-standards.org/About/CompatLang.htm
> > ).
> >
> > Hope this helps -
> >
> > Eric
> >
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