Telescope Compatibility

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Note: version 0.10.0 of Stellarium does not include the key bindings for telescope control. The telescope control feature is being re-worked and will be re-introduced in a future release. If you want to use telescope control, you should use version 0.9.1 for now.

This page lists telescope control drivers and their compatibility with various models.

Make Model Operating System Server (see note 1) Status Notes
Meade Autostar Linux TelescopeServerLx200 Untested
Meade Autostar Windows TelescopeServerLx200.exe Supported see note 2
Meade Autostar MacOS X TelescopeServerLx200 Untested currently source code only
Meade LX200 Linux TelescopeServerLx200 Supported Original reference implementation, used by the developer
Meade LX200 Windows TelescopeServerLx200.exe Supported Original reference implementation, seems to work well with different kinds of Windows
Meade LX200 MacOS X TelescopeServerLx200 Untested currently source code only
Losmandy G11 Linux/Windows TelescopeServerLx200(.exe) Supported successfully used by some guy in the forum
Celestron NexStar Linux/Windows TelescopeServerNexStar(.exe) Untested by Michael Heinz
Celestron NexStar Mac TelescopeServerNexStar Supported by Michael Heinz


  1. The telescope server program (short: Server) is a stand alone program that can operate exactly one telescope, and can simultanousely serve one or many clients (like stellarium). The terms server and client refer to the respective role in TCP/IP communication. The name of the binary should uniquely identify the telescope communication protocol it is using for communicating with the telescope. Naming convention for programmers: The name of the driver refers to the class in the driver source code. This is usually similar to the name of the resulting binary (program), but to be certain, look inside the .hpp file which is used to make the binary. It might be a good idea to adopt the convention of making the resulting binary have the same name as the driver class.
  2. Autostar ETX70 with 494 controller and 506 cable. The original telescopeserverLX200.exe was too fast for the slow link connection to the 494 controller. The problem has been repaired with the latest version of TelescopeServerLx200.exe. To get a smoother move of the cross hair edit the time delay in the config.ini file from 500000 to 1500000. B.G
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