An advanced PC GPS time synchronization Tool
A PC GPS time synchronization tool
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A Free screen saver that sloves a maze and shows the time
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VisualGPSView (Freeware) incorporates many advanced features that show the status of the GPS receiver via the NMEA 0183 protocol. Its sole purpose is to display graphically specific NMEA 0183 sentences for GPS and position analysis.
- GPS Receiver connected to a RS-232 port or USB with NMEA 0183 output
- Windows 7 to Window 10
- VisualGPS decodes the following NMEA 0183 sentences:
- GPGGA and GLGGA
- GPGSA and GLGSA
- GPGSV and GLGSV
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The price for NMEATime2 is $20.48USD If you purchase NMEATime2, we will send you a registration key via email within 48 hours.
NMEATime2 is PC time synchronization software that synchronizes the PC clock to the time from a GPS receiver.
NMEATime2 is set up as a system service where the PC clock is disciplined to the NMEA string from the GPS. The control loop uses the same techniques in disciplining OCXO oscillators and atomic Rubidium clocks. By charactering the arrival of NMEA messages, NMEATime2 uses advanced digital filters to minimize communication jitter and achieve the best reference to train the PC clock to.
Because of this, there are some requirements that need to be met. Specifically, the rate output of NMEA message GPGGA and GPRMC.
It’s getting more difficult to find a PC with a native RS-232 serial communication port, most GPS receivers that interface to a PC use a USB. The majority of the USB GPS receivers will look to the PC as if it is a serial port. However, the modern USB GPS looks to the PC as a USB to Serial driver that emulates the serial port. In the USB world, it’s referred as a CDC (communication device class) device.
NMEATime2 will use the NMEA string (GPGGA) transmitted from the GPS, time tag the first character of the that command and use this as a timing reference. As you would expect, there are delays between the 1PPS epoch and the RS-232 causing software jitter. The delay can be calibrated out. NMEATime2 will use digital filtering (the red line you see in the Time Difference Plot - see below) and discipline the PC clock to this reference.
- Supports Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10
The minimum NMEA sentence requirements matter. The most important is that the GPGGA and GPRMC message output once per second.
- GPGGA - must be once/second
- GPRMC - must be once/second
- GPZDA - must be once/second (NMEATime will use this sentence for time. If not available, then NMEATIme will use GGA & RMC for time.)
- GPGSA - every two seconds
- GPGSV - every two seconds
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Currently VisualGPS is over 10 years old! NMEA support is only limited to GPS NMEA strings (Not GLONASS or Galileo). We recommend that you download VisualGPSView.
VisualGPS (Freeware) incorporates many advanced features found in professional programs. Its sole purpose is to display graphically specific NMEA 0183 sentences and show the effects of selective availability (SA).
- GPS Receiver connected to a RS-232 port with NMEA 0183 output - NMEA demo file included for those who do not have a GPS receiver
- Windows 2000 sp4, Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
- 486 100MHz or higher microprocessor
- SVGA at least 1024X768 resolution
- 16 megabytes of RAM
- 6 megabytes of disk space
- One available RS-232 port (or captured NMEA text file - included)
- VisualGPS decodes the following NMEA 0183 sentences:
Download a free copy of VisualGPS program. It is a 32 bit program written for both the Windows 2000, XP and Vista environments. This software is freeware and cost is free.
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As of January 1st 2018, NMEATime (Legacy) will no longer be supported. Please use NMEATime2 as an alternative.
Purchase NMEATime v5.8.100 - To purchase this product please contact VisualGPS LLC.
Currently NMEATime is over 10 years old! It only supports GPS NMEA string (Not GLONASS or Galileo). We recommend that you download NMEATime2
NMEATime will automatically set your PC clock using a GPS receiver connected to the serial port of a PC or to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) time servers over the Internet. Using network time or the time from a GPS receiver, NMEATime will keep your computer referenced to an atomic time standard.
|Also included with NMEATime is a NASA type desktop clock configurable to show day of year, 24 hour time or local time, color and size.|
- Digital desktop time code clock - like NASA has!
- Analog desktop clock
- Uses GPS Time to set your PC clock
- NMEA 0183 v2.20 - 3.01 compatible
- Software generated IRIG-B Output (requires sound card)
- Two Network time Protocols - Daytime NIST ACTS compatible and SNTP compatible
- Programmable time setting rate
- Selectable GPS NMEA message for time reference
- Random time server select mode from an editable server list
- Accepts 1 Pulse Per Second (1PPS) input in to RS-232 DSR or CTS port
- BONUS SCREEN SAVER! (ClockMaze)
- Transparent Clock! See what is behind the clock (XP and Win2000 only).
- For GPS time: GPS Receiver connected to a RS-232 port with NMEA 0183 output
- For network time: Access to the internet
- Windows 95/98, Win2000/XP, WinNT4.0 or higher with Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
- Pentium 166MHz or higher microprocessor
- SVGA at least 800X600 resolution
- 16 megabytes of RAM
- 2 megabytes of disk space
- One available RS-232 port (for GPS time)
- Sound board for IRIG output
- NMEATime decodes the following NMEA 0183 sentences:
- GPGGA or GPRMC or GPZDA
- Compatible with NMEA 0183 version 2.01 - 3.01
As of January 1st 2019, VisualGPSXP (Legacy) will no longer be supported.
Purchase VisualGPSXP for $9.95 USD
Welcome to the VisualGPSXP multipurpose GPS utility. Please note that VisualGPSXP uses specific NMEA sentences to display data graphically.
VisualGPSXP is a general purpose utility for monitoring the output of a GPS receiver. Using the NMEA data from the GPS receiver, VisualGPSXP will display various statuses graphically. Tools such as a survey utility average the position and shows accuracy of the GPS receiver in a static application. Other features such as analog gauges show altitude, speed, vertical speed and direction. One additional feature is the capability to connect and share a GPS receivers data over the Internet.
If you like our software, please donate! Suggested donation: $2USD
ClockMaze is a simple screen saver that creates a maze, solves it, and shows the current time. You can set up items such as solve color, maze color, and solve speed. It's free. Enjoy.
VisualGPS is located in Anaheim California, USA. If you have any questions or comments or simply send us a email or twitter.
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Here you will find miscellaneous articles and code snippets. If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can find the contact information on the Contact page.
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The NMEAParser article will show you how a typical NMEA string is constructed and parsed. The article resides on Github and the code documented and supports C++. The source code supports Windows, Mac and Linux. As a bonus, I’ve included a Qt project that makes use of the NMEAParser and shows satellite signal quality, position and satellite signal to noise (SNR).NMEAParser Article on Github
NMEAParser Source Code on Github
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Add GPS to your telescope! Our 65-channel GPS-NX02 receiver works with the Astro-Physics GTO, Celestron NexStar, NexStar+, StarSense, Losmandy Gemini, Meade 494/495/497/497EP Autostar, Audiostar, LX200 Classic, Autostar II, Orion Atlas/Sirius GoTo, Sky-Watcher SynScan, 10 Micron and Vixen StarBooks (see telescope models).
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Imagine if your telescope could access the Global Positioning System so that it always knew when and where you were observing from. No more checking your watch, looking up site coordinates or fiddling with the keypad to enter the date, time, latitude and longitude. StarGPS uses a single cable to connect your telescope to the GPS receiver and automatically input these values... making your telescope setup much easier and more precise!
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65-channel GPS-NX02 receiver
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The StarGPS-NX Package includes:
If you own an Autostar 497/497EP or Audiostar controlled telescopesuch as the Meade ETX, LXD, LX90, LX80, LT, LX65 or LX85 series or an upgraded LX200 Classic then we recommend that you consider upgrading to the StarGPS Package which adds a StarPatch registration key ($79) and serial cable ($20). StarPatch uses your Windows PC to perform a one-time,quick and easy installation that reprograms the handset to accept raw GPSdata. You can then connect the GPS to your telescope, turn the scope on, and watch as the handset displays incoming GPS dataincluding time, number of satellites and signal strength as shown below. Once a location fix is obtained the handset will beep,display the results and skip ahead to the 'Align:' prompt. Click her for more information about StarPatch.
The StarGPS Package includes:
Astro-Physics GTO is provided with the following mounts:
- 400GTO, 600EGTO, 900GTO, 1200GTO with GTOCP2
- 1200GTO, Mach1GTO, 1100GTO, 1600GTO, 3600GTO with GTOCP3 or GTOCP4
Celestron NexStar, NexStar+ and StarSense controlled telescopes are manufactured by Celestron and include the models listed below. Our new GPS-Celestron cable allows StarGPS to function like a Celestron SkySync which is compatible with all non-GPS Celestron computerized telescopes. A 6p6c splitter cable is included for use with mounts that do not have an AUX port.
- NexStar GT or StarSeeker
- NexStar iSeries
- SkyProdigy, LCM
- Advanced Series GT (CG5 mount)
- CGE Series
Gemini-1, Gemini-2 and Gemini-2 Mini are provided with the following mounts:
- Losmandy GM-8, G-11, Titan and HGM-200
- Mountain Instruments MI-250
Meade Autostar 497/497EP and Audiostar controlled telescopes are manufactured by MeadeInstruments Corporation and include the following models:
- ETX80/90/125 Observer and ETX-90/105/125
- LX65 Series and LX85 Series
- LX80, LT, LXD55, LXD75 Series
- LX90 Schmidt-Cassegrain
Meade Autostar 494 controlled telescopes include:
- DS-2000 Series
Meade Autostar II controlled telescopes including the following models (the GPS-NX02 is useful in cases where the telescopes built-in GPS is not operating properly:
- LX200GPS, LX200R and LX200ACF
- LX400ACF and RCX400
Orion Atlas/Sirius GoTo and Sky-Watcher SynScan controlled telescopes include the models listed below. StarGPS-NX requires a hand controller with firmware version 3.10+ or AZ 3.03+.
- Orion Atlas/Sirius EQ-G and SkyView Pro
- Sky-Watcher EQ-3/5/6 SynScan
Vixen StarBook controlled mounts include the models listed below. StarGPS-NX requires a StarBook with LAN port and firmware version 1.2 build 31 or newer as displayed using the 'About StarBook' menu item.
- Vixen SXP, AXD or SXD2
- Vixen Sphinx SX, SX2, SXD or Atlux
- Vixen Skypod, GP2 or GPD2
10 Micron mounts include GMxxxx and AZxxxx models.
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