ASCOM is the body that has standardize multi-vendor astronomy control drivers.
They allow any ASCOM software to control any instrument with a ASCOM driver.
The driver types include Telescopes/Mounts, focusers, domes, and soon cameras,
filter wheels and weather devices.
Squawk Mountain Telescope
Squawk mountain telescope gang is a loosely organized group of astronomers with
funny hats, irregular meeting schedules no real membership rules, but it has
managed to gather a following of the most influential armature who have made
some ground breaking contributions.
Focus Max and Pole Align Max
Larry Webber and Steve Brady have come up with some great tools for helping
manage scope setup. Focus Max does completely automated focusing, and Pole
Align Max helps do excellent polar alignment in just minutes. Both work with
Maxim/DL and ASCOM telescopes to automate the process.
Cyanogen / Diffraction Limited
Cyanogen is the maker of Maxim/DL and a sister company to Main Sequence
Software, makers of Desktop Universe.
Doug George and partner Peter Ceravolo have made some really neat software.
DC3 dreams is the publisher of ACP3 and Pinpoint. ACP3 is a comprehensive
observatory control system that drives Maxim/DL and ASCOM controlled equipment
to manage all the details of capturing images automatically and unattended. The
also allow remote monitoring and control over the web.
Other Armature sitesI referenced when building Bear Creek Observatory
Ajai Sehgal’s Observatory
Joe’s foam dome
Jay R. Ballauer's fine site is All About Astro
Major List of armature
observatories (not all home built)