Last updated: 21 April 2007

This page is for user comments on Astronomy software for the PC, Macintosh, or Palm OS systems. Items that are more "review" oriented will be posted on the Astronomy Software Reviews page. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks.

Mike here: With the release of Apple's Intel based Macintosh systems, it is now possible to run Windows applications natively on Macs. I want to post some information on using Windows image processing applications (such as Registax, MaxDSLR, etc) on these systems. (No, I don't have one, yet. iPhone purchase comes first since I have a PowerBook G4 17".) If you have a Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, or the Intel based Mac mini or iMac models and have tried one of the following with Windows image processing applications, please send your experiences to me at I will compile the information and post it. Thanks. Please specify your Mac model, the version of Windows, and which of the following you have used:

Boot Camp
CrossOver Mac
Parallels Desktop
VirtualBox [NEW!]

Subject:	ETX 70
Sent:	Wednesday, April 18, 2007 10:53:14
From:	BillHenning (
I have an ETZ 70 that I purchased 2 1/2 years ago. I have misplaced the
"Starie Nights" disk that came with the telescope. Is there any way to
replace it, without costing a lot. My e-mail address is:
Mike here: You could contact Meade; they might send you one. Or you could use an alternative "planetarium" program. There are many listed on the Astronomy Links page in the Software section as well as on the Accessory Reviews: Software page. Some are free, some are shareware, some are commercial. Some run on Macs, some on PCs, some on Linux.
Subject:	Setting Circle PC program
Sent:	Tuesday, April 10, 2007 07:47:07
From:	Barry Acord (
Several times in the last few years I have needed to create my own
Setting Circles for astronomical use. So I created a PC program to do
just that. It will create two types of circles:
'Strip' circles for attaching to the side of circular objects and
'Face Plate' circles for attaching to the top of circular objects
You can print the circles you create, but if they are wider/longer that
8 inches it will take multiple sheets, and you will have to cut and tape
them together.
The program (it's FreeWare) can be found here:
Barry Acord
Software Developer
Aatrix Software, Inc.

Subject:	506 astrofinder
Sent:	Sunday, April 1, 2007 10:15:50
From: (
I have a ETX-70 and purchased the 506 AstroFinder software and cable
kit.  I can't get the software to open the com port on my laptop with
Vista. There is no com port so I''m using a adapter cable to connect
from the meade cable to my USB port. The adapter cable is a generic one,
not the meade cable. What am I doing wrong? Larry D. Spriggs.
Mike here: Not all serial-USB adapters work reliably. See the article "AutoStar and USB" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page. Also, I don't know if the software is compatible with Vista (since I avoid using Windows).

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