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Subject:	Re: Halley's comet (AS Suite FB 8/25/08)
Sent:	Wednesday, August 27, 2008 21:22:53
From: (
I'm not sure about the Astronomers Edition, but Halley is in the
database of the full version 5, available for download from the Meade
site. Keep in mind this does not add it to the Autostar itself as a
selectable GOTO object, only as an object in the Starmap display of AS
Suite. If you want to add it to the comet database in the Autostar, you
can use the Update Autostar function in AS Suite and add it manually by
entering the required Two Line Element parameters and then uploading it
to the Autostar.

Good Luck,
Mike Hogan


From:	Marc Widdowson (
Thank you very much.
However, I downloaded and installed version 5 from the Meade website,
but I still could not find Halley's comet in the database. Am I looking
in the wrong place? I went Starmap/Object Selection, selected the
Library Comets radio button then scrolled through the list. It is not
that easy scrolling through but I do not think I missed Halley. Does it
have another name I am not aware of?
Marc Widdowson

Subject:	Halley's comet
Sent:	Friday, August 22, 2008 22:52:51
From:	Marc Widdowson (
I don't know if this is in your area, but I am surprised Halley's comet
is not included as an object in the PC astronomy program that came with
my Meade ETX-125PE (Meade Autostar Suite Astronomer's Edition), and I
wonder if there is any way to get it in there. Thanks.
Marc Widdowson
Mike here: The comet is very faint and far away right now so is out of the reach of most small telescopes. That said, it is surprising in a way that it is missing. As to getting it in, I don't use Windows so don't know where you would install the TLE info.


Thank you very much. 

Subject:	Fix for email labeled AutoStar Suite Version 5 Network Problem dated July 14
Sent:	Monday, August 4, 2008 14:58:22
From:	Alan Hawkins (
I ran into this same problem as Mike Hogan and found out that it was
Autostar Suite that was holding the port in use. The Autostar Net Scope
program actually opens up five consectutive ports starting with the one
you specify in the Network Port field. For some reason on program
starup, Autostar hold 5405, you can test this by typing in "netstat
-ano" in the command line program (dos prompt). This will give you the
Process ID number for the program holding on to 5405. You then can open
up the task manager to see the name of the program associated with that
PID. So when you try to start the default port Net Scope tries to open
5401, 5402, 5403, 5404, and 5405, which gives you the conflict on 5405.

The good news is there is an easy fix, Just choose 5400 for your Net
Scope port. This will hold 5400, 5401, 5402, 5403, and 5404. You will be
able to communicate with the scope via Autostar Suite and Envisage.
Alan Hawkins
Woodstock, GA
Original posting:
	Subject:    AutoStar Suite Version 5 Network Problem
	Sent:   Monday, July 14, 2008 12:02:22
	From: (
	I updated to AS Suite v5 from the Meade site and could no longer get the
	Network Server to work. The program started OK but when I check the
	'Listen' box, I get the error "Address is in use". Clicking OK shuts the
	program down. I went back to the previous version and every thing works
	normally with exactly the same settings as I used in v5.
	I'm using a Serial-to-USB adapter, configured for COM 2 and XP Home.
	Have you or anyone else tried the new version and gotten this function
	to work?
	Mike Hogan

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