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Last updated: 19 August 2012

This page is for user comments on Astronomy software for the Windows (including the Meade AutoStar Suite), Macintosh, Android, and iOS 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 for posting. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message per the Site Email Etiquette. Thanks. Remember, tips described on this site may invalidate the warranty on your telescope or accessories. Neither the submitter nor myself are responsible for any damage caused by using any contributed tips.

Subject:	re: Encoder hookup info for SkySafari
Sent:	Wednesday, August 15, 2012 09:45:09
From:	richard seymour (
Mike, i fear that Sam's "push-to LX200" is a completely home-modified scope,
not the standard LX200 that most programs know how to drive.
SkyCommander is an add-on set of "digital setting circles"

SkyCommander's makers/website is

I'd start there....

good luck

Subject:	Encoder hookup info for SkySafari
Sent:	Friday, August 10, 2012 18:21:30
From:	Sam Garula (
I recently upgraded from a flip phone to an iphone and was shocked by its
capabilities. Then I discovered your SkySafari 3 Pro software and was
literally blown away! I still can't believe I can hold such an advanced and
capable utility as SkySafari in the palm of my hand. Congratulations on a
wonderful piece of software!

Anyways, my reason for writing is to ask your advice. Since SkySafari can
control a telescope I wanted to ask if you know of an interface-type gadget
that I can hook to my Meade LX200 push-to scope. It currently uses 2
encoders and the SkyCommander box for locating objects. The plug that
connects the encoders to the SkyCommander box itself is an RJ45. 

Do you know of any wifi, blue-ray, USB cable or transition box that will
accept such a connection so I can use your much more comprehensive SkySafari
to locate objects?

Thank you for your time and again for a great piece of software.

Sam Garula
Mike here: Just to clarify, SkySafari is not MY software; it is from Southern Stars. As to the classic LX200, you can control it from SkySafari Pro if you use a serial (SkyWire) or Wi-Fi connection (SkyFi) connection.

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