Last updated: 31 August 2004
Subject: #505 cable and software Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 09:24:37 From: Graham Hilton (firstname.lastname@example.org) I'm a new owner of an etx125 which I bought in Florida while on holiday and brought back with me on the plane to the UK...to save a few bucks! I have just made a cable to connect the Autostar to my computer and everything is working fine with upgrades etc. I wonder if it is possible to obtain the software which comes with the complete package separately please? Best regards Graham HiltonMike here: There are many astronomy sky map and telescope driver applications available for Mac and PCs. See the Autostar Info and Accessory Reviews - Software pages.
Subject: Trefach Astronomy Centre Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 19:09:11 From: andru (email@example.com) My software is now available for download from the astronomy section in www.trefach.co.uk Click on the Astronomy leaf in the top frame. The NTC download is pretty old but is the last stable version. I've been working on the mapper program, but will continue testing the newer version of NTC which includes a search function for locating a object that isn't visible when you replace the eyepiece with a camera. The main problem, which has been solved during development of my Mapper program, was accurately adjusting the lines of longitude. The longitude problem also affects NTC. Andrew SprottAnd:
Here is a URL that will take you directly to the astronomy centre. astronomy.crysania.co.uk
Subject: Planetarium/ Skymap for ETX 90 Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 09:11:52 From: Jan H Kolst (firstname.lastname@example.org) Things are working well using my ETX90 thanks to you.I was wondering which planetarium or skymap which works well with ETX 90 on the PC ? A simple one to download perhaps? I got Starry night bundle when I bought the cables #505, but the program won't connect to the scope.I've tried several times Thanks a lot again! Jan H Kolstoe NorwayMike here: There are several; see the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page as well as the Accessory Reviews: Software page. The Astronomy Links page also lists some.
Subject: Control of ETX 125 with Astromist software through palm device Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 14:12:26 From: alain verschuere (email@example.com) Are you aware of the usefulness of this (Astromist) software through a palm device to control the ETX-125 scope. Astromist seems to be a nice program. Any users yet (especially interested in the control features)? What would be the (dis)advantages over the autostar. Thank you in advance, Alain, GhentMike here: I'm not familiar with it but perhaps others will respond.
Subject: Problem with ACP 1.2 Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2004 07:58:58 From: Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hi Sure could use some assistance here. System: Meade ETX 70 with the 494 Autostar control. Software: # 506 AstroFinder package. (ACP 1.2) Hardware: ETX 70, Toshiba 3005-S303 Pentium 3. Connector. 9 pin serial to USB adapter for interfacing lap top and Autostar Problem. Regardless of repeated checking I can't get the computer to talk to the Autostar. When I bring up the control panel for the ACP I get the following panel display. RA: 12h O9 m 29 s DEC + 00 00 00 AZ 359 59 59 EL + 00 00 00 AND LOCAL 16h 41m 29s note: this time changes with each start up SIDEREAL + 00h 11m 25s These data are all in RED color and impossible to change. When I instruct the device to set the time to computer time, I get the error message : Illegal time, check your computer date and time. The computer date and time are correct. For some reason the computer can not access the hand held control. I have no serial connection on the lap top so the USB connection seemed reasonable to me. Is there a known problem with this set up. I checked the continuity of the connecting cable which was OK. Any suggestion from anyone much appreciated. The scope other wise is excellent. JoeMike here: Have you contacted the developer of ACP? I don't use it so can't answer directly. But if not the current version you might want to download a new version from their website.
Thanx Mike I'll give it a go. joe
Subject: re: ETX 125 Computer Control Sent: Sunday, August 8, 2004 18:28:51 From: Richard Seymour (email@example.com) The ASCOM platform lumps them all as "Autostar" (they may have a separate entry for LX200gps, since some of its conventions differ from the classic LX200) have fun --dickAnd:
From: George C. Stradley (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks much Dick. Clear skies!!! GeorgeAnd more:
Thank you very much Randy. I'll use the LX 200 with Autostar setting. Good to know about the COM port. My notebook has only USB so my adapter should make a connection OK. George ----- Original Message ----- From: Randy Hello George, My name is Randy Miller, and I'm located in SLC, UT. I use Starry Night with my ETX 125 and use the LX200 and Autostar setting. I've had it running for some time now and I remember I had some COM port issues when I set it up that caused me some grief. I picked up a USB to serial adapter and that made things somewhat easier. If I can be of further assistance drop me a line. RandyAnd:
From: John (email@example.com) As you know I am using an ETX90EC with Starry Night Pro and ASCOM telescope control. The Starry Night Manual advises using the "LX200 with Autostar" option for any ETX series scope, and this works fine for me. John Lamb Toowoomba Queensland AustraliaAnd this:
From: Chuck Nardo (firstname.lastname@example.org) I am controlling my ETX 125 using StarryNight Pro 4.5 (ASCOM platform)(actually v.4.5.2). Use the LX 200/Autostar option. Works like a charm. Make sure you have good location/time inputs use a GPS patch if possible. Biggest problem I have is making sure I click (enter) the right alignment star. Sometimes it is not so easy to figure out which star you need to move to. Good luck Chuck NardoAnd more:
From: B F (email@example.com) ANSWER The Starry Night Manual does state to select the LX200 option for all ETX scopes. And it works fine for me. Regards Bill Farmakidis Sydney, Australia
Subject: ETX 125 Computer Control Sent: Friday, August 6, 2004 13:29:22 From: George C. Stradley (firstname.lastname@example.org) Do you know of anyone who is controlling an ETX 125 by computer from StarryNight Pro 4.5 (ASCOM platform)? If so, what scope was selected? ASCOM doesn't list the ETX series. All else failing, I'm going to try the LX 200/Autostar option. Comments? George StradleyMike here: I'm sure people are using it. I don't have SN. Have you checked their website?
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