Last updated: 28 December 2001
Subject: AstroFinder Software and Nokia 6210 Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 7:18:25 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Nico Paans) Congratulations with your very usefull ETX-site. Finally I've purchased my ETX-90 including a.o. the Meade AstroFinder Software. Compared to the trial download of StarryNight Backyard, I find it a poor edition. But that's of course not the problem. When I installed all astro software on my laptop, nothing worked. Getting a "Run Time Error #13" error. First I updated the Astronomers Control Program (free for Meade AstroFinder users at ACP's home page (acp.dc-3.com/meade.htm). This eliminated the "Run Time Error #13. After that, I still could not get a connection to the telescope. I tried to search your site, but didn't find anything that remotely could give a hint. Than the Meade site. Nothing either. Back at the ACP knowledge base, I read a hint about "Port already in use". Than it came to me. I had installed my Nokia 6210 cellular phone to the serial port of my laptop, while my original software could not find the Nokia via the infrared port. The Nokia software keeps the serial port occipied whole the time and is therefor not available for other use. When I uninstalled the Nokia modem software, the scope could connect and everything was working fine. Except for the telephone of course. At the Nokia site (forum.nokia.com/files/nds_disclaimer/1,20762,1071,00.html) I founsd new modem setup software including the IrDa software for the 6210 which I installed. Now the scope works on the required serial port Com1 and the phone works over the infrared port (Com4) and everybody is happy. Bad luck for me, that I used all the 30 advanced trials for the ACP, just to get it running. Kind regards Nico Paans Copenhagen, Denmark
Subject: Another (great) compatible software Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 1:10:35 From: email@example.com (Jean-Marc Aymes) I'm a new (happy) user of an LX90 and I'd like to thank you for your very useful site. I found a very impressive freeware from Patrick Chevalley entitled "Cartes du Ciel" or "Sky Charts". Don't worry, even if the name is french, the software is in english. It is capable to drive both LX200 and Autostar driven scopes. Just take a look at: www.stargazing.net/astropc/download.html Clear skies, Jean-Marc Aymes.
Subject: getting started Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 14:43:07 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lindsey Proffitt) I am the proud owner of an ETX-70AT and a casiopeia EM500 pda ( running windows CE ). I am really just getting started with the hobby and I'm looking for software for my casio that will teach me about the night sky and/or control my scope. can you recommend any software? and where can I download it from? thank you for your time, I look forward to your reply pete hMike here: See the Accessory Reviews - Software page for some info. You might also read through the Software Feedback pages (current and in the Feedback Archive).
Subject: Software: Starry Night Pro or The Sky? Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 12:02:41 From: email@example.com (Philippe HAAKE) You cannot compare TheSky and StarryNight pro.... SNP is a nice piece of soft but ThaSky is really more professional... And if you want once youcan buy TheSKy pocket for PocketPC and drive your scope from your pocketPC. Then you can import some files from TheSky to your SkyPocket...... (comets, asteroids,fields of view and so on....) the price is also differant..... Have a nice day.... Thanks to Mike... and greatings from Switzerland Best Greetings From SWITZERLAND Phil ICQ 3128404 http://astroclub.net/sag/index.html http://astroclub.net/sag/ephemeride/index.html http://community.webshots.com/user/beruberu1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Software: Starry Night Pro or The Sky? Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 11:41:04 From: email@example.com (Kevin Berg) If anybody has any quick comments/opinions on which of the above software they prefer and why, I'd be glad to hear them. Thanks, KevinMike here: There are some comments on the Accessory Reviews - Software page. Have you seen that?
Subject: Cartes du Ciel- SkyCharts Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2001 13:54:22 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Philippe HAAKE) I would like to say that the version 2.7 of Cartes du Ciel-SkyCharts is ready to download at http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/index.html SkyCharts is a FREEWARE made by Patrick Chevalley Member of the SAG (Socit Astronomique de Genve Switzerland). This really great soft has been translated in more than 20 languages.... And something very great for us is.... that you can pilot your etx. And it works really nicely.. So the best way to make it simple is have a look at those pages, and you'll love it..... I'm sure... Thanks Patrick... Best Greetings From SWITZERLAND Phil ICQ 3128404 http://astroclub.net/sag/index.html http://astroclub.net/sag/ephemeride/index.html http://community.webshots.com/user/beruberu1 email@example.com
Subject: Palm planetarium/autostar497 Sent: Saturday, December 1, 2001 11:53:33 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Gideon) I've downloaded the Planetarium 2.1.1 palm software and attached to my ETX90/DS60 mount successfully. It's cloudy here in the PNW, so I have not tried it outside yet. On an indoors test I told the system to do a two star align, then I used the Autostar to go to Polaris. It looked ok. I then used the Palm Planetarium, centered a nearby star, and told the Palm to move the telescope. It appears to work. The male-male db-9 and the male-female null modem were purchased at RadioShack for around $12. Very cool if this works outside! Tom GideonMike here: Unless your house is in a different galaxy, you'll be OK when you go outside!
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