Last updated: 28 December 2001
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.

Subject:	AstroFinder Software and Nokia 6210
Sent:	Friday, December 28, 2001 7:18:25
From: (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
(  This eliminated the "Run Time Error

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
(,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

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: (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:

Clear skies,
Jean-Marc Aymes.

Subject:	getting started
Sent:	Tuesday, December 18, 2001 14:43:07
From: (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 h
Mike 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: (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

the price is also differant.....

Have a nice day....

Thanks to Mike... and greatings from Switzerland
Best Greetings From SWITZERLAND
ICQ 3128404

Subject:	Software: Starry Night Pro or The Sky?
Sent:	Wednesday, December 12, 2001 11:41:04
From: (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.


Mike 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: (Philippe HAAKE)
I would like to say that the version 2.7 of Cartes du Ciel-SkyCharts is
ready to download at

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
ICQ 3128404

Subject:	Palm planetarium/autostar497 
Sent:	Saturday, December 1, 2001 11:53:33
From: (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 Gideon
Mike here: Unless your house is in a different galaxy, you'll be OK when you go outside!

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