Last updated: 19 December 2006
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade AutoStar Suite. 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. (The Lunar Planetary Imager, LPI, and Deep Sky Imager, DSI, are covered in the Helpful Information - Astrophotography area.)
Subject: Meade LP1 Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 10:59:40 From: email@example.com I have bought a s/h LP1 imager but no software, and Meade do not list the software separately. Is anyone wiling to sell me a copy so I can use the darned thing? Many thanks, James :-)Mike here: There is a simpler solution to get the software for the LPI (not LP1); register at Meade4M (it is free; http://www.meade4m.com/) and then you can download the latest AutoStar Suite.
I have done this and it will not open in the computer as there is no previous version of the Autostar. This seems to be an upgrade only. Could you possibly advise me further? Many thanks, JamesMike here: Contact Meade and explain the circumstances; they will likely send you the CD-ROM.
I doubt it somehow, but I'll try. Probably best to throw away the LPI and start again. JamesMike here: If you use Linux or Mac OS X, you can always use the LPI with those OSes; see the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page.
I have cheated and asked F1 Cameras to see if he can get me one from Meade - he's good that way! I am a complete novice and have had bad experiences with Telescope companies. I'll gladly let you know how we go on. I bought the first Celestron C6 Refractor with GoTo - in fact I was the first person to order one in advance in the UK. I remember it was a nightmare to use and Celestron didn't want to know. It was supposedly GPS compatible - but wasn't, and it took six months for them to admit that it needed an extra attachment that wasn't available for a further six months after that - by which time I sold the damned thing for half of what I'd paid. Now, a few years later, I have finally bought another telescope, a nice simple W/O 90mm refractor - with no electronics!! Many thanks for your kind help. James Meade seem a little better, but I have so little faith in these suppliers I'm afraid.Mike here: I almost forget, check out the "AutoStar Suite Archive" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page. You might get what you need there.
Subject: How do i use autostar and autostar suite with a mac? Sent: Thursday, December 7, 2006 07:37:05 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) Great site! I saw that you have used autostar suite with your mac, but on meades page it lists it as a windows program. Just wondering if you used a mod of some sort, or if the program actually runs natively in osx. Thanks a lot! AnthonyMike here: See the article "AutoStar Suite on a Macintosh" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page. For other AutoStar/Mac info, see the articles "Update AutoStar using a Mac", "AutoStarX" and "AutoStar and USB". I don't have a new Intel-based Mac (yet) so can't comment on using Parallels, WINE, or Boot Camp.
Subject: small town -- no local help Sent: Thursday, December 7, 2006 06:00:36 From: Will Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org) I'm using AutoStar Env. and can take DARKS but when I go to DEEP SKY I get a message box that reads ----- An unhandled exception has occured i your application. If you click Continue the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. If you click Quit the application will shut down immediatelyy. Nothing works from this point on. I hope you can help --- thanks for looking at this. WillMike here: Please read the Email Etiquette item on the ETX Site home page; your message was originally DELETED UNREAD as SPAM due to the ambiguous subject line. Thanks for understanding.
Thanks again --- I found everything I needed on the site you suggested. Will
Subject: Using ETX-125 AT via Envisage (Telescope controls) Sent: Monday, December 4, 2006 23:25:57 From: Tom and Lori (email@example.com) This may be an easy question for Mr. Autostar: I can set up my ETX 125 AT to work with my HP dv6040 laptop via Remote Handbox, but when I try to connect to the telescope via the Com port, I get an error message like it could not connect. If I can connect and operate it through Remote Handbox, why would this not work? I would like to use the Telescope functions on the Meade Envisage program while my DSI II is attached. If you need more info, just let me know. Thanks, and as always . . . Clear Skies! Tom
From: richard seymour (firstname.lastname@example.org) As long as Remote Handbox "owns" the COM port, Envisage cannot use it. Disconnect RemHbx, and try again. If you wish to funnel two command streams to the telescope simultaneously, you'll need to use the "Netscope" application (Available under StarMap's Telescope/Communications/Start Network Server). Then you tell Envisage -and- Remote Control to both talk to an IP Address ( 127.0.0.1 ), and you tell the NetworkServer to talk to the COM port. A note about it is at: http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/autostar_suite/networking.html have fun --dick
Subject: Envisage guiding in Alt/Az mode Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2006 14:18:49 From: Donald Davies (email@example.com) I am set up to do high precision (planetary transits) photometry with my LX200 Classic and DSI pro II.I have the telescope set up in Alt/Az mode (equatorial mounting is not an option because of the telescope's location). When I set up and calibrate the tracking function, say near the eastern horizon, the tracking performance is very good. When the target passes near the zenith and I get a lot of field rotation in the image, the tracking performance completely collapses. I assume that this is because even though I am in Alt-Az mode, and the camera is measuring errors directly as Alt/Az, the commands are being sent over as RA/Dec and the guiding commands are not being corrected for the changing RA/Dec vs Alt-Az relationship. The net result is that I cannot leave the system unattended to get long stretches of photometry. Is there a setting somewhere in Envisage or in the LX200 that will fix this problem? If not, is there a way for Envisage to send correction commands to the Autoguider port (the one that controls the motors directly) on the LX200? -Don DaviesMike here: I could be wrong but I don't think the AutoStar Suite will work with the Classic; I think it requires the AutoStar #497.
Actually, it does work and recognizes that it is an LX 200 classic. However, the guide commands are sent over as RA/Dec commands, even though the guiding is being done with a camera and Telescope that are both "Alt/az". The calibration step at the beginning calibrates out the relationship between the two coordinate systems at the time of calibration, but as the night goes on and the coordinate systems rotate relative to one another, the guide commands start to go in the wrong direction. Ultimately the sign becomes wrong and the guiding drives the star off of the edge of the field. This is also likely to happen with the ETX machines mounted in Alt-Az mode, hence the question to your website. Has anyone reported this problem with the ETX?Mike here: Not that I recall.
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