Last updated: 27 December 2006

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:	[none]
Sent:	Tuesday, December 26, 2006 13:23:41
From:	Lindsey Sehmel (
I found your email and have a few questions regarding my 'new'

I have a Meade DS 80mm-90mm refracting telescope.

The software I received from the purchase is OUT OF DATE (StarNavigator
II) It is on a floppy disk.

I was wondering, is there is a new version of software for this model?

and I run with a Mac OS-X primarily, however I have Parallels installed
for compatibility with XP programs.

Could you please point me in the proper direction.

Thank you and Happy Holidays.

Mike here: First, PLEASE read the Email Etiquette item on the ETX Site Home Page; your message was originally DELETED UNREAD as SPAM due to the missing subject line. Thanks for understanding.
There are many Mac OS X native applications that can control an AutoStar controlled telescope. Check out Astroplanner and ScopeDriver as well as some others on the Accessory Reviews: Software page. As to the software that came with the telescope, contact Meade; they might send you a replacement (Windows) CD-ROM.
Subject:	ETX 70
Sent:	Friday, December 22, 2006 00:08:23
From:	Harder, Wolfgang (
my english is very bad, sorry !
I have a etx 70 with cable 506 ( with little Box) and I will use the
Astro Star Finder edition 3.19 with astrostar 494.ROM 12gd. It works,
but the Remote Handbox is only working by up/down/left/right. I have no
Astro Star Men ! The Message is Initializing, also the GoTo  Function is
also corrupt.

Meade says that is korrect the Software is for LX200 so i have a
Problem. A Update for 494 is not by MEADE.
My Question: is a patch known ?
Mit freundlichen Gren 
    Wolfgang Harder


Mike here: Have you tried any other applications that can control the ETX/AutoStar, such as ScopeDriver or Astroplanner? If not, try them and see what happens. (See the Accessory Reviews: Software page for more on these two applications.)
Subject:	Starry Night Pro and the ETX 90
Sent:	Tuesday, December 12, 2006 23:05:19
From:	Delbert Crawford (
I see adds for Starry Night Pro 6.0 on  It says in the
description it will drive a Meade LX200 and Autostar.  I was wondering
if it Will also drive a ETX90?  Or am I just wishful thinking.

Delbert Crawford
Mike here: If your ETX has an AutoStar, then yes, it should work.


Thanks I might just give it a try.

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