Last updated: 20 February 2004
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: Missing plugin for starry night 3.x to connect may etx 125
Date: 2/17/04, 01:19
From: "" (
I am using a mac powerbook and starry night 3.x on Mac os 9
Does anyone have the INFOGENIE plugin (which is not available anymore in
the web) which lets me connect my etx 125 to my powerbook?

Please send it to

Thanks a lot

Subject: VPC and the Mac
Date: 2/12/04, 17:57
I re-installed the XP software and still never was asked for the
installation code.

This leads me to think that I am doing it wrong. The "pop-up" bubble
didn't appear telling me I had 30 days left on the installation.I
think(?) that's encouraging.I'm hoping the LPI Suite will arrive
tomorrow so I can try installing that.At least I have your instructions
for that.This is my last try before going back to the safety of Bill
Mike here: Does XP show in the list of virtual machines? Can you start up from it?

Subject: VPC and the Mac
Date: 2/11/04, 13:49
I hate to be a PITA but I am having problems installing XP Pro on VPC.I
think I have VPC installed ok but when I tried to install XP Pro seemed
to be installing but I get a pop-up baloon telling me I have 29days left
on XP Pro.

I was not asked for the installation code so I don't believe I have XP
installed.Any help would be greatly appreciated. Ordered LPI Suite
Mike here: Are you installing from a VPC OS Pack or a regular MS WindowsXP set of CD-ROMs? Not that I can help in either case; I suggest contacting Microsoft VirtualPC support. I used an OS Pack when I upgraded from Windows98 to Windows2000.


I installed VPC for Mac and I am trying to install XP Pro from a CD I
got from a desktop.

I tried Microsoft's knowledge pack but it didn't address the
problem.I'll keep trying.
Mike here: I presume you have the WindowsXP serial number.


Yes, I have the installation code.I was never asked for it.That's why
I'm not sure that XP Pro is installed from my CD. The VPC documentation
doesn't say anything about a "trial" version of Windows but I suspect
that's what I've got. I'll keep looking.


Subject: Planetarium Software
Date: 2/8/04, 03:59
From: Ros Dickens (
I use TheSky (Student Edition) and am about to upgrade to TheSky II in
order to use the software to control the telsecope (ETX125EC).  Before I
do so, I wonder if any other ETX users have experience they can share on
using TheSky software or alternative packages that they have found to be
better in some way?

Best Regards,
Les Dickens
Mike here: There are several packages that control the Autostar. You can read about some on the Accessory Reviews - Software page and on the Autostar Information page.

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