Last updated: 28 February 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:	Astronomy Software Announcement
Sent:	Tuesday, February 28, 2006 13:05:00
From:	Ralph Jung (
Numeric Software

Numeric Software is proud to announce the release of the Unified Data
Acquisition and Control (UDAC) application.  UDAC is a full featured
planisphere and telescope control application for Windows, Mac OS X,
Linux and Solaris.  UDAC supports most popular telescopes with a
computer interface, as well as, GPS devices, X10 devices and data
acquisition & control boards.

A free demo is available for download at

Ralph Jung

Subject:	Focus Control Through PC
Sent:	Wednesday, February 22, 2006 04:02:03
From:	Duncan Cassidy (
I am looking for advice on how to control the electronic focuser on a
ETX90-EC through a PC.

I am currently using SKY Map Pro 6 on a Windows PC. While this allows me
to drive the telescope I have been unable to find a plug-in to control
the electronic focuser, which would enable me to control the telescope
remotely by means of a web cam.

Wondered if you had any suggests on how to achieve this.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Duncan Cassidy
Southampton, England.
Mike here: Check out Scopedriver for Mac OS X and Windows. Reviews on the Accessory Reviews: Software page.


Thanks Mike, most informative articles. Sorry I was unable to find this
for myself.


Subject:	using the etx90ec with pc
Sent:	Thursday, February 9, 2006 02:07:32
From:	arno (
I want to know if there is any program for pc  (i don't mean a star-map
program) that is able to steer the etx (up down and so on).

I plan to connect the etx (which is attached with a webcam) to a pc,
witch is placed on the roof and then I use a wireless local area network
to steer the etx with another pc.

I got all programs that I need but no program to steer the etx just up
and down and from left to right.

Thanks for your answer!
Sincerely Arno

Part of the team at the free-air-planetarium in Vienna:
Mike here: Check out ScopeDriver; see the Accessory Reviews: Software page.
Subject:	re: Info-Genie plug-in to control the ETX from Starry Night
Sent:	Saturday, February 4, 2006 01:14:31
From:	Simon Instone (
I've been looking around for a plug-in for Starry Night to control my
new ETX (which I haven't even got yet!) and found that the domain name is now up for sale.

If anyone needs a plug-in for Starry Night, here's the links to the SN
FAQ's pages:

Starry Night Pro:

Starry Night Deluxe:

Starry Night Enthusiast doesn't control telescopes.

Unfortunately the above FAQ pages still point to the now dead domain name for the MAC plug-in but Windows users can
download a different driver.  No mention of Linux drivers on the FAQ
pages. Having said that, on a different FAQ page it mentions the MAC
users have full control of their ETX with the MAC version of the
software without any plug-in's.  Here's the page:

Thanks Mike for a great site.  Talked me into getting an ETX! Even with
our cloudy skies in the UK I can't wait to get it!!


Simon Instone

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