Last updated: 30 June 2004
Subject: Starry Night Bundle, Astronomers Control Panel and 494 handbox Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 18:34:05 From: Mike Montana (MikeMontana@hotmail.com) I have found a consistent problem when trying to sync my meade scope to StarryNight via the ACP. It appears that the ACP program causes a crash (stack overflow is my guess) on the 494. Symptoms include: Sync begins, scope is slewing and an abortive "BEEEP!" comes from the handbox. At this point, the scope is no longer able to GOTO a star properly, with the RA being off by several hours. Power cycling the Handbox, including a software reset, removal of the batteries etc, doesnt always clear the problem. I did discover that going to the SETUP menu, and editting the site to manually set the Lat/Long DOES resolve this problem. Doesnt make sense, since the active site is from ROM, but, as I suspect a stack overflow could cause corruption in the flash-data.Mike here: Do you have the updated ACP from their website (link on the Astronomy Links page)?
Yes, in fact I have just returned from another scope-crash when using ACP. Tonite I have installed their latest version (1.3) and the same issue occurs. It happens specifically when I "sync scope to view", and occasionally under other circumstances. Too bad, because I really like "Starry Nights", and would love to use it to guide the scope (are there alternative plugins suitable for Autostar?) Thanks for your reply, MikeMike here: There are alternative programs. I'm surprised that Starry Night even needs ACP; I don't think it needs it for their Mac OS X version (ACP is Windows only as I recall). Anyway, see the Autostar Info page for several apps for Windows and Mac OS X that work with the Autostar.
Subject: windows XP for astro finder Sent: Thursday, June 3, 2004 08:00:27 From: Cesar Romero (firstname.lastname@example.org) exist version of astrofinder for windows XP? Cesar RomeroMike here: I don't know but there are many other choices that do work with XP (which I don't use, being a Mac OS X user).
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