Last updated: 28 March 2004
Subject: Re: really nice pictures... Date: 3/26/04, 21:54 From: al hakimov (firstname.lastname@example.org) Can i control my etx-125 via my laptop, I have ibm thinkpad x22, which has USB port and for that I purchased usb->serial cable, which I assume connects to meade autostar input jack(which looks like a phone jack...?) OS on my laptop is win2000, i read in your site that some people fully control etx-125 via laptop (serial cable + quickcam/webcam combination control), how do u all that hook up? I guess it would also remove the burden of buying those expensive digital SLR cameras...Now that would really make my day, if u know what i mean... If you could refer me to a right direction, I would greatly appreciate, thanks again. AlMike here: Yes, you can control the ETX with an Autostar from a computer. You'll need the #505 cable (for the Autostar #497); you can buy or make this cable (see the Autostar Info page). The computer connects to the Autostar. You can control the Autostar with many shareware and commercial products (see the Accessory Reviews - Software page). As to webcam or digital camera photography, see the Helpful Information - Astrophotography page. You might even consider the Meade Autostar Suite (see my article "Autostar Suite on a Macintosh" on the Autostar Info page.
Subject: Software Question Date: 3/11/04, 11:44 From: MWatson (email@example.com) I have purchased the Meade ETX90-EC and was wondering if you had an opinion on the best computer software to go with it? I currently have the SKY level 2 version 5, by Software Bisque. I was wondering if there is another product out there that would be better? I am obviously looking for the most robust product, easy to use and best screen display. Thanks, Mike WMike here: Although I've never used it, Starry Night Pro has received many good comments. I still use Voyager III (I'm still waiting for the Mac OS X version...). Check out the Accessory Reviews - Software for some (somewhat dated) reviews.
Subject: Alternate telescope control software (info) Date: 3/7/04, 16:47 From: John Berninger (JohnW@berningeronline.net) I thought your site readers might be interested in this, so I thought I'd forward it along. I'm a *very* amateur astronomer, so I don't have much of a budget - in fact, my purchase of an ETX-125 about 4 months ago just abot broke the annual budget. So, I wasn't too interested in spending over $150 to get computer control of my new toy. That, and I despise Windows, but we'll not dwell on that. Fortunately, I found a solution - if you're running Linux, you can control your scope with XEphem (http://www.clearskyinstitute.com/xephem/) through the serial port at no additional cost - using the instructions on your site, I gained computer control of my ETX for a grand total of $4.94 (after tax) - the cost of the telephone handset cord and the serial connector kit. Technical specifics: I'm running Fedora Core 1, and had to download the openmotif packages (runtime and devel RPMS) from http://www.motifzone.net/, then download and rebuild the XEphem SRPM from http://loke.as.arizona.edu/~ckulesa/xephem/ . If you're familiar with building RPMS, rebuilding this package is a snap, and once built, it Just Works(r)(tm). -- John Berninger GPG Key ID: A8C1D45C Fingerprint: B1BB 90CB 5314 3113 CF22 66AE 822D 42A8 A8C1 D45C Sit vis vobiscum. --
Subject: ETX 125 and Starrynight Pro Date: 3/4/04, 05:30 From: BlairLS20@aol.com I have purchased starrynight pro its version 4.0 and would like to know if there is any trouble using this with the 125. What driver do I use Etc..., My scope is still at meade getting worked on, so I'm trying to have everything I need to hook this baby up when I get it back from Meade. Thanks in advance for any help BlairMike here: Current versions work fine with the Autostar. I suspect the relatively recent versions should as well. I would think it would be documented in the software manual. You will need a #505 cable and a serial port.
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