Last updated: 25 November 2001
Subject: ETX-70 computer control Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2001 12:08:38 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Philippe HAAKE) Yes I'm using it for many monthes now... have a look at what it has been already said about this soft at http://www.weasner.com/etx/software_reviews.html#thesky_pocket And you may see on the bisque soft advertisment's pages.... ************************************************************************ Last week I was able to use TheSky Pocket Edition to place comet LINEAR in the center of the eyepiece using my ETX-90 - FANTASTIC! I was unable to find it using just the Autostar's hand paddle. Thanks again for the wonderful software. I'm making a lot of my friends jealous... Whoo Hoo! P. Haake, Switzerland ************************************************************************ at http://www.bisque.com/Products/TheSkyPE/TheSkyPE.asp It is really great to use...... Best Greetings From SWITZERLAND Phil ICQ 3128404 http://astroclub.net/sag/index.html http://astroclub.net/sag/ephemeride/index.html http://community.webshots.com/user/beruberu1 email@example.com
Subject: re: ETX-70 computer control and Bisque... Sent: Friday, November 23, 2001 19:42:14 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (richard seymour) To: Raven50@aol.com Raven wrote: > Through Bisque Software's The Sky, you can control the ETX. > They offer it as a WinCE version, along with the cables for the > hook up. (a lot less than Meades computer connection cable) I *really, really doubt* that that's an ETX70-compatible cable. (by ETX70, i mean a Meade 506 cable equivalent for the 494 Autostar). I highly suspect it's a 505-cable equivalent for the 495/497 Autostar, which is easy to make. That's not to say the product isn't a good idea/program/deal, merely as a warning to 494 (no numeric keypad) Autostar owners to first VERIFY that the cable really works with their system. have fun, but check first... --dickAnd:
From: Raven50@aol.com Hmm..... thanks. I was hoping someone would raise this before i invested in the cables! The ETX-70 uses the 506 cable kit from meade. What does that come with? What kind of port is the AUX on the 70? I thought Meade said it was an RS232 on their website. I may have read it wrong. With the upgraded autostar, i would plug into the handle. With the stock one, i had the impression that the AUX port took its place. Does anyone have any further knowledge on this? If i end up not being able to do this the way i originally though, i may upgrade my autostar. I've used the SKY software on my desktop for a long time know, and i think its great. I wouldn't mind paying a little more to be able to have it with me. Printing sky charts is annoying.Mike here: The #506 cable has some electronics that are required for using the #494 Autostar on the ETX-70AT. Since the specs are not currently available, you can't make one.
From: email@example.com (richard seymour) Raven wrote: > The ETX-70 uses the 506 cable kit from meade. > What does that come with? Usually the StarryNight/AstroControlPanel C, and the cable. > What kind of port is the AUX on the 70? It's a powered I2C peripheral bus port. Can accept multiple addressable peripheral devices, such as electric focusers, illuminated reticles, the 506 unit, etc. > I thought Meade said it was an RS232 on their website. The *495/497 autostar* has an internal rs232 port. The 494 Autostar does not. For the 494, they created the 506 unit, which has a small peripheral controller and rs232 level converter in the lump on the cable. It is *not* merely a level-shifter. It's an intelligent buffered device. > With the upgraded autostar, i would plug into the handle. That is correct. And the 505 cable is merely a set of wires. No active components. > With the stock one, i had the impression that the AUX port took its > place. The AUX port can accept the 506 device, which is an rs232 device to the PC, but an addressable buffered device to the Autostar's eyes. >Does anyone have any further knowledge on this? More is covered in a number of places on Mike's site, as multiple topics on the http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar_info.html page. > If i end up not being able to do this the way i originally though, > i may upgrade my autostar. Usually feasible for about $50 via Ebay. And the 495/497 Autostar is much more flexible. > I've used the SKY software on my desktop for a long > time know, and i think its great. I wouldn't mind paying a little > more to be able to have it with me. Printing sky charts is annoying. have fun --dick
Subject: ETX-70 computer control Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2001 16:04:21 From: Raven50@aol.com I recently came upon something i think will be incredibly usefull. I didn't see anything about it on your site, maybe i just missed it. Through Bisque Software's The Sky, you can control the ETX. They offer it as a WinCE version, along with the cables for the hook up. (alot less than Meades computer connection cable) So basically you can take your ETX anywhere and control it with a Pocket PC, and have great software to locate anything in the sky. (i use the desktop version of this software currently) Has anyone tried this? Any known issues? Or is it as good as it sounds?
Subject: Software Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 6:42:14 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Knapp) I am interested in purchasing software to control my 90EC from a laptop. I am a bit confused though. Can the Epoch 2000sk software from Meade be used for the 90EC or it specifically for the LX200 series? I seem to recall a post on your site where someone was running a 125EC with Epoch??? It seems like “too much” software for a 90EC (not to mention that it is a bit $$). Do you run your 90EC with a computer and if so, do you have a software preference? Regards, Mike KnappMike here: I'm not currently using any software with my ETX. Carina Software was supposed to send me an evaluation copy of their ETX controller software but hasn't yet. There are several packages that can control the ETX/Autostar. See the Astro Software Feedback and Accessory Reviews - Software for more info.
Subject: StarCalc software... Sent: Sunday, November 4, 2001 20:39:52 From: email@example.com (Bryan Morris) I've been trying out this software for the past few days... its not spectacular but its FREE! Its called StarCalc. I found out about it on TheScreensavers television show. http://www.relex.ru/~zalex/main.htm
Subject: Starry Night Pro Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 11:07:21 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Patrick McGeehan) Love your excellent site. I too tried to control my ETX with StarryNight Pro, but the supplied controller is scripted in LX-200 protocols. I emailed Starry Night Pro, and they responded: We have replaced the ACP telescope software with a newer plugin that lets you control the 125 directly from within Starry Night. This new plugin can be downloaded free from: http://www.starrynight.com/pub/starrynight/telescope/TelescopePlugin.zip The download is a zipped file that also includes a read-me file with instructions. Before you install the new plugin, delete the file "lx200snv3.plug" from your Starry Night Pro Data\Plug-ins folder, because Starry Night will not work properly with 2 plugins installed. Then install the downloaded plugin and you will be able to control your ETX from Starry Night. -Mike Mike Parkes Astronomy Support Associate SPACE.com Canada, Inc. 284 Richmond Street East Toronto, ON, M5A 1P4, Canada I have downloaded this but have not yet had an opportunity to try it--Pat
Subject: etx 125 and Starry night pro Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 22:07:28 From: email@example.com (bob sharpe) I am having trouble getting Starry Night Pro to control the etx125ec from a PC laptop. I sent an email to starry night tech support, but they have not replied....Can you post this to see if someone has had this problem, and a possible solution? Here is the email to tech support Hi, I just bought starry night pro from you. I have a meade etx 125ec telescope, with autostar 497. After hooking the autostar up to the scope, and the autostar up to my laptop running starry night pro (latest version). I set up the telescope in starry night for Model LX200 and autostar, with the 16" option unchecked. When right clicking on an object in starry night, and telling the scope to move to it, the right ascension drive works as it should, but the dec drive does not move, or moves very little, resulting in huge scope pointing errors in the dec axis. The cursor on the screen of starry night reflects the scope's true position, as it too is off in the dec axis! When I move the dec axis by using the autostar hand controller, it moves without hesitation! It seems like the autostar is getting the RA data from the computer OK, but the DEC data is not! I have the serial port configured for N,8,1, with no flow control. I am also polar aligned! Any suggestions? I bought Starry night pro so I could control the scope with it as advertised on your web site! thx, Bob sharpe Thanks for your help! Bob
Subject: TheSky for Mac OS X Sent: Friday, October 19, 2001 9:56:52 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul St. Amand) There is an update (http://www.bisque.com/Products/TheSky/TheSkyForMacV5.asp) of TheSky Version 5.0.6 for Macintosh. It now features support for Autostar telescopes, new photography features, the ability to display paths for minor planets and coments, improved stability and accuracy, interface enhancements and a number of bug fixes. It will now run as a Classic app under Mac OS X. Paul St. Amand
Subject: WinStars - Freeware Astronomy program with LX200 control Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 7:28:19 From: email@example.com (Conston, Steve x4704) I found this program on ZDNET but have not had a chance to evaluate it. http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,10615,83339,00.html Here is the origination site: winstars.free.fr/english/ Steve
Subject: Best Pair Autostar/LX200 alignment star software Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2001 19:44:29 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul Rodman) Your readers might be interested in this: www.ilanga.com/bestpair/index.shtml/ Freeware application for Mac and Windows that selects the best pair of alignment stars to use for your location/date/time in order to minimise pointing errors. Paul Rodman
Subject: re: Meade Astrofinder pc connection software and cables Sent: Wednesday, October 3, 2001 21:41:04 From: email@example.com (richard seymour) To: firstname.lastname@example.org > I just bought the #505 cable set, it comes with the Skychart (a > limited edition of Starry night) and Astronomer's control panel. > I have the same problem with the Feb 2006 date. I called Meade Tech > support this morning. The tech support guy told me the Feb 2006 show > the date the data in the software expire and cannot be changed by > user. Everything in the software is program up to that date. How do i politely phrase this? "Bogus". (Meade support, not Ringo Li) If you download the -two- v1.3 patch kits from ACP, the Feb 2006 goes away and it shows the correct time and date. I've done it. Last June 19th. (i also updated StarryNight, which is the planetarium program on that CD). It's a HUGE update (15 megabytes for the full ACP update, and then another 780KB for the ServicePack1 addendeum.) The files (and i may have renamed them) are: acp_13-full.exe and acp_13-sp1.exe Here's the note from DC-3's website: ( acp.dc3.com/meade.html ) The date always reads 8 Feb 2006. Why? The version of ACP that ships on the SkyChart is well over a year old. The problem you see is a Y2K problem that was fixed last December (1999). DC-3 Dreams has revised ACP to compensate and to correct bugs. You can update your copy of ACP free of charge. Simply click on the Try it! link in the left margin, fill out the form so we know who you are, and you'll be given downloading instructions for the latest version (1.3) of ACP. DO NOT UNINSTALL YOUR CURRENT VERSION! Simply run the 1.3 installer and let it detect and update your current installation. Meade Tech Support should be chastised for flat-out-wrong info.... Grump. have fun --dickAnd this response:
From: Raymond.Barbour@za.didata.com (Raymond Barbour@i-Commerce) I couldn't work out if the problem the people where having was with the Starchart (Starry Night) or with the Astronomer's Control Panel (ACP). I suspect the problem is with ACP as I had a similar problem with the software supplied with my DS-127. It is a Y2k bug in the supplied version of ACP. It is fixed in the latest version that can be downloaded from http://acp.dc3.com/. Regards, Raymond Barbour
Subject: Mac astronomy program for OSX Sent: Monday, October 1, 2001 12:36:26 From: email@example.com (pst) I just noticed that there is now a Mac astronomy program for OS X (works with OS9 too). It is called MPj Astro II. You can download the shareware program at: http://www.total.net/~mpj/MPjII.html I have not had much chance to use it, but it looks useful and can control autostar telescopes and has a voice command option for controlling your scope. My first impression is that it is attractive but not quite as full featured as Starry Night nor as easy to navigate. If you or anyone else has time to give it a full review, I'd love to read it! Paul St. AmandMike here: I recently installed Mac OS X 10.1 on a G4 PowerBook. Once I get some free time I'll have to check this out.
Subject: Meade Astrofinder pc connection software and cables Sent: Monday, October 1, 2001 10:11:06 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ringo Li) I just bought the #505 cable set, it comes with the Skychart (a limited edition of Starry night) and Astronomer's control panel. I have the same problem with the Feb 2006 date. I called Meade Tech support this morning. The tech support guy told me the Feb 2006 show the date the data in the software expire and cannot be changed by user. Everything in the software is program up to that date. Ringo Li (MCSE+I, MCT, A+) ATOZ Business Computers email@example.com
Subject: Meade Astrofinder pc connection software and cables Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 21:14:26 From: CaptainCookRN@cs.com Mike from OPT gave your card to me at "nightfall". I purchased an LX90 on the way to Anza and tried to run my autostardrive system from my pc with the above product. Mike helped me align the scope and we messed around with the program, but couldn't get the computer to talk to the telescope. I gave up Friday night and during the day with a friend who was computer literate we finally got the scope to give the ra, dec, etc., but the date it gave was in Feb, 2006. We rechecked the dates in the autostar and on my pc, but could never find anything showing those dates. I was at this time able to slew the scope with the direction arrows, but nothing else. Saturday afternoon after discussing the problem with several people, one of them installed his SkyChartIII CD in my pc which ran perfectly Sat. night, after I figured out why it kept telling me I was in San Francisco. My computer is new and has Windows ME. Could this be my problem, or do you have any clue as to what it could be? Will it be worth it to try to make it work? Does it have some feature that can't be found in other programs? I am only a little more than a beginner handling a scope myself and a true computer illiterate. At this point, I would just as soon give up, return the Meade program (which contains only a part of StarryNight), and just work with the SkyChartIII that I now have, but, in all fairness, wanted to ask for some advice from the astronomer who everyone says knows this program! Thanks for your time. ~~~~ __/)~~~~~ ~~~__/) ~~~~~ __Annette ~~~Mike here: Well, actually I don't know the program (since it is Windows-based).
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