Last updated: 24 November 2002
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:	re:  Mac software
Sent:	Friday, November 22, 2002 7:22:06
From: (Richard Seymour)
You wrote:
> I have a Macintosh Classic computer with 4mb on Ram with OS 7.0.1, as i
> know this computer has the same processor than the Autostar (the
>  Motorola 68000).

Just to clarify... the Autostar uses a motorola 68HC11 
which is -completely- different from the mac's 68000

They share -no- common instructions or codes.
(well, "zero" may mean "halt" to both of them, but the 68hc11 ignores
that instruction)

The Classic LX200 had a 68000, but all of the Autostars (including
the LX200gps) use the 68hc11.

have fun

Subject:	Mac software
Sent:	Tuesday, November 19, 2002 22:05:49
From: (Eduardo Lpez)
I have a Macintosh Classic computer with 4mb on Ram with OS 7.0.1, as i
know this computer has the same processor than the Autostar (the
Motorola 68000).

Do you know where i can find o software to control my telescope from
this machine? or know about somebody that could help me?

Thank you very much and greetings from Mexico.

Eduardo Lopez
Mike here: You would need both the Mac and the Autostar to control the telescope; there is no computer-only capability with either PCs or Macs. As to software, if they work with System 7 and the 68K CPU there are many applications, both commercial and shareware, that will control the ETX and Autostar. A couple of current shareware ones are AstroPlanner and ScopeDriver. Check the Astronomy Links page and the Accessory Reviews - Software for more. Unfortunately, you may find that most current software requires a PowerPC CPU and Mac OS 9.
Subject:	VB program for control of ETX and SAC camera
Sent:	Saturday, November 9, 2002 21:20:59
From: (Jeremy Jackson)
Here is a link to my website:

In my spare time I fiddle around with Visual Basic, my ETX90EC, and SAC
camera.  I found some code for webcams on and
imported it into my program that slews the telescope.  I can't wait for
some clear skies to try it out!!!

I've enclosed a screen shot. (the picture is a cereal box about 25 feet
away in my kitchen)

Basically, with the program I can control the telescope and the camera
from my computer.  I hope to get the Meade motorized focuser for
Christmas and will incorporate that as well.  Then I can set the scope
up outside and control everything in the warmth of my home.

I've not gotten the solar system object functions to work yet, but the
program does slew the scope at three different speeds.  The camera
control works for my SAC camera and should work for most webcams set up
for astro-imaging.

I've decided to make the code available, and that can be found at my
website as well.

Thanks for the great website!!

Jeremy Jackson

Subject:	New version of Virtual Atlas of the Moon
Sent:	Saturday, November 2, 2002 0:14:39
From: (Philippe HAAKE)
I would like to tell you that the new version of the Virtual Atlas of
the Moon is available at

Many new features have been added to this beautifull FREEWARE made by
Patrick Chevalley, also the author of the other freeware SkyCharts -
Cartes du Ciel  which allowed you to
pilote your etx...

Have a look at them and you'll love them

Best greetings

Best Greetings From SWITZERLAND
ICQ 3128404

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