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Last updated: 30 November 2003
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Subject:	software program question
Sent:	Sunday, November 30, 2003 07:17:13
From:	Por924sche@aol.com
hi  can you give me some suggestions,,i have a meade 90 w/autostar,can i
get a software program ,not animated,to run the telescope,to my laptop,i
would like to view the night skys from the laptop screen,and be able to
control the meade from the laptop,i had the sky,it was antimated,i have
space explorer11,animated,,i would like something to open the screen
live to veiw,instead of looking thru the viewfinder,,thanks 
howard,,,your program is great,im going to let some friends  /with meade
scopes know about it,your more infornative that  the meade company
itself  thanks again
Mike here: Well, there are many applications that will control the ETX/Autostar. See the article "ETX/Autostar Compatible Software" on the Autostar Information page. You may need to install the Astronomer's Control Panel software for THE SKY (info should be on the vendor's site). You will also need a #505 serial cable (which you can buy or make; info on the Autostar Information page). If you want to VIEW objects on the laptop that the ETX "sees" then you'll need more equipment; you might want to consider Meade's new Autostar Suite, which includes the planetarium software, cable, and an imager (for bright objects).

And:

thanks mike,,i have all the cables ,hookups,just need a program to open
the screen on the laptop for viewing,great heal and great site,,meade
should pay u>   howard

Subject:	Dimming the Laptop in XP
Sent:	Wednesday, November 26, 2003 00:47:55
From:	cafe@adam.com.au (Henk Plaggemars)
Great site!
 
Just noticed a question from someone about dimming their laptop screen
if you have an nVidia card with the latest drivers, right-click on the
desktop and select Properties. A Display Properties window appears,
left-click on the Settings tab and then left click on the Advanced
button. Left-click on the nView tab, then on Device Settings  and from
the pop out menu Colour Correction.

A window now appears that allows you to adjust the overall
Gamma/Contrast/Brightness for all or each of the colours
(Red/Green/Blue). Suggest you reduce the settings for Green and Blue to
get a good red hue, then reduce the overall gamma to dim the screen.

You may have to play a bit with this as your astronomy software may not
be as readable after adjusting. Im sure you can get something that makes
a good compromise :-)
 
Cheers,
 
Henk Caf Plaggemars
Adelaide Australia
Mike here: There is also DarkAdapted from the developer of ScopeDriver. There are versions for Macs and PCs. See www.adpartnership.net/DarkAdapted/index.html.

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