Last updated: 27 October 2005

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Subject:	Using the ETX-70AT telescope with Mac OS X and Starry Night Pro v 4.5?
Sent:	Thursday, October 27, 2005 11:37:47
From:	Juan Jordano (
Perhaps you can help me, as I have seen in your web site that your are
using Starry Night in a Mac with the ETX70.

My problem is that I can not control my Meade ETX-70AT Telescope with
Starry-Night Pro (v.4.5.2).

My computer is a dual USB MacIntosh iBook running OS X 10.4.2. The
Telescope is connected to USB using a Keyspan USB-twin-serial adapter
(controlled with Keyspan USB Serial Adapter Driver v.2.0). This
"telescope-link" is working with ScopeDriver X and with Astroplanner
(therefore, physical connection through the Meade cable is not the

In Starry-Night, I installed the latest TelescopePlugin. However,
attempts connecting to the telescope always fail. I tried selecting the
different available Meade Telescope plugins (Meade ETX Autostar, Meade
LX200, Meade LX200 GPS, and Meade LX200 compatible) with the same
negative result.

Should I upgrade to Starry Night Pro 5.x? Starry Night Pro costumer
support has not been useful to me on this problem for the moment!

Congratulations for your magnificent ETX Web site!

Thank you in advance!

Juan Jordano
Mike here: You are mistaken; I don't have Starry Night and so have not tried it with Mac OS X. Whether upgrading will solve the problem I don't know. But since it works with other applications you know the OS and connection is OK.
Sent:	Friday, October 7, 2005 17:36:57
From:	Thomas Sokol (
Just got a new EXT 105 PE today. I haven't tested it yet, but decided to
check this site first...Very informative! I noticed in one of your
follow-up posts that you use a MAC....I have a combination of MAC's and
PC's that I use everyday, but my "workhorse" laptop is a PowerBook G4.
Any hope that Meade may make software compatible with OS-X????

Tom Sokol
Mike here: Not likely that Meade will release any Mac OSX compatible software but there are many 3rd party apps that work. There is planetarium software, Autostar updating software, telescope control software, image stacking software, and even LPI software (no DSI so yet as yet though).
Subject:	NightCal Astronomical Calendar Software
Sent:	Wednesday, October 5, 2005 15:48:05
From:	Michael Morris (
Please could you post this in your astro-software section.

NightCal is a simple, practical tool for basic observation session
planning.   It produces a single A4 sheet monthly calendar telling the
user when it gets dark, when the Moon rises and sets and what the Moon
should look like when it does make an appearance.   It also provides
data on the elongation of the inferior planets and a quick aide mmoire
for planetary conjunctions. The output is designed to be printed so that
you can stick it on your notice board at home or work or saved as a
graphics file for inclusion in newsletters or publishing on the web.

To find out more and to download your free copy visit  I hope you find it useful

Bob & Michael Morris

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