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Last updated: 15 January 2013

This page is for user comments on Astronomy software for the Windows (including the Meade AutoStar Suite), Macintosh, Android, and iOS 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 for posting. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message per the Site Email Etiquette. Thanks. Remember, tips described on this site may invalidate the warranty on your telescope or accessories. Neither the submitter nor myself are responsible for any damage caused by using any contributed tips.

Subject:	Connecting ext105 to MacBook Pro laptop (OS 10.7.5) with Starry Night Pro (6.4.3)
Sent:	Sunday, January 13, 2013 08:17:47
From:	Alexander Lindsay (
I have an EXT105 and want to connect it to a MacBook Pro (10.7.5) on
which I have the Starry Night Pro (6.4.3) software... Firstly to update
the software on the Autostar (497) and then more excitingly to control
the telescope through Starry Night Pro.

I bought the Meade 505 AstroFinder software / cable set, but it seems
the EXT105 is really much more Windows / PC friendly!

Is there a simple / elegant solution? Would be great maybe to use

Alex Lindsay.


Alexander Lindsay

Pitcorthie House
Fife, KY9 1JY
United Kingdom
Mike here: For some tips see the Helpful Information: Astronomy & Intel Macs page. You can use Mac OS X software to control your telescope, including Starry Night. I currently use SkySafari Pro; see my review on the Accessory Reviews: Software page. You will need a USB-serial adapter and the #505 serial cable. Not all adapters work reliably with the AutoStar; I recommend Keyspan. Alternatively, you can use a SkyFi Wi-Fi adapter; works great with SkySafari (and others) on the Mac and iOS devices.

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