Last updated: 8 March 2007

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.

Mike here: With the release of Apple's Intel based Macintosh systems, it is now possible to run Windows applications natively on Macs. I want to post some information on using Windows image processing applications (such as Registax, MaxDSLR, etc) on these systems. (No, I don't have one, yet. iPhone purchase comes first since I have a PowerBook G4 17".) If you have a Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, or the Intel based Mac mini or iMac models and have tried one of the following with Windows image processing applications, please send your experiences to me at I will compile the information and post it. Thanks. Please specify your Mac model, the version of Windows, and which of the following you have used:

Boot Camp
CrossOver Mac
Parallels Desktop

Subject:	Telescopes and Vista
Sent:	Monday, March 5, 2007 15:23:30
From: (
Well my last adventure out may have been my last one for awhile.  My old
laptop broke so I replaced it with a nice new one that came with
Vista...So far I can get some of my software to work with Vista, but
only after several install attempts.  Autostar seemed to work fine, but
the new computer does not have a serial port.  I have a Radio Shack usb
to serial cable, however the drivers do not work so I cannot get the
telescope hooked up to the laptop.  Starry night works, but the OpenGL
function does not work for some reason, and no update is do out any time
soon.   The Meade LPI finally got recognized then took a tragic fall
from the desk and no longer stays powered up, so I am in the market for
either a new LPI or the DSI (still researching).  I have not done any
work with getting my D70 hooked to the computer yet. Photoshop took
several attempts to install and function.

My recommendation is that if you do not have to get Vista then do not. 
I had no choice since XP was no longer offered.

Not sure if this information helps.
Take care.

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