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Subject:	re: stellarium
Sent:	Thursday, March 18, 2010 20:03:53
From:	richard seymour (
Something that may have changed since the last time you loaded ASCOM,
is that the -drivers- are now a separate download from the -platform-.

So you need to install -3- things:
the ASCOM "platform"
whichever drivers you want.

Drivers are here:

and for the ETX family of scopes, you want the "Classic" driver:

(note that the above link is for a -specific- version... folks reading
this in the future should go to the ASCOM site and get the latest

good luck


From: David Waggonner (


Thank you very much.  You are absolutely correct.  That whole driver
interface/platform is and was completely different.  I had the original
download on a thumb drive that worked with my system and was trying to
get it to work from this.  It worked originally and i assumed it would
work again. After uninstalling everything and reinstalling from your
links, i have gotten it to work again.  Again thank you for all of your
David Waggonner

Subject:	stellarium
Sent:	Friday, March 12, 2010 23:42:54
From:	David Waggonner (
I once had my etx 90pe controlled by stellarium/ascom.  My computer
crashed and i can no longer get the damb thing to work.  I have reloaded
stellarium and ascom but am afraid i don't have the right drivers for
the etx on ascom and cannot find the link on your site.  I did once
before but have spend about an hour trying to find it with no success. 
could you please help me out with finding this tutorial?

much appreciated 
David b waggonner
Mike here: I'm not certain what "tutorial" you might mean but have you tried searching the ETX Site for "Stellarium" or "ASCOM"? You will get some hits from those searches.
Subject:	ETX125PE vs LightSwitch question
Sent:	Friday, March 12, 2010 07:59:18
From:	Littell, Charles C Civ USAF AFMC 88 ABW/PA (Charles.Littell@WPAFB.AF.MIL)
Do you know  of anyone who is using an electronic EP and PC software to
mimic the LightSwitch hands-free alignment?  Seems like every electronic
EP should come with the software included, don't you think?

Of course, if I didn't have to pour through my almanac to find the
alignment stars, I might never learn the constellations.
Chas in Dayton
Charles C. Littell, III 
Mike here: Haven't heard of any software that exactly mimics the capabilities of Meade's LightSwitch technology.

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