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This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade AutoStar Suite. 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. (The Lunar Planetary Imager, LPI, and Deep Sky Imager, DSI, are covered in the Helpful Information - Astrophotography area.)


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 the Meade AutoStar Suite application (with or without the LPI and DSI models). (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 AutoStar Suite, please send your experiences to me at etx@me.com. 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
WINE
VMWare
VirtualBox

Subject:	Which Version of AutoStar to Install
Sent:	Sunday, September 9, 2007 08:29:58
From:	Graeme Burdis ((GB)) (graeme@microknight.co.uk)
Great site with lots of useful info. 

I have recently bought a second user ETX 90PE which came with the LPI.
Both the Telescope and the LPI included the AutoStar Suite. The one with
the telescope was Astronomer Edition V3.0 and with the LPI Version 2.0.
Now usually I would go with V3.0 but for the fact it's labelled
'Astronomers Edition' and the other isn't. Which is the latest and
greatest of the two? Or is there a better version available on the web I
should download?
 
Many thanks
Graeme
UK
Mike here: I presume you mean "AutoStar Suite" and not the AutoStar ROM. The latest is available (I believe) at Meade4M.com. I haven't checked the version lately. Latest version is also at: http://www.meade.com/autostar/update/

And:

Thanks Mike

Regards
Graeme

Subject:	Envisage problem
Sent:	Friday, September 7, 2007 00:14:41
From:	mail.westnet.com.au (jchaurette@lightmypump.com)
I am finally starting to image with an LPI on my Meade ETX-125, it's
very exciting. The scope is tracking very well. The other night I had
Jupiter, it's way up high here near Melbourne.

The image that Jupiter makes in Live mode in Envisage is very jumpy and
tends to move around. Do you have any ideas what the cause of this might
be, the scope is very stable and on a good solid tripod.

Thanks once again for any help.

Jacques
www.lightmypump.com
Traralgon
Australia
S38:11:14 E146:31:47 
Mike here: Could be a poor drive training or a need to CALIBRATE MOTOR. Could be "periodic error" in the tracking. Are you in Polar or Alt/Az? If not Polar, you might try that -- then you could apply PEC.

And:

Could be periodic error, although I am not quite sure what that means,
as I said the scope tracking at the time was very good, although it does
seem to be inconsistent from night to night. I will try to calibrate the
motors and see what happens. I am in alt/Az, I will give polar a try.
Mike here: Search the ETX Site for "periodic error" for more info and how to have the AutoStar correct for it.
Subject:	re: Remote Handbox Text Problem
Sent:	Saturday, September 1, 2007 09:06:28
From:	richard seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
I vaguely remember the "black screen" symptom.

I think it was fixed by updating Autostar Suite to the current version.

Meade calls it the 4th update.
If you look at the Help/About in SkyMap, the newest reports version 3.23

You can download the current Autostar Suite Update from here:
http://www.meade.com/autostar/update/

and (for the record) there's a "troubleshooting" page here:
http://www.meade.com/autostar/tsguide.html
(but it doesn't mention the black RemHbx screen).

have fun
--dick

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