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Re: [sct-user] Re: Which Software to Purchase

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  • Jim Stanicek
    Thanks, Bryan . Do you think the HC and dongle could be used at the same time, or would this cause contention problems? BTW, I am a retired Electronics
    Message 1 of 33 , Feb 3, 2013
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      Thanks, Bryan . Do you think the HC and dongle could be used at the
      same time, or would this cause contention problems? BTW, I am a
      retired Electronics Technical Specialist, so you can get technical with
      me :)

      Jim


      On 2/3/2013 9:46 PM, Worsel wrote:
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      > Jim:
      >
      > The HC, AUX1, and AUX2 ports are wired in parallel and absolutely
      > identical.
      >
      > Bryan
      >
      > --- In sct-user@yahoogroups.com <mailto:sct-user%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > Jim Stanicek wrote:
      > >
      > > I just received a SkyQ dongle to replace the HC in my new Celestron
      > > tripod. Used with an IPhone, it is truly a wireless system.
      >



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    • Alan Sheppard
      Received and replied Michal, Thanks - Alan
      Message 33 of 33 , Feb 6, 2013
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        Received and replied Michal,

        Thanks - Alan

        --- In sct-user@yahoogroups.com, "michal" wrote:
        >
        > Alan,
        >
        > Since we're wandering a bit from the SCT User topic, I've sent you a pm with more info/questions. We can continue at the MacAstronomer group if you'd like.
        >
        > http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/macastronomer/
        >
        > Michal
        >
        > --- In sct-user@yahoogroups.com, "Alan Sheppard" wrote:
        > >
        > > Thanks Michal,
        > >
        > > Nice to hear from another Mac user as well!
        > >
        > > Michal, it seems now that I have to purchase OSX apps from the retailer at $10 more! Somehow there was an issue with the Apple store supporting the OSX Pro version (my words)! And, there are no upgrade feature from the manufacturer nor the Apple store to v 4.0, down the road.
        > >
        > > I still can purchase the plus or the pro for the iPod from the App store! It does clearly seem the winner from all I have heard from along with Nebulosity, AstoPlanner and of course Registax. Along with the easier wireless ability, apart from the NexRemote.
        > >
        > > But, there is still the Microprojects - Equinox at $40 and Pro at $60. The site is at http://www.microprojects.ca/ - This program can handle my Canon 20Da as well as webcams and seems quite capable if the pdf is read (maybe too much for me). :)
        > >
        > > It does appear that the Macastronomers group is supporting the Equinox app and I think I know what response I will get from them. There are other apps that can be purchased that will other work.
        > >
        > > It does indicate that the basic version is available in the App store, but it is not there. I have not asked any further about it.
        > >
        > > At least I can say that this app had been updated in the past for me with a small upgrade fee, perhaps times have changed.
        > >
        > > I know I have asked the question and have gotten the answer from all that SkySafari Plus or Pro is the way to go and I believe that is best for me, but what about the upgrade cost? Do we want to be paying the full price for the same software every year or so?
        > >
        > > Thanks - Alan
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > --- In sct-user@yahoogroups.com, "michal" wrote:
        > > >
        > > > Alan,
        > > >
        > > > Well, apologies but I'm going to backpedal a bit... I just got home and looked; I have Sky Safari PLUS, not Pro on the MacBook and iPod. Like you, I had iTunes cash to burn and purchased it last year.
        > > >
        > > > I only run OS X native software as I haven't bothered to purchase Windows. I have dabbled with running Oracle's VM VirtualBox with Linux, however. It is an interesting experience but I'd rather spend the little spare time I have on something other than fiddling with software. After all, that's why I was drawn to the Mac.
        > > >
        > > > As I mentioned in the first post, I really like AstroPlanner, too. It runs natively on OS X and has Uncle Rod's testimonial (for the Windows version). It hooks up via Wi-Fi to my Sky-Fi dongle; don't know about the Sky-Q but you could ask the Astoplanner group. Can't imagine it wouldn't.
        > > >
        > > > http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2011/10/revenge-of-astroplanner.html
        > > >
        > > > It is a great tool to prepare ahead for an evening of observing; you can create your own observing lists and not have to fumble around outdoors trying to figure out where you're going. It says on the home page that "AstroPlanner is shareware and you are welcome to download and try a fully-functional version at no cost." So what's to lose?
        > > >
        > > > http://www.astroplanner.net/index.html
        > > >
        > > > AstroPlanner also integrates with Equinox which I guess you've used before.
        > > >
        > > > Happy to hear from other Mac users!
        > > >
        > > >
        > > > Michal
        > > >
        > > > --- In sct-user@yahoogroups.com, "Alan Sheppard" wrote:
        > > > >
        > > > > Michal,
        > > > >
        > > > > I have been getting great information with this thread and learning a lot from everyone's input. Some of the software suggested by you was also mentioned by Rod earlier, but the more time I hear it the better!
        > > > >
        > > > > Nice to hear about the other methods of controlling the scope, beside NexRemote, although I have not given up on this, as I have the program. But, I would prefer just to stick to my Mac interface instead of using Win 7.
        > > > >
        > > > > SkySafari Plus/Pro seems to be very popular with the PC side although you have a Mac which makes me feel more comfortable. The Mac version for the Pro is $50 for the Plus. I was going to use my iTunes credits for the purchase, but now I can't! I still can get the Plus or Pro for the iPod for $15/$40. Do I really need the Pro on the iPod?
        > > > >
        > > > > BTW, from an email today from the dealer I am told that there will be a Mac v. 4.0 at some much later date that will include a telescope view mode. AND, there is no such thing as an upgrade fee. A full purchase is required! Is this the norm? When I did have the Mac specific Equinox, it could be upgraded unless there was a major revision.
        > > > >
        > > > > I will take a look at MacAstronomer for curiosity sake.
        > > > >
        > > > > Again to you, Rod and all the others that have commented on this thread!
        > > > >
        > > > > Alan
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > > --- In sct-user@yahoogroups.com, "michal" wrote:
        > > > > >
        > > > > > Hi,
        > > > > >
        > > > > > I'm a Mc user who uses Sky Safari Pro on my MacBook Pro and iPod Touch. I use the Sky-Fi dongle that Southern Stars sold before Celestron came out with their Sky-Q. It does work alongside the hand controller so you can have both plugged in. It has been improved since I bought mine several years ago.
        > > > > >
        > > > > > I'd suggest you go to the Southern Stars website (they created Sky Safari) or check in at their Yahoo Groups site. There is also a Yahoo Group called MacAstronomer that could help.
        > > > > >
        > > > > > http://www.southernstars.com/index.html
        > > > > >
        > > > > > I've also linked up wirelessly, using the Sky-Fi, to AstroPlanner, which I like a lot and highly recommend. And wouldn't you know, they also have a Yahoo Group!
        > > > > >
        > > > > > If you don't need wireless, then Starry Night Pro is also very good, but you'll need to get a USB/RS-232 dongle to hook up to the scope.
        > > > > >
        > > > > > I haven't done much imaging, so I can't personally suggest software, but Craig Stark's Nebulosity and PHD Guiding are highly praised.
        > > > > >
        > > > > > Michal
        > > > > >
        > > > > > MacBook Pro 10.6.8
        > > > > > Celestron 800 CPC
        > > > > > iPod Touch
        > > > > > AstroPlanner
        > > > > > Sky Safari Pro (OS X and iOS)
        > > > > >
        > > > > >
        > > > > >
        > > > > > --- In sct-user@yahoogroups.com, "Alan Sheppard" wrote:
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > Hi Rod,
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > Major error - did not mean to start off with the program SkyAlign, I meant SkySafari.
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > I am looking for SkySafari+ or Pro, Equinox etc, planetarium software for the two devices, MacBook and iPod.
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > I have Stellarium, but really don't like it, plus the iTunes money is burning a hole in my pocket.
        > > > > >
        > > > >
        > > >
        > >
        >
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