CGEM and OSX
Posted 14 August 2009 - 06:03 PM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 06:13 PM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:07 PM
I run VMWare Fusion with XP Pro SP3 and my choice of planetarium is The Sky 6 Pro, but you can pick any planetarium as most Windows programs will run the CGEM.
Currently our OS X options are rather limited unfortunately.
Equinox 6 apparently can run a Nexstar based 'scope, I have yet to attempt this. You need an OS X compatible USB to serial port adapter, Belkin has a good one that works with everything.
I have Equinox 6 software on my Macbook Pro, although I prefer to run TheSky 6 in my virtual machine, it has more options and seems a little bit better put together.
TheSkyX Serious is supposed to run 'scopes natively in OS X, although I have not seen any reviews on the program as it has only been out a few months. I'm hesitant on this one as Bisque wants $150 retail + $30 a year after that. No thanks, I'll just keep running TheSky 6.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:46 PM
Posted 18 August 2009 - 11:58 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:22 AM
Then I plug in the basic Celestron serial to mount cable.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:26 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 05:45 PM
How the heck do I control my cgem from a mac osx? I have found software that would supposedly work, but the cabling seems to be a problem. I have no serial port and Celestron has basically told me I am out of luck.
I ain't a Mac kind of guy...but don't y'all use USB - serial adapters just like us pore benighted PC folks?
If so, that is yore answer. That, the standard serial cable for the scope, and an Apple-flavored app like Voyager or Starry Night and you are home free.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:35 PM
I have found software that would supposedly work, but the cabling seems to be a problem. I have no serial port and Celestron has basically told me I am out of luck.
Oh brother...you got hold of someone at Celestron who gave you some bad info (or incomplete info). Like Uncle Rod said, you need a USB to Serial adapter. I did a quick google search and came across quite a few that support OSX.
After that, you need this Navigation Cable which plugs into the serial end of the USB to serial adapter. The other end of the Navigation Cable plugs into the bottom of the hand controller.
After that you just need the software on your computer that will run Nexstar mounts. You can find more info on all this at the Nexstar Resource Site. 'Nexstar' is Celestrons name for its hand controller software. Hope this helps!
Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:26 PM
You can get these on eBay for like $12 shipped and there is a readily available OS X driver for it.
After that head over to ScopeStuff and get a Celestron serial cable for cheap and you're all set for ~$25.
Voyager 4.5 looks like the best option under OS X to me. I've used Equinox 6 and Starry Night Pro Plus and neither are my favorite, which is why I keep going back to VMWare and TheSky6. But if you insist on the OS X environment give Voyager a shot.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 01:37 PM