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#1 Jamey Erickson

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

Considering getting a Flea 3 for planetary stuff, but they say they aren't "technically" compatible with a Mac. Anyone using one on a Mac and/or have a better suggestion if the Flea isn't the right call?

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

You can definitely use a Flea3 on a Mac provided your Mac has a firewire port. I assume you are talking about firewire enabled Flea3.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

Well AstroIIDC is no more, so what else could he use for image acquisition on a Mac?

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

Installing Windows.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:00 PM

I've successfully run Firecapture in Windows 7 on my Mac, using VmWare Fusion. I don't have a flea3, though. I've only done this with the Firefly MV I bought off ebay, which is USB2. I would think that you could run a firewire, USB2 or Ethernet driven camera that way as well, but I don't know about USB3 (since Macs don't have USB3 ports, you'd need an adapter for something like Thunderbolt, and I don't know if there is one yet, or whether Windows would see it).

I sprung for the Golden Key for Astro IIDC. It was just too bithcen a software package not to! And I'm still hoping that Milton will bring it back in the years to come, as the economy improves.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

I sprung for the Golden Key for Astro IIDC. It was just too bithcen a software package not to! And I'm still hoping that Milton will bring it back in the years to come, as the economy improves.

-Tim.


I bought astro ii dc right after he announced it was going away, and over the next couple moths only had time to do a little imaging. I decided not to go for the golden key offer as I felt it was just too much. After messing around with both that and other windows packages, I decided that astro ii dc simply worked better for me than the alternatives. I decided I better get the key after all, but only came to that decision on Nov 4... 4 days too late. I wrote him, but no go. Now I pray nothing happens to that Mac.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

Keep his email addy. When that Mac dies, he might let you transfer the license.

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#8 Jamey Erickson

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:09 AM

So Astro IIDC is the only hope on the Mac, eh? I'm not installing Windows as that's a bit pointless to have for just one piece of software. Looks like my hesitation was two weeks to long.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:05 PM

I haven't looked at Keith's Image Stacker in a long time, but you might give that a try.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

I know Alan Friedman uses a Mac for all his captures and processing, but I don't know what camera he uses. You can find his webpage here:

http://avertedimagin...n.com/main1.htm

Paul


Considering getting a Flea 3 for planetary stuff, but they say they aren't "technically" compatible with a Mac. Anyone using one on a Mac and/or have a better suggestion if the Flea isn't the right call?



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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:23 PM

David Illig has posted a bunch of astro software links on his web page:

Software for Macs

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#12 Jamey Erickson

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. Looks like there's still some options for me, but very limited, being I'm on a Macbook Air w/ no Firewire Ports. Might have to do some fancy footwork to get a USB version to work.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

Is your Air recent enough to have the Thunderbolt port? You might be able to find firewire and other adapters for it, if so.

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