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#1 mike anderson

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 02:53 AM

Having read the Forum Rules section I have a question that I don't think violates any guidelines disallowing product  promotion.  I purchased a Meade ACF  LX-90 12",  due to arrive on Monday next.  This is my first good telescope and the first one where I will be able to experiment with computer controls, astrophotography and imaging,  integrating my stargazing and my computer.  I am not sure exactly what software or computer link hardware will come with my telescope.  I purchased it through astronomics but as I understand everything is shipped direct from Meade.  Can any other Meade Lx-90 owners tell me what to expect when I open the box (boxes)  and what "must have" programs or computer hardware should I be looking at?  I currently use a 5 or 6 year old Dell Latitude laptop (windows) that I will be upgrading very soon  (probably early January)  Any advise on laptops, but more importantly astronomy related  "must have" software would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.    

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 03:18 AM

I'm fairly new to hobby. Probably my most used software is Stellarium (free) it is a planetarium application that lets me see what's in the sky from my location. Coordinates in either Alt/ Az or RA/Dec. Currently have it rigged up through my computer and mount for goto scope ability.  There are other plaetarium applications that also do this but I've become accustomed to Stellarium.


I'm sure you will get many helpful suggestions. The list of available software is extensive and I believe there is a sticky post you can search for that list many.


enjoy your new scope, clear skies.


Edited by Mark326, 17 December 2017 - 03:19 AM.

#3 Steve Cox

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 07:30 AM

For me, my must have software is SkyTools 3 Pro.  It's simply the best piece of astro-software for a desktop or laptop at the scope.

Your other best choice if you decide to go the mobile route and use a tablet, is SkySafari Pro.


All other astro-software and apps come in second to these IMO.


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As Len below reminded me, definitely get Virtual Moon Atlas.  And Virtual Planet Atlas is pretty good too.

Edited by Steve Cox, 17 December 2017 - 05:27 PM.

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 03:17 PM

If you're into lunar observing, add Virtual Moon Atlas to the list.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 05:31 AM

The best is the GUIDE 9.1 program without hesitation.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 08:19 AM

Hello there,


Stellarium  http://stellarium.org/de/ is a must + Stellarium Scope 


and then PHD2  https://openphdguidi...ment-snapshots/ and SGP http://mainsequencesoftware.com/Products/SGPro





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