Question about Meade DS-2114 ATS (325 x 114mm) Telescope
I have meade 2114 telescope with autostar 494 i bought meade 506 astrofinder software n patch cables installed in my hp laptop windows is vista will not command telescope says com ports not hook up meade says works only in xp is there a driver i can installe
I did some research on meade 506 astrofinder software
Summary: outdated software
The software this kit comes with is old and outdated. It is not supported by Windows XP nor Windows Vista. The latest supported version of Windows is Windows 98.
It also appears that the included software is a limited trial software. It is limited to the included 3 catalogs (star maps). The complete set of catalogs must be purchased additionally at quite some expense.
The cable connection kit couldn't be reviewed because it was missing from the package I received, but keep in mind when you order this kit, that neither Windows XP nor Windows Vista support serial ports anymore. The additional USB to serial adapter would be required.
That last line would suggest to me that if one had a USB to Serial adapter it might work? but I really do not know for sure. checking into some more stuff...
Found another article that states "It requires a PC running Windows 98SE through Windows XP. It will not run under Windows 95 or earlier, nor will it run under Windows Vista."
OK I found this site, you might be able to make some sense of it. But I did read in there that they do make USB serial adapters that will work with Vista OS.
Good Luck and happy star gazing! If you find something new out there maybe you could name it after me if you get it working. lol
Posted on Mar 07, 2009
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