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Autostar Suite software update

Started by plav1959, 07/10/2007 12:41PM
Posted 07/10/2007 12:41PM Opening Post
Does anyone know how to update the library of active comets available in Autostar suite? I am trying to get a display on comet C/2006 VZ13 LINEAR. I am not looking to update the handbox library, I am only trying to update the Autostar suite software on my computer to get up to date starmaps with current RA & DEC. I was able to find an updated list of comets through the Updater that includes the above named comet, plus many others. However,every time I try to update the software through the Updater, it tells me it cannot since the handbox is not connected ( which I don't want to do anyway).
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Posted 07/16/2007 09:10PM #1
If you are a member of the Meade 4M Community, you can download free updates to the AutoStar Suite. The latest version is 4.0
You add new comet and asteroid ephermerides with the "Ephermeris" pull down. Click on "Import Active Comets" and you can append the existing list by importing a text file for hte comet you want to add. Comet Epermerides are available from CBAT in AutoStar format here:

Have fun...and hope that this helps

Matthew Ota
16 inch Telescope Operator
Mt. WIlson Observatory