Telescopes, Starry Night and Mac OSX 10.7 & 10.8+

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    Yes, Starry Night can control your telescope on a Mackbook Pro OSX 10.8+. Starry Night has Mac drivers built in.

    I have Starry Night controlling a 1992 original Celestron 8 on a Macbook Pro OSX 10.8.3.

    You will need an RS232 connection (that should be included with the mount) and USB-to-Serial connection; plus a USB-to-Serial software driver.

    My Serial-to-USB cable connection is from The Source: Nexxtech brand name ($50).

    I installed the USB-to-Serial OSX 10.8 driver from this company: Prolific.

    http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/CustomerLogin.aspx

    Sign in with "guest" "guest" Download the driver.

    Or download the driver attached to this article.

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      Jay DeShan

      Trying to control my CGEM II with Starry Night via wifi. Wifi works for the iOS SkyPortal app, my MacPro running Yosemite "sees" the wireless Celestron signal and can connect to it. However, I get a communication error when trying to connect SN7 to the CGEM. I have Starry Night 7 Pro. There was also a Celestron version that came with the CGEM that i discovered after buying Starry Night. It's no big deal that I have both, but I was wondering if the Celestron version just worked out of the box with specific software for the CGEM?

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      Mjstiles1000

      Hello. In the same vein as above. Can Starry Night Celestron Special Version 7 support my new Astro Fi telescope. There is signal connection but no option and errors on all the options as above.

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      Mjstiles1000

      Sorry forgot to add I am using Mac also on 10.9.

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      Keiron Smith

      AstroFi is designed to be used with Celestron's SkyPortal app, or out SkySafari app (Plus or Pro). From the manual:

      "You will also need a smartphone or tablet to operate the telescope. Compatible devices include Apple iPhone or iPad with iOS 6 or later, and Samsung smartphones or tablets with Android 4.0. Visit celestron.com for a complete compatibility list. Before you begin, you’ll need to install the free Celestron SkyPortal app on your device. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play."

      https://s3.amazonaws.com/celestron-site-support-files/support_files/22201_22202_22203_astro-fi_telescope_manual_5languages_usa_web.pdf

      Edited by Keiron Smith
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      Keiron Smith

      Please post telescope connectivity questions in the Community Forums here:

      https://support.simulationcurriculum.com/hc/en-us/community/topics

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