There are different telescope controller plug-ins available for Windows and Macintosh. Please note that the ASCOM plug-in for Windows was not written by Imaginova, and you should contact the maker of the plug-in for more information.If you are interested in writing your own telescope controller plug-in for Starry Night Pro, a new Plug-in SDK for version 6.x will be available soon.
- ASCOM Platform. On Windows computers, Starry Night Pro controls telescopes with the aid of the ASCOM telescope driver. The Ascom Platform can be downloaded here. The download is a zipped file that includes a read-me file with complete instructions on installing the ASCOM Platform and using the plug-in. The ASCOM Platform installs the plug-in which allows users to control the following telescopes from within Starry Night:
- Orion SkyQuest IntelliScope.
- Orion GoTo mounts including Atlas, Sirius, HDX110, StarSeeker, SkyView Pro and others (select Nexstar 5).
- Meade LX-200 and Autostar-equipped robotic telescopes (such as the ETX 90/125 and LX200 GPS).
- Celestron Ultima 2000, Nexstar 5, Nexstar 8, Nexstar 11 GPS, NexStar CPC and Nexstar 114 GT telescopes (will not work with other Nexstar models).
- Generic LX-200 Type Scopes. The Generic LX-200 driver uses the absolute minimum of the LX-200 control protocol, and is thus compatible with a wide variety of amateur type telescopes and mounts that use so-called LX200 emulation. The following telescopes and mounts support the generic LX200 protocol (there may be others): Astro-Physics AP series, Astro-Electronic FS-2, Losmandy Gemini, Mel Bartels Controllers.
- ACL Based Telescopes. This includes many types of research-grade telescopes controlled using Astronomy Command Language. Any telecope controlled by either of these packages is accessible via the ACL-based Telescope driver. This includes most Optical Guidance, DFM, Optomechanics Research, SciTech and Merlin research telescopes and mounts.
- Vixen SkySensor 2000.
- Astro-Physics 1200 GTO.
- AstroOptik research telescopes.
- Astrometric Instruments SkyGuide TCS.
- Telescope Simulator (for testing)
- *Digital Setting Circle computers that recognize the Meade LX200 generic protocol - such as the Argo Navis
ASCOM Drivers can be downloaded here.
On the Macintosh, Starry Night VERSION 7 controls telescopes with its own telescope plug-in.Telescopes currently supported:
- Meade LX-200 Classic and GPS
- Meade LX-400 ACF with AutoStar #497 controllers
- Meade LX-600 / 800 / 80
- Meade ETX-LS / LT
- Meade ETX 90-125
- Meade LXD 55-75 / 650-750
- Meade LX 90
- Meade Magellan I
- Meade Magellan II
- Celestron NexStar 5i / 8i / GPS / SLT / SE / Advanced GT
- Celestron AVX / CGE / CGEM / CPC series
- SkyWatcher SynScan
- Orion Sirius / Atlas / SkyView Pro / SkyQuest XTg / StarSeeker
- iOptron SmartStar / MiniTower
- iOptron iEQ45 with 8406 controller
- iOptron 8407 / 8408 contollers
- Astro-Physics GTO
- Losmandy Gemini
- Vixen SkySensor 2000
- Vixen StarBook / Sphinx
- Sky Commander
- Losmandy DSC
- StellarCAT ServoCAT
- Starmaster Sky Tracker
- SiTech Controller
- Takahashi Temma 2
- Bisque Paramount + TheSkyX
- Tangent Instruments BBox Encoder System (and compatible)
- Celestron AstroMaster
- JMI NGC Max
- Lumicon Sky Vector
- Orion Sky Wizard / IntelliScope
- Takahashi Super Navigator
On the Macintosh, Starry Night VERSION 6 controls telescopes with its own telescope plug-in.Telescopes currently supported:
Meade LX200 GPS
LX200 Compatible Scope
Meade ETX Autostar
Autostar V2.2 or later ((ETX)
Celestron NexStar 60, 80, 114 GT
Celestron NexStar 5 or 8
Celestron NexStar 8 GPS
Celestron NexStar 11 GPS
Celestron NexStar CPC
Orion SkyQuest IntelliScope
Orion Atlas and Sirius mounts (select Nexstar 5)
Unfortunately Takashi mounts are not supported with Starry Night Mac VERSION 6, only SN Windows.
It should be possible to control your Takashi mount via a virtual Windows machine on your Mac. I recommend looking at either Parallels or VMWare Fusion. Both will have 30-60 day trials available. You should be able to set up the virtual machine and fully test it before making a purchasing decision. Unfortunately, we cannot officially support Starry Night software on virtual machines. Virtual machines have their own programming issues that are beyond our control. Starry Night is designed to run on a local machine running WIndows 7/Vista/XP or Mac OSX. That said, if you need help, please let me know and I will do my best to be of assistance.