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freelander86

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Hi,

I changed to a Mac during the year and I used to use some great software on my PC for working out where things were such as The SKY X.

But now on the mac I'm looking for something similar.

I have just seen Sky Safari (MAC edition) which looks quite good? any users? Looks like it will do what I want...

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The Sky X is available on the Mac too :smiley:

I use SkySafari too and like it - both apps are capable but which is better is perhaps fairly subjective..

James

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As much as I love macs (I have three and use them all day at work) I cannot get on with them with astronomy stuff personally. I have tried and failed. I bought a cheap dell 630 off eBay for at the scope stuff like guiding, eqmod,cdc etc. some other guys get on fine with a mac for astro. Each to their own eh? :)

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I have used Sky Safari on my Mac. Using EQMac (free Software) I can also drive the telescope with it from Sky Safari as well.

But yes, the amount of astronomy related software for the Mac is meagre, so I won't be swapping to a Mac from my PC or laptop as yet.

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Only use mac sky safari is brilliant use eqmac to drive scope nebulosity for AP capture stacking and post process

Matt

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thanks for the replies...

Think Ill download skysafari as its only a few £££. Might dig out the skyx cd that came with my scope first though and see if it will install on the MAC

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You could install Windows on the Mac as well as MacOS and run both. It's a thought :)

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As cowaski says above if you've got a Windows licence, load that in Bootcamp.

You've then got a dual booting option. Best of both worlds.

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For planetarium app on my Mac I use Cartes du Ciel.

For proper planning I use AstroPlanner, exporting to SkySafari Pro on Android.

I then use that SkySafari through bluetooth to control the the goto scope. Or use it as atlas for the Dob.

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Hi. I've used SkySafari for both Mac and iPad - really like it to be honest. Plus you can also get Stellarium for the Mac (free!), and there's also Starry Night - with different versions (pro, etc.) depending on what you want to use it for (telescope control and the like).

Tim.

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On my MacBook Pro I use starry night pro plus :) fantastic program but quite expensive. I k ow what you mean windows is the king of the scope world I have to boot into windows to do anything with my raw files :(

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I use VNC on my ipad to connect to a Windows VM running on my mac. :shocked:

There's free virtualisation software like virtual box or you can get something like VMWare which is even better.

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Is doing AP with Xcode regarded as too hardcore? :D Seriously - at the moment I'll leave the mini running a VM with ASCOM.. I'm using Virtualbox (although a bug limits the VM to one core if you want USB working properly). Free and good enough for doing captures.

Now natively on the mac - the 383L runs nicely, the Titan runs at ~20fps, and the other cameras are getting there (including 16ic), it won't be too long before the VM is left cold..

I run Pixinsight natively on the mac for processing.

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