Good morning Jerry and Patrick,
I agree totally with Jerry that ES have to move their effort on the Android tablet and other portable platform. As long as you have ASCOM you are all set for windows. More so now that the soon to be released updated ASCOM driver will have much better specs with improve ease of use.
Explora stars is better suited to small tablet, quick visual observation, not for imaging. There is very good software out there ie "cartes du ciel" only to name one , that works perfectly fine and tracks extremely well using windows base computer. The use of the ASIAIR, another way to do imaging, is a great match with the PMC8 system.
My original question was more related to combine the database and software in explora stars for ease of use for newcomers to the platform, I had no intention to criticize the hard work and great support that Explore Scientific offers.
Clear skies to all.
From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> on behalf of Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2021 6:27:25 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Android and Amazon Fire ExploreStars has been updated #ExploreScientific #ExploreStars
On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 08:26 PM, Patrick Maher wrote:
Deciding that there is no pressing need for updating the Windows version of ExploreStars is very disappointing to me. I have no use for Android and I definitely have no use for iPad. I already use Windows for the serial connection and astrophotography so I have been hoping for continued upgrades and support for the Windows platform for ExploreStars. Maybe I am in the minority but since I use ASCOM with Windows, I use Windows for ExploreStars too.
Mounts: ES PMC-Eight G11 - upgraded with OPWB on both RA and DEC
EXOS-2 GT PMC-EIGHT
Scopes: Televue NP127IS with HSM20 and focuser boss II - Questar field model 3.5 - Takahashi FC76 classic MC Starbase Tokyo edition - Takahashi FOA60Q - Zeiss telementor - Lomo Astele 150mm
Cameras: ZWO ASI071 PRO
ZWO ASI 290
Misc: Televue 0.8 X Focal Reducer - ZWO ASIAIR-PRO
Eyepieces: Pentax - Masuyama - Televue - Takahashi - Vixen
Software: Starry night PRO 8 - Nebulosity - Topaz studio - Sharp cap