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Requirements

AstroPlanner is a 32-bit application. It runs fine (or should run fine) on both 32- and 64-bit operating systems.

For both platforms a screen with an absolute minimum size (width and height) of 1024 x 600 pixels is required. If you are connecting to a telescope, you'll also need a built-in serial port, an USB-to-Serial converter (the Keyspan products are recommended), or a SkyFi/StarSeek WiFi-to-serial device.

Mac OS X

AstroPlanner V2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later. It is a Universal application and so will run natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. You'll need at least 250MB of disk space, and for a complete installation with all optional catalogues, 2GB of disk space.

Windows

AstroPlanner V2 requires Windows XP or later. You'll need at least 250MB of disk space, and for a complete installation with all optional catalogues, 2GB of disk space.

Telescope mount compatibility

AstroPlanner V2.1 has built-in drivers for the following computerised telescopes and mounts:

Astro-Physics GTO Orion Intelliscope with COL
Celestron NexStar Orion SynScan GoTo
Celestron Ultima 2000 Sky Engineering Sky Commander
GTD Pulsar 2 Starmaster Sky Tracker
iOptron GOTONOVA StellarCAT ServoCAT
Losmandy Gemini Takahashi Temma
Meade LX200 Classic Tasco Starguide
Meade LX200 GPS/R/ACF (Autostar II) Vixen SkySensor
Meade MAX Mount Vixen SkySensor 2000PC
Meade RCX400 Vixen Star Book
Meade ETX, DS, LX, LXD series (Autostar) Wildcard Innovations Argo Navis
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These drivers are available for both Mac and Windows. Note that mounts that are not accessed via an RS-232 serial port or Ethernet port are not supported, unless they have a driver for the OS that emulates a serial port. In particular, mounts that communicate via a USB port will probably not be controllable (e.g. Meade LS 6 and 8).

Additionally, basic ASCOM is supported for the Windows version, so that if your telescope mount isn't listed above, you can use the ASCOM driver of your choice (note that only telescopes can be driven via the ASCOM system, not focusers, etc.)