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    Default Astronomy is better in English



    I'm the only native English speaking member of the club at our local observatory here in France.

    As you might suspect, I'm often getting my leg pulled by all of my French friends.
    I try to tell them that there is no "n" on the end of Pluto. Pluton, they call it.
    That the nearest planet to the sun is Mercury, not Mercure (I thought that was a chain of hotels!).
    AND, the speed of light is 186,000 MILES a second, not this 300 000 kilometres nonsense!

    Anyway, as you might suspect, its pretty much a losing battle for me. I'm the foreigner!

    Last Friday evening, enter Gerrard with his shiny new 12" (sorry 300mm) Orion GoTo dob.
    We helped him lug it from the car, and after he had managed to sort out which cable went where, he tried to set the scope up.

    HaHaHa - no chance. The handset displays in English!

    "Alec, what does zis messaj meen??", said Gerrard in his very broken English.
    "Not telling you" says I.

    Muttering darkly to himself that all English people should be disposed of, he ploughed on. Satisfied that he had done the two star align process, he issued the first GoTo command. (The French for GoTo is....GoTo by the way).
    HaHa, chaos! He had asked for M57. The scope finished up pointing somewhere near Mizar.
    I put him out of his misery and pointed out his date format was wrong (among other things).

    I strongly suspect that the handset only defaults to English (American version). Can one of you Orion owners confirm that he can change the language on the handset?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Astronomy is better in English

    I'm not entirely sure of the answer, and I'm not sure from whence he purchased the instrument.

    But if he doesn't already have one, here is a copy of the XX12g manual in French: http://www.telescope.com/assets/prod...8_06-12_FR.pdf

    If they are putting out instruction manuals in French, there must be a provision for utilizing the controller in French. . . I am concerned, however, that the intent is that if you are Francophile that you will be purchasing from a French or Canadian dealer who will have purchased the instrument with the Firmware in French-friendly form. He may have to load different firmware if he purchased from a English-speaking source?
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    Default Re: Astronomy is better in English

    "Alec, what does zis messaj meen??", said Gerrard in his very broken English.
    "Not telling you" says I.

    That's mean. I like that.
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    Default Re: Astronomy is better in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Alec in France View Post
    I'm the only native English speaking member of the club at our local observatory here in France.

    As you might suspect, I'm often getting my leg pulled by all of my French friends.
    I try to tell them that there is no "n" on the end of Pluto. Pluton, they call it.
    That the nearest planet to the sun is Mercury, not Mercure (I thought that was a chain of hotels!).
    AND, the speed of light is 186,000 MILES a second, not this 300 000 kilometres nonsense!

    Anyway, as you might suspect, its pretty much a losing battle for me. I'm the foreigner!

    Last Friday evening, enter Gerrard with his shiny new 12" (sorry 300mm) Orion GoTo dob.
    We helped him lug it from the car, and after he had managed to sort out which cable went where, he tried to set the scope up.

    HaHaHa - no chance. The handset displays in English!

    "Alec, what does zis messaj meen??", said Gerrard in his very broken English.
    "Not telling you" says I.

    Muttering darkly to himself that all English people should be disposed of, he ploughed on. Satisfied that he had done the two star align process, he issued the first GoTo command. (The French for GoTo is....GoTo by the way).
    HaHa, chaos! He had asked for M57. The scope finished up pointing somewhere near Mizar.
    I put him out of his misery and pointed out his date format was wrong (among other things).

    I strongly suspect that the handset only defaults to English (American version). Can one of you Orion owners confirm that he can change the language on the handset?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Astronomy is better in English

    Quote Originally Posted by OleCuss View Post
    If they are putting out instruction manuals in French, there must be a provision for utilizing the controller in French. . . I am concerned, however, that the intent is that if you are Francophile that you will be purchasing from a French or Canadian dealer who will have purchased the instrument with the Firmware in French-friendly form. He may have to load different firmware if he purchased from a English-speaking source?
    Good point OleCuss.

    I'm pretty sure in his excitement to get going he probably never read the instructions!
    Astronomy gear is expensive in France, and a lot of us actually buy from Germany.
    But thanks though - I will check with him, if its not sorted out by the next club meeting.
    I would have thought that English is probably the default language and there is likely a language selection option somewhere on the setup menu.


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