Last updated: 30 April 2007
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade AutoStar Suite. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks. (The Lunar Planetary Imager, LPI, and Deep Sky Imager, DSI, are covered in the Helpful Information - Astrophotography area.)
Subject: Meade LPI imager & USB serial adapter with Windows Vista Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 14:17:41 From: Carol Lynn Hazlett (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have been unable to get my DS2114 to work using Autostar or Starry Night with my Windows Vista laptop. I have the Meade #506 cable going to a #494 Handbox using Meade's USB to serial adapter as this new computer has no serial ports. I have found out through much trial and error and many hours on the internet researching that my LPI camera does not work because the driver is incompatable with Vista and Meade has not updated the driver yet, so that problem is dead in mud for now. Could the USB problem be the same? Do any of your subscribers have any suggestions or ideas that I might try to get my scope working with the software? I was going to try the com port test that was on your web site but unfortunately Microsoft removed the hyperterminal program from Vista. I use your site for information all the time. This is the first time that I could not find an answer to my question! Most of the time I need go further for the answer than here. Thank you, Carol HazlettMike here: The consensus seems to be to avoid Vista for now as many apps don't work or don't work correctly. And yes, the LPI is one of those items that isn't currently working according to reports I've seen. As to the Meade adapter, I don't know if the info on their page http://www.meade.com/USB_Serial/USB_SER.html will help as I don't use a Windows computer.
Subject: questions about the auto star suite and the etx60at Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 13:17:54 From: Tiffany Stephenson (email@example.com) Hi First of all I love the site I have found alot of useful info. I am new to the world of telescopes and I have a etx-60at I purchased a meade DSI and it comes with the autostar suite. The salesman says that it will work the telescope and the techsupport which is ver hard to get a hold of sys the same thing but I am not having ay lucky. Tech support says to plug the 4 to 6 pin connector from my computer to the telescope aux port and then it is ready to go. I have tried this and it does not do anything but pop un errors. any ideas?Mike here: The AutoStar Suite requires the #497 AutoStar (has number keys on the keypad). Your ETX-60 probably has the #494 AutoStar (no number keys). You will need to get a #497. The #505 cable (included with the DSI) connects from a RS-232 serial port on your computer to the RJ11 jack in the #497 AutoStar handbox. If your computer doesn't have a RS-232 port you will need to get a USB-serial adapter but note that not all work reliably with the AutoStar; see the article "AutoStar and USB" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page.
Subject: RE: DSI Driver Software Sent: Monday, April 9, 2007 06:52:26 From: Gary Gorsline (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks again for your help. I was noticing that the CD was warped. I used a hair dryer and flattened it some. I was able to get it to load most of the software and I messed around with it and got the driver going and the main program working. I actually saw images from the CCD. I know I didn't get the Help files and who knows what else isn't working. Of course, as soon as I got the CD to read, the clouds rolled in and it's till cloudy/raining. I'm calling Meade again this afternoon to order another CD. If someone does come up with the file, I'll download it and reinstall. But it appears I can start taking pictures as soon as the weather allows. Thanks Gary Gorsline
It's been raining exactly after I got the software loaded, like the CCD anti-god was watching ;) Maybe this weekend will be good seeing weather. Thanks again for all your help, I'll send you my comments and experiences with the DSI and my ETX 60 - yes - it's only a 60. I'm getting the CCD going first, so that I can determine the necessary size of my next telescope. Thanks again for all your help. GaryMike here: Looking forward to your report. Keep in mind that the AutoStar Suite software requires an AutoStar #497, not the #494 that typically comes with the ETX-60 (and -70 and -80) model.
Ahh, I did see that, but it did not sink in. The bought the 506 software/cable last month, and it worked fine, so maybe I'll use it to control the scope, and the newer software to control the DSI. The clouds are gone, so I might try to get out tonight - probably not, as my oldest daughter is kicking out her fiance tonight - I imagine I'll be more worried about that - but we'll see if he goes ballistic ;) Gary Gorsline
Subject: DSI Driver Software Sent: Sunday, April 8, 2007 07:43:56 From: Gary Gorsline (email@example.com) I found your forum in desperation. Meade is a good company, but my last two weeks is not my best exchange. Anyway, two weeks ago I received my DSI color. I decided that after 30 years of wanting to take pictures with my telescopes, that it was time, and the write ups on the CCDs sounded like even an amateur could get reasonable results. My DSI was delivered with a CD that could not be read on several computers. Called Meade, the sent via usps (to Tampa), a replacement DVD, yep - the instructional DVD that really should be in the package too. So, here I am, a nice kool piece of equipment, lows in the 40s in Florida, not a cloud in the sky for the last week, and no way to use my DSI. Errg. I've copied all of the files and folders off of the cd, the only file I can't copy/access fully is the setup.exe (102mb). Anyway someone could make that available online for me. Thanks in advance. Gary Gorsline Land O' Lakes, FloridaMike here: Have you tried running the SETUP.EXE file from the CD-ROM?
Yep. That fails on three computers. So, figured maybe if I could copy the files off the cd, i might get lucky after several tries and copy that file, but it's must be really corrupted. Odd thing is, the CD looks fine. You wouldn't happen to be able to get me that file? Gary GorslineMike here: You can get an updater online from Meade4M.org (sign up first). That may include the file you need. I don't have a current version myself.
I joined and downloaded and ran the update. It copied a bunch of files to the hard drive, but I think it assumes you already loaded the program and just updates it. It probably updated the driver software, but because it's not installed, it didn't help. You know anyone who might be able to help me? Thanks Gary
Subject: re: No LPI page Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2007 21:12:54 From: richard seymour (firstname.lastname@example.org) Welcome to the wonderful world of updates! Envisage is the new improved imaging program which has been included in the updated versions of Autostar Suite. Evidently you are reading an "old" manual piece, instead of the newer Envisage-related pages. BUT all is not lost! The original LPI.exe program is **still there**!! You'll find it under C:\Program Files\Meade\AutostarSuite\LPI You can create a desktop shortcut to launch it independently of the rest of Autostar Suite. (for many purposes, i prefer it too...) have fun --dickMike here: One of these days I will have to install that new version! The only question is when. Will I do it in VirtualPC, will I do it on a new Intel Mac, or will I wait for a Mac OS X native version...
From: Snnfly@aol.com (Snnfly@aol.com) Many thanks. I have had the problem explained. Apparently, its an update for the LPI. It uses a programme called Envisage. Many thanks, Steve.
Subject: No LPI page Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2007 11:30:37 From: Snnfly@aol.com (Snnfly@aol.com) Does anyone know why when I run the LPI programme in autostar that Envisage loads. I have gone to the PDF instruction and it clearly shows a page with MEADE LPI on the top. It also refers to different settings to that shown on the Envisage page. Many thanks, Steve NodenMike here: Are you launching the AutoStar Suite or one of its component application? Normally, I believe you should launch AutoStar Suite and let it handle its individual applications.
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