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Subject: DS-2102MAK Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 00:07:05 From: Chris Whitesell (firstname.lastname@example.org) I just got a good deal on a barely used Meade DS-2102 MAK. I believe this is a predecessor to the ETX scopes like the 90/105/125? I am just wondering if the rear photo port on this model is the same as other ETX scopes? I am wanting to purchase the Meade #64 T adapter or other ETX accessories and can't find any documentation confirming this scope's port is the same as the ETX models. Any help would be great. I am new to astronomy and hoping I can use this scope to learn the ropes and take some basic pictures as well with either a DSLR or a 35mm SLR. Thank You Chris WhitesellMike here: The DS models are contemporary with the ETX models. As to the rear port, I don't have a DS so don't know if it is threaded the same as the ETX rear port. Hopefully someone can answer that.
Subject: Meade Autostar astrofinder Sent: Friday, April 16, 2010 08:49:42 From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please help, My Autostar Astrofinder for DS series telescopes 60mm Jupiter refractor froze after about 2 minutes high lighting the top line of boxes, and the bottom line dimmed. Is this fried? CAn it be fixed, reprogramed, or updated. These units are rather costly, plese help Sincerely, Fred LeverenzMike here: There is no user installable update or fix for the Astrofinder. You can try replacing the telescope batteries; perhaps that will cure the problem. Also, check the connection to the telescope; the jack and connector pins should be clean, not bent sideways, nor too depressed. If all that fails, you can replace the Astrofinder with an AutoStar #497 (works with all DS models) and is user-updateable and has more features.
Subject: Re: Meade 114EQ Sent: Sunday, April 4, 2010 15:53:27 From: filipo sua (email@example.com) Thanks Mike. I am not giving up yet.
Subject: Meade 114EQ Sent: Thursday, April 1, 2010 14:31:32 From: filipo sua (firstname.lastname@example.org) I bought a Meade 114EQ from a garage sale. I know nothing about telescopes. What does D=114mm, F=1000 and f/8.8 mean How does each affect the quality of the image? Also the telescope came without a lense/eyepiece. How do I know which is the correct one to buy to give me the best quality image viewing Which do you recommend Thanks.Mike here: Did you get a manual with it? If not, you can get one here: http://www.meade.com/manuals/index.html . As to the numbers, D is the diameter of the aperture (the large opening at the front of the telescope tube) where the light comes in. F is the focal length (or how far the focus point is from the main focusing mirror (or lens, depending on the style of telescope). And f/ is is the focal ratio of the telescope, or normally the focal length diameter divided by the aperture diameter. Like with camera lenses, it can indicate the optical "speed" of a telescope. The larger the aperture, the fainter the objects that can be seen. Aperture also affects the maximum theoretical magnification for a telescope. See the ETX FAQ page on my ETX Site for how to calculate magnification and the max. As to eyepieces, you will want to get at least one in the "low power" range, say a 25mm eyepiece (that number is the focal length of the eyepiece) and a higher power eyepiece, such as a 9mm eyepiece (the model shipped with 25mm and 9mm eyepieces).
Thanks for the quick response. I did not get a manual with it but was able to download from the site you gave. I have bought a 25mm eye piece. What am I supose to see in the scope when looking at a star? I seem to see the star far better with the naked eye(just looking at it) than with the scope. All I could see is a tiny winny bright light far away that is smaller than when I just look at it--not what we expected. Please advise. ThanksMike here: Stars are very distant. So, they appear as "point sources". Most telescopes, even the largest ones when viewing the largest stars, still only show "points of light". However, stars have different colors, which you can see. And of course, the planets (most of them, anyway) will show disks. And there is the RIngs of Saturn. And of course, the moon. Many of the brighter nebulae and galaxies will look nice, especially if you have very dark skies.
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