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Last updated: 26 April 2011
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade DS, DSX, and some older telescope models. Accessories and Feedback items appropriate to the ETX models are posted on other pages as appropriate. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me for posting. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message per the Site Email Etiquette. Thanks. Remember, tips described on this site may invalidate the warranty on your telescope or accessories. Neither the submitter nor myself are responsible for any damage caused by using any contributed tips.

Subject:	Meade DS 2000 as a Camera Motion Control device
Sent:	Monday, April 25, 2011 17:39:02
From:	Rob C (
I see that you are an oracle of sorts on the Meade AutoStar controller
and have at least a passing interest in time lapse photography.  I
looked over your AutoStar Feedback website but did not see anything
related to using a telescope mount for camera motion control but thought
you might know some people or websites that do.  I have been to the
usual places (ie: but I'm finding that I have to piece
together information from various sources and I'm not sure if I'm
getting a complete picture.  Do you know of any forums or websites that
offer information on what it takes to 'transform' a DS 2000 into
something useful for time lapse photography?  Any information would be
greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Rob C
Mike here: See the message "Using ETX as a Panoramic Mount?" on the current ETX Site General Feedback page.



Subject:	Star Navigator 114 - Barlow lens question,  February 24th
Sent:	Thursday, April 7, 2011 09:34:02
From:	Steve Ringwood (
I have just spotted on your website a question from a user who is trying
to use a purchased Barlow lens on the Star Navigator 114.  I currently
have one of these for review.  The scope (mirror) is actually a  4.5"
500mm f/4.4, but made into a 1,000mm f/8.8 by a factory fitted Barlow
derivative fixed at the base of the focuser tube!  This user is
therefore using two barlows in tandem, with only MA eyepieces.  Not a
recipe for tack sharp views.
Best regards
Mike here: The maximum theoretical magnification for a 4.5" telescope is about 270X. So, depending on the eyepiece, it will be easy to exceed this magnification while doubling the Barlow Lenses. And yes, doubling the Barlow Lenses will also reduce the optical quality. I have combined a Meade 2X Barlow Lens with a Meade 3X TeleXtender (yielding about 6X) on my 8" telescope. It works for some objects (i.e., bright ones).

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