Last updated: 25 August 2008
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade DS 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 and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks.
Subject: Repositioning the Elevation Scale on DS-2000 mount ... Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 11:53:41 From: Jan M. Hollis (email@example.com) The scale on the elevation axis is off by about 4 degrees with respect to the engraved fiducial mark on the arm housing. I could just ignore the manufacture's fiducial mark and jury rig another one 4 degrees away. However, I was wondering if one can reposition the scale itself somehow .... Cheers, Mike HollisMike here: The scale should be adjustable. I don't have DS model but the method for the ETX on the FAQ page on my ETX Site might work.
I called Meade, they tried it while I was on the phone and said it isn't adjustable on the DS-2000 mount. Cheers, Mike HollisMike here: Thanks for the update. I'm surprised that it is not adjustable but then the DS mount is a lower-cost mount.
Subject: DS-2130 motor problem... Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:29:07 From: KJ Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) I recently purchase a used Meade DS2130ATS-LNT and I really like the scope. I have one problem: When I manual use the motors, alzimuth drive stops at places and if a give the scope a slight nudge it starts again. I called customer service and the guy said if I am handy that I could take the bottom apart and adjust the worm gear. (the altitude motor works just fine.) Haven't tried it yet. Any advise on what to do when I open her up? Any help appreciated. KJ Regards, KJ Henderson Akron - OhioMike here: You might not have to open up the mount. Have you done a CALIBRATE MOTOR and TRAIN DRIVES on the AutoStar? Also, don't overtighten the axis locks.
I did do calibrate motor deal, I will run it again and make sure the axis locks are not too tight. However, Meade told me to make sure I was locking them tightly! Wow. Thanks for quick response. I am a novice and need all the help I can get! Thank you. KJMike here: The locks are friction-style. If you overtighten them then movement can be prevented. They should be just "finger tight".
Subject: Re: Meade DS-2130ATS-LNT Sent: Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:57:05 From: adam schutt (email@example.com) If you don't mind, I was wondering if you could recommend some nice eyepieces for this model. The Meade 4000 series 25mm and 9mm that came with it aren't too bad, but I was wondering if the Meade 5000 series are that much better. This model of scope has the built in Barlow. Thanks again!Mike here: The 5000 series are very nice but may be overkill for a DS model. However, when you upgrade to a high end telescope the better optical quality will be useful. Many of the eyepieces mentioned on the Accessory Reviews: Eyepieces page would be fine for the DS models. Keep in mind that the views through any telescope are limited by the weakest optical component.
Thanks for the advice. I'm saving up for the Orion XT10 Dobsonian with the Intelliscope feature. I'll probably wait to get a set of high-end eyepieces until then.
Subject: Meade DS-2130ATS-LNT Sent: Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:31:29 From: adam schutt (firstname.lastname@example.org) I've been reading up on your site and you seem like a very knowledgable guy so I wanted to run something by you. I purchased a Meade DS-2130ATS-LNT off of Cragslist this week wanting a mid-level scope with tracking capabilities. It's in great shape. I don't think it was used much at all. Anyway, I have followed the alignment procedures mulitple times and the scope never aligns correctly. When it skews to the first alignment star sometimes it's close, but most times its not. I've verified my city, time, and latitude/longitude are correct in the handset. The scope seems to find "level" just fine during "Easy" aligment, but just by eyeballing it, I'm not convinced it is finding true north. Is there a calibration procedure I could use to maybe fix this? Or is there something I may be missing. Thanks for your time! Adam Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time, but I don't know if that has anything to do with it.Mike here: There should be a CALIBRATE SENSOR option in the AutoStar menu. When you select that, follow the prompts. It will adjust the LNT for Magnetic North at your location so that the LNT knows where True North is located.
Thanks, Mike! The Meade user manual leaves a lot to be desired. I'm glad there are pros like you out there. Much appreciated! Adam
Subject: I need a manual/ HELP! Sent: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 06:04:08 From: Wendy (email@example.com) I am writing to you in hopes you will be able to help me. I am looking for a instruction manual for my telescope. It is a: Quasar model: DS-60 Electronic Digital Series Please reply. firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, WendyMike here: See the item "Q. Where do I find manuals online?" on the FAQ page. The DS-60 manual can be found on Meade's site.
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