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Last updated: 31 August 2011
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This page is for comments and user feedback about ETX telescopes. ETX models discussed on this page include the ETX-60/70/80/90/105/125 (EC, AT, BB, Premier Edition). This page also includes comments and feedback of a general nature. Comments on accessories and feedback items appropriate to the ETX-90RA, DSX, and DS models are posted on other pages. 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:	Where is the fuse
Sent:	Monday, August 29, 2011 23:26:07
From:	ruben albert (rubenlyall@gmail.com)
Please tell me anyone where the fuses are for an ETX 125 and a LX90...I
have both . Thanks
Mike here: I'm in my observatory right now. But to answer your question, there isn't one.

And:

Thanks Mike.Hope you are watching something great.

so if it won't power up(no red light). How do i test to see where power
is interrupted..I have a multimeter.. Once again thank you.
Mike here: If the Power ON LED is not illuminated AND the handcontroller does not work, there are several troubleshooting steps you can do. Replace the batteries (check they are inserted correctly), check for corrosion in the battery compartment, check the battery cut-out switch (see the article "Repairing Battery Cutoff Switch" on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page), use an external power source, check for broken wires inside the battery compartment and base, and look for blown components on the circuit board in the base.

And:

Many thanks, Mike. Just what I needed.

Subject:	Re: EXT-105 ec
Sent:	Monday, August 29, 2011 14:24:34
From:	Smrumbin@aol.com (Smrumbin@aol.com)
Well I looked at the board and sure enough one of the transistors is
fried (bubbled surface). I had an electronics guy look at it but he says
it's not possible to replace the part. So my question is can I
substitute a motor driver board from a ETX 90 or 125? They are all about
the same size and weight(tube) so is it not reasonable that Meade would
make the boards to be the same??

John Farrant (johnfarrant@gmail.com) did a fix with a direct drive to
the dec motor> I'd rather not do that but...
Mike here: Meade likely won't sell you a replacement part but you can try Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page)
Subject:	"Power Supply Table"
Sent:	Sunday, August 28, 2011 13:24:05
From:	Mike Buffalo (m_buffalo@hotmail.com)
Hello, I recently purchased a Ever start jump starter Model HP 250
without a charger. I have been trying to find out what the amperage is
for the 12 dc charger. I have seen anywhere from 500 milliamps to 1 amp.
I was hoping you could confirm what it requires. Please e-mail me at
m_buffalo@hotmail.com. Thanks.
Mike here: The table on the ETX Site lists 300 amp.
Subject:	STAR GPS NX01
Sent:	Saturday, August 27, 2011 14:15:07
From:	Grebnesi (grebnesi@aol.com)
I have used your Might ETX site off and on for about 15 years now. I
have owned several ETX scopes, but I have never really learned to align
one for Go-To and tracking, I usually sold them in frustration. We are
planning on retiring to Southern New Mexico next year, so my wife and I
decided we'd need a good telescope, with deep black skies and good
weather there. I bought a 105-EC outfit on eBay last week. I tried your
search feature looking for a review on "STAR GPS NX01" but did not find
one. Is this a gimmick, or a real accessory? If it's a gimmick, I'll try
to learn the two star alignment demonstrated on YouTube.

Thanks for maintaining your ETX site!

Mike Isenberg
MIke here: GPS add-ons for the ETX (and other telescopes) are not a gimmick. They can provide a useful capability, especially if you take your telescope to lots of different observing locations. But if you always use the telescope from the same location, all the GPS unit does is save you from entering the date and time. There is more on GPS add-ons on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page, including my older review of a StarGPS-LX unit.
Subject:	Etx-125 limitations and instruction video?
Sent:	Wednesday, August 24, 2011 04:38:36
From:	john (n2xwv@verizon.net)
I was wondering if you have heard of a website that shows in depth how
to use the etx-125, Your book is very good and I will order one probably
today,but I am looking for {best filter for certain types of things such
as nebulas,planets} and also a viewing trouble shooting guide for when
you just cant get a view to be clear what can you do? And how to bring
out the best possible view with the 125, what works or does not work
Looking at nebulas or planets. In other words a using etx viewing guide.
Thanks john
Mike here: It sounds like what you are looking for is a general viewing guide, since the questions you are asking are applicable to any telescope. You will find some of what you are looking for on the Helpful Information: Buyer/New User Tips and the Helpful Information: Observational Guides/References on the ETX Site. Check out the Helpful Information: Tutorials page as well.
Subject:	Infinity focus
Sent:	Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:18:24
From:	mamonett@comcast.net (mamonett@comcast.net)
I live in a city and I have marked 2 points to align exact north.
One of points is in my yard, the other is another object directly north
from the first (100 yards out). Living in a city, I am very limited on
distant reference points.
After a north alignment my scope is so out of focus I have problems
finding the alignment stars.
Do you have any tips on adjusting back to infinity without using a star?
I realize I could just use the red dot finder if the focus was already
at infinity but sometimes it isn't.

Thanks 
Mike here: You didn't say what telescope you are using. But you could mark the position of the knob when at infinity. While that wouldn't tell you how many rotations you have to make, it would give you a reference point. Depending on WHAT telescope you have, adding a digital counter is a possibility. JMI has one (http://www.jimsmobile.com/buy_dfc.htm).

And:

I'm sorry,  that is important isn't it!
An etx-125.
Mike here: Well, the JMI counter won't work. One other though that will avoid the refocusing altogether. Once you have done the intial set up and alignment (after refocusing), mark the location of the tripod legs. When you finish observing, select "Park" from the Utilities menu (assuming you have an AutoStar). Don't move the telescope on the mount after you power off. The next time you set up, put the tripod legs in the same position and power on. Enter the correct date/time and very quickly you will be ready to observe with the AutoStar already aligned.

And:

Do you know what the approximate infinity focus distance is?
I  can set focus on an object at "quite a distance" (>200 yards), and
still the scope isn't focused at infinity (stars).
Mike here: Never measured it. But you'd probably need somethong more like a mile away.
Subject:	Disassembling ETX-80 BB OTA?
Sent:	Wednesday, August 17, 2011 15:20:11
From:	Peter Eschman (eschman@unm.edu)
I just looked through your http://www.weasner.com/etx/techtips.html
and did not see what I'm looking for.  Two of us have ETX-80 BB
scopes (the el' cheapo ETX versions) that we would like to modify.
In our case, we lack about 3-4 mm of in-focus, such that the Stellacam III
video camera does not quite come to focus.

I did see one "Doc G's ETX OTA Guidescope & Disassembly Photos"
http://www.mapug-astronomy.net/ragreiner/etxguider.html
But that deals with the real ETX, not the BB version.  Any thoughts
on other information sources before we rip and tear into the guts of the OTA?

Thanks for any help you can offer,
Peter Eschman

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
http://www.taas.org
Mike here: See the article "ETX-70AT Repair Guide" on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. The ETX-70 and ETX-80 are somewhat similar.

And:

Thanks much for the lead!

Peter Eschman

Subject:	Dust cap etx90
Sent:	Wednesday, August 17, 2011 09:12:24
From:	Roy Goderstad (roygod@bellsouth.net)
Have you ever found a dust cap that fits over a Meade 673 dew shield,on
a etx90 ?
Thanks, Roy
Mike here: I haven't. But you can easily make one from thin cardboard.
Subject:	Declination Slop
Sent:	Monday, August 15, 2011 17:53:08
From:	Don Stella (dstellajr@charter.net)
Sorry if this is not proper format. I just picked up a ETX125 EC from
EBay and noticed slop on the declination. I can move it probably 10-15
degrees when fully tightened. Is this normal or do I need to
adjust/replace something? An help or guidance would be greatly
appreciated.
 
New Fan!
 
Best Regards
Don Stella
Mike here: See the message "Dec tube play" further down this General Feedback page.
Subject:	Latitude adjustment problem on #883 field tripod
Sent:	Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:01:57
From:	Adam Smith (smithab@appstate.edu)
Our department was just gifted an EXT-125EC with a #883 model field
tripod.  It wasn't used all that much by the previous owner and I doubt
it ever was used as an equatorial mount.

I've been cleaning it up and testing it out but I've had trouble with
the latitude adjustment as it doesn't move in any kind of smooth manner.

My question to you is if there is a proper method to grease the
latitude (and perhaps even the azimuth) adjustment or if you recommended
not to do so.

Thanks!

-- 
Adam B. Smith, M.S.

Astronomy Lab Instructor
Observatory & Telescope Development
Appalachian State University
Mike here: See the articles "#883 Tripod Mod for Polar Mounting" and "#883 Tripod Modifications" on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. They may give you some ideas to improving the mount.
Subject:	Mysky and Myskyplus
Sent:	Thursday, August 11, 2011 08:05:06
From:	Derek Dorking (dmdorking@o2.co.uk)
Just a little update on the etx80 and the handset- sucessfully updated
the 495 to a 497 with the appropriate etx80 menus now working!

Now a question on the Mysky - what is the custom setting used for in the
location menu (at the end of the list) and has anyone solved the problem
of the gps being 1 hour out in the uk if you are not in london or gmt?
Great reading the site!

Derek
Mike here: Glad you got updated. As to the mySKY, mine no longer works.

And:

Wow- These things are dropping like flies! I managed to get a Plus model
here in the uk and made up another sd card with the 1.2tc software to
try out the gps. It has variying results but it would be a lot better if
you could put locations on it direct, Lat & Long -there is just not
enough uk sites available on the menu. I will try to investigate the
"custom" folder more.

Thanks for your reply, keep up the excellant site!
Derek
Mike here: Mine stopped working about the time Meade discontinued. It was a nice device but has now been replaced by smartphones and the iPad.
Subject:	re: EXT-105 ec
Sent:	Wednesday, August 10, 2011 21:44:42
From:	richard seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
From your symptoms (no noise, no motor motion in one direction) it
sounds like one of the MOSFET driving transistors is dead.

I have attached a diagram of a typical Meade motor card.
The power FETs (FET=Field Effect Transistor) are marked.

The Elevation motor card is up in the fork, near the motor.
You might inspect it for obvious damage (burned or cracked chip or board area).
It's also possible that one of the copper traces on the card has been
blown away from the stress of trying to drive the gearing.

You might find a friend (amateur radio operator?) or TV/Radio fix-it
shop to work on the card.

good luck
--dick

photo


Subject:	etx90AT
Sent:	Tuesday, August 9, 2011 22:45:03
From:	Edgar Mendez (passionflute@optonline.net)
I bought an etx90 last year and it makes loud rachete sounds when the
declination mode is engaged. This happens during goto and test
operations and the use of the slewing arrows. According to readings
(prior to the purchase) some noise was to be expected. I'm planning to
call Meade in the AM. Are there any other suggestions?

Thanks, Ed 
Mike here: A racheting sound typically means either a broken gear tooth or a loose gear mount. You would have to open the fork arm to check it.

And:

Hi Mike, thanks for the prompt response. I just talked to Meade and they
said that I should return it. Although it's on warranty (bought 10/10),
I was disappointed that it would take a month and that I would have to
pay to ship it to San Diego. Although I'm pretty handy fixing things, I
wouldn't want to void the warranty. Is there a step-by-step DYI for this
repair on your website? If there's something wrong with the gear, would
I have to order it from Meade?

I'm also disappointed because I just heard of a concert series that is
done in cooperation with astronomical viewing organized by a Dr. Donald
Lubowich from Hofstra Univ. There are a few left in the Long Island, NY
area. I'm also a professional musician (flute).

Thanx, Eddie
Mike here: Getting it handled under warranty is best. You could damage other components if you try to make repairs yourself. But tere are several disassembly and DEC repair articles on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. But first, read the article "Disassembly Procedure" there.
Subject:	Dec tube play
Sent:	Tuesday, August 9, 2011 17:14:38
From:	Max Byerly (davenport-tennis@hotmail.com)
I have an ETX 90 and I love the optics but the only flaw with it is that
the clutch in the Declination axis has play on it. When you tighten the
clutch, it's seems to lock just fine, but you can wiggle the tube up and
down about 10 degrees. You can just gently wiggle it up and down. Is
this a problem with the clutch or something else.

Max

Sent from my iPhone
Mike here: Some movement is normal but 10 degrees is excessive. There are several DEC fix articles on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. While it is probably overkill for you, see the article "Altitude (DEC) play fix". But keep in mind that you normally do not move the telescope tube by hand with the axis LOCKED. If your GOTOs are good, then you may not want to consider forcing movement to be a problem.

And:

Well the gotos are not that good, the RA goto is fine but if I'm looking
through the eyepiece and I just wiggle the tube that bit, it's normally
then within that wiggle.
Mike here: Have you done a CALIBRATE MOTOR and TRAIN DRIVES recently? While that won't change the "wiggle", they can improve GOTOs.

And:

Yes I have. What do you think is the problem, the clutch, gearbox?

Max
Mike here: Could be the lock, the OTA mount points, or a loose gearbox.

And:

From:	autostaretx (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
My old  ETX90 used to move like that, but only 3 degrees before
stopping.

It turned out to be the plastic fork itself warping under the load.
When the motor ran, it would do similar warping.
I fixed it by simply wedging a small piece of cardboard (cut from a
manila file folder) between the metal gear-carrying frame and the
various webs of the plastic fork structure.

But ten degrees is too weird.
At least in Alt/Az mode, gravity is always pulling the tube "down", so
you won't experience (much) backlash effect.

When you move it ten degrees, does it hit a "stop", or do you just stop
pushing?
The DEC Clutch *is* designed to act as a "fuse", in that it will slip of
the moving telescope tube runs into anything.

have fun
--dick

And an update:

I did find out what was wrong with my ETX 90 and the play in the
Declination. I took the tube off and it was little white plastic piece
inside the clutch that was too loose, so I machined a piece of aluminum
to fit an there almost zero play in it now and doesn't affect the
telescope at all.

By the way, I was looking around on your site and saw some videos you
took with the iPhone 4 and the one of Saturn was amazing. How did you
have the iPhone 4 proped up to capture it??? I've tried but I can never
succeed.
Mike here: Initially, I just hand-held the iPhone over the eyepiece. Later I made an adapter. Then I received a Magnilux MX-1 iPhone Afocal Adapter.
Subject:	Re: EXT-105 ec
Sent:	Sunday, August 7, 2011 17:20:36
From:	Smrumbin@aol.com (Smrumbin@aol.com)
I got out this afternoon and tried to do the AutoStar  CALIBRATE MOTOR
"train Drive" routine.The Calibrate went fine. The  The Az RA went fine,
but the Az Dec did not. After centering the object,pressing ENTER, the
telescope moved up and the up arrow was activated. I could not correct
and bring the tube back down.

I was using the 541 adaptor. Could that be the problem? Remember 
original issue is the motor fault error when doing a star alignment.

I really appreciate your help on this.
Michael
Mike here: With the old (problematic) #541 AC Adapter anything is possible. As I mentioned before, try using internal batteries. Remember to do a CALIBRATE MOTOR whenever switching power sources.

And:

Welp, I redid the Calibrate and Train using battery power. Same issue.
The tube goes up and the up arrow is the only active button in the DEC
train. Is there something in the setup; time, date, location, Northern
hemisphere that is incorrect? This routine seems to be working but the
logic is crossed.
Michael
Mike here: OK, now we now the problem is NOT power related. Perhaps something is wrong with the AutoStar, either its circuitry, its programming, its keypad, or the HBX. Try doing a RESET on the AutoStar. Then test the slew DOWN arrow key. If it works, do a CALIBRATE MOTOR and then TRAIN DRIVES. Hopefully the RESET solved the problem. If not, then we'll have to dig deeper.

And:

I went out to look at the moon. Just set up the tripod and polar tilt,
battery power. I aimed the objective at the moon and used the AutoStar
hand held to get the moon into the field of view. the East West arrows
worked just fine, but I could only raise the tube. No lowering
capability. So east, west, north but no south. There only two motors, so
is there a problem with the Autostar???

I really, really appreciate you input. How do I do a reset on the
AutoStar?
 
Michael
Mike here: Do you have the ETX manual? There is a diagram showing all the AutoStar menus. That will show you how to select RESET, as well as other things in the AutoStar menus. As to whether the problem is in the AutoStar or not, here's another test to try: unlock the DEC axis. Set the slew speed to the fastest speed. Press the slew UP arrow for a few seconds. Can you hear the motor running in the ETX fork arm? Now, press the slew DOWN arrow; any noise from the motor?

And more:

I did the Reset.  I did the up down arrow thing. Up noise of the motor
and gears whirring,  and motion. Down no noise  no motion.
This is really late for you. Whenever you get a chance.
Mike here: With the axis UNLOCKED, there should have been NO motion when slewing upwards. Since there was, it sounds like the axis lock is frozen. That could be preventing proper movement. As to why the lock is frozen, I've never heard of that problem before. You will have to open up the fork arm to look for some obstruction.

And:

Sorry if I communicated incorrectly. With the clutch loose there is
motor noise with the up arrow but no motion. With the down arrow no
noise no motion.
Mike here: Ah, that makes a difference. Lets try another test. In the AutoStar TELESCOPE menu, select REVERSE UP/DN. Then see if the problem occurs when pressing the SLEWUP key but not when pressing the SLEWDOWN key.

And:

I did the reverse Up/down. The down arrow now works and it raises the
tube. But the up arrow does not move the tube or cause a motor sound.  I
shut the telescope off re started. The slew keys work ease west  and up(
using the down arrow). No sound or motion with the up arrow.
Michael
Mike here: That means that the AutoStar arrow keys are OK. Time to open the fork arm and look at the wiring and gears.

And:

OK. I'm ready. I am skilled at some repairs, mechanical and simple
wiring, but not electronics. I'll open it up and take some pictures.
Mike here: There are several disassembly and DEC repair articles on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. But first, read the article "Disassembly Procedure" there.

And this:

Well thanks for the references. I got the plastic cover off an could
immediately see that one of the pieces was scraped and bent. Attached
are 3 pics with redlines.
Again I really appreciate this help. What's next?

photo

photo

photo

Mike here: I'm surprised at the damage. With the fork open, what can you see when running the motor with the axis UNLOCKED?

And:

Well the gears and worm turn clockwise. I think that the  motor is
laboring . I sense binding, but that could be from what I have read. It
definitely is not purring along like an egg beater. I don't see anything
to interferer with going in the other direction, but nothing happened
when I press the slew button. That metal I saw and photographed is like
a thin flashing as part of that silver casting. I pulled off the piece
that was hanging. But that leaves a missing piece about 1/4 inch. So,
Loose connection? wire?
Mike here: I'd vote for loose or broken wire at this point. Check the wiring all the way from the HBX jack on the ETX control panel.

And:

OK, and I really appreciate your quick response. Is there a posting on
your site to tell me how to do that? Do I take the bottom off the mount
and look around? Could this be more one of the contacts in the jack?
excuse my terms that is worn or bent? If so do you have a schematic that
would indicate which color wire is the on controlling the dec down
arrow?
Mike here: There are several disassembly articles on the Telescope Tech Tips page. Yes, you'll want to remove the base plate. Be certain the power is OFF (remove any batteries). Sorry, no schematics available, just some photos in some of the articles. Keep in mind that your telescope model may not precisely match the articles or photos.

And:

Well, to be honest I can barely rewire a lamp. So I'm not sure what I
can do.

My thoughts are that the Autostar is working, the buttons; the HBX jack
is hard to check. I reversed the connections and the same performance
occurred. Could I just try another one at a Meade shop? From there to a
PCBA. Could there be a burned out something in the Dec circuit that is
preventing the reverse power circuit connection to the motor?

In any event do you do repairs? Does anyone you know?
Mike here: There can be many sources of the failure. Like you, I think the AutoStar is OK. I don't do repairs but you can contact Dr. Clay Sherrod for his "Supercharge Tune-Up Service". There is a link to his service on the ETX Site Home Page.
Subject:	Double stars / Great explanation about Position angles and directions
Sent:	Friday, August 5, 2011 11:51:29
From:	solargenes (solargenes@gmail.com)
Here's a great website that explains position angles and how to
determine directions in the sky.  If I can understand it, anyone can! :)
 
http://bestdoubles.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/left-is-right-and-right-is-left-a-simple-users-guide-to-pa/
 
Thank you.
 
Julie Clayton

Subject:	45 diagonal and ETX
Sent:	Friday, August 5, 2011 01:13:23
From:	Mark S. Puscas (mpuscas@comcast.net)
Just received my first astronomical telescope 2 days ago, the Meade
ETX-125AT. Now I'm looking for accessories.

Since it has the built in diagonal mirror, is there any role for getting
a 45 diagonal for easier terrestrial viewing?

Also, any recommendations on a solar filters, or Barlow lenses? I see
Orion sells these, and am tempted to get from them, but I'm new to this
stuff and don't know what to really look for.
 
Any tips would be much appreciated!
 
Thanks,
Mark
 
Mark S. Puscas
Salem, Oregon

And:

Should have looked a little more... I found on your site the answer to
the 45 diagonal question, under the Miscellaneous Accessories page.
Looks like there's tons more information there, so I don't need a
response, but thanks anyway!
 
Mark
Mike here: For the Barlow Lens, be certain to get a "shorty" style. Longer models may not allow all eyepieces to reach a focus.
Subject:	EXT-105 ec
Sent:	Thursday, August 4, 2011 09:25:14
From:	Smrumbin@aol.com (Smrumbin@aol.com)
I have a 105 that does not work with the hand held device. I don't know
if this is a motor or electronic problem. Meade no longer services this
model. Do you or do you know of a service here in the US?
Michael Rumbin
Mike here: By "hand held device", I assume you mean the AutoStar #497. But I need more info on what you are seeing. Does the red LED on the ETX base illuminate when you turn on the ETX? Have you changed the batteries in the ETX? What do you see on the AutoStar display? Does the slewing arrow keys slew the telescope? Do you hear any noise from the ETX?

And:

I have an AutoStar hand device.
I have been able to go through the setup, date , time, locarion, motors
work with slewing arrows. I tried to do an At/Az alignment . the  I just
picked a  single star, Arcturus and the telescope motors start up and
move to about 75% of the location (10 seconds) and an error comes on the
display  motor unit fault.
 
Michael rumbin
Mike here: OK, that helps. First, be certain you are not overtightening the axis locks. Also, be certain you have good batteries installed. Then do a CALIBRATE MOTOR; if that works with an error then do a TRAIN DRIVES (on both axes). That may solve the problem.

And:

Thanks,
 
Just explain on the batteries; I'm plugged into AC with the Meade
transformer. And what do you mean: "Then do a CALIBRATE MOTOR; if that
works with an error then do a TRAIN DRIVES (on both axes)."  How do I
know if that works with an error?
Michael
Mike here: If you have the old Meade #541 AC Adapter, see the article "Meade #541 AC Adapter" on the Announcements: Warnings! page. I'd suggest switching to the internal batteries to rule out the external power source as the cause of the problem. CALIBRATE MOTOR is like a self-test; select it from the SETUP: TELESCOPE menu on the AutoStar. When selected, it will briefly run the motors. This measures the output of the optical encoders, and so measures the power level. If there is no error reported on the AutoStar display, then you can proceed to do a TRAIN DRIVES (also in the TELESCOPE menu); just follow the onscreen prompts.

And:

Thanks again. I'll work on it the weekend and be back to you with my results.

Subject:	ETX-90 Axes Controls Not Working
Sent:	Tuesday, August 2, 2011 13:21:30
From:	Aaron Port (adport@email.wm.edu)
I've owned an EXT-90 for a few years.  I used it a little when I first
got it, but I lost interest in astronomy until very recently when I
bought an adapter for my camera to attach to my telescope.  I recently
discovered that my controller dos nothing to adjust the axes, making the
computer control useless.  On the up/down axis, the telescope simply
does not move and makes no noise.  On the left/right axis, it makes a
clicking noise.  I read some of the articles on your site (which are
very helpful, by the way) including the "tune-up" articles and opened up
the base of the telescope.  The clicking noise is from a gear slipping;
I attempted to clean them off and tighten the gear assembly but it does
not fix the problem.  What is more disconcerting, however, is that it
seems that the motor on the up/down axis doesn't even function, as
nothing happens when I push up or down on the controller.  Is there
anything that would fix my problem or am I stuck with a broken piece of
equipment?

Thanks,

Aaron Port
Mike here: First, we need to determine whether the altitude motor is running or whether the Right Tube Adapter is broken. From your description, it sounds (since there is no sound) like the motor is either disconnected or not getting power. What happens if you do a CALIBRATE MOTOR, followed by the TRAIN DRIVES (on both axes)? (I'm assuming you have an AutoStar controller, although you didn't specify that.) As to the clicking sound from the azimuth axis, that sounds like a broken gear mount. You will have to look more closely at the gear housing.
Subject:	RE: Meade 5000 SWA 20mm Eyepiece.
Sent:	Monday, August 1, 2011 11:21:19
From:	Don Williams (donwil@rogers.com)
I cleaned my eyepieces one day. Most are the UWA type and the bottom
screws off and you can access the bottom lens for cleaning, etc. On the
20mm SWA, when I unscrewed the bottom, the whole set of lens' fell out
in my hand. I have yet to figure out the correct reassembly, which lens
goes first, the separator position and which side is up, etc. My
question is this. . . . is there an assembly manual or diagram showing
the step-by-step assembly? Meade doesn't seem to have an email support
link anymore.

Any assistance, direction, etc. would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Don W.
Mike here: Probably won't help but see the article "Eyepiece Designs" on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page. Meade never did have a public "support" email address, at least not since I've been a Meade customer beginning in 1999.

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