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Subject: DSX-125AT Mounting Arm Sent: Friday, December 24, 2010 18:36:42 From: Arif Shaikh (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have just bought a second hand DSX-125AT and found that there was some noice inside its arm. When I opened it, there was a spare screw inside which look like it was original screw fitted inside. I also checked the other two screws and all were loose. The screws are very small and might be sleeping when it rotate. Can someone send me the inside picture of this telescope's arm to find out how it should fit. Do I require washers to fit them firmly? Thanks
Please see the attached photo without screws. After removing screws the lock tightens properly but the OTA slips a bit. You can see in the photo that there is only one hole passing through the plastic gear. I need to know what parts are missing and what the best way to fix it. If someone can give me the inside photo of this mount arm, which may give me an idea for fix. Thanks again.
After opening the Dec lock, i found the attached part is broken. I don't know what it is called. Please let me know what this part is and then I will request Meade to see if they have it. Thanks
Subject: Re: Autostar/ Starfinder question Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2010 22:37:48 From: richard seymour (email@example.com) Here's the more-or-less DS motor card schematic... good luck --dick
Subject: Autostar/ Starfinder question Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 10:34:17 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) I own a few telescopes including a Meade etx 125at, a Meade etx 60at, and a Meade 114EQ-DH4. A short time ago, for no reason, the 114EQ-DH4 Starfinder handbox went "dead". Shortly after initializing the display goes dark and "IN DOWNLOAD" shows in the display. I tried the "dead" 114EQ-DH4 Starfinder handbox on my etx60at and it works, accept of course the programming is for the 114EQ-DH4. Then I tried the etx60at Autostar handbox on the 114EQ-DH4 and it to shows "IN DOWNLOAD". I thought this "IN DOWNLOAD" message was being generated in the handbox, but it looks like it is coming from somewhere else. ThanksMike here: Perhaps Dick Seymour has an idea about this.
From: richard seymour (firstname.lastname@example.org) I can't answer for sure (and i'm roping in Andrew Johansen to tweak his curiosity) But: The 494 Autostar has some wiring quirks which lead me to believe that short circuits on a couple of the signal lines in the 8-pin connector *may* invoke some hidden factory test/whatever routines. I've never tried playing with the wires to see what happens. (Nitty-gritty details: the 494 ties all three data lines together and brings them to PD2 on the CPU.. *and* to the XIRQ pin. The CLK1 (pin 2 on the 8-pin socket) goes to PA7 on the CPU *and* through a 47K resistor to both MODA and MODB. What happens if you connect your 497 Autostar to the 114EQ's socket? (you may see motor runaway, doing a Calibrate Motors should stop that) So my *guess* is that something's damaged in one of the 114EQ's motor units, and that's grabbing (offbeat) control of the 494. (A "Starfinder" is a 494 at heart). Look for one of the six signal lines being held to ground (dirt in the socket?). good luck --dick
On 12/14/2010 11:38 AM, email@example.com wrote: > WOW! Wou guys are quick. > > I havent tried the 497 with the 114EQ-DH4 because I knew the Starfinder and Autostar boxes > were very similar. I'll look for shorts in the motor boxes and report back. > > Is there any circuitry in the 114EQ-DH4 motor boxes that could be generating the IN > DOWNLOAD message? All of the "brains" are in the Autostar/Starfinder. As i wrote, there could be a fault in the motor boxes causing the Autostar/Starfinder to generate the message. (i'll try to locate a schematic of the EQ/DS motor units... it's from Meade's patent) ((it's probably posted on Mike's site somewhere, but i didn't see it in a quick look)) have fun --dick
I disassembled the motors on the 114EQ-DH4 and I didn't find any broken or shorted connections but I did notice something new. The handbox doesn't actually go to the initialization screen, it goes directly from the copyright screen to the "IN DOWNLOD" message with a darkened screen. Also, and I'm suprised I didn't notice this before, the power indicater LED never lights. If someone does have a schematic of the motor boxes it would be helpfull. Thanks again, Mike AmonettMike here: Have you checked for a key stuck down?
Both handboxes work OK on my etx 60 though. So I'm thinking if a key was stuck it would show up on the other scope as well. Mike AmonettMike here: Yeah, one would think that.
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