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Subject:	Re: How set polar mode in dsx-125at
Sent:	Sunday, February 27, 2011 18:21:54
From:	Arif Shaikh (
I did train the drive more than 2 miles target and seems like it is
doing well. Much better than before. After easy align I can get the
object in the eyepiece at first attempt.

Thank you very much.


Subject:	How set polar mode in dsx-125at
Sent:	Monday, February 14, 2011 22:32:54
From:	Arif Shaikh (
I read on some forums that we can set polar mode for etx125. I am
wondering how do i set this in my dsx125.

Thanks for you help.
Mike here: Search the ETX Site for "dsx polar"; there will be several "hits" that discuss this.
Subject:	DS2090 battery box bad connections
Sent:	Thursday, February 10, 2011 03:49:11
From: (
I had an annoying problem with the battery box on my DS2090.

During a session suddenly the power dropped, so I replaced the
batteries. This did not help, and I thought the whole motor was dead and
was about to take the whole thing back to the dealer.

Then I just tried wobbling the battery connector and the batteries
themselves and am back in business .... till the next time.

This is a trivial issue, but my point is that the battery box seems a
very primitive cheap affair and easily subject to such glitches. Do you
have any advice, maybe it can be replaced with something more robust ?

Andy Strong
Munich, Germany
Mike here: I don't know how applicable it will be, but see the article "DS114-EC Power Supply" on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page.


thanks, I will browse around there.

I might also want to replace the connection from the batteries to the
mount, since this is also a rather fragile  setup.

I mean via the blue and red wires: do you know where they lead and
whether this makes any sense. Is there any other way to get the power in
(e.g. as for external power supplies ) or does it always go in that way?

Mike here: I don't have any DS models so all I have is what is posted on the Telescope Tech Tips page.


thanks anyway for the info, I won't bug you more.
I guess the ETX  does not rely on these components and is more robust.
Subject:	Mead DSX-125AT
Sent:	Friday, February 4, 2011 22:41:20
From:	Arif Shaikh (
I have Mead DSX-125AT and updated with latest software. I have also
fixed the broken dec and there no problem with it. For the easy align, I
levelled the tripod and put the OTA to true north. I did the easy align 
and finished the procedure successfully, but when you try to search any
object, it does not come into the centre of the eyepiece, but I can see
it in the view finder. This is ok if you know the bright object, but it
is very difficult to find the non-bright objects. Sometimes, after
observing 2-3 targets the alignment does not remain as it is. I also
feel sand in the tripod legs to make it more sturdy. How do I fix this

I want to buy photography device, which one is best for the DSX-125AT.

I have heard that some CCD cameras also work as auto-guide. Can I use
these cameras for this model for auto-guiding? Which one is best suited
for this telescope?
How much CCD used for auto-guiding?

Mike here: Have you done a CALIBRATE MOTOR and TRAIN DRIVES on the AutoStar? Also, check the date (especially the year), time, and Daylight Saving settings. As for doing astrophotography, be certain to look over the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page. You may be able to get started with whatever camera you currently have. The next step up would be to use a webcam or a Meade DSI model. The DSI imagers can auto-guide with the AutoStar #497.


Thanks for prompt reply.

After updating software, I did calibration and training the drive.

Mike here: Is your site location correct? Are you using a nearby city name or have you added your own site?


I live in suburb of Sydney which is around 15km from CBD and this is the
location I am using
Mike here: What version of the AutoStar software is on the AutoStar?


It the latest version 43eg.
Mike here: I suggest putting in fresh batteries, doing the CALIBRATE MOTOR again, and then do another TRAIN DRIVES (don't forget to do both axes and use a moderately high power eyepiece). What are using as your TRAINING target?

And this:

Outdoor TV antenna.
I will do calibration and train drive and will let you know the outcome.
Mike here: Best TRAINING results will be by using a target at least a mile away if possible.

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