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Subject: Re: How set polar mode in dsx-125at Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 18:21:54 From: Arif Shaikh (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. Regards Arif
Subject: How set polar mode in dsx-125at Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 22:32:54 From: Arif Shaikh (email@example.com) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) 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 ? Cheers Andy Strong Munich, GermanyMike 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? Thanks, AndyMike 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. Andy
Subject: Mead DSX-125AT Sent: Friday, February 4, 2011 22:41:20 From: Arif Shaikh (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 problem? 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? Thanks ArifMike 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. RegardsMike 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 usingMike 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?
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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