Last updated: 22 April 2005
Subject: DS-114EC compatible AutoStar? Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 15:45:48 From: KThBucher@aol.com (KThBucher@aol.com) recently I've had the occasion to buy a used Meade DS-114EC telescope. Unfortunately it lacks an "AutoStar" controller, although the electric motors are part of the equipment. Manuals say that the #494 and #495 models can be used. What about the new #497 controller: Is this compatible to my DS-114EC, and what advantage has the newer controller? Thanks, Koni.Mike here: The #497 can be used with any DS models. The #497 is not a NEW Autostar, it has been around for years. The #497 (and #495) are user upgradeable; the #494 is not. Plus the #497 has more objects in its database than the #494. Also, the #497 has a keypad for numeric entry and the #494 does not.
Thanks a lot for responding exactly and completely to my question. I do appreciate your lovely site, and I'll be back for sure! Koni.
Subject: #494 autostar Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 08:29:13 From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have a DS 2130AT Meade w/ #494 autostar. I was wondering if the unit is good for its application and whether or nor not an upgrade is possible (to say a #495)??? -Regards, Joe Cavalieri Manalapan, NJMike here: Depending upon how you plan to use the telescope, the #494 could be just fine for you. You can purchase a used #495 or a new or used #497 for use with any DS model. If you get a #495 it can be upgraded via software to a #497 as long as you have a #505 serial cable and a Mac or PC with a serial connection.
TY for your reply! I plan to use it for limited deep space viewing. I just wasnt sure if the 494 was inadequate. Thanks for the advice sir. Nice service you provide to newbs btw!Mike here: It has about 1500 objects vs 31,000. But once you see all 1500, then you could think about getting a #497.
Lol great point. I will upgrade than.
Subject: DS-2130AT or ETX 70 AT Sent: Friday, April 1, 2005 16:14:52 From: Eric... (email@example.com) I have a choice of ETX 70 or DS-2130 this will be my first scope and will be used as all round planet and deep space viewing. I would like to do photography with them also. Which one should I buy? With Thanks. Eric Holland, Liverpool, UK.Mike here: See my comments on the ETX-70 linked from the top of the current "ETX-60, ETX-70" feedback page. Also, read through the comments on the Helpful Information: User Observations. That should give you a good idea of what the ETX-70 can do. If that doesn't meet your requirements (and I doubt it will), then go for the DS.
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