Last updated: 28 August 2006

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Sent:	Monday, August 28, 2006 07:03:48
From:	Akiva48@aol.com (Akiva48@aol.com)
How do I mount my Televue 85 telescope onto my Autostar mount used for
the DS2070 Telescope ?
Mike here: See the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page for some DS mount info. While none are specific to the Televue telescopes they may give you some ideas.
Subject:	re: DS 2130 disassembly
Sent:	Sunday, August 20, 2006 21:38:14
From:	richard seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
> motors both run but base does not rotate in the azm plane.
> I can see the big drive gear in the the base rotate when the motor runs

Ya know?  That could all be caused by the RA clamp handle
being misadjusted.
If it's like the ETX, all you have to do is remove
the set screw on the side of the RA clamp handle,
pull the handle straight up off its underlying hex nut.
Now tighten the hex nut until the big drive gear's motion
is transmitted to actually move the telescope in Az.
At that point, put the RA Clamp Handle back on to the
nut, but positioned just a little away from its
"tight" (clamp engaged) side.  Tighten the set screw.
Now swinging the handle to the 'loosen' side should
release the Az for manual motion, and swinging it
back towards 'tight' should reconnect the motor to
the telescope.

good luck

Subject:	DS 2130 disassembly
Sent:	Saturday, August 19, 2006 10:21:48
From:	KSTATON@tampabay.rr.com (KSTATON@tampabay.rr.com)
I got an used ds2130. The autostar boots up and the motors both run but
base does not rotate in the azm plane. I can see the big drive gear in
the the base rotate when the motor runs though a hole I cut in the top
trying to figure out how to open the thing. I'm sure I could fix it if I
could open it. Meade was their usual helpful selves and suggested I send
it to them along with $75. I've got the big bolt out from under the
battery compartment and it looks as though it should just wiggle apart,
but it does not, nor can I rotate it by hand at all. It may have been a
victim of battery corrosion at some point. Is there some trick or do I
just tap it with my hammer and hope?

Thanks in advance.
Ken Staton

You've helped me with this sort of thing before. You are the goto guy.

Subject:	New DS-2130ATS-LTN  (autostar and alignment)
Sent:	Friday, August 11, 2006 06:34:20
From:	Matt (matthewtbeck@hotmail.com)
I just purchased the newest DS-2130ATS-LTN (Level North Tech), I live in
Colorado, and the LTN seems to work alright at leveling and pointing
North.  My first problem is that I am very novice, and have no knowledge
about the stars.  So when I try the easy align, the telescope points in
a general direction of the sky, usually there are about 4 stars in the
vicinity its pointing and the manual says to find the one that appears
brightest and try to align it with that star.?  Maybe Colorado just
isn't a very good area for viewing stars, but I find it generally hard
to choose which one is brightest, and even if you do pick the brightest
one, it is almost impossible to locate and center it in the telescope. 
Which brings me to my second issue.  The Smartfinder.  The new model
with "Red Dot LTN Smartfinder" broadcasts a little red dot onto a
"eyeglass shaped lenses" that extends out of the side of the LTN
assembly.  This smartfinder seems just about impossible to use.  First
the red dot is impossible to get in a central and stable location.  When
you try to use the smartfinder, you want to try to look through the
protruding lens which will show the red dot that is being shined on it
from behind.  The most major problem that I have is that the red dot is
always moving around on the lens.  Whenever you move your head or eyes
even the smallest amount the dot will move up, down, right or left also.
 So it is impossible to set the dot over a object that you are viewing,
then move the telescope, and expect to use the smartfinder to locate
another object, or even the same object you were looking at before. 
This is because it is next to impossible to put your head in the exact
position it was when you centered the red dot before.  Another thing
that bothers me about the smartfinder is that there is no magnification
with this smartfinder either.  So if you have any tips about alignment,
or the smartfinder, that would be great.
Mike here: See the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page for the articles "Another Autostar Alignment Stars Chart" and "Alignment/High Precision/Star Charts". But yes, if you pick the brightest star nearest to where the ETX is pointed you will normally get the right star. When using the SmartFinder (or any "red-dot" style finder) look "through" the finder not "at" the red dot. Let you eye focus on the stars beyond the lens. Once you get used to doing that it will work for you. However, there are magnifying finderscopes that you could (with some work) attach to the telescope; see the Accessory Reviews: Finderscopes for some ideas.

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