Last updated: 31 December 2004
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade Autostar Suite. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks. (The Lunar Planetary Imager, LPI, and the Deep Sky Imager, DSI, are covered in the Helpful Information - Astrophotography area.)

Subject:	autostar suite + lpi
Sent:	Wednesday, December 29, 2004 16:38:00
From:	Eric Ingram (
I noticed Meade was offering the Autostar Suite + LPI imager for all new
ETX-90 -105 -125 purchases. I was wondering if people who had bought
them recently could still take part of this deal (like the eyepiece
promo you could do if you had bought a qualifying telescope between
certain dates).

Mike here: I haven't seen that mentioned; you could check with the dealer where you got your ETX.
Subject:	re: Program will not show view from Earth
Sent:	Monday, December 27, 2004 22:53:10
From:	Richard Seymour (
Click on the Zoom-in button (the magnifying glass with the "+" in it)
a few times.

Or, under the "Starmap" menu, choose Zoom, and ask for about 60 degrees
field of view.
Then click the Zenith Up button to orient the picture.

have fun

Subject:	Program will not show view from Earth
Sent:	Monday, December 27, 2004 19:29:02
From:	Gary Mac (
Autostar Suite shows our local group of stars as if they were being seen
from the outside, from a very distant solar system, rather than being
viewed from within our local group of stars from Earth.

I have tried 'Starmap / Precision / Geocentric' setting (which should
set Earth as the central reference point) but nothing changes.  It's as
if I am looking at Earth from billions of light years away.

How can I get it to show the night sky, in real time, just as I see it
above me, from Earth, rather than from a foreign perspective?  I would
then be able to distinguish which objects on the screen are above the
horizon and be available to turn my telescope onto.

Gary MacPhail

Subject:	re: CPU to Autostar interface
Sent:	Thursday, December 23, 2004 22:43:11
From:	Richard Seymour (
You probably have a 494 Autostar.  (no numeric keypad).

That model is not fully compatible with Autostar Suite.

That model -can- be driven by programs such as Starry Night,
Cartes du Ciel, Astroplanner, TheSky and many more, but it
requires a Meade 506 cable/converter to connect to the PC.
You cannot build a 506 by yourself.  It's only available from Meade.
For full Autostar Suite compatibility, you need a 497 Autostar.
These have the numeric keypad, and can be upgraded with firmware
from Meade's support site.  These have the second hole on the 
Autostar for connecting a 505 cable (which you -can- build yourself,
if you wish) which connects it to the host PC.

have fun

Subject:	autostar/suite
Sent:	Wednesday, December 22, 2004 11:32:07
From:	Peter Clipsham (
yet another question for you,i plan to purchase the new Meade dsi imager
and with it comes autostar suite,will i be able to use this software on
my laptop to run my ETX 90. Keep up this great site it offers a wealth
of info,all thats left to say is a merry christmas and a happy new year.

Pete Clipsham
Mike here: If you have a fast (>300 MHz) Windows PC or a fast G4 (~1GHz) with Windows emulation software you can use the Autostar Suite on your laptop. However, keep in mind that you will need a serial port or a USB-serial port converter.
Subject:	Autostar suite re Milky way problem
Sent:	Wednesday, December 22, 2004 08:58:42
From:	kevin.wild (
Just to let you know latest autostar suite download from Meade
(12/20/04) has fixed the problem I was having.

- Kevin

Subject:	CPU to Autostar interface
Sent:	Monday, December 20, 2004 20:47:49
From:	Gary Mac (
Thank God for you!

I have contacted Meade but they are of no help.

I bought the Autostar Suite to use on my DS-2076AT telescope.  It comes
with a serial port connection from the computer to the second port under
the Autostar controller handset.  But my Autostar handset does not have
any second port to plug the connector into.

Would it be OK to bypass the handset and plug the connector directly
into the telescope or should I (if compatible) try to get an upgraded
Autostar controller handset that has a second port to run the telescope
and interface with the computer?  Or do I simply have a telescope which
Autostar can not manage?
Gary MacPhail
Canton Michigan
Mike here: I couldn't find any specific mention of the DS models but the Autostar Suite does require the Autostar #497. The #497 works with all DS models.
Subject:	Autostar Suite Milky Way Problem
Sent:	Saturday, December 11, 2004 05:53:33
From:	Kevin Wild (
Have had response from Meade today to say this is an identified problem
and that a patch will be put onto their site in the near future to
remedy the situation.

Subject:	Autostar Suite Problem - Milky Way Contour
Sent:	Thursday, December 9, 2004 05:21:22
From:	kevin.wild (
Thanks for prompt replies re problem with Milky Way contour outline.

Re installed CD and re-ran update  same result, same error message.

Tried same on another seperate PC (not networked) with identical results
same error message.

Checked file names under BINARY\ in program and no folder with the MILKY
part of the file name is present and no such file could be found
anywhere under search.  I therefore conclude it is missing from my CD
and I will try to get it replaced as suggested.

Will update once this course of action is tried whether this fixes
problem or not in case anyone else suffers same difficulty, many thanks
- Kevin

Subject:	No Milky Way Display on Autostar Suite.
Sent:	Monday, December 6, 2004 08:14:36
From:	kevin.wild (
I have downloaded autostar suite and the upgrade from Meade's site.
According to their info on Starmaps the upgrade should permit me to view
contour outline of the Milky Way.

However, if I try to do this I get an error message reading:
BINARY\MILKY.BIN Not readable!

Any ideas or advice on what the problem is?

Many thanks

Mike here: If that file is there then you may need to redownload the update and reinstall it. Perhaps it is corrupted. I just tried it in Virtual PC and it works for me.
Subject:	Re: Autostar Suite installation problems
Sent:	Saturday, December 4, 2004 22:53:14
From:	Richard Seymour (
If you purchased locally, return product to store for replacement CD.

If you purchased "at a distance", then it's  your call whether to
work the exchange with Meade or the vendor (Meade might be quicker).

...and i've just done a search of my Windows 98se system (with ASS),
and i don't even -find- an MSTTS.exe file.

good luck

Subject:	Autostar Suite installation problems
Sent:	Saturday, December 4, 2004 12:22:36
From:	marvin baker (
I am trying to install ASS and during the installation of MSTTS.exe
(speech module) I get an I/O error. It says most likely caused by bad
installation media or corrupt installation. I have clicked retry many
times to no avail. When I click Abort I get another box that says "Bad
installation file". Click ok there and the installation program closes.
I tried to manually copy the files to my drive but couldn't copy one
file from the GSC catalog and couldn't copy the setup.exe program. I am
at a loss as to what to do. Can anybody help? Meade apparently isn't
home on week ends.
Marvin Baker

Subject:	re: Autostar Suite (was: Hi)
Sent:	Tuesday, November 23, 2004 21:18:49
From:	Richard Seymour (
>On of the first things explained in the manual is how to turn the
>starmap on and off. On the toolbar I have the box which should contain
>this toggle but it is empty I also am missing the telescope one as well.

The REAL problem is that Meade's manual is wrong.

There is NO "on/off" toggle for the StarMap (in the StarMap).

The manual was written before the program itself was solidified.

So Updating won't get you a Map on/off toggle, but it -will- 
fix a number of bugs and add a bunch of features.


and follow the links on that page to read what has been changed/improved

have fun

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