Last updated: 31 December 2004
Subject: still havin problems Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 21:08:12 From: dubcity79 (firstname.lastname@example.org) I did like you told me and still had no success so i set the scope to zero on the side knob and then used a compass to align it with north and it still does not go to anything i ask it to. do you have any further suggestions? jamesMike here: OK, explain ALL of the steps you are doing for the alignment in the order you are doing them. Perhaps I will be able to determine where you are going wrong.
first i set the dial that angles the scope up and down to zero. then i use the compass to align the scope with polar north like the book is telling me. then i use the 2 star easy alignment like it directs me to but it does not align to anything that it is supposed to.Mike here: OK, first off, be certain you have selected the correct site location from the Autostar's Site menu. Then be certain you have selected the right telescope model and mounting mode. Next be certain you have entered the correct date, time, daylight savings settings. THEN you are ready to put the telescope in the proper HOME position. Does the manual say to use Magnetic North (which is what the compass points out) or True Polar North (which is where the Earth's rotational axis points)? You need to use True North, which can differ up to about 20 degrees, depending upon your location, from Magnetic North. If you can see the "North Star", Polaris, use that to indicate where along the northern horizon True North is. Next level the telescope tube; the indicator may or may not be accurate. From here on, do as you said, picking the 2 star easy alignment. If you are uncertain where the alignment stars are in the sky, see the article "Alignment/High Precision/Star Charts" on the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page. Normally these stars will be the brightest stars in the direction the telescope is pointed. That's assuming you started with the proper HOME position.
Subject: telescope alignment Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 19:51:32 From: dubcity79 (email@example.com) I got a meade ds 114 for christmas and i am having a world of trouble aligning it. It has the autostar control with it. I was wondering if i were to point it to the moon manually and then sync it or train it onto the moon will that align it with everything else? If not do you have any suggestions on how to do the alignment. This is my first telescope and I need major help. Someone please help me. JamesMike here: I suggest reading the manual three times and working with the telescope indoors until you understand the steps. Then go outside in the dark. If you are still confused, read through the Alignment Tips on the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page. While these are for the ETX models, they should still help you understand the steps. And no, don't SYNC to the Moon.
Subject: Questions regarding viewfinder on Meade DS-114AATE Sent: Saturday, December 25, 2004 10:55:59 From: Heather Waterman (firstname.lastname@example.org) I received the above stated model Meade telescope for Christmas. This is the first telescope I've ever owned. When I look through the viewfinder everything is upside down. Is this suppose to be this way or is something wrong with the viewfinder? This might be a dumb question, but I just don't know. Thanks EricMike here: I suspect that you will find this discussed in the telescope's manual. This is normal for an astronomical telescope's finderscope.
Subject: Astronomy Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 05:37:13 From: e.saxon (email@example.com) I am not new to the night sky, however, to my X-Mass gift wich is in pieces as I write. It is a Meade product (DS90ATA) with the Autostar 494 Computer Controller. I put it together and the elevation worm scew fell off; my wife got me another one and then the elevation motor would not work. This thing has plastic cogs which I am not too happy with. Any suggestions it would help. EricMike here: Not certain where things went wrong but since it is new I suggest contacting the dealer for an exchange.
Subject: Autostar 494 Errors Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 10:25:07 From: Luster, Grady L. (GLLUSTER@southernco.com) You seem to be quite a resource on this subject and I could sure use some advice. I just received a DS114 with 494 Autostar for Christmas from my wife. The first day or two of sky searching were great. Then, it just started skewing vertically (Alt) in a random fashion, mostly toward higher elevations. After short time, "Motor Unit Failure" appeared on the display. I reset autostar and tried again. It seemed to work for a short while, then same thing. I changed batteries and reset again. Then it began skewing vertically until it hit the mount and kept right on skewing until it pulled the plug on the battery supply. Now, when I turn it on, it goes through the copyright message and most of the time goes to a blank display. I am thinking about one more thing before I send it back. I am going to swap the Atl and Az motor drives, then see if I can get past the blank screen to do a reset. Then, if it goes to runaway in the Az direction, it may indicate that I have a bad drive unit. Any thoughts or direction would be greatly appreciated! Please respond to my home email at Tinkerer992@yahoo.com Thanks!! Grady LusterMike here: If you can get to the menus, do a CALIBRATE. Otherwise you may be out of luck. Whether it is a bad Autostar or a bad circuit somewhere else, hard to say. But since it is new you shouldn't have any problem with an exchange. By the way, please read the Email Etiquette page on the ETX site for info on email addresses. Thanks for understanding.
Subject: DS-90ATA question From: Jackie Woodman (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: December 2, 2004 11:21:09 PST My husband and I are looking at a telescope at Sam's Club the Meade Autostar 90mm. (DS-90ATA,90mm Aperture; 1000mm f/11 focal length, 6x30mm view finder)We are strictly newbies where telescopes are concerned. (Do they sell a Stars for Dummies book?) We want a good deal (for the money) andsomething that is very easy to use. This one is computer driven and will make it so we can actually see something, and hopefully know what we're looking at. It says it's powerful enough to see the rings of Saturn, though I'm doubtful. Is this a telescope that is easy to use, and will actually help two people who don't know what they're doing really see something cool? Frankly, I'm afraid of buying it and then having someone tell me it's a piece of crap and for $10 more I could have bought ABC telescope and that it's MUCH better. Thanks! JackieMike here: Check the November 2004 DS feedback page in the Feedback Archives. I have some brief comments about this model.
Subject: TELESTAR DS-60 From: CLICKSTER130@aol.com Date: December 1, 2004 17:38:53 PST I JUST CAME ACROSS A DS-60 REALY CHEAP AND GOT IT FOR MY SON.I DONT KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT,BUT FROM LOOKING AT PICS OF THEM ON THE NET,I NOTICED THAT THE BARLOW LENS IS MISSING.IT HAS TWO OTHER LENSES,BUT I DONT GET A VERY GOOD VIEW OF ANYTHING..ANY ADVICE?? CAN IT BE USED WITH OUT THE BARLOW?? THANKS,M.CLICKMike here: A Barlow Lens is used to double (or triple) the magnification of eyepieces. So, no, it is not needed. But one can be useful. Or you can purchase additional eyepieces.
Subject: Re: (Your) Tips on 1st Purchase, again Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 19:05:46 From: Kenneth DeFilippo (email@example.com) thanks for your prompt response..............I hope you don't mind, I've attached a photo of the telescope I had wanted to purchase as my "First" for your comments. I understand it is equipped with an equatorial tripod. I think that is correct. I hope you can download the hyperlink successfully. Regards, Ken DeFilippoMike here: For the price, OK. However, it is not a GOTO model and has no easy capability for upgrading to an Autostar. This means you will have to learn the night sky and how to navigate around it. It isn't hard; people have done that for centuries! One other point; it is a discontinued model.
Thanks for your assessment on the Meade 114EQ-AST telescope. I noted your comment on it being a discontinued model. However, all of the sites that feature this scope, refer to it as a "NEW" model. How can I verify this? Thanks, KenMike here: Contact Meade. Their 800# is on their web site.
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