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Subject:	still havin problems
Sent:	Tuesday, December 28, 2004 21:08:12
From:	dubcity79 (dubcity79@sbcglobal.net)
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?
                                     james
Mike 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.

And:

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 (dubcity79@sbcglobal.net)
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.
                    James
Mike 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 (lipstickmonkey@msn.com)
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
 
Eric
Mike 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 (e.saxon@briloon.org)
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.

Eric
Mike 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 Luster
Mike 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 (jackie.woodman@vgm.com)
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!

Jackie
Mike 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.CLICK
Mike 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 (constrmgronsite@optonline.net)
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 DeFilippo
Mike 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.

And:

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,

Ken
Mike here: Contact Meade. Their 800# is on their web site.

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