DS MODELS USER FEEDBACK
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade DS telescope models. Accessories and Feedback items appropriate to the ETX models are posted on other pages as appropriate. 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.
Subject: DS-90 home page Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 13:06:19 From: Dave.Myers@axacs.com I wanted to thank you for all the help your page has given me. I decided to go ahead and make a brief page devoted to the DS-90EC, the url is here: http://www.mindspring.com/~dwmyers/ds90ec.html Thanks, David.
Subject: re: DS-90 questions Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2001 11:54:14 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (richard seymour) To: Dave.Myers@axacs.com > 3. Non-Autostar electrical drive controller. > When initially plugged in, all four LED lights blink simultaneously. > Touching *any* button on the controller causes the scope > to skew to the right and up about 25-30 degrees rapidly. That is normal behaviour. (isn't it in the manual? it was in my ETX90 manual for its default hand controller). The systems is performing what the Autostar calls a "Calibration" to determine how fast to run the motors for sidereal drive. > Power cord fall-out. If Meade supplies a 10-battery holder, that mneans they're expecting 15 volts... the DS- may work well with 12v, but 4504's (an Equatorial mounted DS-114) get touchy below 11.5 volts. The 4504, with counterweights is relatively massive and takes power to move. Check to see if your 494 has a "Cord Warp" function under "Utilites". IF so, turn it "on". That tells the scope to not keep spinning in a wrap-the-cord direction... it'll go the other way once in a while. Otherwise: masking tape. have fun --dick
Subject: DS-90EC Sent: Friday, July 20, 2001 11:37:37 From: Dave.Myers@axacs.com I purchased one of these a few weeks back, and I'd be curious what other people have to say about this scope. The optics seem good enough, considering my viewing conditions (I've split the double double under horrible Atlanta skies, split Polaris, observed detail on Mars, etc), but there are nagging problems with the mount and the motor drives, the non-Autostar drive controller and the power supply cord I'd love to hear some feedback on. I'll address these in no particular order: 1. motor drives: These are attached to the mount by knurled knobs and once attached, often can be detached while carrying the scope outside. More so, they are also easy to misthread and the quality of the threading is just ordinary (I've seen excellent plastic threading on Pharmacia liquid chromatography equipment). But more so, it's the tendency to occasionally 'pop off' that worries me. I guess this leads to a question: is there a preferred way to carry the Meade mount? Would this recommendation change when the OTA is attached to the mount or not? 2. Mount. tiny problem unassociated with the motor drive issue. The feet are soft plastic and occasionally come off I'd like to just glue them on permanently. 3. Non-Autostar electrical drive controller. This acts *very* weird when powered up. When initially plugged in, all four LED lights blink simultaneously. Touching *any* button on the controller causes the scope to skew to the right and up about 25-30 degrees rapidly. Afterwards the drive controller settles down and works properly. The LEDs no longer blink and one LED light displays, showing the speed of the motor drive properly. Is this: a. a drive controller problem? b. a drive motor problem? c. a mount problem? d. a 'feature' of the drive controller? I'll note, that when the #495 Autostar is plugged in, this problem is not seen at all. 4. power supply cord. To explain I have the AC/DC adapter and I've taken the 12V adapter cord, and attached it to a sealed 12V power supply (One of these batteries that Sears sells, to start cars. They're *awesome* replacements for the 10 AA batteries that Meade normally supplies. For one, they're rechargable and reusable). When you skew the telescope for more than 90 degrees at a time, very often this power cord pulls out. This is no fun. For one, all setup information is lost, any alignment is lost, you're just screwed. Cursory examination of the plug that connects into the mount suggests this plug is a little loose. Any fixes? I don't think power is supplied by the barrel of the power plug itself into the mount; would a little Play-Doh or other 'stiffening' agent help with this power issue? The one half fix I've found so far is to loop the power cord over the OTA and bring it down and back into the mount. It works mostly, but it's awfully ugly. Any help appreciated, David.
Subject: Website about "DS Mount Conversions" Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 15:34:14 From: email@example.com (hpwallner) my website on "DS Mount Conversions" is up now. Could you please add it to your linklist? If you need webspace -just delete my photos at your "Autostar-info page." I`m in contact with people who want to convert their CG-5 mounts -I hope I can post some pics on my site soon. http://members.aon.at/wallnerstelescopes/ Thanks again and fine weather for your ETX star party. Peter Wallner
Subject: DS Mount conversions Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2001 21:02:25 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (hpwallner) Hello DS owners, I`m putting together a website about converted DS-telescopes. I think most of you know Steve Bedair`s mounts. They will be on my site too. I use the DS -motors to drive my 12 years old C8 Super Polaris mount. If someone of you has converted his/her mount I would be glad to post some pics on my page. Thanks and happy GoTo Peter Wallner
Subject: re: focuser on a DS-114 Sent: Monday, July 9, 2001 22:54:19 From: email@example.com (richard seymour) To: firstname.lastname@example.org As Mike said, you have to plug the focuser's cord into the AUX jack on the DS-114's base. Then the Autostar will "see" it and add it to the items shown when you lean on the MODE key. It is also possible to upgrade your 495 to a full 497 by simply using the A2.4 Updater and setting the 495 into FLASH LOAD before starting the procedure. Use a *new* A2.4 kit, since that will put the 21eK firmware into the Ephemerides folder. Previous updaters will *not* do this. Once you have loaded 21eK, you can then also access Focus by pressing the zero (0) key during normal operations. have fun --dick
Subject: DS-16 Sent: Friday, July 6, 2001 14:39:43 From: Xzz41@cs.com I have recently acquired a Meade DS-16 with AC motor in pieces. The parts I have include the tube, the base and the mirror. The person who gave it to me purchased it about 13 years ago. I am having problems finding good, valuable information on this telescope including owners' manuals, other books, photos, etc. Any information you have, including magazine articles, books, manuals, etc., would be extremely helpful to me. If you could provide photocopies of any manuals, I would be happy to reimburse you for your time and effort as well as for the cost of materials to a certain extent. Also, I am curious to know where I could find the other parts needed to complete the telescope. Thank you for your time and cooperation. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Mark Gilbert email@example.com
Subject: Hoping you can help Sent: Wednesday, July 4, 2001 10:40:43 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard La Cour) I have had no luck from meade, so I'm hoping you can help. I've checked alot of your site, but cannot find the answer to my problem. I have a DS-114 scope and just purchased a 1240 focuser. The Autostar says to hold mode down for 2 seconds and turn on the focus settings from the menu. I don't have the focus setting. It has location instead. I have upgraded to the "i" (believe the most current) version of the autostar 495. The EC control which comes with the scope wont register the focus IN/OUT either. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any input. - RichardMike here: I think I recall seeing some postings along this line. The solution was to plug the focuser into the proper port. But I don't know if that applies to the DS models.
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