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Subject:	DS90ATA Manual
Sent:	Friday, July 29, 2005 15:09:54
From:	Bob Bils (bils@rcf.usc.edu)
Do you know where I can get an instruction manual for the DS90ATA ?
     Thanks,  Bob Bils
Mike here: See the FAQ page for info on manuals.
Subject:	114EQ-DH4 - in download!!!
Sent:	Thursday, July 28, 2005 07:11:50
From:	jerry manaois (renaissance1002@yahoo.com)
Hi, i'm newbie @ telescope and just purchase meade 114eq-dh4, i was
try'n to train the scope aiming the light pole @ day time everythings
work perfect when i was finished training it and unplug the autostar and
battery not to drain power, on the next day my autostar does'nt work
anymore, When i connect the autostar (c) 00 Meade [1.0] Starfinder
lights up (LCD) in a few seconds the lights turn off and it shows in
download in gray screen, Can you pls help me to fix my telescope, Thanks
in advance.
Mike here: Unfortunately there is no user installable software for the Starfinder. Contact Meade.

And:

Thanks for your quick reply, you have the best website, keep up the good
work, I'll call meade tom.

Subject:	Re: Meade DS114 adjustment
Sent:	Tuesday, July 26, 2005 11:07:15
From:	dbaxter67@comcast.net (dbaxter67@comcast.net)
Thank you. I thought something was wrong.
 
--
Dee Baxter, LS

Subject:	Meade DS114 adjustment
Sent:	Saturday, July 23, 2005 20:18:45
From:	dbaxter67@comcast.net (dbaxter67@comcast.net)
I found your web site and thought maybe you could help me. My dad has
just given me the telescope and when I set it up, I have noticed that
after centering it on a star the vertical alignment will move a little.
Or maybe I should say that it is a little loose. I have made sue that
the knob is tight, but it just seems to have some play in it. The motor
works well in both directions. Any thoughts you might have?
 
Thanks
Dee Baxter, LS
Indy
Mike here: If you mean that you can move the telescope tube by hand, yes, that is to be expected as the locks are just friction locks. Normally you will move the telescope with the handcontroller.
Subject:	Meade telescope focus question
Sent:	Wednesday, July 20, 2005 22:44:17
From:	Darrin (dalin@lingletech.com)
Hi. I was wondering if you could tell me what the approximate minimum
focus distance is on a meade ds-2076 telescope. In other words, how far
away does an object need to be to come into focus?

Darrin 
Mike here: I don't have one but it should be in the manual.
Subject:	re: Meade 4504 alignment problems
Sent:	Monday, July 11, 2005 22:12:17
From:	Richard Seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
I wonder if your 494 is really for the non-4504 models of telescope?
Does the label around the display screen say "Starfinder" (the 4504 flavor),
or does it say "Autostar"?  If "Autostar", see if you have a 
Setup > Telescope > Telescope Model   menu.  If so, you won't see the
4054, and that's probably the root problem.
In a Starfinder, you aren't offered a Telescope Model, since the 4504
is the only model it knows.

There is a Yahoo group dedicated to the 4504, it's at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Meade4504Telescopes/

Another approach is to replace the 494 with a 497, which can
be reprogrammed (via my patch kits, or simply by choosing an
LXD model and changing the Ratio settings to 
RA=4.562963   DEC=4.562693

have fun
--dick

Subject:	re: Info for DS-80 Meade w/Autostar
Sent:	Monday, July 11, 2005 22:06:27
From:	Richard Seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
To flesh out Mike's answer, if you do NOT have a numeric keypad on
your Autostar (hence, a 494), you will need a Meade 506 cable/converter
to make the connection between the scope's AUX socket and the PC.
Those retail for about us$30 at dealers who carry the DS-80.
(or on the web).

You will still require a DB-9 COM port on your PC, or the USB to serial
adapter.

have fun
--dick
And:
From:	Edward C Hass (tahoeartisan@yahoo.com)
By jove I think I undestand it.....from tahoeartisan

Subject:	Info for DS-80 Meade w/Autostar
Sent:	Saturday, July 9, 2005 11:18:50
From:	Edward C Hass (tahoeartisan@yahoo.com)
The Autostar I have has a "Keypad" as part of the package with the Meade
DS-80 Scope.

What I can not seem to understand is what Connector Cable is required to
allow my Toshiba Tecra 8100 lap top to drive the DS-80.

Can this Connector Cable be purchased from most any PC Retailer or must
it have been designed by Meade and then purchased thru one of thier
representative companys ?
Mike here: If it says "Autostar" at the top and has number keys on the keypad, then you can buy or make a #505 serial cable. If you want to make one (easy) see the cable info on the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page. Note: you will need a real RS-232 serial port on your computer; otherwise you will need to get a USB-serial converter (I've had good results with my Keyspan one on my Macintosh).
Subject:	Meade 4504 alignment problems
Sent:	Wednesday, July 6, 2005 09:32:22
From:	Rob Reab (RobReab@tntech.edu)
I hesitate to send this because, I suspect you keep pretty busy and
don't want to bother you with newbie type questions. Perhaps you can
point me in the right direction, if you have the time.

Some time back, I purchase a used Meade 4504 with the 494 controller off
of ebay. After many attempts, I've about come to the conclusion that
I've been "taken" and purchased a bad scope.

I just can't get through the alignment successfully. Months ago, I
frequented the newsgroups and lot's of websites trying to be sure I'm
following the correct procedures. I keep pretty busy with my main job as
a network support person at Tennessee Tech  University and then after
work with my "side business" doing computer support for small businesses
and homes around town. I'll get out and have an evening with the scope
get frustrated and put it away for another few weeks. I have a great
interest in getting it going, but even after owning the scope for a
year, I'm still a newbie because I can't get it aligned. I guess you can
tell I'm frustrated because of my long-winded ranting.

The short of it is, when I go through the alignment, it tells me to set
it to polar north, which I do. I hit the enter key and it slews way off
(not just a little) to a ridiculous direction and tells me to realign
with polaris without using the hand control. I just doesn't seem
reasonable. I've tried assuming this was correct and attempting to
complete the process. Usually the scope ends up taking off by itself and
displaying an error message.

I've got my lat/long set correctly (I have a gps and mapping software
that I like to play with) and have starry night to help me find stars
until I get enough time with a working scope to be more familiar with
the sky.

Should I just call Meade to see if I should get it repaired? Should I
stick to newsgroups for support? Which one(s)? I don't have a local
Astronomy group to get together with.

Thanks in advance, if you have time to make some suggestions! -Rob

Rob Reab
Mike here: Did you get a manual? If not, check the Meade site for manuals (link on the FAQ page on my ETX Site). Also, have you done a CALIBRATE MOTORS and TRAIN DRIVES on the Autostar? Besides the location, check the date/time/DST setting in the Autostar.

And:

Thanks for the reply, Mike. I downloaded the pdf manual before I even
received the scope and been through Meade's procedure, done the
calibrate, train drives and set the date/time/dst settings.

I replaced the battery pack with a dc power supply to use near the house
or with an inverter when my car is nearby and have wondered if the
supply is a little too high. I've been thinking of hooking the batteries
back up and having another go at it. If nothing else, it will refresh my
memory as to exactly what the symptoms are if I need to have it repaired
or to pursue more online help. - Rob
Mike here: Be certain to CALIBRATE MOTORS each time you change the power source, including installing fresh batteries for weak ones.
Subject:	114eq-d
Sent:	Sunday, July 3, 2005 19:08:55
From:	Bob Wills (rawills@comcast.net)
Can I purchase a motor drive for this telescope to upgrade to auto tracking?
Mike here: Specifically, I am not familiar with that model and what would be required. However, see the article "Steve Bedair's "Go To" Mounts" on the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page. That may help you.
Subject:	Help?
Sent:	Saturday, July 2, 2005 11:42:51
From:	AlaineVT123@aol.com (AlaineVT123@aol.com)
I just received a meade telestar telescope Model # DS 2130 At as a gift, 
brand new from walmart. The owners manual was missing. I was told I
should be able to download one from the meade website but am having
problems can u direct me?
 
                                            Lainy
Mike here: PLEASE read the Email Etiquette page on the ETX Site; your message was originally DELETED UNREAD as SPAM due to the ambiguous subject line. Thanks for understanding.
See the FAQ page for info on manuals.
Subject:	re: confused (Autostar 494/506)
Sent:	Friday, July 1, 2005 07:49:54
From:	Richard Seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
>> Or Make it ? ( we have 50 --50 in electronics work..

No, it is impossible to home-build a 506 cable.  See:
http://24.237.160.4/files/astronomy/Autostar/506_cable/

It has a programmed component which "talks" the proprietary Meade
AUX port protocol.

There is a 497 Autostar offered for $75 at: http://www.astrofieds.com
(at least, it was there last night)

You -can- home-build a 505 cable.  see:
http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_cable505.html

have fun
--dick


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