Last updated: 30 June 2005
Subject: Meade Digital Series Telescopes Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 11:29:02 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) I just saw the photo of the DS series telescope posted by Don Jones. If this is all that came with Don's scope, it's not a goto. It's missing motors, for one thing. Also, the Meade DS I bought came with a "hand control", which isn't an AutoStar, just a "dumb" controller that allows pointing the scope with four direction arrows at several selectable speeds. Finally, they come with a battery pack, which also doesn't appear in the photo. The first thing Don might want to look at is if there's a panel on the mount where the motors, power and controller all plug in. If there's no place to plug things in, it's not a goto.
Subject: Here is the web page for the DS replacment gears Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 00:33:45 From: bsquar (firstname.lastname@example.org) http://home.comcast.net/~bsquarbynes
Subject: Confused Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 20:11:46 From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) lWe have a DS2000 series Scope and need a cable to go to the PC The Original software say's it moves the scope & Meade Confirmed it We have been told buy 5 people that the 505 cable will work with the DS2000 (or 2130 ) scope (meade even told me find it) But were lost.. We were on your web site and seen lot's of answers but we are still lost Help Shed a little help on this subject.. PS Maby it's in your site and maby Not.. I'm disabled and need a little HELP!! Sincerly J Hunt email@example.comMike here: If you have the Autostar #497 (has number keys on the keypad) then the #505 cable will work fine. You can either buy one or make it yourself (simple, see the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page). If there are no number keys then you may (or may not, I'm certain) be able to use the #506 cable with the DS model. But it is not easily made since it includes special electronics in the cable.
Second Try for your HELP !! We emailed you and your response I thank you for... We have the 494 controller with our DS 2130 Meade Scope ( key pad) We bought the wrong cable in the internet last night 505 Thay said (at Meade ) Your need the 506 because the Electronics are in the hand set.. I guess I have to shop for a 497 Hand paddle... or... buy a 506 cable Or Make it ? ( we have 50 --50 in electronics work.. Thay told us at meade (today) if you put the Phone cable in the tripod and go to the computer ( it wil short out) Help !! If you can Sincerly J HuntMike here: Getting the #497 Autostar and a #505 cable is the better solution as you will be able to update the Autostar software.
Realy sorry.. You said getting the 497 & 505 Would be the better bet!! for updating the software... (in future) We were sent the 494 paddle from Meade because Our's went bad and all we wanted to do was control the scope from the computer.. (I'm disabled) We now have a 505 cable coming for Ebay (but we have the 494 paddle] We were told we can't find the 497 paddle and if we did we would pay $%$$$$$.. I'm so, dam confused Now Help! And Meade said cables for the 505 are obsolite and a keypad (your stupid to buy.. Sincerly Joe (PS Sorry for all the Emails looking for your helpMike here: #505 cable and #497 Autostar are not obsolete. The #505 cable will not work with the #494 Autostar.
Which would you CHOOSE !! 494 PAddle w/ order 506 cable or order 505 cable and as meade said" 150.00 for the padde... because we have the 494 we paid 250 for the scope and meade said it was a (VERY LOW PRO_FILE SCOPE>>Mike here: Well, for longevity the #497/#505 would be best. The #506 cable will cost you less than the #497 Autostar but you might find a used one.
Subject: Battery Pack for DS scopes Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2005 05:14:28 From: Bob Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Don Jones Don, The battery pack you are referring to holds 10 AA batteries. I have a DS114 and in my opinion AA batteries are not sufficient to supply enough amps through that long cord to supply the DS motors. What the DS scope want is a good steady supply of 12 volt power. It is not that the DS motors are power guzzlers; it is that in full speed slews the AA's are maxed out. Anyway the power connector is a coaxial power connector 5.5mm OD 2.5mm ID with center positive. Available at well stocked Radio Shacks. See: http://members.aol.com/kewtasheck/pinouts.html A lot of folks just get cigarette lighter adapter cords and use jump-start batteries. You could also buy some of those battery holders for C or D batteries from your nearby electronic parts stores and make your own holder. 8 C batteries should give you around 40 hours, depending how much driving the scope around the sky you do. Happy Motoring. Bob Rose
Subject: Meade Digital Series Telescopes Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2005 13:03:07 From: Don Jones (email@example.com) Hi! I saw your web page and have a question and appreciate your help. I have bought a DS-70 Meade Digital Series Refractor. It says it is compatable with the Autostar hand contoller. Do I just have to buy the hand conroller to make everything work? which hand controller? I have seen both #494 and #495 listed? There is nothing else in the way of control box, battery etc I would have to have? Thanks for your help...DonMike here: The #494, #495 (discontinued), and #497 all work. Your best choice is the #497 since it is user upgradeable and the #494 is not. However, if you can find a #495 you can upgrade it via software to a #497 using a computer and a #505 serial cable (which you can buy or make yourself). Your computer will need a serial port or you will need a USB to serial converter. The Autostar gets its power from the telescope so no extra batteries required.
Thank you Mike for taking your time to write today. This is my first telescope(I am a senior) and see the possibility if I like it, then I would want to upgrade. I can get the 494 or 495 pretty cheap off eBay, all I want to do is be able to find things in the sky. The 497 is much more expensive, if I use one of the others, won't it do what I want now and the later spend the money on total upgrade? Thanks...DonMike here: The #494 will certainly do what you need for the DS-70. It has a smaller database but that won't be a problem given the smaller size of the DS-70 telescope. If you want to control the telescope with a computer you will need the more expensive #506 serial cable (which can not be easily made) so you might want to factor that into your decision.
Thanks Mike you have answered my question Have a nice Day! DonAnd:
a 497 controller for ETX, will it also work on a DS? Thanks..DonMike here: yes
One more question please. I see pictures of a square battery pack that apparently attaches to the telescope and have seen them on eBay. I do not think mine has this, here is picture of what I have. DonMike here: While I'm not that familiar with the DS models I suspect the external battery pack is used to power the drives for tracking and slewing.
Subject: Meade DS 114 with AutoStar Sent: Sunday, June 5, 2005 05:40:43 From: The Love Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) I just purchased a DS 114 and am disappointed with the focusing mechanism. I know the control knob moves the lens in and out to focus but it is difficult to fine tune. The eyepiece actually moves up and down when you reverse directions with the focusing knob. Is this common? I also purchased a Barlow doubler but cannot get a clear image using it. It will just not allow me to get a sharp focus. Any suggestions? Thanks! EdMike here: I'm not familiar with the DS models so hopefully someome with that model will respond when I post your comment on the next Site update. As to the Barlow Lens, you didn't say what eyepiece you were using it with and whether the resulting magnification approaches or exceeds the theoretical maximum magnification for the telescope (see the FAQ page if you are uncertain how to determine the max magnification). It is also possible that the Barlow Lens you purchased will not work with the DS model and that eyepiece. You may need a DS model compatible one.
Subject: "Flight to the Right" workaround Meade DS127 mount Sent: Friday, June 3, 2005 23:44:08 From: Jackie Masters (email@example.com) The 30 November 2000 posting on this subject was of immense help to me - thanks for saving my sanity - it made no sense as to why the autostar would automatically undo my centering of the object a few seconds later - now I know how to fix it. I had to do the training trick (underdo the second half of the training - i.e., bring the object only about halfway back to center on the second half of the drive training routine) on the altitude as well. This is because I found a way to significantly reduce backlash on the altitude part of the mount by epoxying the star lock washer to the adjacent washer that has the tabs to fit into the grooves of the main screw. Thus, tightening the altitude knob more securely locks the gear through the lock washer to the screw. Loosening the knob still completely frees the gear allowing for free movement of the altitude adjustment. Less backlash means that the autostar overcorrects on object centering unless you use the training trick. With this improvement, I am able to successfully use this DS127 mount for my Meade AR5 refractor OTA, which is a fairly heavy scope. Thanks again for this site. Ron
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