Last updated: 19 March 2004
Subject: #505 Cable and Connecting it Date: 3/16/04, 14:30 From: CJ (firstname.lastname@example.org) I was curious; when using telescope control software such as the freeware WinStars or the Star navigator software that came with my DS-114EC, do you connect the 505 cable to the Autostar controller (I have a 495), or do you connect the cable directly to the telescope, itself? Thanks much! CJMike here: The #505 cable connects to the Autostar itself, at least on the ETX models.
Subject: DS-2130AT Date: 3/15/04, 12:42 From: Richard Smith (email@example.com) I am having trouble with my telescope. I am trying to find a parts/repair manual for it, as it is no longer under warrenty. It slews left or right then stops, but the motor is still trying to slew the scope. I think maybe something is wrong with the gearing. Thank You Richard SmithMike here: Meade does not provide a repair manual or parts to end users. Sorry. If you are certain you need some parts, contact Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page).
Subject: Meade DS-2130AT Telescope Date: 3/13/04, 14:58 From: Joe Caggiano (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have been into astronomy since a child. I currently have an old Sears model 2" refractor that, for a department store model from the 70's, actually is pretty decent. However, I think it's about time for a new one since I have seen all I possibly can with this one. I have a few questions for you. I was considering purchasing a Meade Telestar DS-2130AT. The Wal-Mart near where I work has a few in stock. My primary concern is that it has an electronic star finder for navigating around the sky. I am not really too interested in these gizmos because I pretty much know where all the nebulae and star clusters are anyway. I have and am VERY familiar with star charts also. Can this model be used "manually" to change the telescope's pointing direction, or I am "forced" to use the battery eating, 50% of the time malfunctioning gizmo? Wal-Mart has this model and it comes with 4 eyepieces. The most powerful is a 9mm eyepiece. I currently have a 20mm, 12.5mm and a 6 mm eyepiece. These are 1.0" eyepieces. I can not find any info on the size eyepieces that the Meade uses. Do you know if they are 1.25" or 1" ? If they are 1" inch that would be great because I would have 7 eyepieces ranging from 25mm down to 6 mm. My final question is this: Would you recommend this scope? I enjoy looking at the planets, but my current 2 inch refractor leaves alot to be desired. I wanted an all-around telescope that with a small eyepiece (4 mm) I can get a powerful 225x out of the scope. This is well within the limits of what this scope should handle. (theoretically I should be able to max out at 260x). Any telescopes magnification can be achieved with a simple eyepiece change. What I really desired was an "affordable" medium sized reflector to see nebulae, Galaxies and star clusters on low power while having the ability to zoom in on planets pretty closely. Would you recommend this telescope? Joe CaggianoMike here: I have no experience with the DS models so I can't make any recommendation on it but people who have them seem to generally like them (for the price). Take a look at the Meade DS page (http://www.meade.com/catalog/ds2000/ds_meade.html); you will see that the DS-2130ATS model accepts 1.25" and 2" eyepieces; I don't know if this is the same for the AT model. Yes, you can use the telescope manually BUT the telescope Alt/Az mount uses the "gizmo" to track the sky once you have aligned it. You would have to make some modifications in the mount to be polar mounted and then set the "gizmo" to that mode; but you will still use the batteries.
And an update:
Thanks for your response. I have visited a Cutler Camera Shop that's been advertised in Astronomy and Sky and Telescope mags. Turns out they are litterally right around the corner from me. The guy was selling a Meade 114mm (4.5 in.) with 2 really nice Plossl eyepieces for $399.00. However, I have also gained interest in the Orion Spaceprobe 130EQ. I like the fact thats it's 5.1 inches vs. the Meades 4.5 inches. The Orion is online for $229.00. Big difference in price, plus a decent amount more aperature (over 1/2 inch). I figure if I go w/ the Orion for ALOT cheaper, I get more aperature and I can always buy the Plossl eyepieces further down the line. Have you heard any feedback about the Orion Reflectors? Thanks for your feedback. It is appreciated. JoeMike here: Sorry, no info on the Orion reflectors.
Subject: Question about Meade DS-2114 Date: 3/7/04, 06:07 From: email@example.com First, sorry about my english. I am a beginner and very much interested in astronomy. Now I would like to buy a Meade DS-2114 telescope. My question is, can i attach my Nikon Coolpix 995 camera at this telescope? thanks al lot PS: cool site greetings from austria Christian ProierMike here: Yes, you can. Checkout the Accessory Reviews - Astrophotography page. The Scopetronix Digi-T System is very popular.
Subject: Amperage of Meade model 4504 Date: 3/5/04, 19:35 From: Dan Kahraman (firstname.lastname@example.org) I woulf prefer to use a field battery (12V) on the Meade model 4504 instead of 10 AA batteries. What is the amperage that I should be using? The two plugs I have are 10 amperes and 5 amperes, both being 12V DC. Thanks, Dan KahramanMike here: I don't have one to check. There is a Yahoo Group for this telescope as I recall; you might check there.
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