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Last updated: 19 March 2004
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Subject: #505 Cable and Connecting it
Date: 3/16/04, 14:30
From: CJ (cj@primo-painting.com)
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!

                    CJ
Mike 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 (rcsmitty1@hotmail.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 Smith
Mike 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 (jcaggiano@mindspring.com)
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 Caggiano

Mike 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.

Joe
Mike here: Sorry, no info on the Orion reflectors.

Subject: Question about Meade DS-2114
Date: 3/7/04, 06:07
From: proier@a1.net
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 Proier
Mike 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 (ishtar66@look.ca)
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 Kahraman
Mike 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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