Last updated: 30 November 2005
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade Autostar Suite. 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. (The Lunar Planetary Imager, LPI, is covered in the Helpful Information - Astrophotography area.)
Subject: lpi problem Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 16:24:40 From: steve harper (email@example.com) just picked up my etx125 from opt yesterday. great deal. is there such a thing as an etx125at or are they all 125ec's. any ways can not get to your site today for some reason but i cant start the lpi program. my laptop screen does not have the auto adj and live button. any help? steve harperMike here: Yes, the box says "EC" but the included items (Autostar, tripod) make the package the "AT" model.
tried 600 res. and 800 and still noluckMike here: Here's a tip on the current Autostar Suite feedback page:
I have tried changing the resolution on my laptop but no matter where I have it the auto adj and start buttons are not there. I printed out the manual for this and the pictures show all the buttons. Button 1 is gain / offset. 2 is expose, 3 is auto adj 5 is live. I have none of these. I have changed my dpi so small I could hardly see anything and still no luck. Any help from anyone? Thanks Steve
Subject: No Save Process Button or Start/Stop Button Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 19:53:58 From: Rlm53038@aol.com (Rlm53038@aol.com) I installed Meade's Autostar Suite on a Windows 98se program and I can get live images on the screen but I have no Save Process Button and no Statr/Stop Button canyou give me some ideas? Thanks, DickMike here: Have you tried changing the screen resolution so that you can see more of the application window?
I owe you much thanks your suggestion on the screen resolution solved my problem now I can proceed. Never had the resolution cut off a portion of my screen before. Thanks again! Dick
Subject: USB to Serial Converter Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 17:39:43 From: Jim Goddard (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mike, first of all your site is greatly needed and appreciated by all Meade users. My question is: Can you recommend a USB to Serial Converter that actually works with the Autostar Suite software, a Toshiba Satellite P35 laptop and the Autostar 497 controller. I have spent a small fortune on cables, connectors, adapters etc. and as yet I have found none that work. My ETX 125 EC, Autostar 497 and the Autostar Suite software works well with my Desktop PC using a Serial connection. My last converter purchase was the Radio Shack 26-183 converter and it absolutely will not communicate. I tried a Prolific converter with limited succcess, one connect in about 10 tries. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for a great and very useful site. Jim Goddard Tazewell, VirginiaMike here: I don't have that configuration but I can say that my Keyspan Twin USB-serial adapter works fine with the Autostar and my Macintosh running Mac OS X. Several Windows users have reported problems with Belkin adapters when used with the Autostar. Of course, there is also the Meade adapter.
I recently inquired if you could recommend a good USB to Serial converter. I finally found one that works very well. I paid $13.00 for it as compared to the Radio Shack model which costs $40. For anyone who might be having the same problem I can suggest the GMUS-03 model from techsunny.com for $13.50 & free shipping. I also have a question concerning the tracking motor in my etx-125ec. The motor does not sound smooth & constant as I think it should. Instead it makes an unsteady sound as though the motor shaft was bent. Does this indicate a problem? Thanks for ALL your help Jim GoddardMike here: Have you done a CALIBRATE MOTORS and TRAIN DRIVES? Also, keep in mind that the drives are running in a stepping process to track in Alt/Az.
Subject: DSI Pro Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2005 23:09:29 From: Robert Zaballa (email@example.com) I have a question about the DSI Pro, and wasn't sure where to post my question. When I have the camera hooked up to my computer and I am in the Envisage program, I don't see the start button anywhere. Any suggestions? Thanks.Mike here: I presume you mean the Windows "Start" button. I'm no Windows expert (since it is not my preferred OS) but there is a way to make it appear "on top" of all application windows; check the Control Panel settings.
The start button to which I am referring is the start button (to start taking images) in Autostar Envisage, the new program for DSI Pro. I also don't see the option to save procedure. Instead, all I see is "save all uncombined bmps." The start button is supposed to be all the way to the right of everything else in the Envisage window, but it is simply not there, it's weird. I thought there was some way to alter the settings, but I don't where that option is in this new program. Thanks again.
And a solution:
I have solved the problem with the Envisage software. If you post my previous question post the solution given here with it: Problem solved: Adjust the DPI to a lower setting than the one you currently have. With Windows XP and 2000 right click on the Desktop> Properties> Settings Tab> Advanced> DPI Setting. If you are already on normal... try custom and make them small. I hope this helps. Robert
Subject: controlling a nexstar 8i with meades autostar suitesoftware Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2005 18:55:19 From: Butson, Martin (ButsonM@iahs.nsw.gov.au) I have a nexstar 8i scope and recently purchased the DSI imager whic comes with the autostar suite software. Can you control the nexstar scope with the suite software at all. I have a nexremote software control for the laptop to scope connection running through a usb/serial converter. However whenever I try to "connect" the autostar suite software to the scope in any form I just get, can't connect messages. Any help or pointers. All the best Martin B Wollongong, AustraliaMike here: The Autostar Suite software uses the Autostar for some of its operations. You can use the imager portion of the software for imaging with the DSI however.
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