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Last updated: 30 November 2005

This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade DS telescope models. Accessories and Feedback items appropriate to the ETX models are posted on other pages as appropriate. 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.


Subject:	Lenses?
Sent:	Monday, November 28, 2005 18:55:02
From:	cwrlbas (stoffelr@consolidated.net)
Thanks for the reply.

I have no idea what kind of additional lenses to get.

How do I know what size to buy?

What would you recommend for a DS127  F/8?

Thanks ,
BAS
Mike here: Keep in mind the maximum theoretical magnification for any telescope; see the FAQ page if you don't know how to calculate this. Seeing objects well at higher magnifications will require you to train yourself how to see objects. While it is possible to exceed the max on bright objects like the Moon and brighter planets, you may find the views somewhat less than pleasing at times. That said, I suggest starting with a 2X Barlow Lens. Then as you add more eyepieces later you can effectively double their number by using the Barlow Lens. See the Accessory Reviews: Eyepieces page for more info as well as the Helpful Information: Buyer/New User Tips page.
Subject:	parts for DS 127 F/8
Sent:	Saturday, November 26, 2005 12:20:24
From:	cwrlbas (stoffelr@consolidated.net)
We need a new battery pac for our Meade DS127 F/8 Digital Electronic
Series telescope , and would llike to get some more lenses.  Have a 9 MH
9mm, and  a MA25mm.  Any idea where I can get these? Do you have any
suggestions for other lenses?

Thanks,
BAS

P.S. I just sent you an email - left out the fact that the telescope is
a Meade DS127 EC F/8. Don't know if that makes any  difference!
Mike here: All telescope dealers will have eyepieces. As to a battery pack replacement, try Meade first; they may send you one for free.
Subject:	re: Meade 4504with 494 starfinder single HBX port.
Sent:	Tuesday, November 22, 2005 18:50:48
From:	richard seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
Instructions for creating an AUX port suitable for a 506
cable/converter on a 4504 telescope is at:
http://www.weasner.com/etx/techtips/ds_auxport.html

have fun
--dick

Subject:	Meade 4504with 494 starfinder single HBX port.
Sent:	Tuesday, November 22, 2005 09:53:23
From:	John O'Brien (john.obrien10@ntlworld.com)
Thanks for a great site,

Just to confirm my thoughts as ive bought a 506 converter kit for serial
port, to use starry night pro 5 as control for my scope. As ive only a
single HBX port (8pin) As the end not connected to the serial port as a
small 4 pin (Looks like RJ22) coming of it, & the HBX port as 8 pins
looks like it wont fit yet I was told it would, Please Help as im New to
astronomy & could do with the Advice,Thanks,John.
Mike here: The #506 connects to a port on the ETX refractor models. It doesn't connect to a HBX or Autostar port.
Subject:	Re: reviews on the Meade DS-114aate with autostar
Sent:	Monday, November 21, 2005 06:50:41
From:	Richard V Poss (rvposs@usgs.gov)
Thanks Mike for your quick response.  Based on the information I read
from user comments, I ordered my scope.  Meade has a factory outlet
store online for referbished and discontinued items and has this scope
for sale for $149.  That includes shiping and handeling as well as sales
tax.  I thought that some of the readers of your site might find this
info helpful when desiding to buy.

thank you again and I hope to have many years of star gazing enjoyment
with my new scope.
Rick

Subject:	Models
Sent:	Friday, November 18, 2005 19:41:52
From:	Julio Canela (jcanela@cfl.rr.com)
I want to know wich model is the best between Meade DS-114 telescope and
Meade DS-2090 AT-TC.
Thanks,
Julio.
Mike here: First off, please read the Email Etiquette item on the ETX Home Page; your message was originally handled as SPAM due to the subject line.
As to your query, "best" for what purpose? How do you plan to use a telescope, deep sky observing, Moon observing, planet viewing, and what are your expectations?

And:

I do not have any knowledge about astronomy but I want to start now. Of
course if I buy a telescope is for view all the possible celestial corps
in the universe,that is why I am asking you as an expert in this kind of
instruments, what is the difference or wich one is the best between this
two models.
Thanks again for your attention.
Julio.
Mike here: You can read a user report on the DS-114 model on the Helpful Information: User Observations page. You can search the site for info on "ds-114" and "ds-2090" for other feedback. The 114 is a small reflector and the 2090 is a smaller aperture refractor. The larger the aperture the better the views of many objects. Based upon what you've told me, I suspect you will like the 114 better than the 2090.
Subject:	reviews on the Meade DS-114aate with autostar
Sent:	Friday, November 18, 2005 11:37:37
From:	Richard V Poss (rvposs@usgs.gov)
I have never used a telescope before.  I've been doing research and have
found the Meade DS-114aate reflector telescope with autostar for a
reasonable price.  I've been searching off and on for 3 days now lookinf
for user and product reviews for this product with no success.  I know
that you are not real familier with the DS series but have you heard
anything about this model???  Could you please point me in the right
direction or provide any reviews of this product???  All I want is a
nice scope that my daughter and myself could enjoy together.  Any help
would be welcome.
Mike here: Use the search capability on the ETX Site Home Page and search for "DS-114aate" and "DS-114ate"; you will find some comments. Broaden the Google search and you'll find even more comments.
Subject:	DS motor case repairs (case treaded holes)
Sent:	Wednesday, November 16, 2005 18:01:18
From:	Walther Loff (wloff@shaw.ca)
I am having difficulties with my DS motor cases;
The screw retaining the two half cases together and those of the gear
train became damaged when opened this motor assembly.

Have you ever come across information how to repair the loose screw
holes ??
 
looking forward to get this fixed
 
regards
 
Walther Loff
Mike here: You said the screw was damaged but you want to repair to the holes? Well, it might be simpler to replace the screw (take the bad one to your local hardware store). But if the holes have been damaged, what kind of damage has occurred?

And:

Pardon my choice of words. the tread in the bottom case is ripped from
un screwing the screws. the type of tread used on the screws is the
culprit as the case material is soft plastic.

I am a retired machinist/millwright by trade and removing a broken screw
is problem for me.

I need some sort of filler to repair the bottom cases.

I hope I am more specific about the problem at hand.
Mike here: Pardon my confusion but now you have a broken screw? As to a filler, I suspect that any filler, maybe even some of the "liquid metal" might work. Alternatively you can contact Meade; maybe they will send you a replacement cover.
Subject:	DS 60
Sent:	Monday, November 14, 2005 20:07:25
From:	Allen Sellick (sellick@uci.net)
A friend brought over a old DS 60 with a autostar # 975 with version 3.1
and it has creep and beep really bad. We were looking at your web page
and man are we confused as to what we need to do to up grade the
Autostar. can you give us a little help
 
thank you
 
Allen
Mike here: I don't recall a #975 Autostar but if not a #497, it can not be upgraded. However, creeping can be due to not doing a CALIBRATE MOTORS and TRAIN DRIVES.

And:

Sorry I meant # 495
But I will try the Calibrate first I don't want to give the Autostar a
lobotomy if i don't have to.
Thank you
Allen
Mike here: The #495 can be upgraded using the Autostar Update application (Windows only) from Meade's site (http://www.meade.com/support/auto.html). There are Mac OS X and Linux updaters available (see the Helpful Information: Autostar Info page on the ETX Site). You will need a #505 serial cable and a RS-232 serial port. You can buy the cable or make one yourself (see the Autostar Info page). When you complete the upgrade you will have a #497 Autostar.
Subject:	Meade DS2070 mount conversion
Sent:	Saturday, September 3, 2005 23:59:50
From:	Margaret Hassell (Mr.Jackal@btinternet.com)
From Ian, Burton on Trent, England
 
Firstly, what a brilliant site you have.
 
Can you advise, or has anyone ever fitted a larger telescope to a meade
DS 2070 goto mount? I know plenty have replaced the supplied scope with
better refractors etc but I`m thinking of a custom bracket to support a
127mm Mak which is twice the weight.

Is the Meade mount capable of taking a heavier load?
 
Many thanks
Ian

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