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Last updated: 22 July 2012

This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade DS, DSX, and some older 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 for posting. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message per the Site Email Etiquette. Thanks. Remember, tips described on this site may invalidate the warranty on your telescope or accessories. Neither the submitter nor myself are responsible for any damage caused by using any contributed tips.

Subject:	Assembly of DS-114 head
Sent:	Saturday, July 21, 2012 05:26:59
From:	Dave Milunic (
Love your page!

My DS-114 is sticking badly in the azimuth axis. A little lithium grease
helped, but I think I need to a.disassemble the axis for a thorough
cleaning and lubrication. How do you detach the mount from the tripod to
expose the axel that the azimuth is rotating on?

Thanks for any advice you can give!


- David Milunic
Mike here: There are a few DS tips on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page on my ETX Site. Check there.

Subject:	re: meade 4504 controller
Sent:	Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:24:11
From:	richard seymour (
You have (at least) three options:
(a) you can use a 495 or 497 Autostar on your 4504.
Just select any LXD model (i use the SC 8) and change the "gear ratios" to
The LXD's are German Mounts, like the 4504, so it will engage "meridian
flip", etc.

(a-1) you can update the 495/497 firmware with our "patch kit", choosing
the option which gives the 497 the knowledge of the 4504 as a "known

(b) join the 4504 Yahoo group:
... you'll find kindred spirits all over the world

(c) you could open up the controller and (at least) test the 5 volt regulator.
The 4504 controller is mechanically/electronically the same as the 494 Autostar
(but the programming is different).  There's a photo of its insides at:

(d) advertise "wanted" on your local internet sites ... you might get lucky.
(e) ((did i say "three?")) visit local astronomy clubs... someone may
have a 4504 in their closet.

good luck

Subject:	meade 4504 controller
Sent:	Sunday, July 8, 2012 16:30:25
From:	darren lee (
Hi there, hope you can shed some light on my problem. i have a meade
4504 and the handset was working perfectly until tonight when i pulled
the plug out of the wall while it was aligning. now the handset still
has power but the red led display does not load correctly, instead it
just has black squares. hope you can help,
Mike here: Apologies for the delayed response. As mentioned on the Announcements: Site page on my ETX Site, I currently have limited email access.
Interrupted power with an AutoStar #494 as been known to corrupt the software in the AutoStar. Unfortunately there is no user installable software for the 494. If you have the 497, it could still be corrupted but you can reload version 4.3Eg yourself if that is the problem. It could also be that the brightness or contrast is messed up. Feel your well through the menu tree (or shine a light at the display) to get to those settings.

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