DS, DSX, OLDER MODELS FEEDBACK
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 (email@example.com) 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! Regards, - David MilunicMike 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Az/RA=4.562963 Alt/DEC=4.562963 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 model". (b) join the 4504 Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Meade4504Telescopes/ ... 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: http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_schematic.html (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 --dick
Subject: meade 4504 controller Sent: Sunday, July 8, 2012 16:30:25 From: darren lee (email@example.com) 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, Darren.Mike here: Apologies for the delayed response. As mentioned on the Announcements: Site page on my ETX Site, I currently have limited email access.
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