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Last updated: 23 June 2010
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Subject:	Meade DSX-90AT
Sent:	Monday, June 21, 2010 18:16:59
From:	MARION (mlynnmarion@verizon.net)
My name is Michael and live in Salem, IN.  I googled and found your
site, it has a lot of good information for a beginner like myself.  I
just bought a used scope that came with only a 26mm eyepiece.  If you
have the time, would you mind sending me a list of eyepieces I should
buy?  I can see the whole moon with the 26mm but, would like to see if
it will focus to a smaller area.  I do not know if this scope has the
performance that I would like to have or if more eyepieces will do the
job.  Thanks for your time.  Did you go to school with Mellencamp? haha
michael marion
Mike here: See the Helpful Information: Buyer/New User Tips page for suggestions on eyepieces for the ETX (which are also appropriate for the DSX-90). Keep in mind the theoretical maximum magnification for any telescope (see the ETX FAQ page if you are unsure about this value). Yes, I went to school (Seymour, IN) with a Mellencamp, just not THAT Mellencamp.

And:

Thanks for the reply.  I just do not have the experience or knowledge to
figure out how each eyepiece will effect viewing.  Since the scope only
came with the p26mm, if you were to only buy one or two pieces, which
would you buy?
thanks
mike
Mike here: That's why the eyepiece simulators on that web page are handy. But choosing which ONE additional eyepiece to get will depend somewhat on how you plan to use the telescope. For example, if you want to view large areas of the moon or sky, you'll want a long focal length wide angle eyepiece. If you want to get more magnification on the moon and planets, then you'll want a short focal eyepiece. If you want to view deep sky objects like galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae, then you'll want a moderately short focal length eyepiece. Ah, decisions, decisions, decisions. If you want to get just ONE accessory, get a 2X Barlow Lens ("shorty" style). That will turn your 26mm eyepiece into the equivalent of a 13mm eyepiece when used with the Barlow Lens. Then, as you add more eyepieces, you effectively double your eyepiece collection.

And:

I had just finished looking that the eyepiece comparison slides using
the 26 and 9.7.  I have a lot more more to learn before I buy too much
equipment. I will purchase a barlow and a 9.7 for starters.  Thanks
again for the help. I hope you always have clear skys.
mike

Subject:	Re: Run away DS motor
Sent:	Monday, June 7, 2010 09:18:46
From:	richard seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
(from may 15, on the DS_DSX page)
(Andrew Cloud wrote me directly on the 23rd, and we worked it out...
here's a "more public" version for other readers)

> Any idea why after I did an update to E43gg(26) I can't set the cord
> wrap to "off". Even after I did a meede update back to E43ef (or
> whatever it is) I still can't change the cord wrap. I'm pretty sure
> I could before I updated to E43gg.

Cord Wrap >ON    is the standard locked-in setting by Meade's firmware.

The various parts of a patch kit can be activated as described in the
kit's ReadMe. (i supply the kit with a safe, useful, set of options
activated)

One of the optional patches that is -not- active ("checked") by default
is the ability to "unlock" the Cord Wrap function for models that have
"hard stops".

To unlock/activate the Cord Wrap feature, either (with StarPatch) tick
the [Cord Wrap] option, or (manually) locate the "[Cord Wrap]" line in
the patch43ggXX.txt file and change the "S=UNchecked" line that follows
it to  "S=checked"

have fun
--dick

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