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Subject:	Re: Run away DS motor
Sent:	Saturday, May 15, 2010 11:42:31
From:	Andrew Cloud (
The replacement motors seemed to do the trick.

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.

Mike here: Don't know why Cord Wrap is not changeable. Are you certain it is NOT changing? On some of the menu items, the ">" always defaults to the first item in the list, not the current setting.


I'll have to play with it again when I get a chance but no matter what I
did, when I went back to it it was ON (or so it says) befor eit would
change and say "off".
It really isn't that important !


Subject:	Run away DS motor
Sent:	Saturday, May 8, 2010 22:58:22
From:	Andrew Cloud (
Got any info on runaway DS motors.

It goto's and tracks and then decides to go off somewhre else all on
it's own.
What do you think ?
Andrew J. Cloud 
Mike here: Several possibilities: loose connections, bent or dirty pins in the HBX jack or connector, sticking AutoStar key, dirty encoders, low batteries, need for a CALIBRATE MOTOR, need for a TRAIN DRIVES. Check those for starters.


Thank you for the responce,
I'll check all these thigs out.


The motors are new. I just purchased the motors last week so I'm sending
it back and getting another one just to be safe.



You seem to be the Autostar Guru so I hope you don't mind me asking you
questions .

I have a Home built 8" dob. What should I set the Autostar 497 as when
it asks for a "telescope model" ?

To eliminate the trianing idea out of the equation, I did a motor
training on Polaris. ( since I don't have a distant terrestial object
here at home to train the motors to.)

I did kinda get it going, but it slewed past (in both Az & Alt) where is
should have been so I was never able to get it aligned.

When I tryed to move either axis very much to center the selected star
the motors would react and counter my manual moves.

Should I possibly change the ratios ? Would this may eliminate the over

Could you give me a breif rundown on what the Az & Alt percentages are
and what they do ? As you probably guessed I'm an Autostar newbie.

Thanks for the help and advice
Mike here: Actually, Dick Seymour is the AutoStar Guru. But he frequently checks the ETX Site and will respond when he can. Since you are not using an ETX or DS telescope, you might might want to see "Steve Bedair's "Go To" Mounts (AutoStar info)" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page; lots of info on using the AutoStar with other telescopes. You can set the AutoStar to any model but using a DS model will be less confusing. On the other hand, if you want to use the AutoStar for eyepiece calculations, you should set it to some model that is closest to your telescope size and focal length. As to the rest, see the articles "Calibration, Training, Percentages" and "Setting Percentages For Better Tracking" on the AutoStar Info page. When you are doing the Drive Training, following the onscreen prompts; the AutoStar will ask you to center the object, then it will move the object off-center, and tell you to re-center it. It will do that in two directions for each axis.
Subject:	RE: DS-2102MAK
Sent:	Thursday, May 6, 2010 06:00:30
From:	Chris Whitesell (
I just wanted to follow thru on my own question. The DS-2102MAK does
have the same rear port as the ETX models. I have ordered both a Meade
#64 T-adapter and a ETX to 1.25 visual back and they both work great.
Got a great deal on a used DSI so going to start taking some pictures

Thanks for the great site.

Mike here: Thanks for the info. Keep in mind that the DSI AutoStar Suite software requires the AutoStar #497 (has number keys on the keypad).

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