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Last updated: 20 September 2010
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Subject:	Meade telescope
Sent:	Saturday, September 18, 2010 16:54:00
From:	Pat Isbell (patisbell@gmail.com)
I was given a Meade telescope, but I'm not interested in it.  I'm hoping
to sell it, and I'm hoping you can give me a value.  It's a
NGC60(c)version1.0e 2002 Meade.  Thank you for your assistance.
Sincerely,
Pat Isbell
Mike here: I'm not famiiiar with that model but a quick look online shows typical prices around $80, depending on accessories and condition.

And:

Thank you.  My friend said he paid $180 at an auction for this
telescope.  I was hoping to get at least that much.  Do you have any
suggestions as to where else I might check?  Thank you for your time and
assistance.
MIke here: Try Astromart, CloudyNights, eBay.

And:

Thanks so much.  I appreciate your help!

Subject:	DS 114mm with motor assembly troubles
Sent:	Saturday, September 18, 2010 15:27:33
From:	Kasha Peterson (dangchick@yahoo.com)
I got a DS 114mm reflector telescope for Christmas second hand, but
enough of the parts were in their original packaging to make me believe
it had never been used. It came with motors for both axes and handboxes.
The motor assemblies worked for a little while, then the horizontal axis
would stop moving the telescope, even though I could hear the motor
running. I also noticed that when it's not working, the place where the
telescope rotates on the horizontal axis and the degrees are written is
loose to the point that it can be jiggled from side to side. the I'm
pretty sure the problem is not the motor. I've tried tightening the lock
knobs, which works for a few seconds, taking apart and re-assembling the
gears and washers that attach the motor assemblies, and even adding a
rubber washer to increase friction. So far no dice. I also called Meade,
but they don't have any DS parts anymore, and I'm not under warranty as
the 2nd owner. Any suggestions? I would even be willing to buy a new
motion control set or tripod if you think it would help and could point
me toward someone who sells them.
 
Good site. I'll keep it bookmarked.
 
Wyoming Chick
Mike here: If the rotational axis is loose, that could cause some problems. It sounds like some tightening up there from inside the base is needed. If you need spare parts, try Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page).
Subject:	dsx90
Sent:	Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:20:15
From:	doug skillman (dskillma@columbus.rr.com)
Hi, my name is Doug Skillman I'm new to astronomy and I purchased a used
dsx90 for a starter scope. My problem is I can't get any information
from meade on this scope other than the owners manual.

I called them today to see if I can update the autostar firmware and
they did not know? I also have a problem tracking planets, the image
moves slowly up and right, I made sure the initialization was correct

so I tried to find the sidereal rate formula to correct it but no luck. 
Lastly when tracking the hst where can I find the epoch year and epoch
date or is it necessary Meade does not update the orbital tracking
data..Thanks for any help....Doug
Mike here: If the AutoStar is the #497 model (has number keys on the keypad) then you can update it. To update it you will need a #505 serial cable and a RS-232 serial port on your computer. The cable is easily made (see the cable section on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page). If your computer has only USB, you will need a USB-serial adapter. However, not all work reliably with the AutoStar; see the article "AutoStar and USB" on the AutoStar Info page. For satellite tracking info, there are some articles on that (including the ISS) on the AutoStar Info page. As to the tracking problem, be certain you have your location correct in the AutoStar. Also, if you have not done a CALIBRATE MOTOR and TRAIN DRIVES (on both axes), do that.

And:

I did the motor cal and trained the drive last week no help, I'm hoping
that updating the autostar will help correct the problem. I did enter my
site location in lat and long format., and yes my handse does have
numbers on the buttons, can you send me a link for how to make the cable
or tell me where to find it, the second port on the scope is labeled
aux, is that the serial port?  Thanks...Doug
Mike here: #505 serial cable information is available in the Cable Information section on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page on my ETX Site.

And:

I made a serial cable from the directions on your site and my software
is ver. 43ea. My question is where Can I get the new software and what
version do I need for my dsx90Thanks  Doug
Mike here: The latest version of the AutoStar Update application is available on Meade's site: http://www.meade.com/support/auto.html. That's for Windows. If you have a Mac, use AutoStarX (link on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page). I'd suggest sticking with version for 4.3Eg for your AutoStar.

And:

Yes Mike I am running win 7 I've been to meads site and downloaded the
4.3.e.g rom file but I still can't find the asu app?   doug
Mike here: On that page:
"07/27/09 #497 AutoStar hand controller software update. Version 5BE2 (1,039 KB). General update. Fixes many known bugs. Real time clock corrections. LXD75 polar alignment. Various LX90 pointing and tracking fixes. Adds new magnetic/true north alignment. REQUIRES VERSION 5.9 AUTOSTAR UPDATER."
Click the link. Once installed, put the ROM file you downloaded into the Ephemerides folder and update the AutoStar from the local file.

And:

I finally got the updater. I can slew the scope when using autostar
suite but when I try to update it doesn't recognize the hand box and
says it fails to connect? Sorry to keep bothering you but I'm going
crazy...Doug
Mike here: Are you using a a real RS-232 serial port on your computer or a USB-serial adapter?

And:

Iam using com2 (rs232)

I got it..The problem was in autostar suite I had the protocol set to
autostar via com port which would slew the scope and when I went to
update it evidently had a com port conflict. I set autostar suite
protocol to none and went to update it worked great...Thanks for all
your help...Doug

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