ETX-80AT-TC WITH #497 HANDBOX
Last updated: 8 May 2012
Sent: Monday, May 7, 2012 13:55:02 From: John Kerley (email@example.com) Having destroyed my #494 using ASU 5.9.3, (should have read your site 1st), I decided to use a spare #497 with my ETX-80AT-TC. My #497 has the latest Control Software update (43Eg) which has the ETX-80 as an option in the Telescope Model Menu. All seems to work fine except getting the Date / Time from the ETX-80's internal clock. Looking through your site it appears that the #497 has a timing issue with the ETX-80 when booting up which seems to be the reason for not getting the Date / Time. I have now been able to get the Date / Time from the ETX-80AT-TC by doing the following; 1. Turn the telescope on. 2. The instant the #497 display appears turn the telescope OFF and ON rapidly 4 times. 3. Then let the #497 go through its normal Boot cycle. When you a Press '0' for Align or 'MODE' for Menu hopefully the #497 should now say, "Getting Time" rather than asking you to enter the Date / Time. The #497 now has the ETX-80AT-TC Date / Time. This method seems to work, with practice, more often than not. The Downside is the Wear and Tear to the On Off switch. I would have thought Meade could update the #497 Control Software to address this issue. Hope this is helpful to other users and apologise if someone else on your site has already suggested this method. I would be interested if someone has come up with a more scientific way to achieve the same end result. Many Thanks for a Great Site. John Kerley Bristol, United Kingdom
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