AUTOSTAR #494/497 OLD VS NEW LCDS
Last updated: 16 March 2012
Subject: looking for current info on 494/497 LCDs Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 11:55:55 From: Tom Murphy (email@example.com) I'm wondering if the display pointed out by Bob Waterfield ("Another AutoStar Replacement Tip") might be compatible with the newer 494 controllers. And more, where to get them now. I recently picked up an almost new ETX-80 backpack version for very cheap because the 494's display was cracked. You can see 1/2 the display and tell it's working by that. I can possibly even use it, but I'm more bent on selling it (I have an ETX-125, $ is short). Meade will not sell a display. I'd rather not sell this new-ish scope with an older paddle from eBay (but will if driven to it) - I can't just buy an older, used controller to swap the display - see below. I sent this 494 off to a Bill at Telescope-Warehouse.com (always a good resource, and he offered to fix this for cheap). Problem is, he found out that this newer unit is not compatible with the older unit displays. I'm not sure in what way. (The newer units are distinguishable by the fact that the 494 case is held together by screws, not a snap-apart like the old ones - at least that's an improvement). So...any ideas out there on what the differences might be between older and newer LCDs on these units, and whether the newer (10/10/10) listing from Bob is one that may be the same as the 494 (you'd think Meade would want one display for both systems to save money)? Oh-- the kicker: When I use the link Bob gives for the display, the link to "West Florida Components" it leads to, shows no units in stock. When I Google-search the LCD model number - everyone shows "0" Qty. in stock. So.... this may be a "Back to the drawing board" discussion. But I do think it applies to both 497s and 494s - so it may be of use to many of us. Thanks, any and all! Tom Murphy - St. Paul, MN (where the nights have been warmer than we have a right to expect - and even clear, many evenings, and Venus/Jupiter and Mars have been a great site to behold).
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