Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 20:04:09 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (richard seymour) Hi... This is a patch for v22eR to start the telescope automatically tracking a satellite when the count-down timer reaches zero. Since the low altitude that it wants to start tracking at is frequently behind something, or in the smog, trying to visually acquire the satellite before pushing the [enter] key is almost impossible. What works for me is to push [enter] when it beeps, and watch as the scope rises until i can actually see the satellite. When i see it, i use the slew keys to center it, and the tracking continues. ("the chase is on" is closer to the truth). That touch-up slewing can be done with the scope still tracking, although if the scope is -ahead- of the satellite you can push [enter] to pause, and then [enter] again as the satellite moves into the eyepiece's field of view. But i'm lazy. Why stare at the handset, or get distracted and miss the beep? Why not have the *Autostar* start the tracking when the count reaches zero? And that's what this patch does. In short, it replaces the jump to the "make a beep" function with a jump to the "start tracking" function. The countdown will reach "1", and then the display will say "Tracking satellite..." and the motors will start. You can still override the countdown by pressing [enter]. The v22eR patch is: loc old new R 8a128 bd 20 R 8a129 1e 2a That patch has no other effect upon Autostar operations. An additional patch i use changes the power-up version display from "22E" to "22r". This has no other effect upon operation (well, the statistics version display becomes 22rr). loc old new R 032fe 45 72 See Mike's http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_satellite_risetime.html and http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_patches.html for how to use the above numbers to patch the firmware. You will then have to re-send [firmware to autostar]. have fun --dick (ol' lazy)
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