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AUTOSTAR INFORMATION

Last updated: 27 August 2013

Welcome to the AutoStar Information page. This page provides information from Meade and users on the Meade AutoStar, AudioStar, cables, and the AutoStar updater software. See the AutoStar Feedback page for other AutoStar user comments. If you applying patches or using the cable information, be certain you check the version/model number first to verify compatibility. Remember, tips described on this site may invalidate the warranties on your ETX and accessories. Neither the submitter nor myself are responsible for any damage caused by using any contributed tips.


USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Software
Alignment Tips
Database Information
Cable Information
AutoStar Power Information
GPS
AutoStar Suite
#497 Patches
AutoStar II Patches
Other Information
Other Tips
AutoStar Tours


USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
GC Wi-Fi Adapter, AutoStar II App (04/08/13)
Android SkySafari & SkyFi (06/23/13)
Meade USB Cable & Windows 7 (12/31/12)
Telescope Control with SkySafari & Android (06/29/12)
SkyWire Serial Adapter (06/11/11)
SkyFi Wi-Fi Adapter (11/08/10)
AutoStar and USB (06/08/10)
Bluestar - ETX-70 Cable (02/12/07)

Software
Showing the LCD Display in Software (08/27/13)
AutoStar Suite & Windows 8 (03/12/13)
AutoStar & Windows 8 (03/05/13)
TLE Converter (Excel) (04/18/12)
Myscope and AudioStar (Windows) (09/11/11)
vPaddle for AutoStar II (Mac OS X) (09/04/10)
AutoStar Serial Protocol (PDF) (03/20/10)
Terminal Apps for Serial Port Troubleshooting (02/24/10)
Updating AutoStar III with a Mac (10/16/09)
AutoStar 497EP Firmware 5BE2 report (08/22/09)
Recovering from a Bad AutoStar Download (03/09/09)
Some AutoStar Programming Commands (02/12/10)
RS-232 ExpressCard Adapter (07/04/08)
PocketPC TLE to AutoStar Code (04/20/08)
PocketPC Software (11/13/07)
Freeing Up Com Ports (09/07/07)
AutoStar offset arrows (09/28/06)
Set Date/Time from PocketPC (09/16/06)
Brief Report on Version 4.0Ef (02/03/06)
AutoStar READMEs (04/17/07)
AutoStar RESET from Software (07/14/05)
AutoStar Menus (07/25/05)
PEC Data Editor/Viewer (09/01/05)
InfoGenie Plugin (Mac) (02/26/04)
3.0 Post Bleep Refinement, Dance and Drift (11/30/03)
AstroPlanner and the AutoStar (06/04/04)
ScopeDriver and the AutoStar (11/04/03)
AutoStar II 1.5 Startup Steps (03/31/03)
AutoStar & Your Computer (web pages) (02/16/03)
AutoStar & Your Computer (PowerPoint, 5.8MB) (02/09/03)
AutoStar commands (12/15/02)
ISS TLEs (12/11/02)
Dr. Clay's Meade AutoStar Updating Guide (11/06/02)
Asteroid Orbital Elements made (far) Easier (7/27/02)
How to use the 3.x Updater (04/10/03)
How to use the Updater: Manipulating Libraries (01/12/02)
Undocumented Feature of ASU 3.0 (10/27/01)
AutoStar Updater and Windows2000 fix (7/21/01)
#494 ROM versions (7/21/01)
AutoStar Control - Starry Night Backyard (7/12/01)
AutoStar Control from Windows (05/08/01)
GOTO Moon Features (9/15/03)
"Expired" Elements (03/31/01)
AutoStar 2.1ek Bug List (02/5/01)
AutoStar Updater 2.3 Bug List (01/29/01)
Loading 2.1ek with A2.1 (01/27/01)
What's New in the 2.1ek update (01/01/01)
AutoStar Errors (09/6/00)
Windows2000, Linux, FreeBSD (02/28/01)
AutoStar Software Information (08/10/99)
AutoStar Proc Traps (04/18/00)
Satellite TLE Extractor (Windows) (12/04/02)
Drag and Drop using AutoStar application (03/15/00)
AutoStar Command Set (12/14/00)
LX200 Commands and AutoStar (06/11/01)
StarPatch: Update/Patch AutoStar (Windows) (02/04/12)
Update AutoStar using a Mac (02/11/05)
AutoStarX (AutoStar Updater for Mac OS X) (11/08/11)
Lin_AutoStar (AutoStar Updater for Linux) (03/04/05)
AutoStar III Downloads (Meade site) (12/06/09)
AutoStar #497 Downloads (Meade site) (04/08/13)
AutoStar Software Archive (unofficial) (04/08/13)

Alignment Tips
Current ETX Models Alignment (10/09/12)
Compass Alignment Tip (08/28/11)
Alignment Summary (02/23/07)
Which Star is Brightest? (10/04/06)
Improving DSX goto accuracy (12/17/05)
Accurate Alignment without GPS (02/15/05)
Polar Home Position w/Graphic (02/20/04)
Polar Home Position for Southern Observers (01/31/04)
Daytime Alignment Tip (08/19/03)
AutoStar Accuracy Tests (03/22/02)
Thoughts on Training (06/19/09)
Easy Polar Alignment (PDF; 572K) (08/11/01)
Polar Alignment by Iterating (PDF) (04/09/01)
Quick "Align" with the AutoStar (01/04/01)
More AutoStar Alignment Tips (02/16/01)
Southern Hemisphere Alignment Tips (11/3/00)
Polar Alignment Tips (02/24/01)
AutoStar Altitude/Azimuth HOME Position (08/23/00)
AutoStar Alignment and GOTO Tips (04/9/00)
ETX and AutoStar Alignment Tips (12/11/99)

Database Information
Brian King's Double Stars by Constellation (01/15/04)
Update on Double Stars data (11/04/03)
AutoStar Double Stars (11/15/02)
v2.3Eb Star Database (01/16/02)
More on AutoStar Stars (11/09/01)
#497 Alignment Stars (09/04/01)
Abbeviations Used in the AutoStar (08/12/01)
What's in the AutoStar? (10/16/01)
Star Catalogs, etc. (08/12/01)
#494 Alignment Stars (09/15/02)
#494 Database Info (06/06/01)
Bulk Deletions (01/16/01)
AutoStar Database Editing (01/13/01)
More AutoStar Database Information (08/12/01)
AutoStar Database Information (09/15/00)

Cable Information
Cleaning Connectors (03/12/13)
RJ Connector Info (02/12/12)
Another #506 Cable Tip (10/22/10)
Clone Cable and Cloning (09/04/10)
StarPatch Cable (11/04/09)
#506 Cable Connector Info (01/12/09)
AutoStar #497 HBX cable (09/23/08)
494 Aux bus (506 replacement) demystified (04/30/08)
mySKY serial cable (12/06/07)
AutoStar Cable Problems (08/22/05)
Reconnecting internal AutoStar connector (07/06/05)
Computer Connection Warning! (07/25/04)
#494 AutoStar & #506 cable info (01/19/04)
Connectors (08/04/03)
Homemade AutoStar #505 cable tip (04/05/03)
AutoStar #494 Cable Pinouts (02/16/02)
#497 AutoStar Replacement Jack Info (11/15/01)
Homemade Cloning Kit (01/16/01)
Homemade #505 Cable (07/26/01)
Cable #505 vs #506 (04/03/01)
Long AutoStar Cable (11/04/10)
Additional AutoStar Cable Info (01/23/00)
AutoStar Cable Info (11/12/00)
GPS
PixSoft StarGPS-NX02 (04/04/13)
Garmin USB GPS (11/11/08)
PocketPC GPS Code (11/04/07)
GPS, Compass Add-On (08/17/07)
GPS for AutoStar #495/497 (05/27/04)
StarGPS-LX Review (05/12/04)

AutoStar Suite
Autostar Suite, AutoStar Update in Windows 7 (08/31/12)
Autostar Remote Control Hookup(09/20/08)
AutoStar Suite in Windows 2000 (03/09/08)
AutoStar Suite Help files in Vista (10/31/07)
AutoStarSuite.net (09/04/05)
AutoStar Suite & LPI procedure (06/18/05)
AutoStar Suite Protocol Description (03/10/05)
AutoStar Suite on a Macintosh (01/11/04)
Network Server Capability (07/31/04)
AutoStar Suite Downloads (Meade site) (05/06/09)
AutoStar Suite Archive (unofficial) (05/06/09)

#497 Patches (4.x ROM file)
Landmark Patch Kit for AutoStar v43Eg (v30) (04/19/11)
Patch Kit for AutoStar 497EP v5CE1 (v09) (03/13/11)
Updated Patch Kit for v43Eg (v28) (07/31/10)
Updated Patch Kit for v43Eg (v26) (10/29/09)
Patch Removal Instructions (04/30/09)
New Patch Kit for v43Eg (01/06/09)
AutoStar Text Changes (06/16/08)
Patch Kit for v43Eg (11/24/07)
Patch Kit for v43Ed (12/23/06)
Patch Kit for v43Ea (07/09/06)
Patch Archive

AutoStar II Patches (4.x ROM file)
Patch Kit for v4.2g (v19) (03/31/13)
Patch Kit for v4.2g (v17) (05/04/12)
Patch Kit for v4.2g (v14) (10/18/10)
Patch Kit for v4.2g (v13) (10/18/10)
Patch Kit for v4.2g (01/22/07)
Patch Kit for v4.1i (08/31/06)
Patch Kit for LX200GPS, R 4.1b (05/15/06)
Patch Kit for LX200GPS 4.0L(10/31/05)
Patch Archive

Other Information
Info on SYNC, High Precision (07/09/11)
Enhanced Clone 909 APM for AutoStar #497 (06/22/11)
AutoStar #494 Resurrection (02/24/12)
Old vs New #497 AutoStar Models (04/04/09)
GoTo Telescope Building (10/31/07)
More Schematic Information (05/25/06)
#494 Serial interface & Debug Info (11/10/03)
Clock and Calendar settings (07/15/03)
Another AutoStar Alignment Stars Chart (02/16/03)
Terrestrial and Astronomical.. when and why (06/26/02)
Steve Bedair's "Go To" Mounts (AutoStar info)
Box Scan Focal Lengths (07/31/01)
AutoStar, NexStar comparison (07/03/01)
Calibration, Training, Percentages (12/16/01)
Autoguider Simulator for 909 APM (05/31/01)
909 APM for LX90 (05/13/01)
AutoStar #497 with ETX-70AT (04/19/01)
AutoStar Schematics, Parts Info (07/10/08)
Alignment/High Precision/Star Charts (01/29/01)
AutoStar High Precision Usage (01/24/01)
AutoStar Field Guide (08/10/00)
AutoStar Models (04/26/10)
AutoStar Compatible Software (03/16/06)
Meade's AutoStar FAQ page

Other Tips
ETX-80AT-TC with #497 Handbox (05/08/12)
AutoStar #494/497 Old vs New LCDs (03/16/12)
AutoStar #497 Reconditioning (12/31/10)
Dead AutoStar Resurrection Tip (12/19/10)
Other LCD Replacement Tips (06/30/13)
AutoStar Display Tip (04/26/10)
LCD Replacement (12/12/12)
Drive Training (09/11/07)
Setting a Solar Tracking Rate (11/08/06)
Fixing Keyboard Sensitivity (01/31/06)
Cleaning Encoders (09/07/05)
AutoStar Warmer (12/06/04)
Dew Protection
Optimizing Training Values (03/11/04)
AutoStar Heater (02/26/04)
Repairing #494 AutoStar (11/21/02)
Christopher Erickson's AutoStar retrofit (10/15/02)
Converting Asteroid Elements (12/16/01)
AutoStar "Roadmap" (09/25/01)
Testing AutoStar Communications (02/05/08)
Adding Comets (11/14/04)
Saving Backlash Percentages (07/09/01)
Entering Longitude (05/05/01)
AutoStar Test (10/07/03)
Motor Failure Error (04/09/01)
C8 SuperPolaris with AutoStar (06/25/01)
Keypad Cleaning/Repair (03/23/13)
Converting 495 to 497 (08/07/01)
Setting Percentages For Better Tracking (02/24/01)
Bad Download Recovery (SAFE LOAD) (05/12/10)
Setting/Resetting Any AutoStar Model (12/30/00)
Drive Training Adjustment (11/30/00)
Tracking ISS (03/06/00)
AutoStar Tips (07/28/00)
Adding the Sun (01/27/05)
Satellite Tracking (01/15/08)

AutoStar Tours
Uploading AutoStar Tours (09/18/11)
Starry Night to AutoStar Tour (12/12/06)
Starry Night Planner to AutoStar (12/27/04)
AutoStar Tour Simulator (11/18/02)
AutoStar Guided Tours and Info (04/12/10)
Meade AutoStar Tours Archive (02/28/09)

AutoStar Power Information
Adapter to power an AirCable (08/12/06)
Power with USB (02/15/05)
Another External Power for AutoStar (01/21/05)
AutoStar Power From Batteries (06/15/03)
Another External Power Box (04/25/02)
#497 Power Supply Current Info (07/23/01)
AutoStar Power Box (05/05/01)
External Power for AutoStar (07/31/01)


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