Last updated: 31 May 2004
Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 13:31:51 From: Greg Hoke (email@example.com) My Autostar display no longer lights up. Instead it becomes very warm to the touch. In addition the motors on the ETX 125 sometimes start slewing and repeat over and over again. I can only mutter to myself, "What have I done!?" (like the evil general in Final Conflict). I was attempting to update my Autostar software and connected wires without reading instructions. I have since taken a look at Autostar board. Components labeled L3 and L4 near the smaller jack input are blackened. I will probably just get another one, but thought your site might be enhanced with instructions about how to upgrade Autostar software. In addition, the warning "Don't connect wires aimlessly", might spare someone from making my mistake. -Greg HokeMike here: What wires did you connect and what error did you make?
I *believe* I connected a four foot wire from one of the AUX ports on the ETX 125 to the smaller connection on the Autostar. The correct connection was from the Autostar to the serial port of the computer. $150 Lesson: Read the instructions! Fortunately, he HBX port was not involved with the mistake: I can still aim my telescope. Meade does warn that connecting to the AUX port may damage the cable connector. I can attest to the fact that it can also wreck your Autostar! Hey, what a great WEB site you host! I can't believe you got back to me so quickly. Go ahead and post my story, if you like. We all learn from mistakes. Maybe Meade will make future Autostars a little more fool-proof. I hope to take a picture of the transit of Venus. I got a solar filter and hope to take a picture with my Olympus C-740. We'll should see the last 1 1/2 hours here in Columbus, O, weather permitting. Now to find a hill with a nice eastern exposure: not an easy task in central Ohio! -Greg HokeMike here: The AUX port supplies electrical power to accessories, which is why it toasted your Autostar.
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