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Want to use a 497 controller,what do i need to do to make it work,just redo,'train the drive'?

I have the 497 controller and want to know what i need to do to make it work with the scope. I thought "train the drive". i'd seen other web sites that talk about re-calbrating the servos but recalabrate to what?

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thanks so much,hope you solve this for me.
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First download and read the manuals at:

http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/AutostarManuals/Autostar497english.pdf

http://www.meade.com/manuals/index.html

Do these steps in this order--

Reset
Calibrate Motors
Train Drives
Set-- Time, Date, Site, Daylight Savings to NO right now in USA
Calibrate Sensors (certain telescope models)

Do an Automatic alignment and center on the Brightest star--

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Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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    Calibrate Sensors on the North Star Polaris at night.

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