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506 astrofinder will not install on ETX 80 at telescope

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Call Meade Customer service at 800 626 3233. Your description of the problem indicates you need a btter understanding of what you are trying to do. They are best suited to help you install software on your computer and interface it to your telescope.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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Meade instruction manuals


Used to link scope to a computer. need a special serial cable from Meade. #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit

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I have an ETX 80 and the motor runs but does not raise the tube, it lowers it and it slews left/right. Any ideas as to the problem. Many thanks in advance!!!


Is the clutch knob tight? If it is then something is broken inside the DEC clutch, causing it to slip.

Meade can repair these -- call customer service:

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

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ETX-80 hand controller say's "Self Check Failed"


You may need to reload the firmware by following these instructions for Safe Load:

From the Autostar 2.0 README file: "SAFE LOADER MODE IN YOUR Autostar:
If the firmware in your Autostar crashes and you cannot access the "DOWNLOAD" menu item on your handbox, you can use the "SAFE LOADER" feature of your new Autostar software (version release 1.1G and above). To get into the safe loader, follow these simple steps: 1. Make sure the Autostar and ETX are turned off.
2. Press and hold the "ENTER" key and the Scroll Down Key located to the right of the help key on the Autostar handbox.
3. While depressing both keys, turn on your Autostar power switch. This will require you using both hands.

You should see "FLASH LOAD READY" on your display. This indicates that you can proceed to Update new software to your Autostar."

This is for the 497 controller. There is NO safe load for the 494 controller.

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On a meade ETX 90RA Premier edition


Contact Meade and see what they charge to CLEAN the telescope:

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

I seem to remember it was about $100 plus shipping. The 80 is a completely different telescope style-- the 90mm is a Maksutov Telescope.

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You can try calling Meade here:

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

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Meade ETX 80 telescope missing parts


You are missing a screw on cap for the rear port, and you need to buy several 1.25 inch eyepieces.

Scopestuff.com sells the rear port cap also you may be able to get one directly from Meade- http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

Several internet retailers sell 1.25 inch eyepieces.

Here is one:

http://www.agenaastro.com/

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Looking for meade etx-125ec schematic. someone broke power off power wires and unplug the two connectors on circuit board.


Here is the ETX Tuneup page:

http://weasner.com/etx/techtips/etxtu.htm

and the Mighty ETX web site tech page:

http://www.weasner.com/etx/techtips.html

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Need schematic for a Meade ETX-105EC telescope


Many schematics and instructions located at the Mighty ETX web site:

http://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html

also check out this ETX "tune-up" web site:

http://www.weasner.com/etx/techtips/etxtu.htm

Good luck.


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Vista will not work with autostar 494


I did some research on meade 506 astrofinder software

Read this...

Customer Review:
Rating: stars-1.0.gif
Summary: outdated software
The software this kit comes with is old and outdated. It is not supported by Windows XP nor Windows Vista. The latest supported version of Windows is Windows 98.
It also appears that the included software is a limited trial software. It is limited to the included 3 catalogs (star maps). The complete set of catalogs must be purchased additionally at quite some expense.
The cable connection kit couldn't be reviewed because it was missing from the package I received, but keep in mind when you order this kit, that neither Windows XP nor Windows Vista support serial ports anymore. The additional USB to serial adapter would be required.

That last line would suggest to me that if one had a USB to Serial adapter it might work? but I really do not know for sure. checking into some more stuff...

Found another article that states "It requires a PC running Windows 98SE through Windows XP. It will not run under Windows 95 or earlier, nor will it run under Windows Vista."

OK I found this site, you might be able to make some sense of it. But I did read in there that they do make USB serial adapters that will work with Vista OS.

Good Luck and happy star gazing! If you find something new out there maybe you could name it after me if you get it working. lol

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