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Calibrating & Aligning the Meade 10" LX200 GPS Telescope in the Southern Hemisphere

I am a recent proud owner of a brand-new Meade LX200 GPS (10")
telescope. Living out here in Zambia, Southern Africa, it was quite
a relief to receive the delicate instrument intact as it was shipped
from a Meade dealer in the USA!

I am however, experiencing problems in getting the "Go-To" feature
to function properly. I have attempted to fully the instructions to
the letter, but still end up with the initial acquisition star being
way out of the field of view. Could this be due to the fact that I
am in the southern hemeisphere? Is there an "idiot-proof" guide to
getting it right, specifically tailored to users in the southern
hemisphere? Please help!!

Thanks in advance for anyone able to help.

Clear Skies!

Best regards,

M. Mwanakatwe
Lusaka, Zambia

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    first time setup. after it goes through initial setup, it does not focus on the star intended. how can we gain alignment for first time setup. GPS does not fix automatically. this is for a Meade LX200 ACF 10 inch telescope. thank you for your assistance


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  1. Do a Calibrate Sensors
  2. Do a Train Drive in RA and also DEC
This makes sure that the scope is calibrated properly.

  1. Do an AUTOMATIC ALIGN
  2. when asked to center star, look for the BRIGHTEST star that is close to the scopes field of view. It will be that star you need to used the arrow keys on to centre it in the scope eyepiece and press enter.
  3. This star can be as much as a HANDS distance away from the centre of view
  4. If you cannot identify the star it is asking you to use, press the SCROLL DOWN key to choose another star, keep doing this until you see a star you recognise.
That's it!

You can also hold down the MODE key for about 4 seconds and scroll through the scope info. Make sure you have the correct location coordinates ( Lat/Long) and the correct time set.

Select a bright object first such as a planet and GOTO it. Once you have manually centered it in the eyepiece, press ENTER and hold it for 6 seconds, the handset will say " Press ENTER to sync", press enter and you have updated the scope with the coordinates of that object.

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