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!!
Re: Calibrating & Aligning the Meade 10" LX200 GPS...
Do a Calibrate Sensors
Do a Train Drive in RA and also DEC
This makes sure that the scope is calibrated properly.
Do an AUTOMATIC ALIGN
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.
This star can be as much as a HANDS distance away from the centre of view
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.
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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This model LX200 classic has weak capacitors that blow out with age. Go to the Yahoo LX200 group-- post a message with the problem for "Ron Sampson" he can repair the board if it is broken. Also Dr. Clay and Andrew also post to this web site--- they know a lot about LX200 electronics.
The first thing I would do is get another new hand controller cable. These can be ordered from Meade, or from a local dealer, or from www.scopestuff.com.
If a new cable does not help-- I would locate another Hand controller just to test if the controller has gone bad.
You can also try reinstalling the firmware into the hand controller, using the Meade version 5.9 updater software. You will need the proper computer cable between the computer and the hand controller to update the firmware.
I have a LX200 EMC 10". I had a similar software problem and solved it by downloading AstroFinder, bypassed the onboard software of the telescope, and controlled the telescope via my laptop. This was a more user frriendly method and allowed easy alignment of the telescope.
You have a LARGE Meade telescope. This should be an easy fix if you can disassemble the fork arm and get inside.
First I would contact Meade customer service to see if they have a manual that shows disassemble instructions. If not I would join the Yahoo LX200 forum and look for help there with an owner of the 16 inch model.
Just search in Yahoo Groups for the LX200 forum.
On smaller scopes the DEC motor is held on by two spring loaded bolts, probably one has become loose?
You might want to join the following Yahoo group:
I am not familiar with the LX200, but there are probably folks on the Yahoo group that can help. The only thing I can think of is if you are using a wedge and the wedge isn't at the correct angle (should match your lattitude). Or you are not using a wedge and the Meade controller thinks that you are. But one would think the calibration would solve that.