This scope bought in Spain so everything was in Spanish. No probs with handbook, just downloaded english one . HOWEVER, the Autostar hand controller is the real problem. It´s all in Spanish and I haven´t a clue as to how to change it to Englsh. As a result I am unable to progress with using the telescope correctly. Any help really appreciated
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The hand controller cable is probably defective-- right at the connector that plugs into the scope. Any computer network "wizard" can replace the connector. The wires must be in the exact same sequence when he repairs it.
If this simple fix does not work and you KNOW that the batteries are good-- then the hand controller is defective and will need to be replaced.
The contrast and brightness can be reset --- here is the manual -- how to do this is listed in the manual. If this does not repair the controller then you will need to buy a new hand controller-- the 497 hand controller is available used on Ebay from time to time.
You do have batteries inside? I suppose. If you do the power panel light should be on (red)--- if it is the scope is powered up BUT THE CORD going to the hand controller is broken. Buy a new hand controller cord.
If the power light is NOT on then a circuit board is probably defective inside the scope base. Meade can repair this but you must send them the telescope.
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.
Before you panic, try a new hand controller cable. You can buy these from Meade or for a better one from www.scopestuff.com
"Autostar II: if you need to use Safe Mode to recover from a disaster, turn on the telescope, and key 999 before it says "Initializing" The Autostar will say "Flash Load Ready"... now go start the ASU.
Try doing either a garbage collect or a safe load-- and then reinstall the hand controller firmware--
Instructions-- depending on the type of controller
Autostar 495 or 497: You enter Safe Mode by holding the [enter] and [scroll down] keys pressed when you power up the telescope. The Autostar will say "Flash Load Ready"... now go start the ASU.
Autostar II: if you need to use Safe Mode to recover from a disaster, turn on the telescope, and key 999 before it says "Initializing" The Autostar will say "Flash Load Ready"... now go start the ASU.
LX200gps: BEFORE proceeding further, click on the OPTIONS item on the Top Bar. Now click on "Garbage Collect Hbx" ... this will perform data cleanup within the Autostar which will avoid potential mess-ups.
I assume the small red light on the power panel is ON. ???
If it is the scope is receiving power--- check to make sure the cable from the hand controller is plugged in properly-- jiggle the cable to see if you have a loose BAD cable. Before you panic --- try another cable or reverse the ends ---
Before you buy another hand controller try a new cable-- scopestuff.com sells a nice long flexible one for the 497 hand controller.