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Vista will not work with autostar 494

I have meade 2114 telescope with autostar 494 i bought meade 506 astrofinder software n patch cables installed in my hp laptop windows is vista will not command telescope says com ports not hook up meade says works only in xp is there a driver i can installe

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I did some research on meade 506 astrofinder software

Read this...

Customer Review:
Rating: vista will not work with autostar 494 - 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Summary: outdated software
The software this kit comes with is old and outdated.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

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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My question is, I have a Meade Autostar #494 How do I see through the lenses?


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Can I just swap out my meade 492 motorized mount remote for a used 494 autostar remote or 497?


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It means the firmware is corrupted.

It may be possible to reset it from software.
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http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar_info
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

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Where can I get the #506 software and cable kit? I will also need a usb cable adaapter


From Meade and other places. The software is simply Autostar Suite version 5.5 which can be downloaded for free from Meade here:
http://www.meade.com/support/downloads.html

The cable can also be ordered from Meade here:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

or everything from amazon.com here but it is cheaper to download the software for free and buy the cable separate directly from Meade..
http://www.amazon.com/Meade-506-Cable-Connector-Software/dp/B0001DZ6K0/ref=sr_1_2/184-2004997-2202415?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1280349513&sr=8-2


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I guess I pressed the 'ENTER' / 'MODE' , 'GO TO' buttons too fast, too many times & overloaded my Hand box(#494) and now it is Blank, just a red glow. Is there any way I can reload it? I talked to a...


To reload the software you need the cables kit you mentioned. Both firmware and tours are available on the Meade web site for free download.

Reinstall the firmware.

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

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The autostar on my ds-2114 ats has stopped working. new battiers were installed & power light works but no reads outs on hand controller.


Could just be a bad cable. See if you can find a new one or buy a new one from Meade.

www.meade.com

You can also try reversing the cable. (depends on the Meade telescope). If a new cable does not fix it, then you will have to buy a new controller. Never plug or unplug the hand controller while the scope is turned ON.

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Could be a cable problem. REVERSE the cable ends and try it again. Make sure the scope is always turned OFF before you plug or unplug a cable.

If this does not work then try a new cable. Meade sells these, or you can order a nice one from www.scopestuff.com . Not very expensive.

If after installing a NEW cable it still does not light up then time to buy another hand controller.

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

http://scopestuff.com/

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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.

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