Question about Meade 494 AutoStar Telescope Control Unit (Handbox only)

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Meade Autostar handbox

The meade handbox does not show any display whem switched on and display light goes out leaving numbers 123 and 0 brighter than the restbut you can still operate the scpoe with the arrow keys new battries are in cables appear OK

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Meade Autostar handbox - removeformat.gifBecause this is a new purchase i would suggest getting the handbox replaced under warranty. If the guy was rude, then mention this to their management. There have been quite a few prolems with meade gear on our site here. Handbox included.
If you are up to it you can open it up. if so inspect the board for damage, shorts or loose solder joints. Some of these things can be repaired, some cannot. On this last statement it would seem sensible to get the replacement then start again from scratch. I have found about 7 recent problems with this unit, so be aware this is not a fault free unit.

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This problem is in the handbox. If you are up to it you can open it up. if so inspect the board for damage, shorts or loose solder joints. Some of these things can be repaired, some cannot. Worst case you will have to buy a new handbox look around on ebay.

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Why does the hand controller light up then goes dead


Possibly poor connection to the scope. Known issue. Go to
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It means the firmware is corrupted.

It may be possible to reset it from software.
Try and reload the Autostar firmware from a PC.
(Download the updater application from Meade's website.

http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar_info
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My telescope/autostar not working ,will only display startup info on handbox ,then nothing happens !.


This is sometimes caused by a bad hand controller cable and or corrupted firmware in the hand controller.

Get a new cable first and try it-- if this does does work then RESET the hand controller and reload the firmware using the proper computer cable and Autostar Updater Version 5.9 available here:

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

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Display on the autostar does not light up. The batteries are all changed, the power light comes on on the tripod, but the handset is dead.


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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Etx-ls update to 1.2g failed, how to i restore or try the update again the autostar iii handbox does nothing


Easy.

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. 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.

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You damaged the circuits inside the hand controller-- unless you are an electronics whiz these cannot be repaired.

However you can find them for sale directly from Meade and on Ebay (used) usually for about $80.

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