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LX200 EMC MEADE 8 INCH

I am trying to set this telescope up inside, so only have a small view of the sky, how do i align the telescope when all i have is a small part of the sky and the standard stars are not in view, i have an aligment star library of about 30 stars but i dont know how to find them in the sky. can some one please help

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By doing this trick--

Do a FAKE alignment-- (I assume that the scope is trained and has the proper date, time, and site)-- just push the buttons for the alignment stars that you cannot see. Then do a GOTO to a star that is in your field of view--- center the star and SYNC. Your gotos will now be OK in your limited field of view.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

Alinealo primero con la estrella polar, y despues con aldebaran que es la estrella mas brillante del cielo. Utiliza el buscador que es el telescopio chiquito que tiene en un costado. pero mejor ve a un curso. bye

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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Contact the folks on the Yahoo LX200 group-- they have board pictures and knowledge of the electronics on LX200 scopes.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LX200GPS/

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The small wedge must be polar aligned in order to track the sky. The legs must be adjusted for your latitude.

It has a motor inside that rotates the scope to compensate for the motion of the sky once the scope is polar aligned.

Read these:
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Bolt holding dec drive motor on 16 loosens.


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.

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

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?

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Did you calibrate the motors and TRAIN the drives? If not do these first--

During alignment the "alignment" stars may or may NOT be visible in the eyepiece-- CENTER the star. Once you do this with two stars your gotos should be good.


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


  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!

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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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