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Nothing seems to work on my LX90

I have a Meade LX90 when I switch it on the red led light displays but the autostar doesnt light up I thought it may be the hbx cable? So I bought a new one and I still have the same problem the autostar hand set is dead any ideas?

Cheers John from Cornwall, England

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You may need to purchase a new hand unit.
go to meade.com for purchase.

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I have a meade lx90 8inch 3 years old with autostar 497--when i try to raise the scope up it keeps drifting down also having problems with intermitant slewing on set up-both motors working ok


This is called "rubber-banding". Your scope needs to be re-trained.

So, setup a target during the day at least 100 feet away from the scope (200 feet would be better, Calibrate motors using the same power source you use at night, and Train Drives. Later after dark, do a Calibrate sensors on Polaris.

You should train drives about once per year, and calibrate sensors about twice per year.

You may want to update the firmware before you Train Drives. The latest version is 43Eg available on the Meade.com web site. You with need the Autostar Updater Software also available on the Meade web site under Customer Service---- Downloads. Version 5.9

www.meade.com

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When i turn my LX-90 8" telescope the GPS is not working.


After you RESET the telescope-- it returns to factory default settings--

1. Calibrate Motors

2. Train Drives

3. Set Time, Date, Site, and Daylight Savings Time to NO right now in USA

4. Calibrate Sensors on Polaris

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Here are all of Meade's manuals on line--
http://www.meade.com/manuals/index.html

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Power


If you still have the red Led light on the scope's body, then...I ended up replacing the hand controller.
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One thing you can do is to completely reset the controller and reinput everything back into it.
If that doesn't work then you need a new hand controller.

It would be nice if you can take it to a local telescope shop and have them try your controller on one of theirs.
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Autostar 497 freezes


When warm and indoors (!) connect Autostar to scope and by serial lead to a PC, allow Meade Autostar suite to update the Autostar Firmware to the latest version (2009!!)
Frome www.meade.com/support/auto.html :
How To Upgrade Your Handbox
To upgrade your Autostar first click on the link below to download the Autostar Update (ASU) Client Application for Windows. If your web browser allows you to open the installation file, you may choose that option when prompted. Otherwise, just save the install file to your local hard disk drive. When downloading is complete, double click on the saved file to start the installation. Follow the instructions provided to install Autostar Update (ASU) on your machine. When installation is complete, start ASU by selecting "Start Menu" -> "Programs" -> "Meade Inst" -> "ASU". If you have an active Internet connection and your telescope with Autostar is connected using the appropriate cable as listed above, ASU will detect and install the correct Autostar code directly from Meade's web site via the "Upgrade Autostar Software Now" button.
Autostar Update
Autostar Update is an application that functions to transfer the event files and software updates from your computer, through the serial port, USB or Connector Cable Set depending on your telescope model. The Autostar Update application is available as a stand-alone client application for Windows. The most recent versions of AutoStar Update automatically check for the newest versions of the AutoStar Updater and download it if necessary. It is critical that you use the most recent AutoStar Updater to ensure that you get the proper software updates for your system.
06/02/09 Autostar Update (ASU) Client Application for Windows, Version 5.6 (1,654 KB). This is the latest Autostar Update. Rev. 5.6 is compatible with the ETX-LS and #497EP Hand Controllers. This version is compatible with all versions of AutoStar II and #497 AutoStar computer controllers. This installation will automatically update the Update Client Application in AutoStar Suite™ Software. If you have previously installed the Autostar Update (ASU) Client Application for Windows, Uninstall the old version before installing this new version. 07/27/09 #497 AutoStar hand controller software update. Version 5BE2 (1,039 KB).
General update. Fixes many known bugs. Real time clock corrections. LXD75 polar alignment. Various LX90 pointing and tracking fixes. Adds new magnetic/true north alignment.
REQUIRES VERSION 5.6 AUTOSTAR UPDATER.

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MEADE LX90 TELESCOPE


I ended up replacing the Hand Controller with a new one.
After that it started working. I brought the new one on E-bay.
They seem to have the best prices. Forget about talking to Meade. Their innate ability to reply to your phone calls or emails just doesn't work. I will ***** buy a telescope from them again.

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