Question about Meade LX200GPS Telescope
Meade LX200GPS 16" I recently acquired it (gently used) from an estate. I am afraid the scope is way out of calibration. When I do an auto align, the 'north' it finds is a good 5+ degrees east of polaris (I am in Arizona so it could just be slewing to magnetic north, but I haven't checked it with a compass), and when finding level, the scope is always tilting about 2 degrees more toward the ground than a 4 foot bubble level on the length of the OTA indicates is level. Would it help to remove the knob on the non-motorized side of the fork and shim up the ballbearing level (sensor 1) to reflect the same as the bubble level placed on the OTA? Then, after the 2 star auto alignment, it never slews close enough to a target to find non-naked eye objects without lengthy spiral searching (the target is sometimes even outside the range of the 8x50 finder scope). It is mounted on a heavy iron Alt-Az pier bolted to thick concrete and is verified level with a 4 foot bubble at 90 degree rotational intervals. The autostar is definitely programmed for the proper telescope. The GPS fix comes back accurate for time, date, and long/lat. It appears to complete all the align functions, it's just not accurate enough. I'd really like to recalibrate this myself, as the size of the scope makes it extraordinarily difficult to return to Meade for them to do anything to it. Are service manuals available, or is that door locked? And does the sync function work with the newer autostars like it did with the old classics (to improve slewing accuracy on the fly and train the drives more?) Sadly, I had better luck with an old 12" classic than this scope. Any help you can offer would be extremely appreciated. Thanks...Jeff Blair
Above is your user manual. Below is the polar alignment guide.
Below is an online manual. http://www.astrodude.com/lx200manual/whnjs.htm An auto guiding link below.
How to align tutorial. www.ehow.com/how_5994113_align-meade-lx200.html - United States
You indeed seem very competent, and i think that using this above information, you will be able to figure it all out. Setting these up is indeed the hardest thing, although as you know once set, it is all good. I hope all this information I have provide you will help. I indeed see nothing wrong with your suggestion, IF, that's indeed what needs to be done, and ONLY do it, id after doing everything else first, you still cannot Zero it, then doing as you say should set it to rights, good luck.
Posted on Jun 05, 2010
Before you panic I would update the firmware/software on the telescope. With an LX200 interface cable you
can upgrade the software in your telescope from your PC by going to
Meade's web site at www.meade.com
Download Meade's ASU (Autostar Update Utility) and the latest software for your Autostar II absolutely free. You can also use the ASU to add Comets, Asteroids, Satellites, and User Objects to your Autostar II with a few simple clicks of the mouse.
I believe you can get the manual here.
Posted on Jun 04, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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