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My meade LX200GPS can't track the stars? wheater the bad weather of observation points will affect the accuracy of automatic alignment? how can I improve the tracking

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You must Calibrate motors using the same power source as you use at night outside, then do a TRAIN drives. Some of these scopes also have a Calibrate Sensors -- and some do not.

Then do a two star alignment and center both alignment stars. Daylight Savings Time = Yes right now in the USA, check that it is set to YES.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

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How or can I fix my meade lx 200 gps that is not sensing the home poisiton. It also rotates past the point wheree there should be a stop.


This can be caused by:

a bad hand controller cable (buy a new one)

a blown circuit board (only Meade can repair)

Improper setup-- read the manual and do all the setup, and initial alignment.

Nov 15, 2010 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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My telescope-Meade LX200GPS when tracking the star,it can catch it in some minutes ,but later the star out of eyepiece,is it not tracking the goal? when I tracking the jupiter,the telescope can find the...


To track the scope must:

1. Have a Calibrate motors done

2. Be well Trained using the training routine

3. Must have the correct TIME, DATE, and SITE, and Daylight Savings Time

4. Must be properly aligned on two stars.

Have you done all of the setup procedures listed in the manual? Locate a local Astronomy club and the members will help you with your telescope.

Nov 13, 2010 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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Scope is 12.5, 9 years old. We align by going to "named star," selecting one, slewing, correcting, hitting synch. Repeating with another star. Almost always the scope goes to accurately there after. (We...


Runaway DECLINATION is what this is called. Usually it can be fixed with a new hand controller cable. If a new cable does not fix it, then it has a blown motor circuit board and must be returned to Meade for repairs.

Meade customer service:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

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Meade LX200GPS 16" out of calibration?


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.

Jun 04, 2010 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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Meade LX200GPS The scope does not complete the 'Auto Alignment'


Once the scope has taken a GPS fix and knows TIME, and SITE, and you do a two star alignment your alignment stars overide any automatic alignment issues.

You could turn off the GPS put in Time, Date, and Site, do a two star alignment and everything would be fine. Centering the alignment stars is the "trick". Apparently the scope also finds NORTH OK, or the alignment stars would be way off. Since you pre-level the tripod already the software can FAIL on "tilt" and you still get good gotos.

I would not worry about it, especially since your gotos seem perfectly fine.

May 28, 2010 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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I've made every possible alignment on my 10 inch Meade LX200GPS telescope, training,set-up, calibration, etc...but when I slew to a star....it is ALWAYS very far off in Dec....though RA seems to be well...


You might want to join the following Yahoo group:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LX200GPS/

I am not familiar with the LX200, but there are probably folks on the Yahoo group that can help.  The only thing I can think of is if you are using a wedge and the wedge isn't at the correct angle (should match your lattitude).  Or you are not using a wedge and the Meade controller thinks that you are.  But one would think the calibration would solve that.

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GOTO ERRORS MEADE LX200 10" CLASSIC


Most problems tend to be mechanical. Have you 'trained' the drive and set the backlash values? Those 2 can have dramatic effects on pointing accuracy. Also, if the optical tube is not in alignment with the mount, then nothing will work correctly. To check that, have the telescope in Alt-Az configuration, inside the house, loosen the RA lock, and shine a laser pointer on the corrector plate. as the telescope is rotated about the RA, the reflected spot should be steady. Adjust the DEC to minimize the diameter of the circle that is drawn. What is left, is the out-of-true on the DEC axis. That can be adjusted with the tube cradle alignment bolts.

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Check the time clock battery - it is behind the front panel. If it is dead, then the clock is off, and the alignment will not complete properly. Regular watch lithium coin cell.

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Poor viewing


You don't state if the collimation is a plain view through the back plate at the sky, or with an evepiece. The description that you gave suggests that that is a view through the telescope back without an eyepiece. The images in the Meade manual are at high power (200x) on either side of focus. What you want to see is circular rings around a star on either side of the best focus point. If the rings are not concentric, then the collimation is off. Other factors can affect the clairity of the image, such as dirt on the optics (need to be really bad to affect the image), or you may be using a poor quality eyepiece.

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