I purchased a Tasco Starguide 114 with Mission Control about 10 years ago from a upplier going out of business. I have never used it but am now interested in doing so. My problem is that I lost the...
I found this comment on Amazon.com-
"Hello Amateur Astronomers,
Purchased the little Gem at Service
Merchandise in Illinois, back in Feb, 02. What I did not like about
this Go To scope was Star Guide hand control and that chinsy battery
pack. (watch the frail wires, they break off the terminals.)
First, the Star Guide hand controller is very complicated to figure out. For example, when first turned on it reads "custom"
is custom? Custom means the kind of scope. The instructional manual
then reads if your telescope doesn't function properly, then go to the
menu (#3) and scroll down to the correct model. Listing custom again and
3 other choices. Oh, those many addendums! One addendum to the manual
advises you just skip everything and be sure to use "auto align" citing a
two star alignment. Another addendum then reads it it not advisable to
use this method since you have to know the stars names and location.
Well, guys, what other method is there?
Be careful, though, the
little battery pack that powers the 114 is not built into the scope. I
don't know how many times my scope wrapped the rubber coated wire around
the tripod and into the mount. My advise is to velcro the Vinyl
covered pack to the fork mount, and get the wires (which are black) out
of the way.
Another gripe I had was switching observing locations.
Finding stars at the first location, the scope functioned properly,
however, for some reason, it didn't like Dansforth Illinois. Even
though I picked kankankee as the nearest city, it just wouldn't point
to anything, not even Venus. I suspect someone forgot to program other
terrestial locations in the hand controllers database. So my advise is
to load the proper latitude and longitute into the controller if you're
going to switch observing sites. Oh, and those poor blotes in Ohio,
well Ohio, and all its cities, are listed under the State of South
Dakota? Also Tasco is not honoring its warranties, since, as I
understand it is going under."
Sadly there are no manuals for this long ago discontinued telescope.
Here is the main Tasco web site. Maybe you can contact them and find something out????
Aug 24, 2010 |