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#13 Meade 4M Community Forum Code of Conduct

Posted by Meade on 22 March 2007 - 09:20 AM

Code of Conduct for Meade 4M Community Forums:

1. This group is open to anyone interested in astronomy, without prejudice of previous experience or equipment used. While the main topics of discussion should be centered around astronomy and the Meade 4M community that has been created, many products and applications including; telescopes, cameras, mounts, filters, and imaging etc., will not only be allowed, but necessary as they are relevant to our hobby.

2. The Meade 4M Forums are not portals to Meade Instruments’ Sales, Marketing, or Customer Service departments. For questions to or service from Meade, please call (949) 451-1450 or visit www.meade.com/support.

3. Our goal is to learn and share with other members of the Meade 4M Community in the hope of advancement for all. If you wish to be helpful or provide a source of encouragement, please do so. It is better to push someone up the ladder of success than to stand on their head to elevate yourself. There are members here who are new to astronomy, so please speak in a way that can be understood by all.

4. The rules are simple. Think before you post a message or reply. It should go without saying that flaming, badmouthing or profanity will result in immediate action. Slanderous criticism of people, organizations, companies, or products will not be tolerated. Evaluation in the interest of comparison is allowed if in a helpful, constructive manner. Remember, there is a fine line between reason and slander.

5. The responsibility of the moderators is to keep things in order. The responsibility of the individual member is to keep them from having to. If something goes wrong, remember - we do have jobs and are sometimes slow to respond. If anyone decides to display undesirable actions, the individual will receive a warning. If the problem persists, their posts will be moderated. If all else has failed, they will be removed from the group. These unfortunate actions would be to preserve the integrity of the group.

6. Be aware of sensitive topics, and no posts of a political nature. Topics like global warming, taxes, religion, politics or lifestyles could be considered "hot button" topics depending on their content and perceived intent. This is a judgment call the moderators of the forum will make. Please exercise your best judgment before posting.

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#15537 Sun January 13th

Posted by Philip Pugh on 15 January 2013 - 06:44 AM

I had some clear sky for a change, so took some shots in hydrogen alpha light and "white light": http://sungazer127ma...nuary-13th.html

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#16160 C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)

Posted by Russell on 14 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

Anybody getting any interesting views or photos of the comet? Just curious.
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#11076 60 FILTER/15 BLOCKER & 2000 MM SCHMIDT & FOCAL REDUCER to 1200MM - WO...

Posted by DREAMTRUCK on 01 January 2010 - 09:52 AM

greetings all - i am using a 900 mm refractor  with good visual image but want a 1200 mm visual system  - thought of using my 8" schmidt cas. 2000 with focal reducer BUT i expect the image will not come out of 15 blocking filter - ANY IDEAS using a 2000 mm schmidt ?? i expect the 1200 created by the reducer will not give me an image at the eye piece - any one used a 2000 schmidt with the coronado filters ??
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#15906 LX90-EMC with Autostar 497. What are the AUX ports for

Posted by Numptyworld on 23 February 2013 - 06:11 AM

Hi There,

From what i have read on various forums, the AUX ports on my scope are for future expansion and don't actually work.

On newer models, these ports are used to focus and guide as far as i can tell.

Does anyone have expereince of using these ports with my model? I can buy a port module 2nd hand, but i am not convinced this will help me.

i have a modified webcam ready to go with phd guiding, but am doubtful this will drive the scope via these ports. Any ideas or advice welcomed.


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#15696 LX850 Shipping!

Posted by Meade on 07 February 2013 - 03:37 PM

BIG NEWS: As of today the new LX850 is officially shipping! Those affected by the LX800 recall will be receiving units as early as next week, with dealers and new orders being handled immediately afterward.

For more information on the LX850, just go to the web site here: http://www.meade.com/lx850.
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#16869 LXD55 Counter Weights

Posted by BABFB on 15 April 2013 - 05:23 PM

Need some advisable pointers. I need to get some weights for my LXD55 for a slightly oversized optical tube. I have one 9.8lbs.weight currently. It is not enough for the 32lbs. or so optical tube. Before I buy weights I do not need is there any Rule of Thumb, or optical tube to weight ratio? I have looked online for any info, but no luck. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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#15251 16" Lightbridge and Photography

Posted by dmiladinovich on 09 December 2012 - 11:00 AM

Hi everyone,

I've owned the 16" lightbridge for a few years now and i'm starting to get interested in photography. Is anyone here experiences with taking pictures with the 16" Lightbridge or if anything experienced with taking pictures with a telescope at all??

Since the number of locations for purchasing telescopes adn their accessories around me is limited im forced to buy things online. Before i do i usually like to know as much about what im buying especially for things like this. I need to make sure the adapters and everything fit together correctly and that im doing this right.

Specific question i have:

Do i need to buy an adapter piece for the telescope?? (I do understand that this may depend on the camera and most cameras have their own t-adapters.) I'm wondering because if I have the adapter that comes with the camera do i need another one for the telescope or will it fit right in?? Before I purchase a camera i want to know which cameras will work with my telescope or how can i know this.

I was hoping to contact a product specialist from Meade but I'm having a hell of a time trying to contact any form of customer service from Meade unless i had already bought something from them and have an order number. Kind of ridiculous customer support if you ask me but anyways....

Here is a link to the telescope i own: http://store.meade.c...-dobsonian.html
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#16200 Copernicus – Lightbridge 16, Canon T2i

Posted by JohnGraham on 16 March 2013 - 07:59 AM

Copernicus-2/25/2013 0h UT
Telescope: Meade Lightbridge 16 @ f/9 (OPT 2” 2x Barlow)
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i, 1.25” adapter, manual remote switch
Filter: None
Exposure: 4x1/500sec, ISO 400 saved as RAW
Mirror Lock-up: On, 5 second pause to allow vibrations to settle
Software: Nebulosity 2, Panorama Maker 3, Registax 6, Photoshop CS4

This was taken on the evening of February 24th, local time, about a day before the moon was full. Although I took enough images to build a mosaic (still working on that) I also wanted to take a short stack of images of Copernicus. The ray structure of this crater is simply amazing and I can’t help but wonder what it must have looked like when it was formed. I must say, building stacks of images are a heck of a lot easier than building a mosaic with an undriven altaz mount! To take the images I first set the focus with a Bahtinov mask and a nearby star. I then set the scope so that Copernicus would cross the center of the field. As it approached the center I trigger the mirror lockup with my wired remote switch, counted to 5 to let the vibrations settle, and then tripped the shutter. The resulting images are way over-sampled, so I binned them 2x2 with Nebulosity, stacked them in Registax, sharpened with a mild wavelet, and then finished the image in Photoshop. For these simple images Photoshop Elements would have worked just as well.


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#15752 Motor unit failure

Posted by nanook5 on 12 February 2013 - 06:09 AM


The other night I was using my autostar to align my lxd 75 n6-at.

It went to the align star ( Capella ) and I tried using the right arrow key to align it in my eyepiece but my auto star reset.

The upon entering time/date , when I came to daylight savings and pressed no the auto star would turn off and restart again.

I gave up and brought it inside I reset it and I tried it again and this time I got Proc . trap 2 .

I restarted the auto star again and the R.A motor slewed what seemed to be the fastest speed and then when the DEC was about to hit the R.A motor I switched it off .

This continued for a day or so until It miraculously it stopped .

I pressed align and got motor unit failure.

Now this whole mount was bought about 1 month ago from a guy who said he only used it once or twice while his other mount was getting fixed as it had a crack in it .

On the night I was using mains 12v DC and when it started restarting I tried the battery pack and it wouldn’t power it .(But it did when I brought it inside )

Does this sound like a firmware issue with all these different errors .(I just updated to 43eg )
And by the way this was my first time using the austostar with this(NEW) mount outside but it worked fine inside.
NOTE : I had used this Autostar on my previous mount

Cheers for any help

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#16462 ETX 80 Autostar version

Posted by dogeddie on 31 March 2013 - 03:51 PM

I am purchasing an ETX 80 and I understand they are now coming with 497 Autostar controllers instead of the old 494 version. I believe the Meade number for the 497 version is 0805-04-26. I need the info for ordering. Can someone verify this? Thanks
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#16710 autostar controler handset - wiring diagram

Posted by sailing70s on 07 April 2013 - 04:11 PM

I purchased a Meade 2090 , white tube @ 21.5 inches along with a DS 2000 series mount and tripod. Some of the wires that attach the 424 controller to the mount have been pulled out of the plastic plug. Can someone provide me with the following information please ?
The color sequence of the wires into the plug and
Directions on how to open the plug so I can fix the connections
Or directions for opening the 424 controller

I will very much appreciate any assistance you may provide. I purchased the unit knowing the auto guide probably wouldn't work. I am in my 70s, living on Social Security and take pride in recycling items I want to have but cannot afford.

Thank You,

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#16926 March and April

Posted by Philip Pugh on 20 April 2013 - 03:35 AM

The full March report is finished and I added some Moon shots and video of the ISS pass yesterday to the April thread.

Now check out the full blog: http://www.blogger.c...703845#allposts
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#16870 Meade Star Quest DS 114

Posted by flameangel on 15 April 2013 - 05:47 PM

Hi Everyone (anyone),

I am very very new to telescopes and I need alot of Help if anyone is willing!
I have a Meade StarQuest DS 114 and know nothing about it. Can anyone
take the time to help me understand this telescope.
I would love to get into our sky!

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#16695 Bobs Knobs on LS 8

Posted by gunfighter48 on 06 April 2013 - 10:53 PM

Has anyone installed Bobs Knobs on their LS 6 or LS 8 scope? If so was there any problems getting them installed? After reading the instructions for installing them on the 6 screw LS series scopes I'm not too comfortable doing the installation. Seems you can move one of the backing springs out of place and looks to be quite a process for getting them back into postition. Just wondering if moving the spring out of place is a real possibility.
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#16471 ETX 70 questions

Posted by dogeddie on 01 April 2013 - 09:35 AM

I picked up an ETX 70 used and there was no plastic cover for the eyepiece port to keep dust out when there isn't an eyepiece installed. I assume there is supposed to be one. Anyone know where I can get one? Thanks

Also, how freely should the scope turn on the horizontal axis? It seems quite stiff. Thanks for any help.
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#13842 Shipping date?

Posted by FrankM on 06 May 2012 - 11:53 AM

Has anyone heard when the LX600 scopes will begin shipping? I've been told I am #1 on the list at OPT for the 12-incher but no one seems to know if the scopes will begin shipping in a few weeks or a few months.

On a somewhat related topic, does anyone know if the OTA on the 12-inch LX600 is the same length (dimensions, not focal length) as on the 12-inch LX200 series? The focal length is substantially shorter, so I'm wondering if that equates to a physically shorter tube.

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#16897 Im having issues on alignment. Scope does not stop slewing.

Posted by Mad_Stars on 17 April 2013 - 08:48 AM

Hi I just got my LX80 10inch a week ago and It was working fine untill last night. I set it up at around 9pm in the alt/az mode did the easy alignment on 2 stars then started tracking the moon, all was well. Then as it got darker and more stars came out I decided to track jupiter, I went to do another alignment as more stars were visible, I turned the mount off, re-positioned it to the home location on magnetic north and turned it back on, then set it to do a easy alignment like usuall, except this time it did not stop "slewing" for the first alignment star, it turned to the right for a moment and then kept spinning on the up/down axis untill I turned it off because I thought something was wrong. I turned it off/on again and did the normal setup as per the instruction manual, I checked the locks they were fine then I decided to just manually track the moon, the up/down axis was super fast while the left/right axis was normal, its as if the up/down was stuck at maximum speed and I could only change the left/right speed with the 1-9 keys. I tried going into the settings and doing a reset and reconfiguring the options but the problem persisted.

Can anyone help? I dont know meades support email or I would contact them as well...

Thanks in advance.
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#16573 connection issues

Posted by jaspalchadha on 03 April 2013 - 10:26 AM

Hi I am currently using the latest software for autostar and using windows 7. The cable connected to my scope is a USB serial converter. I have tried to connect the scope up via COM 8 ( Cant get to set to 1 - 5 ) and the warning sign comes up stating don't stand near the scope etc etc. I cant control it Shortly it times out. Ur thoughts
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#14022 Autostar Updater failed load to Windows 7 64 bit Dell laptop

Posted by cmcarthur on 26 May 2012 - 11:31 AM

Have attempted many loads all unsuccessfully. Error message re timeout each attempt. Has anyone found a solution?
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