New member with an older model DS telescope
Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:49 PM
Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:12 AM
You can get the AutoStar software in the Customer Support section of www.meade.com. I am not sure if it works on Windows 7, since I do not have it loaded on a computer with that operating system. I have XP machines and the software works quite well. They should also have a digital copy of your manual there as well. Even though I have a DS 90 and a DS 114 sitting in my garage, (no motors on the DS 114) I am not sure about the hookup. Normally, you use a handset to control the scope. The 494 handset does not have a place on it to plug in a computer connecting line, but the 497 (more expensive) does. There is a special adapter type connection that you have to have to connect the mount directly to a computer, when you have the 494 handset.
You can find either of the handsets on eBay, normally. Both can run the scope, go to objects that you choose, and track the object. This, of course assumes that the motors can be attached firmly enough to the mount to operate the scope correctly. The DS 90 that I have will not move around with the motors well enough to get proper alignment, unless I support them with my hand.
Hope things work out for you!
Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:58 PM
So can this still be used electronically from a handset device? or is it best just to keep using it manually?
Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:10 PM
Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:13 PM
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