I got my username/account fixed, so I figured I'd log on and introduce myself. I am a returning novice to astronomy, having started out with an old ancient, beat up, cheesy, 50mm refractor scope that was on a wooden tripod (I think it was a Tasco). It was so awful back then, I gave up...
All these decades later, to my surprise, my sister-in-law and her husband flat out GAVE ME their old telescope. It is a Meade DS2114-ATS-TC, reflecting scope. The box says Telestar though. It is a 114mm aperture, 1000mm focal length, Bird-Jones style telescope. It came with a 25mm eyepiece, a 9mm eyepiece, and a 2X Barlow lens. It dates back to 2005 when you research the paperwork in the box. Word has it that my in-laws used the scope back in 2005 and looked at the moon and maybe Jupiter or something, and that was it. I assume they didn't use the Autostar remote, or really and truly understand what the scope was capable of. So.... they took it back apart, put everything back in its original bubble wrap, and stored it away back in the original box for quite a number of years. I have a mint condition 10 year old scope that works perfect!
I hope to learn more about the scope and all of its capabilities. The motor drive and Autostar function work perfect, after I got it all aligned. All the glass and mirrors are spotless too. I was amazed after I put the scope on 0° magnetic north, tightened everything down, and then selected Jupiter from the Autostar menu. The motor drive went, "bzzzz....wrrrr...." and locked on Jupiter (but then I had to do a little fine tuning, which is to be expected). I put in the 2X Barlow lens and the 25mm eyepiece, and after focusing carefully - very carefully - I saw Jupiter like I have never seen it before, except in pictures! I clearly saw 2 distinct cloud bands and 4 surrounding stars (Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede). Wow!!!
What a heck of a belated Christmas present, huh? Anyone else have a scope like this one? What do you think or recommend?