114EQ-DH4 Handbox Options
Posted 27 March 2018 - 09:11 PM
I picked up an Autostar 497EP recently. I'd like to to control this scope with it as I find the audio info to be very educational. Is there a way to do this? Add to the fact that this is a Goto EQ mount, and the fact that I have a CCD scope camera, and it could be an incredibly fun toy. And I could control it from my laptop if the Audiostar will work with it. Currently there is no way to use the laptop with it.
Posted 28 March 2018 - 09:11 AM
That Starfinder handbox is before my time, so I am not sure if it is compatible. I do not recall there being any equatorial systems compatible with the AutoStar controllers. Any of the 497 handboxes will work with any of the DS mounts. I do not think there is anyone at Meade any more that could tell you about this scope either. Is there any kind of number associated with the Starfinder handbox?
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Posted 28 March 2018 - 04:59 PM
If there's a way to use the 497EP with this, it'd be awesome to run it from a laptop. The actual scope is the exact same as the DS-114AT. Of which I have two.
The 494 handboxes show an option for Alt/Az and EQ, but I've always just assumed that was for using the ETX on a wedge. But now I wonder...
Unlike every other EQ I've ever seen, the 114EQ-DH4 has a neutral home position. Instead of turning the RA horizontal, it starts vertical. I've always assumed that it was to prevent the motor boxes from clashing. But now I wonder if it might be to simulate a wedge... if so, it seems it would be a simple task to adjust the settings for it.
What are your thoughts?
Posted 28 March 2018 - 05:15 PM
Posted 28 March 2018 - 06:37 PM
You have my sympathies!
However, if the handbox is really identical to a 494, a 497 handbox will work on anything a 494 will work on......at least anything I have tried one on.
Posted 28 March 2018 - 09:04 PM
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