New LX200 Doesn't know where it is
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:35 AM
I have a new Lx200 10"ACF that I bought in January and shipped to Tokyo as I will be working here for awhile.
It has some problems with Automatic Alignment (I haven't even tried other alignment modes yet) in that the GPS time, date, and location is constantly wrong and the OTA is pointing South when it begins star searching. It actually is going in the opposite direction.
I even saved a landmark terrestrial object and after shutting down and sending the OTA back to it, it went in the opposite direction.
My HBX is reading 4.2g.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:00 PM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:23 AM
1. put the GMT offset as "0" and then set your telescope's Time and Date to 9 hours ahead of your real time there in Tokyo.
2. try setting GMT time to "-9"
I believe I am using the first method with success but I don't have my scope set up to double-check right now.
The second method might work as well. Meade has the GMT offsets set up backwards in their LX200 Classic scopes and it is probably the same with their GPS scopes. In Arizona, it should me a GMT offset of "-7" (7 hours behind GMT time) but instead you need to put "+7" into the scope as the GMT Offset. Maybe it works well in reverse as well meaning Tokyo is +9 hours ahead of GMT but instead you need to put "-9" into the scope.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:09 PM
A good idea would be to join the Yahoo User's Group for the LX200 telescopes. There is one group just for the Classics, but there is another group that covers the GPS models as well. Also, the Japanese love astronomy so there should be some astronomy clubs in town whose members also have Meade GPS scopes. You might ask around a bit at your workplace. If Japan is like China, the locals love to make friends with the foreigners so they can practice their English
Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:40 PM
A good idea would be to join the Yahoo User's Group for the LX200 telescopes. There is one group just for the Classics, but there is another group that covers the GPS models as well.
Yeah, those guys live for a challenge like this. It's probably only a setting in a train of settings that have to be correct. I personally have never left the country (or the state) with any of my LX200s so I would be curious as to what it is. Please post the resolution when you get it.
Good luck, Chris