"Starman" Dan Doyle
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
Central Texas Astronomical Society
8" LX200GPS w/ST80 guidescope, Canon 350D+DSI Pro
150mm f/8 Sky Watcher Refractor
10" f/4.5 Homemade Dob RV-6 Criterion Dynascope http://www.darcstarobservatory.webs.com
"My advice is free and worth every penny!"
AP 130EDF-GT & AP Mach1
C14-XLT & AP 900GTO
Quote:You could also potentially be mis-interpreting mega-poor collimation for astigmatism. Grant
Quote:Thanks everyone for your replies. Tonight has been the first clear night since I made this mistake and it's 12 degrees out, a bit too cold for my tastes. I called Meade and spoke with the guys at Adorama and I feel comfortable correcting this with all of your input... on some other night. This is by far the most informative forum that I've been to on the internet and it's great to be a part of it. Should I unload the laser collimator then? It doesn't seem to have a purpose for an SCT.
Quote:I guess the laser collimator was where I went wrong to begin with. The scope was collimated well and I decided to stick the laser in to see how it worked. When the spot did not bounce back and hit the side of the tube I assumed it was way off. Trying to get the back onto the target is how I separated the assembly. First one screw came all the way out and then while trying to adjust the other two to get the screw to go back in the spring fell out. The rest was a train wreck trying to get the spring back in. Is it possible that the laser will not bounce back onto the target even if the scope is collimated?
Quote:I finally got a free night with a clear sky and spent about an hour collimating the thing. I purchased new Bob's knobs because I lost the spacers when I took them out the first time. In the end I'm kind of glad all of this happened because now I have more knowledge about how it works. Thanks for all the help!On a different note now, I spent all day getting the Meade DSI to work with my netbook using Win 7 (nightmare). I got everything set up and the Autostar handbox kept shutting off but the light at the base was still on. After it turning off and realigning 3 times, the screen went black and not turn back on when I flipped the switch off then back on. I started to pack up and decided to give it one more shot in which it turned on again. Then the same thing happened. The red flashlight on top would turn on, then slowly turn off. Getting angry at an entire day and evening ruined, I picked up the entire thing and took in inside without removing the base or wedge. After 30 min I tried it again inside and turned it on. It stayed on all night without rebooting on it's own. Is the autostar 497 controller sensitive to temps below 15 degrees F?tl;dr: Is the autorstar controller sensitive to cold weather?