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Alignment stars new
      #6034473 - 08/19/13 12:20 PM

Before I did an upgrade to my autostar II and went from a 10" to a 12" LX200GPS I used to be given two stars by name to slew to during alignment. I liked this because I could find the exact star without any doubt on Sky Safari. Now it only slews to an area without giving me the specific named stars. Does anybody know why this is and where/if I can change it back?

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Re: Alignment stars new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #6034669 - 08/19/13 02:24 PM

Pressing "?" should make the name of the star appear in the display. Page 20 in the manual.

Also, you can turn off "Brightest Star" in the Utilities Menu. Page 28 in the manual.


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Re: Alignment stars new [Re: Christopher Erickson]
      #6034843 - 08/19/13 04:03 PM

Chris,

Thanks for the explanation. I was thinking I did it during a firmware update. I am already struggling with image shift that makes the scope almost unusable. I know you have experience with Meade repairs. Any suggestions besides the grease application?


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Re: Alignment stars new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #6035124 - 08/19/13 06:29 PM

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Chris,

Thanks for the explanation. I was thinking I did it during a firmware update. I am already struggling with image shift that makes the scope almost unusable. I know you have experience with Meade repairs. Any suggestions besides the grease application?




I don't know how much image shift you are experiencing and it is normal or abnormal.

I heavier grease on the baffle tube can help to a degree.

What I do is use a Crayford focuser, 2" dielectric diagonal and the mirror-lock. I put the Crayford in the middle of its range, focus on something at infinity and then lock the mirror and use the Crayford for focusing.

I also start with my lowest-powered eyepiece when GOTO'ing an object. I then center it and move up in power as desired.

I hope this helps.


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Qwickdraw
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Re: Alignment stars new [Re: Christopher Erickson]
      #6035897 - 08/20/13 06:38 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Chris,

Thanks for the explanation. I was thinking I did it during a firmware update. I am already struggling with image shift that makes the scope almost unusable. I know you have experience with Meade repairs. Any suggestions besides the grease application?





I don't know how much image shift you are experiencing and it is normal or abnormal.

I heavier grease on the baffle tube can help to a degree.

What I do is use a Crayford focuser, 2" dielectric diagonal and the mirror-lock. I put the Crayford in the middle of its range, focus on something at infinity and then lock the mirror and use the Crayford for focusing.

I also start with my lowest-powered eyepiece when GOTO'ing an object. I then center it and move up in power as desired.

I hope this helps.




Yes, that is the procedure the prior owner used. I wanted to use a binoviewer so I eagerly purchased a Binotron 27 from Denk. Unfortunately the use of a binoviewer and a focuser will be too much weight and back focus. I think I may be forced to give up the binoviewer and go strictly mono.


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Re: Alignment stars [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #6035902 - 08/20/13 06:47 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

Chris,

Thanks for the explanation. I was thinking I did it during a firmware update. I am already struggling with image shift that makes the scope almost unusable. I know you have experience with Meade repairs. Any suggestions besides the grease application?





I don't know how much image shift you are experiencing and it is normal or abnormal.

I heavier grease on the baffle tube can help to a degree.

What I do is use a Crayford focuser, 2" dielectric diagonal and the mirror-lock. I put the Crayford in the middle of its range, focus on something at infinity and then lock the mirror and use the Crayford for focusing.

I also start with my lowest-powered eyepiece when GOTO'ing an object. I then center it and move up in power as desired.

I hope this helps.




Yes, that is the procedure the prior owner used. I wanted to use a binoviewer so I eagerly purchased a Binotron 27 from Denk. Unfortunately the use of a binoviewer and a focuser will be too much weight and back focus. I think I may be forced to give up the binoviewer and go strictly mono.




Don't give up on Binoviewing! Especially with a Denk! I have a Denk-II system and love it. Maybe give Russ a call and talk to him about your binoviewing issues and see what he says.


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