Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:08 PM
Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:26 PM
I can't help you with your battery but som.one will. If it is easily accessible I don't see why you could not change it.
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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:47 PM
Welcome, this is the place to learn, or how much I really don't know site. Everyone is great here and you'll have fun.
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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:53 PM
Half guess you are in the UK (?)
Meade 102/800, bit unaware of that on a goto. Guess an achro refractor and at f/8 area should be quite good. If you have an 8mm eyepiece try Saturn.
Would expect the battery is for maintaining Time. People complained and I never understood why. Not exactly hard to read the time off a watch and enter it. And you would read it anyway in case mount and watch differed.
Returning to factory is presently I guess not possible. So in a way you have 2 options:
Forget it and live with a dead battery,
Pull it out and put in a new one.
Meade alignment is simple, they did get that right.
If you are in the UK then supply the data you enter. I found one odd thing on mine. The Timezone for some reason had to go in a -0, not 0. More a point to note then anything.
Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:56 PM
Welcome to CN, where we enjoy the Greatest, most rewarding hobby there is,
Posted 08 August 2020 - 01:19 PM
Hi Paul, and welcome to CN!
Do you have the Meade Audiostar mount for this scope? Is the telescope called the StarNavigator 102? If so, I have the same scope.
In the main battery compartment inside the middle of the mount, there is a holder for 8 AA batteries. These can be replaced. And for powering the mount without burning through a million batteries, my husband rigged both a re-chargeable battery pack with longer life, and an A/C adapter I can plug in to a wall. Both run the mount well. Perhaps your battery compartment is different from mine. Kindly don't go experimenting until you get a more definitive answer.
Sending an email to Meade (good luck) or a reputable telescope vendor (better choice) might give you a more informed answer. Best of luck!
Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:25 PM
Posted 08 August 2020 - 05:03 PM
Welcome! You have come to the right place. I would recommend that you add your general location to your profile so that we can steer you toward resources and help. Good luck.
Posted 08 August 2020 - 05:39 PM
Posted 08 August 2020 - 05:49 PM
I’m looking forward to looking at the moon especially the mountains and craters.
One tip for observing the moon: I've always found it more enjoyable to observe when it's somewhere between crescent and gibbous, but not all the way to full. With a full moon, you lose shadows and thus visual cues about the 3D nature of the terrain. Near the terminator you get the best indications of 3d structure.