The scope seems in good shape and slews around OK. But I'm a bit confused by a couple of things, esp since the Meade website doesn't seem to be supporting legacy info on my old scope.
The hardcopy manual that comes with is dated 10/04 and shows 3 scopes on the front, with the old SmartFinder LNT module (I'm adding a Rigel Quikfinder.) (I can find this manual online, plus one for 2009 and 2016 (Observer not PE model.))
This manual explains Automatic Alignment. On pg 36 it also discusses Two-Star and Easy Alignment. It says: "Easy Align operates the same as Two-Star Alignment, except that AutoStar picks the two alignment stars from its database." So what's the difference between Easy and Automatic alignments? (Also, I noticed the 2016 Observer manual does not mention Automatic alignment. The Autostar manual Meade posts online at https://www.meade.co...star_manual.pdf seems to indicate a 2015 date. Related to my automatic alignment question above: In the menu diagram on pg5, it shows Easy, One Star and Two Star alignment, no automatic alignment.)
The Autostar handset (497 I assume) just says AUTOSTAR at the top. When I turn it on it looks like the date is 2005 [c(05)] and firmware 33E. Is it possible and/or worth it to update somehow?