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Meade's Autostar II Handbox Controller

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#1 chrisastro64

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Posted 02 March 2024 - 02:02 AM

I'd be grateful if someone on the forum could help me.

 

I recently experienced problems with my Meade Autostar II handbox controller which I have used since 2007 with my Meade 30 cm ACF. I decided to order another one  but my supplier came back with the disappointing news that Meade has decided to cease production (I'd had the product previously on order for  8 months).

 

Is there any other product I could order instead? Does anyone have ideas for an alternative solution? A telescope like mine is entirely dependent on the handbox and who would buy a telescope without one if I decided to sell it? There must be Meade users out there in the same situation.

 

Any information would be gratefully received.

 

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Posted 02 March 2024 - 04:57 AM

Hi Chris

 

First off, post Meade queries in the Meade section.

 

The Autostar II can be completely replaced by the free "ScopeBoss" app for iPhone and iPad.

 

The mount can then be wirelessly controlled.

 

You'll need a WiFi RS232 Adapter plugged into one of the RS232 ports on the mount.

 

Stella or SkyFi or DIY.

 

There's also an Android app, look in the Meade section.



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Posted 02 March 2024 - 05:57 AM

I'd be grateful if someone on the forum could help me.

 

I recently experienced problems with my Meade Autostar II handbox controller which I have used since 2007 with my Meade 30 cm ACF. I decided to order another one  but my supplier came back with the disappointing news that Meade has decided to cease production (I'd had the product previously on order for  8 months).

 

Is there any other product I could order instead? Does anyone have ideas for an alternative solution? A telescope like mine is entirely dependent on the handbox and who would buy a telescope without one if I decided to sell it? There must be Meade users out there in the same situation.

 

Any information would be gratefully received.

 

Chris Allen / Sweden

Meade is still using the Autostar II controller.  It can be ordered from Meade directly as a replacement or you can buy one second hand from the classifieds section.   Until you get a replacement you can either directly connect your mount to a computer through the RS232 port on the mount and USB on the computer, or you can use a wireless option of an RS232 to Wifi adapter.  You will then use an app or planetarium program on the computer which emulates the handbox controls if you need them.  Alternately you can use options like the ZWO ASIAIR products (again with a USB-RS232 cord) and actually platesolve and control the telescope in that manner over phone/tablet/PC.  


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Posted 02 March 2024 - 08:02 AM

Moving to an appropriate forum.


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Posted 02 March 2024 - 12:44 PM

 What is problem with your Autostar II ? If the display is dead it can be replaced  with this display 

 https://buttonworx.c...14-Pin-LCD.html

  The autostar 497 and the Autostar II use the same display 

 

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 02:53 PM

What is problem with your Autostar II ? If the display is dead it can be replaced with this display
https://buttonworx.c...14-Pin-LCD.html
The autostar 497 and the Autostar II use the same display

- Dave

Thanks Dave, this link is really helpful.

Audiostar controllers are AU$400 over here !

He has lots of great hacks on there that could bring a controller back to life đź‘Ť


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