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Jon Sales

Meade Autostar 2 star alignment problem.

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Hi all,

Had my girlfriends Meade DS2080 out last night. Aligned it using 2 star alignment and it aligned perfectly. Then the batteries went dead, so I changed them and switched it back on.

When I went through the process of the 2 star alignment again it kept failing to align.

It picked Arcturus as the first star and then swung tree tube so it was about to crash into the tripodd. I managed to stop it by switching it off. It did this 4 times in succession before I gave up and used it manually.

Any ideas as to what ths problem could be?

It's never done this before and the batteries are brand new and I set it up properly i.e I've done this countless times so I'm no novice.

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Did you put it back in the park/home (north and levelled) position before aligning after the batteries were changed?

Edited by jflowers

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Yes, did that each time I went through alignment. It did the same thing every time.

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Q. My telescope has gone berserk. It slews until it hits the hard stop in either azimuth or altitude. It behaves erratically. What do I do?

A. Generally this occurs when changing the power source, either by swapping in fresh batteries, switching to AC or a 12VDC source, or when the batteries run low and need replacing. Normally, doing a CALIBRATE MOTORS from the AutoStar will fix it. This is an automatic operation once you select it. Sometimes you may also need to do a TRAIN DRIVES. And on rare occasions you may need to RESET, CALIBRATE MOTORS, TRAIN DRIVES.

From http://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html Mainly about ETX but also lots of autostar stuff.


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