View Full Version : Question for those with Meade telescopes

2003-Apr-10, 08:35 PM
I have a problem that perhaps some other amateur astronomers could solve. I've been cruising the sky for a few years with my trusty Minolta binculars and am pretty good finding things, at least with a star chart handy. I can find most of the constellations, planets, etc. So I decided to expand my hobby and I bought a Meade ETX-105EC with the Autostar controller.

The Autostar is supposed to be world famous for its ease and simplicity, but I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO SET THE !@$#%^ THING UP!!! I read the manual and here is what I have tried:
I set the ETX level.
I twist it all the way around manually until it stops, and then turn it back so the fork arm is over the control panel .
I point it north.

Now, what happens is the Autostar tries to push the telescope past its hardstops. I can use the scope without the Autostar, but it seems to have a lot of potential and I want to get the most out of it. Can anyone help?

2003-Apr-10, 09:27 PM
I responded to your post here (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=4649&highlight=) on this subject.

2003-Apr-11, 02:10 AM
Hey BigJim,
Check out this site.
They have lots of advice on how to beat the ETX at it's own game.

Used to have one of these but moved on to a bigger scope and I don't rememver all the little tricks. It may be that you rotated the wrong way or put the wrong fork over the panel or put in the wrong city/location or have a bad hand controller. It is very easy to replace the controller if that's the problem.

Good luck,