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Little or no display - Meade 494 AutoStar Telescope Control Unit (Handbox only)

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Meade Autostar 497 Problems - Cloudy Nights Home


Meade Autostar 497 Problems - posted ... used a different circuitry and only the 494 with the "TC ... for M45 to rise a little higher. Motors can run when no handbox ...
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Weasner's Meade Autostar Information


With that connection still on I also tried the Remote Handbox, only finding that to ... Lenovo R61i Telescope: Meade ... to update my Autostar, no problems ...
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Weasner's Meade AutoStar Feedback


Welcome to the AutoStar feedback page. This page is intended to provide user comments on using the Meade Autostar #494 ... to control the telescope when the display ...
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Meade Autostar Instruction manual - manualzz.com


Instruction Manual ® Autostar #494 Computer Controller Meade Instruments ... computer control panel Handbox ... all telescope operations with only a 2 ...
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Meade DS2114 4.5" reflector telescope with #494 Autostar and ...


Meade DS2114 4.5" reflector telescope with #494 Autostar and terrible ... #494 Autostar Electronic Control System ... where there is only a little light pollution ...
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Meade Instruments Corporation - PDF - docplayer.net


... #494 Autostar Handbox. ... The hand control display will then ask for the ... Altazimuth Refracting Telescope Meade Instruments Corporation 6001 OAK ...
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Mike's Telescope by Michael Vagenas - issuu


... Mike's Telescope ... #494 Autostar Handbox. ... This warranty applies to the original purchaser only and is non-transferable. Meade products purchased ...
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Little or no display - Meade 494 AutoStar Telescope Control Unit (Handbox only)


That does not help in troubleshooting - can you be more specific?
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Meade Autostar handbox


Because this is a new purchase i would suggest getting the handbox replaced under warranty. If the guy was rude, then mention this to their management. There have been quite a few prolems with meade gear on our site here. Handbox included. If you are up to it you can open it up. if so inspect the board for damage, shorts or loose solder joints. Some of these things can be repaired, some cannot. On this last statement it would seem sensible to get the replacement then start again from scratch. I have found about 7 recent problems with this unit, so be aware this is not a fault free unit.nettiser
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Telescope control unit AUTOSTART failure


Hi,I think your control unit is "bricked"; that is it was in the middle of an upgrade and lost power, the new firmware has not been completely written while the old has been deleted.However, based on your query "another method to communicate" and since your control unit uses RS-232 serial interface adapter, might not what you need is another communications method other than the PC astronomical software program or with the Autostar Suite software or whatever it is currently using? Have you tried "Hyperterminal"? I just do not think it is available in Vista, XP and lower Windows only.For reference and further information, pls check here and/or here.Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.
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Message...Proc. trap 2 what does it mean ? - Meade 494 AutoStar Telescope Control Unit (Handbox only)


It means the firmware is corrupted.It may be possible to reset it from software. Try and reload the Autostar firmware from a PC. (Download the updater application from Meade's website. http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar_info http://www.meade.com/support/index.html
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Meade 494 autostar alignment - telescope not stopping for confirmation


Best I can do for youhttp://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html
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Meade autostar hand unit fails after 2 seconds changed hand units


You damaged the circuits inside the hand controller-- unless you are an electronics whiz these cannot be repaired.However you can find them for sale directly from Meade and on Ebay (used) usually for about $80.
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My meade autostar controller seams to be messing up . its a 494 the bottom motor just goes around and around. do I need a new controller or what??


My autostar controller wouldn't go up or down. openned up and there seams to be a spring missing or something to force the cam together. anyone have a exploded view
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I have a Meade ETX-70AT scope that I inherited from a neighbor years ago. It came with two eye pieces (9 and 25 mm), a tripod, and an Autostar which I believe is the #494 model. On the bottom of the Autostar, there are no ports for cables and only the coil cable going in (no way to remove it without cutting it). When I plug it in, even with fresh batteries in the scope, and turn on the power, I only see one row of LCD squares, occasionally two, and every once in a great while it lights up red. I usually try it when indoors where I can see what I'm doing, and I am at a loss for what to do, other than break it open and try to fix it myself. Thanks in advance, Alex


The hand controller cable is probably defective-- right at the connector that plugs into the scope. Any computer network "wizard" can replace the connector. The wires must be in the exact same sequence when he repairs it.If this simple fix does not work and you KNOW that the batteries are good-- then the hand controller is defective and will need to be replaced.
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My question is, I have a Meade Autostar #494 How do I see through the lenses?


The 494 is the HAND CONTROLLER NUMBER--- not the telescope. What Meade telescope do you own??
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