|This is the step-by-step book that guides you through all
the setup, alignment to achieve precision GOTO night after night without
frustration. All the little tricks that makes setting up, aligning and using
your ETX-Autostar observing system easy. Over 50 information packed pages
with many illustrations and photographs. A collections of many hours of
time and frustration saving experience. (Instructions applies to DS telescope
also)The ETX-Autostar observation system The ETX-Autostar observation system
consists of the ETX telescope, the Autostar and the Tripod.How you set up
these three components would determine how precise and consistent is your
observation.You need to look at the ETX telescope, Autostar and the tripod
as an integrated system.
There is no overall instruction for the beginner. There is a manual for
the telescope on how to use the telescope.There is also the very brief
manual on how to setup the Autostar.There may be a manual for the tripod.Each
part of the observation system (telescope, Autostar and tripod) comes
with its instruction with very little overall consideration.It is important
the system work with each other.Worst of all, the manual assumes that
the beginner user know how the entire system should work together.
This guide book take the entire Meade ETX-Autostar observation system
as a whole and guide you though step-by-step process to integrate you
telescope, Autostar and tripod in to one observation system. You will
achieve perfect GOTO night after night after night without frustration.
There will be no consistency without precision steps.A small error here,
a little off there, and these little imprecision add up to big error.
If setup properly, the ETX/Autostar telescope, is amazingly precise even
at such a low cost This guide book will show you all the precision steps
require for perfect results. This field guide is designed to show all
the essentials on how to setup and align the Meade ETX/Autostar Observation
system with precision without going into a lot of boring theory.This is
a practical guide that if you follow the instruction, you will get the
This is how good you GOTO can be:By following the instruction in this
guide book, you can expect ALL target stars will appear in the viewfinder,
better than 80% of GOTO targets will appear (not necessarily centered)
in the 26mm eyepiece of the ETX-90EC.If you follow the instruction here,
you will get good GOTO consistently, night after night of comfortable
star glazing without frustration. The instructions here will show you
the step-by-step process how to achieve precision results.Total setup
and alignment time for perfect GOTO: 10 minutes!
In the Guide Book for
Meade ETX telescopes, Meade 497 Autostar, Meade Tripod :
||Step-by-step and precision instruction
||The Meade ETX-Autostar System: the telescope,
Autostar and tripod
How the system must work as a whole.
||Precision viewfinder alignment
Precision DEC Dial setting.
Precision telescope leveling for Polar and Alt/Az Home position.
Precision Home positions (Polar & Alt/Az)
||Precision Meade Autostar setup
Get exact Latitude and Longitude of your address without a GPS unit
Precision time any time from an atomic clock to the second.
Fine tune Autostar with your telescope
- Correct and precision method to Train Drive
- Eliminates drive lack time (telescope does not move immediately
after you push the button)
- Eliminates jerky telescope movements
- Eliminates and avoid motor failure messages
Autostar problem troubleshooting
Precision setting of Latitude
||What is North? Which North to use?
Magnetic North and Magnetic declination compensation
North Celestial Pole
How to find the EXACT True North Celestial Pole, precision method
Do you know you must align North before a Star alignment?
|How to use compass for north alignment and
How to align with the Pole star.
How to align to the North Celestial Pole precisely for perfect GOTO
Align only once for permanent type telescope pier or stand.
||Pre-alignment check list
Precision star alignment method
Star Alignment troubleshooting
||Eyepiece focal length, magnification, field
of view reference table
|Computer Controlled Astronomy
||GOTO from the Computer Screen
Control the telescope from your compute, point the telescope to a
star with your mouse.
|Computer Software to control
What can be easier than looking at the computer screen and compare
the screen with the sky. Point and Click the telescope to the star
of you choice right on the computer screen. Want to see all the
stars of a constellation? Just point and click on each star of the
constellation from you computer screen. There is no need to find
them yourself in the sky.
Hold down the left mouse button and drag, the sky rotates with
your mouse movement! Your browse the entire sky with you mouse.
Spin the mouse wheel and you zoom in on the target.
Tips on setting up your Autostar.
Find the EXACT longitude and latitude of your location.
Connect and test the connection of you telescope with the Autostar.
Quick setup of the planetarium/telescope control software.
A simplified user manual/quick tip for immediate use of the telescope
|What is on the CD:
|The Guide Book
|Adobe Acrobat Reader
||To read the Guide Book if you don't already have
|WinStars For PC
||Control your telescope from PC
|Planetarium for Palm OS PDA
||Control your telescope from Palm OS PDA
||Atomic Clock System time for PC