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GIRIS El Kitapcigi

LT ACF ve LT SC Serisi Teleskoplar
AutoStar #497 ile El Kontrolleri

INDEX

UYARI!
Asla Meade ® Serisi Teleskobu ile
GUNES'e bakmayiniz.

Gündüzleri özel Günes filtresiz Günes'e
veya Günes'e yakin yerlere asla bakmayin.

Gözünüze ani bir sekilde kalici zarara
neden olabilir.
Cocuklara herzaman yetiskin gözetiminde
gözlem yaptirilmalidir.

AKÜ GÜVENLIK TALIMATI
• Herzaman dogru ebatta ve marka batarya(pil) kullanin:
8 x “C-tipi” Alkalin batarya(pil) (ANSI 14A, 14AC/
IEC LR14).
• Herzaman pilleri ayni anda degistirin ve yeni pillerle eski
pilleri karistirmayin.

• Pilleri takmadan önce pil yuvalarinin ve kutup(+/-) uclarinin
temizligine dikkat edin.
• Pillerin kutup uclari(+/-) yönlerinin dogru sekilde takildigina
dikkat edin.
• Uzun bir süre kullanmadiginizda pilleri yuvasindan cikartin.
• Kullanilmis pilleri hemen cikartin.
• Asla üzerinden cikartilan pilleri sarj etmeyin, sizintiya veya
yangina sebebiyet verebilir.
• Asla kisa-devre pilleri yüksek sicakliklara magruz birakmayin
sizinti veya patlamaya yol acabilir.
• Asla pilleri isitarak canlandirmaya calismayin.
• Kullandiktan sonra cihaziniz kapatmayi unutmayin.
• Cocuklarin ulasamayacagi yerlerde kücük pilleri saklayin,
yutabilirler.
• Bir pil yutulmasi olayinda derhal tibbi yarim aliniz.

DIKKAT: Bir pil veya parca yutulmasi aninda derhal
doktora haber verin.

ICINDEKKkg

ICINDEKILER
Giris
Uzun süure kullanim icin saglam bir teleskop insa etmek .4 Nesne Menusu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
#497 AutoStar Menu Agaci. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Baslarken Olay Menusu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Kavram Dizini Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Montaj ve LT Teleskop Kulanma
Tripod montaji . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Yardimci Yazilim Menusu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Ayar Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Tripod Kundagi . . ... . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Bataryalarin Kurulum... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . .6 Gelismis AutoStar Ozellikleri
AC Adaptör veya DC Guc Kablosu Kullanma .. ... . . .6 Gözlem Stelerin Eklenmesi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Aksesuar Baglanmasi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Veri Tabaninda Nesneleri Bulamama . . . . . . . . . . .32
Teleskobun Tam Montaji.................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 GoTo Bir Kullanici Nesne Girdisi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Kirmizi Nokta Bulucuyu Kullanma . . . ....... . . . . . . . . . .8 Gözlem Uydulari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Kirmizi Nokta Bulucuyu Ayarlama. ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Kendi Guide Turunuzu Olusturun . . . . . . . . . .33
LT Serisi Hizzalama. .. . . . . . . . . . . ....... . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Bir Tur Yazin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
LT Serisi Home Pozisyonu. . . . . . . . . ........ . . . . . . . . . .9 Yön Bulma Isareti. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Manyetik Kuzey Home Pozisyonu . ........ . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Tanimlama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Dogru Kuzey Home Pozisyonu . ......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Iki-Yildiz Alt/Az Dogrulama. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Autostar Menü lerinde Tur. .......... .. .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .10 Göz Atma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
AutoStar Baslatilirken. . ........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Bakim
Kolay Iki Yildizla Hizzalama . . . ......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Temel Bakim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Kolay Hizzala Prosedü. rü . Nasil Gerceklestirilir. .......... . .11 Kollimasyon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Satü. rne Git. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Optiklerin Incelenmesi .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Teleskop Rehber Turu Kullanm. . . .......... . . . . . . . . . . .12 Teleskop Hareketi Ö lç me . . . . . . . . 43
LT Serisi Temel Ö zellikleri LT Serisi FirmwareGü ncellenmesi . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Teleskop Meade Mü steri Hizmetleri
Temel Ö zelliklerin Teleskobta Tanimlanmasi ........13 Nasil Temasa Gecilir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Temel Ö . zelliklerin Aciklanmasi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Ekler :
Istege Bagli MEADE® Aksesuarlar Egitim Sü rü cü . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Goz Mercegi Secme. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Meade Serisi 4000 Super Plössl Gözmercekleri . .16 Temel Astronomi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Meade Serisi 5000 Premium Gözmercekleri . . . . .15
Gü ç. Kaynagi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Görü. ntü. leyiciler ve Ilgili Aksesuarlari.... . . . . . . . . .18
AutoStar #497 Handbox – Basit Kullanimi
Buttons, Display and their functions . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Observing Using AutoStars’ Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Observe the Moon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Terrestrial Observing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
LT Series Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

AutoStar Operasyonu
AutoStar Navigation Egzersizleri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
AutoStar Tarih Girme.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Guided Tur Menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

® “Meade,” “AutoStar” ve Meade logosu ABD Patenet ve Marka Ofisi ile
dü nya ç apinda baslica ü lkelerde tescilli markalar olarak satlmaktadir.
“Deep Sky Imager”, “LT Serisi" ve "Tonight Best" Meade Endü strisinin
markalaridir.

Patentleri:
US 7,277,223, US 7,079,317, US 7,092,156
US 6,304,376, US 6,369,942, US 6,392,799
© 2009 Meade Instruments Corp.

INDEX

GIRIS
LT Serisi ACF ve LT Serisi SC Telescop
Uzun Bir Süre kullanim için Saglam Bir Teleskop Insa Etmek

Yeni LT Serisi teleskop aldiginiz icin tesekkürler. Bu
. teleskop sistemi ile, yasadigimiz Evreni kesfetmek icin gereken
herseyi bulacakiniz. Meade'in konsepti, herkes kendi bilgi ve becerileri cercevesinde,hem az deneyimli astronom

GIRIS
icin hemde yetenekli astronomlarada hitab edebilecek kullanimi basit teleskoplar yaratmaktir. LT' nin gelistirilmis
özellikleri sayesinde, astonomi alaninda bol cesitler sunarak ögrenmenizi ve astronomi alaninaolan merakinizi daha
da artiracaktir. Burada MEADE LT Serisi teleskop sistem aparatlarin kurulum özelliklerin bir kaci verilmistir.

Optikleri: Optik sistemler seciminiz sizin her türlü ihtiyacini karsiliyor olmalidir. Meade'in Schmidt-Cassegrain
optik yapisi ile mü mkü n olan en iyi fiyata yü ksek performans sunar. Hatasiz beyaz cam yani Ultra-
High-Transmission Coatings (UHTC) yü ksek gecirme kaplamalari ve Pyrex® birincil aynalarinla
rakip firma teleskoplarla karsilastirilabilecek ölcü de muhtesem bir izleme deneyimi sunar.Gelismis
Coma-Free SC modelerimizin tü m özelliklerine sahiptir. Ritchey-Cretien'e denk saha kenarina görü ntü
dü z ve esit bir sekilde yayar. ACF, ciddi uzay resimleri veya görsel calisan astronomlar icin gözlem
optikleri siifinda en yi cözü m sunar.

Mekanik: LT Serisi teleskoplarimiz dayanikli, saglam aliminyum gövdesi ve her iki eksende de minimum periyodik
hata verlmesini saglayan özel disli sistemiyle donatilmis en son teknoloji ye sahip yeni bir modelimizdir.

Bilgisayar: AutoStar #497 handbox sayesinde avuclarinizin arasinda LT Series sistemiyle tam bir kontrol sunar.
30,000 ü zerinde veri tabani ile kesfetmenizi asla sinirlamayin.

Eger sizde bizim gibi yeni LT Serisi teleskobunuzu denemek icin karanlik bir gökyü zü altinda disari cikmak icin
sabirsizlaniyorum diyorsaniz, biz size mü mkü n olan en kisa sü rede kurup calismanizi saglayacak bir kilavuz
hazirladik. Ilk deneyiminden sonra, size hazirlamis oldugumuz "Baslarken Kilavuzu" ile oturup bu teleskop sistemi
hakkinda mevcut tü m gelismis özelliklerini okuyun. Biz inaniyoruzki LT Serisi ile uzun yillar boyu eylenerek Evrene
kendiniz kaptiracaksiniz.

ACIK GÖKYÜZÜLER...

MEADE ÇALISANLARI.

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#497 HANDBOX
BASLARKEN

BASLARKEN
You may want to perform the LT telescope assembly indoors in the light so that you become familiar with the
parts and operation before moving the telescope outside into the dark for observing. This Getting Started Guide
assumes you are too impatient to read the entire manual first and want to use your new telescope as quickly as
possible. Just follow the simple steps below and you will be up and running before you know it. 

It is best to set up the telescope in twilight or before
sunset the first time you use it. Take the telescope and
tripod outside. Set the telescope in a large open area Lock-Knob
where you can see lots of sky. Don’t setup right next

AutoStar
to a building or a wall. Make sure the ground is stable
and is approximately level. It is best to set up the scope
away from bright nighttime lighting. Bright lights will
spoil your night vision and impede your ability to see
the sky.

Assembling the Tripod

 Thread in two lock-knobs on each leg (six total)
near the foot of each tripod leg. Use the lock-knobs
to vary the height of the inner, extendible tripod leg
sections. Tighten the locks to a firm feel only; do
not overtighten.

Spreader Shaft

End Nut 

Remove the field tripod from the shipping carton. Spreader Bar
Stand the tripod vertically with the tripod feet down
and with the tripod still fully collapsed. Grasp two of
the tripod legs and, with the full weight of the tripod
on the third leg, gently pull the legs apart to a fully
open position.
 Remove the end nut from the spreader shaft
and slide the spreader in between the telescope
legs. Attach the end nut and hand tighten until the
telescope legs are held snuggly in the most spread
position. Position the tripod where you want the
telescope to be and check that the top of the tripod is
approximately level.

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Insert to provide the quality voltage and current required to 8 (user supplied) Alkaline “C” batteries into the battery power and protect the electronics in the telescope. Do not install batteries backwards or mix the entire telescope onto the top of the tripod head. Slide the battery compartment back into the telescope Plug the AC plug into a AC household socket and re-attach the battery compartment cover. It is specifically selected the battery tray out until it reaches its end stop. Using an AC Adapter or Installing the Batteries DC Power Cord Power Port  Use only the optional Meade Universal AC Power  Remove the end cover from the battery Adapter (part number 07584 for North America or 07584F for 220v foreign) with your LT Series telescope compartment exposing the battery tray. batteries may scope register on the center hub of the tripod head. Improperly installed Carefully screw the three attachment thumb-screws batteries void your Meade warranty. compartment. For external DC power use the optional #607 DC Power Cord (part number 07043) to connect to an automotive 12v DC accessory socket. the batteries if they will not be used for a long period Hand tighten the screws so the telescope cannot spin of time. new and used batteries. INDEX 66 .ends Power adapters from other manufactures may cause are as indicated in the battery holder. Do not mix battery types. Follow battery manufacturer’s Take the LT Series from its packaging and place precautions. STARTED #497 HANDBOX Mounting the Telescope Center Hub GETTING Follow the battery polarity (orientation) as indicated by molded icons AutoStar Thumb-Screw CAUTION: Use care to install batteries as indicated by  the battery compartment. or leak. explode. Always remove on the bottom of the plate to the base of the tripod. or wobble on the tripod head. damage and void your warranty. Take care that the batteries + and . If Rotate the telescope head slowly until you feel the these precautions are not followed. Carefully slide when connecting to AC power. catch fire. and the DC plug into the 12v DC socket on the telescope panel.

Speed 5: Medium . Speed 1: Slow Number Keys Dust Cap Diagonal Prism . Plug one end into the HBX port of the control panel and plug the other end into the Handbox port on the LT Series handbox. . STARTED #497 HANDBOX Attaching Accessories Your Telescope is now Fully Assembled GETTING AutoStar Now remove the dust cover from the front of the telescope tube.  Be sure the telescope master power switch is in the off position. Flip the Power Switch on the computer control panel to the ON position. Arrow . The copyright message lights on AutoStar’s LCD display. Be careful not to touch the glass lens. Keys . Rear Cell Thread Eyepiece Holder Slew Speeds: Speed 9: Fast . Remove the LT Series handbox and the coiled interface cable from the packing materials. .

Thread the 1. See page 20 for more thumbscrew to a firm feel. “Press 0 to align or Mode for Menu” displays. “9” is the fastest speed the eyepiece holder and lock in place by turning the and “1” is the slowest speed. or left. Place the Super Plössl details. Or you can Press “0” to begin Easy Alignment. INDEX 7 .25" eyepiece holder onto up. right. To change the telescope’s slew the rear cell thread. down. Slide the diagonal prism into speed. You Remove the dust cap from the rear cell of the can use the Arrow keys to slew (move) the telescope telescope. diagonal prism thumbscrew to a firm feel only. 26mm eyepiece into the diagonal prism and tighten the See page 11 for more information. press a Number key.

Now turn on the Red Dot Viewfinder and adjust Red Dot Viewfinder. It’s that simple. the brightness so you can see the red dot. This will extend its battery life and make it easier to see faint stars in the background. is in focus. STARTED #497 HANDBOX Using the Red Dot Finder Adjusting the Red Dot Finder On/Off & Brightness GETTING Adjustment AutoStar Because your telescope has so much magnification. To help you point to time. Turning further clockwise will increase the dot brightness. You will see a red dot superimposed on your view. Look through the finder’s glass window. select a moderately low speed. hard to know exactly where your telescope is but you may need to touch-up the alignment from time pointing by simply looking at it. Using the direction keys on the handbox. and move the scope to center your target as you look through the Now use the hand controller to put the laser dot on a eyepiece. Check to see that the desired target is in movement keys without removing your eye from the the eyepiece and adjust the focus knob until the object eyepiece. To do this. It works much like a fighter pilot’s Screws heads-up display. object at which you were looking. the LT Series has a 1X object. move the Now. To turn on the Red Dot Finder. adjust the indicated telescope until the red dot is on the target you want to thumb screws until you have put the red dot on the view in the eyepiece. for terrestrial scope and using the hand controller center a distant targets or GO TO pointing. its field of view is very small. without moving the telescope. like speed 5. This a great way to get used to finding the new target. As you get close to your target. This can make it The Red Dot Finder has been aligned at the factory. Look through the sight as pictured above. The Red Dot Finder will aid you in pointing your Adjustment telescope easily. Focus Knob INDEX 8 . look through the eyepiece of your the telescope quickly and accurately. carefully rotate the power switch until you feel it click on. Adjust the dot to the minimum brightness where it can be easily seen.

the stars feature to precisely level the optical tube. The telescope is now in the True North Home night vision and impede you ability to see the sky. Once the telescope is fully assembled and outside under the night sky. you will first need to initialize AutoStar. Fig. sky. Now use the up/down arrow keys on the AutoStar It is best to set up the telescope in twilight or before controller to level the optical tube. 19. 5. Bright lights will spoil your 3. 5. move the telescope so that out of the eyepiece field of view. HANDBOX SERIES Aligning the LT Series 2. Place the included Figure 7: Bubble Level/Compass bubble level/compass into the diagonal prism and use the AutoStar left/right arrow keys (pg. The speed at which the stars move is called the sidereal rate. 5) on Bubble is centered the AutoStar controller. rate so that it automatically tracks the stars and True North Home Position ALIGNING#497 other objects in the night sky. 5) to move the telescope so the optical tube is lined up with the compass needle. pointing to Magnetic North Magnetic North Home Position 1. the object will drift on the AutoStar controller. See Figure 6. Using the up/down arrow keys (pg. INDEX 9 . Now use the automatically keeps an object more or less centered in AutoStar left/right arrow keys (pg. 19. Figure 6: Alt/Az Home Position Either North direction can be used and the LT Series will prompt you to which North direction the optical tube is pointing before beginning an alignment. move the telescope so that the optical tube is approximately level. Fig. set the telescope into the home position. the LT Series must first be aligned on the sky. 19. The telescope is now in the Magnetic North Home THE LT can setup your telescope to move at the sidereal Position. 2. 19. If the telescope is not 1. 5. Fig. 5) tracking an astronomical object. You 3. The LT Series Home Position North Once the LT Series is fully assembled. 5. Using the up/down arrow keys (pg. Setup the level/compass can be place into the diagonal prism telescope in a large open area where you can see lots and has a built in bubble level feature that will aide in of the night sky. Position. It is best to setup the scope away from bright nighttime lighting. The tracking function the optical tube is approximately level. Fig. approximately level. appear to move from East to West. The telescope will then be pointing in the direction of Magnetic North. 5) to move the the telescope’s eyepiece. Make sure the ground is stable and leveling the optical tube if needed. and perform the Easy Alignment in order for the LT Series to successfully locate celestial objects. follow the steps below to correctly place the Compass needle is telescope into the home position. The home position for the LT Series is with the Telescope telescope optical tube level and pointed in the direction Tube is level of either True North or Magnetic North. The included bubble sunset the first time you use the LT Series. telescope so the optical tube is pointing in the direction To automatically track and locate objects in the night of True North (the north star Polaris). Now use the up/down arrow keys on the AutoStar controller to level the optical tube using bubble level As the Earth rotates beneath the night sky.

Use the Scroll keys to scroll through the list of The Arrow keys are also used to move the telescope. ALIGNING#497 • Press MODE to move back toward the top Repeat this process until all 5 digits of your zip menu level. 24-hour clock (blank). Set Your Location or Zip Code: The Location 10. Enter the current time. See “Easy (Two-Star) the city and state or country of your observing Alignment” for performing an alignment on location). active. observing location or the location (i. Verify that AutoStar is properly connected to appears on screen. Then press ENTER. See “Getting Started” page 5. your telescope. press the Mode and press enter. press the MODE Note: The location settings (country/state/province key to exit to the main AutoStar menu. 8. c. states. the left most “0” is highlighted. wish to choose either the zip code of your The Autostar display now reads “North Method. • Press the Scroll keys to move up and down b.” or vertical directions. Align” method. a. alphabetically) closest to the observing site. If Daylight Savings Time is not active. Turn the telescope power switch to the ON Savings Time. Press 0 to align your telescope using the “Easy 7. The AutoStar database is organized in levels for quick and easy navigation. key. Press “1” to select the zip code option the night sky. If you wish to INDEX 10 . The telescope then tests the motor function of ENTER. If you chose the location option. Now enter the current date. 7) on the page 11. System initialization is now complete and screen displays. AutoStar then asks for the Telescope Model. of cities. As you enter a digit. page 34 for more information. Perform this procedure the first time you use AutoStar Use the Scroll keys to scroll through the list or after performing a RESET (see “RESET” page 30). “Press 0 to Align or Mode for Menu” displays. the telescope by moving in the horizontal and 9. press the “2” key.. Press ENTER. digits. alignment on the night sky. See SITE. use the Site menu. Press ENTER when the correct city 1. If Daylight Savings Time is position. or zip code) are only asked for the first time you turn on the control panel. Then AutoStar takes a few moments Note: Daylight Savings Time may be referred to start up the system. entering 1=True 2= Compass”.e. 5. Enter the next digit. 19. the right will be highlighted. This screen asks you if you Autostar enters into the Easy Alignment routine. The next screen requests the status of Daylight 2. HANDBOX SERIES Moving Through AutoStar’s Menus change this setting later on. Initializing AutoStar d. The AutoStar beeps and the display screen is activated. Select “AM. Press ENTER when the correct location displays. the next screen AutoStar through the options available for each level. The next screen asks for the city (listed This section describes how to initialize AutoStar. to by a different name in various areas of the world.” “PM. the next digit to menu levels. see “Easy (Two-Star) Align” on Using the scroll keys (Pg. Fig. If you do not wish to begin an or “2” to enter the city and state. To skip the alignment process and AutoStar locate the model of your telescope access the AutoStar menus. If you chose the zip code option. countries. then press 4. asks for the country or state/province (listed • Press the Arrow keys to enter characters and alphabetically) of the observing site. 3. and city. code are entered. and provinces. 5. Use the Number keys to enter • Press ENTER to go deeper into AutoStar’s THE LT the digits. press the “1” key. 6.

When the procedure is performed correctly. Using AutoStar. date. page 11. appear in the field of view in the eyepiece. North) method. HANDBOX SERIES Easy (Two-Star) Align and be the brightest star in the area of the sky where the telescope is pointing. time and telescope model have already visible in the eyepiece after the telescope finishes its been entered. The viewfinder will help you locate a star more quickly than the eyepiece. to move the telescope to place the red dot Autostar automatically picks two stars from its database on the top of the star. “The Which One’s the Alignment Star? LT Series Home Position” for a description on If you’re not familiar with objects in the night sky. If the a “spiral search”. Then use the AutoStar is asking which Home Position the Arrow keys to center the object. Repeat procedure for the second Note: Before aligning the telescope. star to the center of the eyepiece field. press MODE to stop the spiral search. Press The user is asked to verify that the telescope is pointed ENTER. set the slew speed 2. See page 9. When the telescope keys to center the alignment star in the viewfinder. Look through in the AutoStar’s setup menu. and location entered. “Alignment has been performed. Star Alignment . When completed. how placing the LT Series telescope into the home can you be sure if the star in your eyepiece is really the position. Note: Autostar locates alignment stars based on the How to perform the Easy Align date. telescope will be placed in. continue on to the steps below NOTE: The GO TO key also allows you to perform to perform the Easy Alignment procedure.) Press GO TO when the slew is finished the steps below. first verify alignment star. Set the slew speed to 4 or less and center the star in the alignment star should be easily recognized eyepiece. use the Arrow Keys Autostar’s GO TO capabilities is to use Easy Align. If that area of the sky is obscured by at the chosen star and then prompted to center the star an object. eyepiece and use the Arrow Keys to move the ALIGNING#497 Autostar slews the telescope to a first alignment star. for a description message. INDEX 11 . Scroll Keys. See “Moving through Successful” displays. While looking The fastest and easiest way to locate objects with through the red dot finder. the display will the eyepiece and when the object does become visible.The Autostar then chooses to 6 (press Number key 6) or higher and use the Arrow two stars to align upon. When the Easy Alignment procedure is selected very slow speed around the search area. it stands out dramatically from the Autostar to select the “Compass” (Magnetic rest of the stars in that portion of the sky. read “North Method: 1=True 2=Compass”. If Autostar does not display this Autostar’s Menus”. The the alignment star should now be in the eyepiece. page 10. of how Autostar’s keys operate. alignment star? The rule of thumb is that an alignment star is usually Note: The easiest way to set the telescope in the brightest star in that area of the sky. and the telescope starts slewing in a spiral pattern at a 1. All that is required If you have just powered on the telescope. A spiral search is useful when the telescope is already powered on and the correct site telescope slews to an object. page 10. (This sometimes occurs during an alignment selecting in the menu Setup: Align: Easy and following procedure. The process is repeated with a second alternate star by pressing either one of the two AutoStar star to complete the alignment. Now look through the THE LT for the Easy Align procedure. Also see the Spiral Search tip. If slews to the first star for alignment. time. the Easy Alignment can be started by search. 23. The alignment stars Procedure may change from night to night. it may not your viewfinder has been aligned with the telescope. Follow the steps on page 9 “Magnetic located the alignment star or it isn’t in the eyepiece. If you perform a the home position is using the Magnetic North GoTo to an alignment star and you’re not sure if you have method. When you view an alignment North Home Position” and press the “2” key on star in the viewfinder. During this procedure. follow the is for the observer to center the selected stars in the procedures listed in “Initializing Autostar” on page eyepiece when prompted. but that object is not location. perform this procedure again. you can prompt AutoStar to chose an in the eyepiece. look through your viewfinder. that “INITIALIZING AUTOSTAR”.

. or alignment will be lost. “Select Item: Important Note: Once aligned. as described below. Press 3. during Winter. Press ENTER. 5. 3. “Select Item: Press ENTER to display information about the Object” displays. the This example demonstrates using “Tonight’s Best” motor drive begins operating and the telescope is Guided Tour. Objects in the eyepiece 1.e. “Solar System: Mercury” displays.. Press and hold down MODE for two seconds to “Saturn” and a set of coordinates displays.” displays and the telescope slews until it finds Saturn. however. rotating beneath the stars. 4. tour list on any given night. 5. database. Keep the Scroll keys to scroll through the list. ALIGNING#497 2. aligned for a night of viewing. choose M42. the procedure. After may need to choose another object from AutoStar’s calculating. Named Objects list. from the Messier list. “Object: Solar System” displays. “Calculating” displays. Press pressing the Scroll Down key until “Solar ENTER when you find the next object you wish System: Saturn” displays. practice the Go To feature with other objects in the Object menu lists. HANDBOX SERIES Saturn'e Git Rehber Turu Kullanma After performing the Easy Alignment procedure. Once the telescope is aligned. “Guided Tour: Tonight’s Best” AutoStar displays. After you Go To Saturn. For example. you may choose and “Go To” any object listed in AutoStar’s Object menu. to observe. the planet Saturn. “Tonight’s Best: Searching. i.. Note leave the Guided Tour menu. Then 6. press This exercise demonstrates how to select one such the Scroll Down key to scroll through other celestial object. Press GO TO to move the telescope to 2.. displays. Press MODE to return to the Tour list. that Saturn’s (and other planets’) coordinates change throughout the year. INDEX 12 . only use the GO TO Guided Tour” displays. object. You may need to use the Arrow keys to center Saturn precisely in the eyepiece. Press the Scroll Down key twice. Press GO TO. Or in the summer.” displays. If you wish to try out other Guided Tours. ENTER. AutoStar then automatically moves the telescope so that it “tracks” Saturn (or whatever other object you may have chosen). press ENTER. Press ENTER. Note: Saturn is not visible the entire year and you 4. or Arrow keys to move the telescope. Press ENTER. Press the object. Press ENTER.. choose the Dumbbell nebula from the Deep Sky. 1 After the telescope is aligned. “Tonight’s Best: Jupiter” displays. press mode twice so THE LT should maintain their position even though the Earth is that “Select Item: Object” displays again. Note: Different objects may be displayed on a remains the same. “Saturn: Slewing. for viewing from the tour choices. Saturn remains centered in the eyepiece. When the tour you wish to select Object menu. the Orion nebula. After observing Saturn. Do not move the telescope manually.

25” Gözmercegi Tutucu  Kirmizi Nokta Bulucu  Gözmercegi Tutucu Vidasi  Kirmizi Nokta Bulma  Gözmercegi El Kumandasini Koyma Yuvasi  Tek Catal Kol Gövdesi  AutoStar Suite Yazilim Diski Sekil 1: LT Serisi Sol Taraf INDEX 13 . OZELIKLERI #497 HANDBOX LT SERISI ANAHTAR   AutoStar         Diagonal Gözmercegi Tutucu  Diagonal Pirizma Bilgisayar Kontrol Paneli  1.

LED LT SERIES#497 C. ON/OFF Anahtari D. Yedek (AUX) Port E. FEATURES KEY HANDBOX   Diagonal Elle Cevirmeli vida  Optik Tup Gövdesi (OTG) Odak Ayar Vidasi Bilgisayar Kontrol Paneli A. El Kumandasi Port Girisi B. 12v Güc Girisi Tozdan Koruma Kapagi AutoStar  .

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Sekil 3: LT Serisi Ön Tarafi Sekil 4: LT Serisi ilgisayar Kontrol Paneli 14 14 INDEX . B. D. Sekil 2: LT Serisi Sagdan Görünüsü D. A. C. E.

that any dew that might have collected during Resim. Verify dogrudan kaydirilarak hareket ettirilir.(Syf. The dust cover should be replaced after each observing session pozisyonu saglar. 13. Göz mercegi diagonal pirizma and the power turned off to the telescope. 1. the observing session has evaporated prior to  LT SERIES#497 1.25" Göz Mercegi Tutacagi replacing the dust cover. FEATURES KEY HANDBOX  Diagonal Tutacagi: Mercegi tutturmaya yarar . Dust Cover: Gently lift out the dust cover from  Diagonal Pirizma: Daha rahat bir sag aci görüs the front lens of the telescope.  Elle Döndürülebilen Vida . 3).

ON/OFF Anahtari: Teleskop Kontrol Paneli ve AutoStar'in acilip kapanmasini saglar. baglanti yuvasina Syf 19.  Red Dot Finder: Provides an easy way to sight  Diagonal El Vidasi: Gözmercegini yuvada tutar on objects and put them in the telescope’s ve sikar. 12v Güc Girisi: 220v AC sehir gerilimini 12v DC gerilimine cevirip teleskobunuzun calismasini saglayan gücü elde etmenizi saglar. C.  Tek Kol Çatal Gövde: Nesnelerin bulunmasi ve Handbox Storage Cradle: Holds the AutoStar takibinde tüpü yerinde tutan sabit parcadir.LT Serisi teleskobunuz Instruction Manual and a collection of useful yaklasik 25ft bir mesafeden bir cismi hassas bir software including a planetarium program. Battery Compartment: Insert eight ANSI 14A  Gözmercegi: 90° diagonal prizma içerisine konan (IEC LR14) Alkaline “C-Cell” (user-supplied) AutoStar Super Plössl 26mm gözmercegi(Syf. E. software to control the telescope from a computer and other programs Bilgisayar Kontrol Paneli all designed to enhance your use of the LT Series A. Sekil 5.13. Odak Topuzu: Teleskobun birincil aynasinin odaginin hassas olarak ince kontrollü hareketler  AutoStar Suite Software: Contains the LT Series ile ayarlanmasini saglar. El Kumanda Girisi (EKG) : AutoStar baglanti ucunu system.   Red Dot Finder Alignment Screws: Adjust Optik Tüp Bileseni (OTB):Teleskobun temel these screws to align the Red Dot Finder with optik parçasi olup uzak nesnelerden gelen isigi the telescope’s main optics.Fig.Sikma islemi sabitlendigini hissedene kadar eyepiece. D.2) batteries in compartment. the firmware in the telescope.10'de gösterildigi baglayiniz.1. See page 8 for toplayip göz mercegine getiren optik bilesendir. handbox in a convenient position on the telescope. page 16. more information. Be sure batteries düzgün yerlestirildikten sonra elle sikarak yerine are aligned correctly as shown in the battery oturtulur. Gözmercegi optik tüpte toplanan objeyi compartment. the sekilde odakayabilirsiniz. Auxiliary (AUX) Port (2): Provides connection for Meade accessories. LED: Teleskop acildigi zaman kirmizi güc gösterge isigi yanar. büyütür. yapmaniz yeterlidir. INDEX 15 . Odak topuzunu saga AutoStar Updater for downloading and upgrading ve sola cevirerek odagi ayarlayabilirsiniz. See OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES. B.

for many objects. divide the telescope’s focal length by the eyepiece’s focal length. the view is best with a high quality low-power 56. 9. Many of the objects in the night sky are relatively large and faint and look best at low magnifications. This is a very good all purpose eyepiece accomplish. or “mm.6x right magnification for any type of celestial object you The magnification is therefore 58. For example. always start with a lower power standard for over 30 years. we have the equipment to help you get for your telescope. To find an Plössl eyepiece.0mm SP 52º 102x 31' image appears fuzzy and ill-defined. When the object is located and centered Series 4000 Super Plössl Eyepieces in the eyepiece. No matter what you want to magnification. These eyepieces have been the object with a telescope. They come in a wide range of focal lengths to give you the 1524 ÷ 26 = 58. page 47).0mm SP 44º 38x 1º 9' 32. are viewing. an eyepiece with a focal length of 9mm has a higher magnification than an eyepiece with a focal length of 26mm. not as useful as lower powers. eyepiece such as the Super Plössl 26mm or longer focal length. and long eye relief. a 26mm eyepiece is supplied with the LT Series.OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES ACCESSORIES HANDBOX Meade makes a complete line of accessories to 26mm eyepiece. the higher the magnification.4mm SP 52º 123x 25' power eyepiece. Experienced users know that higher powers are. For example. If an 15. Barlows to double or triple the magnification of a Super high-contrast images. The power or magnification of a telescope is determined by the focal length of the telescope and the focal length of the eyepiece being used.” The smaller the focal length. Turbulence in the air.0mm SP 52º 59x 53' night and site-to-site. 40. To calculate magnification.0mm SP 52º 76x 41' an apparently clear night. Telescope Focal Length 1524mm The Series 4000 Super Plössl Eyepieces are excellent Eyepiece Focal Length 26mm well corrected 4 element optics at popular prices. expressed in millimeters.6x.0mm SP 2" 52º 27x 1º 55' wide-field eyepiece. in general. A telescope’s eyepiece magnifies the image formed by OPTIONAL the telescope’s main optics. Each eyepiece has a focal AutoStar length. even on 20. can distort images. bright. The focal length of the 6" LT Series is 1524mm (see SPECIFICATIONS. but you should consider buying there. additional eyepieces in longer and shorter focal lengths to fully realize the potential of the excellent 6" optical #497 Choosing Eyepieces system in your LT Series telescope. reduce to a lower 12.4mm SP 52º 238x 13' INDEX 16 .7mm SP 52º 157x 20' Your telescope comes supplied with a Super Plössl 6. You can also use one of the Series 4000 Low power eyepieces offer a wider field of view. which gives a wide 53 ARC Minute enable you to get the most fun and performance from (just a little less than 1 degree) field of view with 59x your LT Series telescope. you may wish to switch to a higher Focal Apparent Actual power eyepiece to enlarge the image as much as Length Type Field Power Field practical for prevailing seeing conditions or.0mm SP 52º 48x 1º 6' NOTE: Seeing conditions vary widely from night-to- 26.

Featuring advanced lens designs with 5.0mm 5 EP 2" 60º 48x 1º 16' 26.0mm SWA 68º 76x 54' 12. Use a Series 5000 Telextender for 2.0mm 5 EP 2" 60º 38x 1º 34' 32. Series 5000 Plössl Series 5000 Eyepieces Focal Apparent Actual Length Type Field Power Field 40.0mm 5 EP 60º 59x 1º 1' 20.0mm SWA 68º 64x 4' 15.5mm 5 EP 60º 277x 13' Series 5000 Super Wide Angle 40. they provide the user with the highest-contrast.0mm UWA 2" 82º 64x 1º 17' 18.0mm SWA 2" 68º 54x 1º 15' 20. 3 or 5 times the magnification of the eyepiece alone.0mm UWA 82º 109x 45' Series 5000 2” Enhanced Diagonal 8.0mm SWA 2" 68º 45x 1º 31' 26. super fully multi-coated lenses and some of the widest fields of view available. They are made to the same high quality standards as the primary optics in your LT Series telescope and allow you to get OPTIONAL all the performance that the Advanced Coma-Free and Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle AutoStar Schmidt-Cassegrain optical systems were designed to deliver.0mm 5 EP 60º 76x 47' 14.0mm 5 EP 60º 109x 33' 9.0mm 5 EP 60º 169x 21' 5.0mm SWA 2" 68º 38x 1º 47' 32. pinpoint-sharp images and #497 spectacular wide field views of the heavens.0mm UWA 82º 85x 58' 14. There is even a 2x 2 inch Telextender for the large 2 inch eyepieces.7mm UWA 82º 324x 15' INDEX 17 .7mm UWA 82º 227x 22' 4. NOTE: 2 inch eyepieces require the optional Series 5000 2” Enhanced Diagonal with 99% Reflectivity (product number 07677) and the SC Thread to 2" Accessory Adapter (product number 07085).4mm SWA 68º 95x 43' 30. ACCESSORIES HANDBOX The Series 5000 Premium Eyepieces represent the highest level of eyepiece technology.0mm UWA 2" 82º 51x 1º 37' 24. 6 and 7 elements.8mm UWA 82º 173x 28' 6.

INDEX 18 . 2000. Accessories at Meade. create custom tours and more. Windows 98. Allows you to connect your LT Off Axis Guiders Telescope to a PC serial port. It comes with a 25 foot cord so you can setup far from the car. OPTIONAL AutoStar #497 Deep Sky Imagers (DSI) Universal AC Adapter (07584): This adapter supplies a constant regulated 12 volt DC at up to 5 Amps from either a standard 115 volt AC or 220 volt AC household supply. right from the Meade Web Site www. For all AutoStar #497 Telescopes. #607 DC Power Cord w/ Cigarette Lighter Adapter Camera Adapters (07043): This adapter allows you to plug into a standard automobile 12v DC power socket. you should consider several other power options that might work better for your situation and save you money.com.com and it will be shipped right to your door. ME. ACCESSORIES HANDBOX Power Supplies Imagers and Accessories While the LT Series will operate with 8 “C” cell batteries. download updates. Operate your computer from your PC. and these and more accessories or any Meade products XP compatible. Now you can order all Driver software included. Allows you to use #505 or #506 cables above to connect to a USB port. #505 Connector Cable Set. Focal Reducers USB to Serial Bridge Cable.meade. It is the only tested and recommended AC power supply for the LT Series system.

HANDBOX #497HANDBOX .

 2-Line LCD Display  ENTER Key AutoStar #497  MODE Key    “GO TO” Key  AUTOSTAR  Arrow Keys   Number Keys  Scroll Keys   “? Key  Coil Cord Port  Coil Cord RS-232 Port .

Nearly all functions of serial interface.000 objects stored in the database or • Mount the telescope in the “Alt/Az” mode manually enter the astronomical coordinates of (Altitude . • Take a guided tour of the best celestial objects to view on any given night of the year. INDEX 19 . Utility Light   Figure 5: The AutoStar #497 Handbox Tour the Cosmos with Just the Push of a Button Control of the LT Series is through the operation of the • Control your LT Series with your PC using an standard-equipment AutoStar.horizontal) for any celestial object. of AutoStar’s buttons. fully automatic tracking of celestial objects.com) and share software with other AutoStar enthusiasts. or vertical . • Download the latest satellite data and software revisions directly from the Meade website (www.Azimuth. Some of the major features of AutoStar are: • Calculate which eyepiece to use for optimum viewing of a celestial object. meade. the telescope are accomplished with just a few pushes • Access a glossary of astronomical terms. • Automatically move the telescope to any of over 30.

following functions are also available with the page 10. Note: Pressing MODE while in the “Select Item”  Number Keys: Input digits 0 . see below). If the rotates it clockwise. Pressing GO TO again resumes the slew • Bottom line: Contains a menu option or information to the object. “ENTER to vertically up and down. Press MODE again to return to the previous menu. press the INDEX 20 . 5. in a sequential manner. use the Up and Down High Precision. depending on which function is being performed. Pressing a Number key coordinates changes the slew speed. key arrangement. The “Select Item: Object”. Left and Right Arrow keys are used to “Select Item” is reached. “ENTER to Sync” feature is accessed by mistake. about an object or subject. 19. which is shown for • Altitude (vertical) and Azimuth (horizontal) about two seconds on AutoStar’s display.9 and changes the level moves AutoStar to the topmost screen: slew speeds (see Slew Speeds. The LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) • Local Time and Local Sidereal Time (LST) is backlit with a red LED (Light Emitting Diode) for • Timer and Alarm Status easy viewing in the dark. while the Right Arrow key been aligned and is pointing at an object. the of nine different speeds.  Arrow Keys: Slew the telescope in a specific direction (up. the operation may be item. Fig. “0” key also turns on and off the red utility light on the top of the handbox. press one of LT Series has nine slew speeds that are directly the Scroll keys (Pg. The MODE key is similar move the blinking cursor left and right across to the ESCAPE key on a computer. aborted at any time by pressing any key except GO TO. for more details about Arrow keys to scroll through the letters of the this feature. left. at any one  ENTER Key: Accesses. Arrow keys: NOTE: If ENTER is pressed for two seconds or • Moves the telescope – Use the Up and more and then released.  2-Line LCD Display: Provides an interface  GO TO Key: Slews (moves) the telescope to the AUTOSTAR between AutoStar and the telescope. below. explained in “SLEW SPEEDS”. HANDBOX #497HANDBOX The AutoStar Computer Controller provides control • Date of virtually every telescope function within a compact • Site coordinates handbox. The Left Arrow key Sync” is relevant only after the telescope has rotates the telescope horizontally counterclockwise. The Down Arrow key starts with the letter “A” and the  MODE Key: Returns to the previous menu or data Up Arrow key starts with the digit “9. coordinates of the currently selected object. information about the telescope’s status Slew Speeds displays. While • Top line: Lists the primary category or menu the telescope is slewing. page 29. AutoStar emits a beep Down Arrow keys to move the telescope and “ENTER to Sync” is displayed. down. The backlit display. and right). If MODE is pressed and held for two seconds or more.” The level in the AutoStar database until the top level. alphabet and numerical digits. • Data entry – When the scope is prompting press MODE to return to the previous screen. AutoStar has soft-touch keys designed to have a positive feel. The See MOVING THROUGH AUTOSTAR’S MENUS. 7) to display the proportional to the sidereal rate (the rate at following information: which stars appear to drift across the sky) and have been calculated to accomplish • Right Ascension and Declination (astronomical) specific functions. coordinates To change the speed. When the status displays. See for user entered data. and sequential database make AutoStar • Battery status AutoStar #497 extremely user friendly. Speed selection is next menu or data level in the AutoStar database. the LCD display.

INITIALIZATION. Speeds “4”. essentially an on-screen instruction manual. Fig.0°/sec (Max) MODE to return to the original screen and continue with the chosen procedure. A definition or Number Key “5” = 64x more detailed information is displayed. See page 29 for more details. or “6”: Enables centering Coil Cord: Plug one end of the AutoStar coil an object in the field of a low-to-moderate cord into the HBX port (Pg. such as the standard Super computer control panel of the telescope and the Plössl 26mm. . Number Key “3” = 8x When a word appears in [brackets]. 9) located at the a 9mm eyepiece. Fig. 5. or “3” Best used for fine centering of an object in the field of view of Coil Cord Port: Plug one end of the AutoStar coil a higher power eyepiece.g.“2”. 10A) of the power eyepiece.. 19. such as a 12mm or cord into this port (pg..0°/sec display. press ENTER AutoStar #497 Number Key “4” = 16x to access the AutoStar Glossary. 4. other end into the coil cord port. Speed “9”: Moves the telescope quickly from one point in the sky to another. press Number Key “9” = 4.50°/sec MODE to return to the scrolling AutoStar Help AUTOSTAR Number Key “7” = 1. Number Key “8” = 1. as “Download” or “Clone”. Speeds “7” or “8”: Best used for rough Serial Port: plug an serial accessory (#505) centering of an object in the Red Dot cable into AutoStar for updating functions such Viewfinder.5°/sec When satisfied with the Help provided. HANDBOX #497HANDBOX appropriate key shown below. 14. ALIGNMENT. Press Number Key “6” = 0. Number Key “2” = 2x etc. Speeds “1”. bottom of the AutoStar handbox. hold down the ? key and follow the directions that scroll on the second line of the LCD screen. “5”. Nine available speeds are: If you have a question about an AutoStar Number Key “1” = 1x (Guide) operation. e.

menu. Utility Light: Use this built-in red light to illuminate star charts and accessories without disturbing  Scroll Keys: Accesses options within a selected your eye’s adaptation to darkness. 5. Verify the telescope is fully assembled and Note: The Scroll Down key and the Down Arrow key that AutoStar is properly connected to your move forward through the alphabet & digits (A to telescope. “Help” provides by a short beep. one at a time. the alphabet and numerical digits. The Arrow keys are now activated. See Getting Started on page 5. You may observe land and astronomical objects using The Scroll keys also scroll through the letters of AutoStar’s Arrow keys to move the telescope. Common symbols position. The AutoStar screen is activated and are also available in the list. Alignment will begin). Press the functions in the Help feature. 9 to 0). The Help system is Arrow keys (Pg. The Scroll Up key and the Up Arrow key 2. Press the Scroll Observing Using AutoStar’s Arrow keys to move through the options. on the display to access details of AutoStar 3. “Press 0 to whatever task is currently active. a copyright message displays briefly. followed  ? Key: Accesses the “Help” file. The menu is displayed on the first line of the screen. Z. Options within the menu are displayed. Press and hold Keys a Scroll key to move quickly through the options. Fig. on the second line. Then AutoStar takes a few on-screen information on how to accomplish moments to start up the system. 19. 1. Flip the telescope power switch to the ON move backward (Z to A. align or Mode for Menu” displays (if you select Hold down the ? key and then follow the prompts “0”. 5) to slew (move) INDEX 21 . 0 to 9).

lower power for prolonged periods. Consider the better. including LT Series TIPS craters. Observe the Moon Point your telescope at the Moon (note that the Moon is not visible every night) and practice using the Arrow keys and the slew speeds to view different features. 5. morning hours. such as late afternoon hours. other observers in the area. terrestrial readjust their eyes to the darkness. and fault lines. 19. 14. the red utility light on the AutoStar dramatic image. Dot Finder to put your target in the eyepiece. 5. If you wish to observe a distant land object. Focus on the target with the focus knob (pg. No shadows and house lights and car headlights. on pg 20 for more information. While are seen during a full Moon. 1. or left. open star clusters. Use optional higher power eyepieces. 2. Observing in early with it before going to a dark site. eyepieces provide a steadier. To start up the change the telescope’s slew speed. but it also enhances contrast. 9). the Moon. like the Super Plössl observing! 26mm eyepiece. magnify these heat waves less than • Dress warmly. AUTOSTAR Fig. INDEX 22 . 6) to in its Terrestrial Observing mode. surface to appear flat and rather uninteresting. 13) to locate an object and practice using the AutoStar’s 2. the use of a neutral density Moon filter when observing • Try not to use a standard flashlight. such as craters on the Moon or the rings of Saturn. produces better viewing conditions than during objects and wider areas of space. Not only does it cut down the Moon’s bright Experienced observers use red LED glare. 14. providing a more flashlights. #497 handbox. causing the overly bright this is not always possible. Move your telescope using the direction arrows Arrow keys to center the object in the telescope’s on the handbox while looking through the Red- field of view. See Slew telescope in Terrestrial mode: Speeds. 1. Lower power eyepieces. mountain ranges. Do not shine a These heat waves often cause degradation of image flashlight into the telescope while someone is quality. 3. Viewing terrestrial objects requires careful not to shine bright lights if there are looking along the Earth’s surface through heat waves. AutoStar #497 HANDBOX the telescope up. 9) to bring the object into focus. 2. the darker the site. Sunlight strikes the Moon at an angle during these • Try to pick an observing site away from street periods and adds a depth to the view. The Moon contains many interesting features. when you wish to view something up close. Use the viewfinder (Pg. If the image is fuzzy or ill-defined. you want to use your telescope 4. such as a mountain top or a bird. higher quality image. where the heat waves do not have day or in a lighted area to become familiar such an effect on image quality. It gets chilly when you’re sitting higher power eyepieces. 13. 6. or tape red cellophane over their flashlights to use for setup and map Terrestrial Observing reading so they don’t have to continually The LT Series is an excellent high-resolution. Therefore. before the ground has built up internal • Use your 26mm eyepiece to view terrestrial heat. down. Fig. Use the telescope’s focus knob (Pg. Be (land) telescopes. Fig. Fig. Press a Number key (Pg. reduce to a lower • Practice setting up your equipment during the power eyepiece. right. Turn on the telescope. The best time Observing Considerations to view the Moon is during its crescent or half phase. such as a 9mm eyepiece.

Press the Scroll Down key once to display the gories listed in the Select Item menu of AutoStar. Fig. The Scroll keys move up and down within the list of available options. Press the MODE key several times. The Scroll Up key (Pg. Scroll Up key once. The second point of “Select Item: Object”. press the ENTER key to choose that option and move down one menu level. “Event” option in the “Select Item” menu. 5. showing one option at a time. the following exercise calculates Sunset time AutoStar so an evening observing session can be planned.AutoStar Operation HANDBOX #497OPERATION Important Note: No matter how many levels into AutoStar are traveled. Press the ENTER key to choose the “Event” It is important to understand that menu selections are option and move down a level. This means that pressing the is displayed. When the desired option is displayed on the second line. To Calculate Sunset time: 1. 19. “Select Item”. Press the Scroll Down key four times or the 8. Scroll Down key (Pg. 3. returns to the first option. Press MODE once to start moving back up To navigate to the “Select Item: Setup” menu option through the AutoStar levels. Press MODE again to return to the starting The top line shows the current menu level. order. The screen in Fig. the current date. This is the top level. time.. 7) cycles up through the options in the opposite option and move down another level. press MODE to return to the topmost level. AutoStar then displays the results of the calculation. 2. 5. until the top level. The first level up when the “Select Item: Object” menu is displayed: is the Event menu. e. 7) cycles down through 4. until “Select Item: Object” is displayed. line displays an option which may be selected within that menu level. “Select Item: Object”. Some options are choices that select the next menu level down. “Event: Sunrise” set in a loop (Fig. Figure 9: AutoStar Levels Press the MODE key to leave a level. 5. Once in the Select Item level. AutoStar Navigation Exercise AUTOSTAR To demonstrate how the AutoStar menu structure works. 10). the wrong menu option is chosen. Fig. each press of the MODE key moves up a level. 19.g. The 6. Press the Scroll Down key once to display the all the available options within a given category. and location. “Select Item”. Example: 7. then “Sunset” option in the Event menu. 9º displays two lines of information. 8: The AutoStar Universe: The six primary cate. Press MODE again to move up another level. Note that this capability is a quick way to get to an option that is near the bottom of the list. Figure 10: Menus set in loop INDEX 23 . 1. is reached. 9. AutoStar calculates the Sunset time based on following example demonstrates this capability. Press the ENTER key to choose the “Sunset” Fig.

Fig. 5. star in the constellation. b) Use the Arrow keys to scroll through numbers 0 . star clusters. galaxies. Fig. These tours are pre programmed presentations of change the second line to the name of the brightest objects that are visible for the user’s particular location. Use the Scroll keys to cycle through the list of the user to the best objects that are currently up stars in the constellation. #497OPERATION HANDBOX Entering Data into AutoStar object in the eyepiece of the telescope for you to view. • To enter numbers and text: The telescope comes pre-loaded with: a) Use the Number keys. The Object Menu options include: When multiple choices are available within a menu Solar System is a database of the eight planets (Earth option. Guided Tour and Landmarks). a selection of the most interesting objects visible on any night. When this menu When Guided Tours is selected. present information Caldwell and NGC. authoring tools please refer to the reference manual included on the AutoStar Suite DVD). and comets. displayed first and highlighted by a right pointing followed by the Moon. the option that is currently selected is usually is not included) in ascending orbits from the Sun.9 and the alphabet. This tour is the easiest way to get Deep Sky is a database of objects outside our Solar started exploring the cosmos with your new LT Series System such as nebulae. toward the top menu level. (NOTE: Exceptions include menu levels. comets. The Down Arrow key • “A Star’s Life”. begins with the letter “A”. • Press the Help (?) key to access on-line help. Press GO TO a second time to slew the telescope to The most popular tour is “Tonight’s Best” that guides that star. selected object. press GO TO once to sky. 3) to move back Many LT Series menu categories contain databases. AutoStar the Right or Left Arrow key (Pg. 19. asteroids. changes through their lives and finally AUTOSTAR begins with digit “9”. time and date. tour showing the phenomenal distances you can see with your LT Series. An LT Series database is a list of objects. nebulae and so forth. 19. 5) to move the cursor from one number to the next in AutoStar Suite also allows you to create your own the display guided tours of the skies. planets. Each tour will select the objects. LT Series shows you option is chosen and a constellation name appears a list of theme tours that will help you explore the night on the first line of the screen. about the object and. When one of • Press the Scroll keys to move up and down these objects is selected from a database by pressing through the options or lists. Navigating AutoStar AutoStar’s menus are organized for quick and Object Menu easy navigation: Almost all observing with LT Series is performed using • Press ENTER to go deeper into AutoStar’s the Object menu category. the Up Arrow key created. “ENTER” and then “GO TO”. if you press “GoTo”. and telescope. LT Series moves your • Press the Arrow keys to move the cursor across telescope (when properly aligned) and points it at the the display. quasars grouped in various catalogs like Messier. 5. from brightest to dimmest. arrow (>). including your own objects • Press ENTER when the desired information and titles (for complete instructions on how to use the has been entered. or • “Tonight’s Best”. die using examples that are visible tonight. tours how stars are formed. such as stars. • To move the cursor across the display: Use • “How Far is Far”. • Press MODE (Pg. put that INDEX 24 . Constellation is a database of all 88 Northern and Guided Tour Menu Southern Hemisphere constellations. in the night sky.

... Select Item: Select Item: Select Item: Select Item: Select Item: Select Item: Object Event Guided Tour Glossary Utilities Setup Solar System Sunrise Tour Objects A.. Daylight Saving Figure 11: The AutoStar #497 Menu Tree Andromeda Next 1st Qtr F..... Targets Edit Winter Solstice X..... On & Off Time Constellations Next New Moon E.. Alarm Two Star Asteroids Moon Phases C..... Perseids M. Reverse Up/Dn Variable Ursids R.. Timer Align Mercury Sunset Tonight's Best Accretion Disk Set Easy Etc... Site Add Select Delete Add Edit Delete AutoStar #497 MENU TREE Landmarks Edit Select Owner Info Add Clone Delete Download Identify Statistics Browse Reset Start Search Edit Parameters AUTOSTAR AutoStar#497 HANDBOX #497MENU TREE 25 .. Battery Alarm Az/RA Percent Etc... Set Date Comets Next Full Moon D... Astronomical User Objects Summer Solstice Y. Park Scope Tracking Rate SAO Catalog Leonids P... Cord Wrap Reverse L/R Double Geminids Q. Brightness Adj. Az/RA Ratio Galaxies Lyrids J.. Landmark Survey Alt/Dec Percent Star Orionids N... Beep Mount Messier Delta Aquarids L... Magnification Telescope Model Deep Sky Meteor Showers H. Quiet Slew Etc... Moonrise How Far is Far Etc.. Eyepiece Calc. Sleep Scope Train Drive Named Taurids O. Alt/Dec Ratio Nebulae Eta Aquarids K.. High Precision Delete Vernal Equinox W.. Contrast Adj.. of Algol U... Max Elevation Satellite Lunar Eclipses T.. Start & Stop One Star Moon Moonset A Star's Life B.. Calibrate Motor INDEX Add Autumn Equinox V.... Solar Eclipses S. Next 3rd Qtr G. Min AOS Select Min...... Terrestrial Select Z... Field of View Telescope Etc. Suggest Focal Length Named Object Quadrantids I.

AutoStar Arrow keys to move about in the sky. and geosynchronous orbit satellites. astronomical events. the identity of the object being observed. such as the Perseids. as the International Space Station (ISS). • Add – To add a Landmark. much like a search engine. annular. partial. See page 40 for more information. Use the Scroll Up and Down telescope during the Identify procedure. Identify is an exciting feature for an observer who NOTE: Meteors are fast moving objects that cover wants to scan the night sky and start exploring. use the with the naked eye. • Select – To select a Landmark already in the database (see ADD below). and center the Landmark in the eyepiece. menu is displayed. If the telescope is not directly on an AutoStar memory deep-sky objects of specific interest that are database object. Press ENTER to select this menu. Scroll through the Object menu options until the object text. When a desired object is visible in the eyepiece. including follow this procedure: the date and type (total. penumbral) INDEX 26 26 . Press ENTER. recent orbital data into the telescope. Minimum Elevation. to select a Landmark. or nearby. choose the “Select” Moonrise and Moonset calculates the time that the option and scroll through the list. Do not move keys to display the available data. the Leonids. variable. the Hubble “Edit Parameters” lets you set various parameters for Space Telescope (HST). Important Note: When you are looking at descriptive 2. reach maximum. then press “GO TO” and the Moon Phases displays the date and time of the next telescope slews to the object. Full and 3rd Quarter Moon. This is most MENU useful when synching on bright stars to achieve better 3. never the telescope manually or the alignment will be lost. select “Start Search” and press ENTER. such as: Object Type. you must download the search. and the location and time of the first and last contacts Important Note: Only use the Arrow keys to move the of the Moon’s shadow. Sunrise and Sunset calculates the time that the Sun rises or sets on the current date. Browse allows you to search the database for objects Satellite is a database of Earth-orbiting objects such with certain parameters. OPTIONS HANDBOX Star is a database of stars listed in different categories keep pressing MODE until the “Select Item: Object” such as named. choose the “Add” Meteor Showers provides information on upcoming option. including the date and type (total. the nearest database object is located AutoStar not currently in the LT Series database. Locate meteor showers. telescope’s coordinates with the object. Global Positioning System the search. AutoStar searches the database for #497#497 pointing in the vicinity of the star. to use the authoring tools please refer to the reference AUTOSTAR manual included on the AutoStar Suite DVD). User Objects allows the user to define and store in 4. AutoStar will display the results of the search. Then Solar Eclipse lists upcoming Solar Eclipses. Landmarks stores the location of terrestrial points of interest that you create in the permanent LT Series Event Menu database. (GPS) satellites. New. Press GO TO and the for more information (for complete instructions on how telescope slews to that object. etc. then etc. Remember. Enter a name for the Landmark. Lunar Eclipse lists upcoming Lunar Eclipses. use a telescope to look at the Sun! 1. Once you have set the parameters of In order to find and track satellites. After large areas of the sky and are usually best observed the telescope has been properly aligned. Largest. See page 38 and displayed on the screen. or partial) of eclipse. 1st Quarter. The Event database includes: the telescope must be located and aligned exactly as when the landmark was added to the database. double. Also lists the dates of the showers and when they press “ENTER”. Press “ENTER” Moon rises or sets on the current date. pressing “ENTER” will synchronize the “Object: Identify” screen appears. The Event menu provides access to dates and times of IMPORTANT NOTE: To use the Landmark function.

Algol undergoes a Alarm selects a time for an alarm signal as a reminder.1 to a • Set: Enter the time of day for the alarm to minimum of +3. to restart the survey at the first object on the list. Press Brightness Adj adjusts the brightness of the display ENTER on the desired letter. To observe “Start/Stop. the alarm. magnitude of the two stars thus dips from +2. Press ENTER to start the survey. press ENTER. Scroll to the desired entry using the Scroll keys. magnitude time at mid-eclipse. four of the dramatic eclipsing binary star system. and date of the winter or summer solstice of the AutoStar beeps. When an eyepiece is selected. (Minimum) of Algol is the minimum brightness activate the timer. Use the Scroll Up and Down keys to display • Start/Stop: Activates the timer set previously. then press ENTER. and then press ENTER to read the description. then choose “Set” or two stars passes behind the other. the best eyepiece for viewing. Use the Scroll keys to toggle between ON and OFF. OPTIONS HANDBOX of eclipse. Every MENU 2. definitions and descriptions for common astronomical • Field of View: Scroll through a list of available terms and AutoStar functions. use the Scroll keys to scroll through the alphabet. AUTOSTAR Autumn and Vernal Equinox calculates the time and Use the Scroll keys to toggle between ON and date of the fall or spring equinox of the current year.4 halfway through the eclipse as the AutoStar sound. press ENTER to Min. When an eyepiece is selected. relatively close at a distance of 100 light years. press ENTER to Winter and Summer Solstice calculates the time activate the alarm. the available data. the Help function or when reading a scrolling message magnification is calculated. then second star is hidden. in hours. Press ENTER to deactivate current year. Access directly through eyepieces. When the alarm time arrives. The combined “Start/Stop”. To a slew is in progress. Press ENTER whenever a hypertext word is on screen and AutoStar • Suggest: AutoStar calculates and suggests goes to the glossary entry for that word. such as a description of a planet or star. When ON is displayed. Contrast Adj adjusts the contrast of the display using Utilities Menu the Scroll keys.8 days during a 10 hour period. This feature is useful to all user-defined landmarks with a short pause at for functions such as astrophotography and tracking each location. See minutes. in hours. • Start/Stop: Activates the alarm set previously. and an alarm. press MODE when paused on the object to stop the survey. then choose “Set” or and go to the next landmark on the list. press ENTER. and seconds. The Utilities menu provides access to several extra Note: This feature is usually only required in very cold features within AutoStar. page 37. including a countdown timer weather. press ENTER. and seconds. embedded in AutoStar. The Utilities functions include: Landmark Survey automatically slews the telescope Timer selects a countdown timer. When complete. When ON is displayed. the the Glossary menu or through hypertext words field of view is calculated. When complete. Landmarks. Eyepiece Calc calculates information about an Glossary Menu eyepiece for the specific telescope to which AutoStar The Glossary menu provides an alphabetical listing of is connected. It is beeps sound and the timer is deactivated. LT Series calculates minimum press ENTER. When the timer runs out. A hypertext word is any word • Magnification: Scroll through a list of available in [brackets]. See OBSERVING Satellites. minutes. To access directly from the Glossary menu. based on the telescope and the object being viewed. INDEX 27 27 . Press ENTER • Set: Enter the time to be counted down. press any key to skip that object use the Timer. page 32. #497#497 major change in apparent magnitude as one of the To use the Alarm. usually found when using the AutoStar eyepieces.” a landmark for a longer period. press ENTER. OFF. Algol. While satellites.

Try changing the percent value the assembly and tangled as the telescope slews to until you get a “feel” for the Arrow keys that is objects. described in APPENDIX A: TRAINING THE page 26. then use this function to park the telescope. c. This function motors to locate objects with more precision. #497 MENU Park Scope is designed for a telescope that is not moved • Az Ratio and Alt Ratio: The Az (Azimuth) between observing sessions. but the internal clock keeps running. If you enter a value near 0. including: • Train Drive: Trains the Altitude and Azimuth Date changes the date used by AutoStar. AutoStar no alignment is required. With “Sleep Scope” selected. enter the correct date and time – numbers. Note: Daylight Savings Time may be referred to by b. i. page 44. available within the Setup menu. when set to “On”. follow the procedure for the Sunset time on that date. the telescope tube responds telescope’s power. Lunar: Choose this option to properly track the different names in various areas of the world. the way the Arrow keys move the telescope telescope. AutoStar goes dark. For example. If you enter a chosen and the display prompts you to turn off the value near 100. Time changes the time entered into AutoStar. to re-activate AutoStar and the telescope. including: down AutoStar and the telescope without forgetting its • Model: Allows you to select the telescope alignment. there are numerous other features when moving along the altitude (vertical) axis. Custom: Allows entry of user-defined tracking INDEX 28 . Time may be set to the telescope tracks targets in the sky. Press any key. moves the telescope in respond as you hold down an Arrow key and such a way as to prevent the cords and cables attached also slews the tube more slowly. The Setup menu’s primary function is to align the i. Experiment to your telescope assembly from getting wound around with this option. 24-hour mode (military time) by selecting the “blank” a. Pressing ENTER causes the • Az Percent: The Az (Azimuth) Percent allows telescope to move to its pre-determined Park position. Check Moon over long observing sessions. option which follows the “AM” and “PM” options. #497 HANDBOX OPTIONS Sleep Scope is a power saving option that shuts Telescope accesses the several options. selected telescope. Do not alter these time it is powered up. • Alt Percent: The Alt (Altitude) Percent operates Setup Menu identical to the Az Percent option (see above). you to change the azimuth backlash. way the Arrow keys move the telescope along AUTOSTAR Important Note: When the “Park Scope” option is the azimuth (horizontal) axis. Setting the correct time is critical for AutoStar to properly • Tracking Rate: Changes the speed at which calculate locations and events. Sidereal: The default setting for AutoStar. the Once parked. DRIVE. comfortable for you. “Off” is the default setting. press ENTER model connected to AutoStar. to insure accurate pointing and tracking. the rotation of the Earth.. set the Date menu for a day three months in If you are experiencing any problems with the future. AutoStar is unable to be returned to more quickly (it responds immediately at 100%) operation without turning the power off and then back as you hold down an Arrow key and also slews on. the screen prompts to turn off power. (moves) the tube more quickly. except • Focal Length: Displays the focal length of the ENTER. but allows you to change the altitude backlash. Align the telescope one ratio and Alt (Altitude) ratio refers to the gears time. is useful to check events in the past or future.e.. local time to verify. sidereal rate is the standard rate at which stars Daylight Saving is used to enable or disable Daylight move from East to West across the sky due to Savings time.e. Next of the telescope’s motors. it takes longer for the tube to Cord Wrap. Then check the “Select Item: Event” menu pointing accuracy. to activate the Sleep function. However. See EVENT MENU.

for more shift in the table at left. Download transfers information from another AutoStar Targets switches between Astronomical targets and during cloning (see below). AUTOSTAR slew.e. Site provides access to several options including: • Reverse UP/DOWN reverses the functions of • Select: Displays the currently selected #497 MENU the Up and Down Arrow keys (i. the Right key moves the telescope to the left).) This displays. names using the Up and Down Arrow keys to • High Precision if turned on. information about satellites.e. (Note that it does not prevent you from Press ENTER when the site you wish to add performing a manual slew past this limit.5° displays. peripheral attached to the telescope—you can prevent it from striking the telescope base. If “Terrestrial” is selected. This option is also used if an AutoStar unit is moved Owner Info accesses the owner information menu. During the operation. you might begin to use “-” hours. and Right Arrow keys (i. page 32. Use the Right and a faint celestial object (i. city. If “Astronomical” is selected. Then choose the desired city in the is useful when you have a camera or other same manner. For example. the Terrestrial targets. • Max Elevation allows you to enter a value in • Add: Allows you to add new observing sites to degrees that sets a limit as to how far the optical the database (up to six sites may be stored). if selected. For the United States. longitude. See Setup Menu: Daylight to have a problem. to slew when acquiring a satellite track. Press ENTER when the entry is to that part of the sky and it then slews to the complete.e. a nebula or galaxy). use this option to retest Saving. then press ENTER. Users West of Greenwich. you observe will remain centered in the eyepiece. AutoStar compensates for daylight savings • Calibrate Motor if the telescope motors appear time. page 28. Press ENTER when the site you wish to select • Quiet Slew sets the maximum slew rate to 1. To calibrate the motors. the Up key observing site. object that was originally requested. the tracking motor is • Reverse L/R reverses the functions of the Left turned off. select • Name: Users may enter both their first and last this option and press ENTER. between telescopes. telescope tracking motor is activated and any object INDEX 29 . East of Greenwich use “+” hours. to match AutoStar to the including: new telescope.. when looking for cycle through the alphabet. Use the Scroll keys to cycle moves the telescope down). England telescope. Time Zone is useful when you are observing satellites. This value represents the altitude at which your telescope begins • Edit: Edits a selected site. the warning “Downloading Do Not Turn Off” appears. Center the star in • Address: Use the Up and Down Arrow keys the eyepiece. This latitude. AutoStar different geographic location.. Press AutoStar first slews to a nearby bright star and ENTER when the entry is complete.. displays “ENTER to Sync”. track the satellite at 15° altitude. the motors before performing a Reset. Left Arrow keys to move through the text. through all available sites (see Add below). instead of 5°. Use this option when you move to a for quieter operation. #497 HANDBOX OPTIONS rates. tube can swing upward during a programmed Scroll through the list of Countries/States. and time zone. including: the name. • Min AOS (Acquisition of Signal) allows you enter a value in degrees. state. At that point to enter your street address. look up the time zone See Observing Satellites. • Delete: Deletes a stored site from the database.. refers to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) time but a tall tree or building is obstructing the zone shift. and the telescope has a high precision alignment zip code.

• Software: Sends only the basic AutoStar software.meade. INDEX 30 . including: • Characters Free: Shows how much room is available in user-defined object memory. • Version: Shows the current version of the AutoStar software.com) and wants to pass this software along to friends. AUTOSTAR #497 HANDBOX Note: The Download function requires the optional #505 Astrofinder Software and Cable Connector Kit. • All: Everything – user-defined information and AutoStar software – is sent to another AutoStar. Clone uploads information from one AutoStar handbox to another. such as new satellite orbits or comet data to another AutoStar handbox. See the instruction sheet included with the kit for more information on how to download. Statistics provides basic statistical data about AutoStar. Also see OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES. Most values entered into the menus revert to factory defaults. Reset completely resets AutoStar. Three options are available: • Catalogs: Sends only user-defined object information. page 16. This is useful if one user has downloaded a new version of AutoStar software from the Meade website (www.

Using the Number Keys. In this procedure. Select. Scroll through the list of cities. enter the latitude of (press “1”) or select a city from the list (press your observing site and then press ENTER. 5. navigate to “Site: Select”. refers to the Greenwich Time Zone shift. The name of the site you have just entered list: to your list displays. 3. Using the Add option. “Edit available in the AutoStar database by editing data of a Time Zone” displays. You are given a choice to enter a zip code 6. Press ENTER. you can store up to six feature) makes it easier to edit. This information is to exit. Perform these procedures using the Site options (Add. Choosing a site already If you plan to observe using AutoStar at different on the list (as opposed to using the “Custom” geographic locations. “Edit: Setup menu. After entering the shift. time zone) and users East of Greenwich use press ENTER. Press ENTER. Using the Arrow keys. countries/states. “2”). look up the To Edit a Site: shift in Table 1.Advanced AutoStar Features ADVANCED FEATURES Adding Observing Sites press ENTER so that the site is added to your observing sites list. To choose a site. Scroll through the options until “Site: Add” 5. as the “Time observation sites in AutoStar’s memory to help simplify Zone” value may not need to be changed. scroll to “Site: Select”. at the left. Edit) of the 2. Press You will need to know the latitude and longitude of your ENTER to select the site or press MODE location to perform this procedure. 1. “Edit: Name” Press ENTER. if it does not. use “-” hours (one hour per When the desired zip code or site displays. just press ENTER 6. The sites you choose will appear at the top of the 9. scroll through the list of displays. longitude and the time zone shift. (If the site you chose after the sites you have chosen). To Add a Site to the user-defined site 3. “Site: Edit” displays. Press the Scroll Down key and “Edit: Latitude” displays. You will then select the site to enable it. you will enter a location that is not 10. Press ENTER “Edit: Longitude” displays again. change the name of the site so that it now reads the name of your 1. observing location. In this example. zip code and press ENTER. displays again. 7. West of Greenwich. latitude. Scroll through the list of sites. 4. nearby site. If you choose “Zip”. Delete. from the list in step 1 has the same Time Zone as the site you are editing. 8. “+” hours. enter the digits of your “Edit: Latitude” displays again. Users Both Zip Codes and Cities are displayed.) “Time Zone” Press ENTER. choose a site on the list that is closest to your observing site and INDEX 31 . enter the longitude of your observing site and then press ENTER. Press Enter. press ENTER. Name” displays. The site you have just edited displays. you will choose a city and add it to the database list. For the United States. Press ENTER. Press ENTER when the country/state you wish to add displays. Using the Number Keys. Press the Scroll Down key and “Edit: Time Zone” Select list (all other available sites will be listed displays. Using the Arrow keys. available on most maps. 2. Press MODE. You will edit the location’s name. when the city you wish to select displays. scroll to the site. again to go on to the next step. displays. Scroll to “Site: Edit” and press ENTER. Press ENTER. Press the Scroll Down key and “Edit: Longitude” 4. 12. Navigate to the “Setup: Site” menu. your telescope setup. Press ENTER. You will then select the site to enable it. If you choose “City”. 11.

you first need to look up optional. “Name” displays on the top line and a blinking 2.00. Press GO TO and the telescope slews to the object. planets. Use the Scroll keys to scroll through the list cursor on the second line. This step is also In order to use this menu option. 3. nebulae. (If necessary. that are not part of the database. use the Scroll and Declination coordinates display. 1. and Dec. to find coordinates of celestial objects. AutoStar then prompts you to enter the telescope to the user-entered coordinates. AutoStar provides if so desired. coordinate of your object. as previously described. AutoStar then prompts you to enter the size celestial objects (stars. or bookstore for astronomy books. and Dec. as previously described. called “User Objects”. magnitude of the object. Check out your local library. press ENTER. 5. “Select Item: 3. Press the Scroll observe a satellite pass.: 00. coordinates in the “User: Objects” option of information. etc. you will prepare your telescope to 4. 3. press the To enter coordinates of an object into the “User: Scroll Up key once. the desired object. ADVANCED FEATURES Using AutoStar to Find Objects Not in keys to enter the digits for the Right Ascension the Database coordinate of your object. Keep pressing the Scroll Up key until “Object: User Object” Observing Satellites displays and press ENTER. With “User Object: Add” displayed. You will enter the object’s name and keys to enter the digits for the Declination R. to go to the next display. to find this option. and press ENTER you wish to observe. “User Object: Add” displays. Use the Number keys to enter this the R. Use the can observe.) Press ENTER. or magazines (such as Sky & Telescope To GO TO a user-entered object: or Astronomy). finished.A. Down key once. simply press ENTER. “User Object: Select” Objects” option of the Object menu: displays. When you are finished.A. Use the Number INDEX 32 . CD ROMs. When you are finished. This step is optional. In this procedure. the Object menu and allows automatic slewing of the 9. press ENTER.A. 6. to enter the name of the object you wish to add to the database. “Right Asc. next display. own permanent database. press ENTER. you will choose an object from the The objects/coordinates you enter become part of your User Object list and GO TO the object. “User Object: Select” displays. In this procedure. Make sure AutoStar has been initialized and 2. 4. In this procedure. and press ENTER. If necessary. When you are (optional information). 1. Select a satellite from list and press ENTER.00’” displays. After the telescope is aligned. coordinates of the object or objects information. The name of the object and the Right Ascension Object” displays. Press ENTER. displays again. you will enter coordinates of celestial objects that do not appear in any of the AutoStar 7. “User Object: Add” computer store. Although AutoStar contains an extensive database of 8. Use the Scroll keys (if necessary) to scroll to the telescope has been aligned. and press ENTER to go to the a feature that allows you to enter an object’s R. 2.) that you of the object. 1. “Declination: +00°. Use the Arrow keys. use the You may also enter the object’s magnitude and size Scroll Keys to change “+” to “-”. If you do not wish to enter this and Dec. keys to scroll through the menus. Use the Number database lists. “Object: Solar System” displays. you may eventually want to view objects Number keys to enter the size (in arc-minutes).0” displays. Navigate to the “Object: Satellite” menu option Press ENTER. coordinates (required information). if so desired. Press ENTER. of satellites.

The tour is presented in one of track with the satellite. Viewing in the middle of the night can be 6. they move quickly across of signal. Each line of a tour is either Note: If the scheduled appearance position of a comment line. The objects chosen for a tour list are selected from 10..A. two modes: 11. start watching through the telescope Viewfinder (Pg.e. so forth. and satellite is on the top line of the display. AutoStar Press ENTER and AutoStar automatically but not be visible as it is in the Earth’s shadow. See OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES. menu and press a Scroll key until the desired constellation location. problematic because the satellite may pass overhead. Press GO TO. or a description. To display descriptive text in this site (www. a command line. the satellite is obstructed (i. Fig. then continue with this procedure.meade. page 16.. NOTE: Satellite observing is an exciting challenge. You may How to Create Your Own Guided Tour return to regular observations until the alarm When a Guided Tour is selected.A.com) approximately once a month mode. If the satellite is going to make a pass. “Alarm” displays after the location information. With about 20 seconds left on the countdown tour information to the AutoStar handbox. the user must press ENTER. If you subtract the aos from the los. Interactive Mode: Tour name appears on the first line Satellite orbits change and new satellites (including of the AutoStar display and the name of the object the Space Shuttle) are launched.” displays. When the satellite enters the viewfinder field AutoStar’s database or by entering the object’s R. viewing is near Sunrise or Sunset when the sky is still dark. travelling at approximately pass: aos—acquisition of signal and los—loss 17. Use the Scroll keys to display data about the satellites are in low orbit. AutoStar slews your goes off. timer. • The Meade #505 Cable Connector Kit to download 9. by a building.500 mph. sets the alarm to sound a minute before the satellite’s scheduled appearance. eyepiece to view the object. 1. coordinates.” and then “Tracking. ADVANCED you can calculate how long the satellite will be requiring AutoStar to slew the telescope rapidly. If orbital parameters are more than one month old. AutoStar slews the telescope to for an observer to create a custom Guided Tour. press ENTER.. “Calculating. The motor drive stops and a countdown is displayed. When the track clears the installed (the tour must be saved as a “text only” or as obstruction. Use the AutoStar Arrow keys to center the Automatic Mode: The title of an object appears on first object in the viewfinder. press ENTER and AutoStar starts What you will need: to move the telescope along the expected • A PC with text editor or word processing software satellite track. The telescope starts to and Dec. of view. Most 5.. coordinates. then look through the line and descriptive text scrolls on line 2. When the alarm goes off. the sky and are only in the field of view for a few minutes. or hill). telescope. telescope to a predetermined list of objects and displays 7. where the satellite should appear. When visible. such as type of object. A tour is basically an ASCII text file that contains a list of directions and descriptions. But it is also possible 8. Downloading requires the optional #505 AstroFinder™ Software and INDEX 33 .. Location information also displays. tree. 13) for the satellite Tour Modes to enter the field of view. and Dec. the satellite pass may not happen at the time predicted by AutoStar. Cable Connector Kit. press ENTER again to pause the a “MS-DOS text” file). R. “Located” displays. 13. return to the Satellite information about each object. to get updated information and instructions on how to download this data to AutoStar. FEATURES #497 HANDBOX 4. Visit the Meade web displays on line 2. Best visible. AutoStar contains a few Guided Tours which are programmed at the factory.

Eg. a custom This line contains programming commands. Use the format described in the Command IC SAO Line section. MESSIER CALDWELL PLANET MOON SATELLITE ASTEROID The following commands specify objects that are COMET LUNAR ECLIPSE already in the AutoStar database. USER ra dec “title string” “description string” Keywords: Action to be performed during a tour. The following is a list of command lines. these commands access objects with existing description in the AutoStar database. etc. AutoStar Writing a Tour Command Line Using the list of commands listed above. when selected. use two quote marks at the beginning / Extreme Object and end of the desired phrase. A title string can contain up to selected from the menus. complete with keywords and necessary strings: Eg. or after Interactive Mode selection. the title string appears on line 1 while the description scrolls across line 2. the object’s title CONSTELLATION STAR displays on line 1 and its description scrolls across LANDMARK DEFINE line 2.: Enter the Right Ascension of an object in the following format: HH:MM:SS. and DEC. If these commands METEOR SHOWER DEEP SKY follow the command AUTO SELECT. Enter USER. This command allows you to display a text title and In Automatic Mode. then TITLE TEXT the R.. For example: TITLE “A Star’s Life” In Interactive Mode. 16 characters and must be surrounded by quotation marks. longer than one line. mark and a hard return. INDEX 34 . and its title and USER NGC description.: Enter the Declination of an object in the following format: DDdMMmSSs. “M64” or “My Favorite Star”. Title String: Text within a title string is displayed as AutoStar displays this title when “Guided Tour” is the title of the object. PICK ONE/PICK END AUTO SLEW ON/OFF Do not add a description string after the following #END command lines. and DEC. of a desired object. including: tour can be created. Begin the next description line copyrights.A. Mode and.A. coordinates. For example: “The Orion Nebula is considered “awesome” by many who / (c) 2009 Meade Instruments Corporation view it”.A. All comments begin with a “/” character with a quotation mark. revision history. 18:51:05 TITLE Dec. the title string appears on line 2 TEXT “title string” “description string” until it is selected with the ENTER key. in column 1 of the line. For example: If quotation marks are to be displayed in the on-screen ADVANCED description. AutoStar recognizes the following keywords: This command line allows you to access a specific object with your own description. FEATURES #497 HANDBOX Comment Line Description String: Description of an object. Must be surrounded by quotation marks. If the description is Information in the Tour program that is not displayed. R. and a keyword.. AutoStar automatically searches and finds the designated object. For example. – 06d16m00s Title must be the first keyword in your tour after any comment lines and must be 15 characters or less. a description before any of the command lines activates Automatic string. description. a title string. Placing the word AUTO SELECT R. each line must end with a quotation such as authorship.

AutoStar displays INDEX 35 . For example: object in quotes. AutoStar provides the user with a description Enter DEEP SKY followed by the name of the desired of the selected planet from its database. PLANET “name” Enter PLANET and then the name of the desired planet DEEP SKY “name” in quotes. For example: Enter SAO followed by the desired SAO number and COMET: “Halley” AutoStar provides the user with a description of the object from its database. For ASTEROID “name” example: NGC 4256 Enter ASTEROID and then the name of the desired ADVANCED asteroid in quotes. For example: SAO 30200 LUNAR ECLIPSE Messier xxx If LUNAR ECLIPSE is part of the tour. For example: SATELLITE: “Intl Space Stn” Enter NGC followed by the desired New General Catalog number and AutoStar provides the user with a description of the object from its database. this option is skipped and the tour proceeds on to the next object. For example: to see if a meteor shower is visible that evening. For example: CONSTELLATION “Leo Major” SATELLITE “name” Enter SATELLITE and then the name of the desired satellite in quotes. If no eclipse is and AutoStar provides the user with a description of visible. AutoStar checks its database every time the tour is activated to see if Enter MESSIER followed by the desired Messier number a lunar eclipse is visible that evening. For example: IC 1217 COMET “name” Enter COMET and then the name of the desired SAO xxxxxx comet in quotes. AutoStar displays information about the comet from its database. For example: M 101 the next object. Enter CONSTELLATION followed by the name of the desired constellation in quotes. FEATURES #497 HANDBOX NGC xxxx information about the satellite from its database. If no CALDWELL 17 meteor shower is visible. AutoStar and AutoStar provides the user with a description checks its database every time the tour is activated of the object from its database. CALDWELL xxx METEOR SHOWER Enter CALDWELL followed by the Caldwell number If METEOR SHOWER is part of the tour. this option is skipped and the tour proceeds on the object from its database. AutoStar displays information IC xxxx about the asteroid from its database. For example: PLANET “Pluto” DEEP SKY “Small Magellanic Cloud” MOON CONSTELLATION “name” This command accesses information about the Moon from the AutoStar database. For example: ASTEROID: “Ceres” Enter IC followed by the desired Index Catalog number and AutoStar provides the user with a description of AutoStar the object from its database.

AutoStar automatically slews the telescope to objects first before Enter the azimuth (az) for the desired object in displaying the text description. Then enter the altitude of the desired is required. To view a landmark. AUTO SELECT TEXT “None Available” “I’m sorry. This feature is useful the following format: xxxdxxmxxs. First. ADVANCED FEATURES STAR “name” There are no bright globular” “clusters visible at this time”. One As tours are downloaded into the handbox. Landmarks may also be AUTO SELECT MESSIER 68 viewed using the “Landmark Survey” option in the AUTO SELECT NGC 1234 Utilities menu. The example: students would have to manually slew to the last two LANDMARK 123d27m00s 57d20m20s “Landmark 1” objects. PICK ONE Landmarks AUTO SELECT MESSIER 13 This menu option allows you to define and store AUTO SELECT MESSIER 15 terrestrial objects in the Landmark database. See the instruction “They contain 50. To end a tour. For each object type you wish Once a tour is written and stored as an ASCII file (saved to use to illustrate in your tour. type the command #END on a separate AutoStar begins at the top of the PICK ONE list and line at the very end of the tour. For example. For which AutoStar automatically slews to in a tour. an astronomy professor may object in the following format: xxdxxmxxs. load it into spaced across the range of right ascension. four of the title string and description string in quotes. pick 10 to 12 examples either as a “text only” or “MS DOS text” file). displays the first object from the list that is above the horizon and ignores the rest. If it doesn’t understand the terminology used within a tour.000 to 100. use the “Landmark: Select” option. He would then place AUTO SLEW ON before “North corner of apartment building” his first required object and AUTO SLEW OFF after the fourth object. For example: STAR “Vega” PICK END AUTO SLEW ON / AUTO SLEW OFF LANDMARK az alt “title” “description” With AUTO SLEW ON enabled in the tour. Then enter require his students to observe six objects. INDEX 36 . For example: examines the programming. Enter STAR followed by the name of the desired star in quotes. them by the PICK ONE / PICK END statements. AutoStar current example displays for the user. Bracket AutoStar using the AutoStar Update Utility on your PC. For example: when designing tours in which observing certain objects 123d27m00s. AUTO SELECT MESSIER 92 a landmark needs to be stored in memory using the AUTO SELECT MESSIER 4 “Landmark: Add” option.000 stars and are located sheet with your #505 Cable Connector Kit for more on the fringes of our “galaxy”. Make the necessary corrections clusters are huge balls of stars”. it flags questionable areas and displays them in a pop-up window on your AUTO SELECT TEXT “Globular Cluster” “Globular computer screen. Downloading Tours This statement is useful for developing tours that can be presented year round. information about downloading data to and interfacing with AutoStar. and try to download again. PICK ONE / PICK END These two statements are used to surround a list of #END items that AutoStar can choose from during a tour.

memory. Using Arrow AutoStar has a limited amount of memory. 2. When the desired object displays. and press ENTER. “Landmark Survey: Slewing. If you wish to add the amount of memory that is still available to more landmarks. Navigate to “Utilities: Landmark Survey” menu displays. Press MODE to pause the Survey. “Statistics: 97. the user. Press ENTER. the landmark. Display the “Landmark: Select” menu option. “Select Item: Setup” 1.. 5. 3. “Object: telescope moves to the first object on the Survey Solar System” displays. of objects you have previously entered. This is 9. AutoStar. ADVANCED FEATURES To Add a landmark to the database: To Select a landmark from the database: In this procedure. “Center Landmark. repeat steps 5 through 7. This procedure allows you to check on how 8. Press Landmarks” displays. Use the Scroll keys to scroll through the list telescope. Free” displays. 2. 4. if Press ENTER. Press Enter. Press the Scroll Up key twice and “Object: 3. Set the telescope in the home position. Note for future reference where the telescope is located and if you have aligned the 3. 1. much memory is still available. press ENTER to IMPORTANT NOTE: To use the Landmark select the object. Press the Scroll Down key once and “Select 2. 7.. Be option – note that the Landmark Survey will function sure to change this option back to “Astronomical” only if you have previously entered objects in the when you wish to view celestial objects again. When finished. move the telescope to the desired landmark and center the object in 1. Press Enter. The Item: Object” displays. Press GO TO to slew the telescope to added to the database. Choosing this option To perform a Landmark Survey turns off tracking for astronomical objects and This procedure allows you to perform a tour of the is not useful for the viewing of terrestrial objects objects entered in the “Object: Landmark” menu such as those in the Landmark database. “Landmark: Add” displays. Press ENTER. stored in memory. which alignment method is used. Press MODE to exit. of information in AutoStar. INDEX 37 . “Landmark: To check on the available amount of memory in Add” displays. The object is now and press ENTER. Using only the Arrow keys (do not manually move the telescope). Choose “Terrestrial” and press ENTER – “Setup: Targets” displays again. Make sure the telescope is located and aligned landmarks in AutoStar’s memory. you will store the location of terrestrial 1. Display the “Setup: Targets” menu option. “Landmark Name” displays. you will begin to use up press ENTER. if aligned exactly as when the landmark(s) was desired. list and displays the name of the object. Landmark menu. Press MODE once.4K Char. User Objects and other bits wish to add to the database. the telescope must be located and through location information about the object. the survey. necessary. 4. Navigate to the “Setup: Statistics” menu option the eyepiece. Press the Scroll Down key once. Use the Scroll keys to scroll function. Press Enter” displays. 2. Once you keys.” displays. 6. Enter to restart the survey at the first object of “Landmark: Select” displays. enter a name for the landmark you begin to store Landmarks. exactly as when the desired landmark was entered into memory.

press of a Scroll key: Note: The location settings (country/state/province Displayed information: Example: and city.. the next Scrolling message.......... power switch to the ON position.. Constellation ... Press “Mode” to access the AutoStar menu. ADVANCED FEATURES Identify Advanced Alt/Az Alignment This procedure allows you to use AutoStar to identify If you would rather choose your own alignment objects you have found in the night sky using the stars from the Autostar database during the Alt/Az Arrow keys. In this procedure. entering 4. Black Hole......... Messier 107. Select Alignment Procedure: “Press 0 to Align database.. you will center an object you wish to AutoStar then takes a few moments to start up have identified by AutoStar in the telescope eyepiece the system... AutoStar displays some or all the location).. As you enter a digit. Press a Scroll key to display information about the city and state or country of your observing this object... Virgo. the name of the closest object wish to choose either the zip code of your displays. a. Once aligned.. This screen asks you if you calculating..... “This Globular Cluster is screen asks for the country or state/province 10.. NGC 6171......” displays..... Nebula.. If you wish to Orion Nebula....... Moving observer for alignment. Testing Motors: The telescope then tests the motor function of the telescope by moving in 2... Globular Cluster. or Mode for Menu” displays........” c.. or zip code) are only asked for the first Catalog or common name. 3 code are entered....... Enter the next digit.... If you chose the zip code option. Use the Number keys to enter Declination ..000 light years (listed alphabetically) of the observing site.... the left most Right Ascension . Type of object... and provinces.... time you turn on the control panel. 2’ b.......e. Use the Scroll keys to scroll through the list of countries...... etc. Turn the telescope on: Turn the telescope from identifying objects. AutoStar provides a database of bright stars can be used. Repeat this process until all 5 digits of your zip Magnitude .... it cannot be and two stars from this database are chosen by the physically moved from that location. Orion. When AutoStar finishes screen displays.. use the Site menu... If the object is not in AutoStar’s database.. 16:32:4 “0” is highlighted.... the telescope disrupts the telescopes frame of reference to the night sky and will prevent it 1.. “Searching. etc change this setting later on.... Press ENTER INDEX 38 ... states. alignment procedure... 13°03’ the digits...... away......... Navigate to the “Object: Identify” option and the horizontal and vertical directions. The AutoStar beeps and the display screen is activated........ press ENTER.... If you chose the location option. Two-Star Alt/Az Alignment Important Note: The telescope must be Two-Star Alignment requires some knowledge of the successfully aligned before the Identify feature night sky... observing location or the location (i.. database that is closest to the one you queried about. Autostar offers two methods AutoStar displays information about an object in its described below. Size.. the next digit to the right will be highlighted...... Press ENTER.. etc.... page 29 for more information..... Center the object you wish to have identified in the telescope’s eyepiece. and use the “Identify” menu to find out information about the object or the nearest object to it in the AutoStar 2.. 3........... 4. Set Your Location or Zip Code: The Location 3... Press “1” to select the zip code option following information about the object with each or “2” to enter the city and state... See SITE.... 1....

12a and 12b to the left). Use the Scroll keys to scroll to a star on the list that you wish to align upon. Select “AM. yes. If Daylight Savings Time is active. Daylight Savings Time: The next screen requests the status of Daylight Savings Time. examples of the right amount of magnification and too much magnification. is to “overpower” a telescope by using high magnifications which the telescope’s aperture 9. atmospheric conditions. 7) on the AutoStar locate the model of Too Much Power? your telescope and press enter. Press ENTER when the correct city appears on screen. a night of observing. The easiest way to set the telescope in the Most observers should have three or four home position is using the Magnetic North additional eyepieces to achieve the full range method. Figs. 13. 11. INDEX 39 . Autostar then displays a database of stars for the observer to choose from. magnification. Note: Daylight Savings Time may be referred to by a different name in various areas of the world. Using the scroll keys (Pg. Use the Arrow keys to move the telescope until the star is centered in the eyepiece. press the 2 key. Select a star that you can easily locate in the night sky. 5. 12a & 12b: Jupiter. page 16. Press ENTER. If using True North. Press ENTER. Can you ever have too much power? If the 7. Keep in mind that a smaller. The next screen asks for the city (listed ready to use Autostar’s GO TO capabilities for alphabetically) closest to the observing site. support. With “Align: Easy” displayed. The telescope slews to the star. 19. use the Scroll and atmospheric conditions cannot reasonably Keys to display “Align: Two Star”. you can! The most 8. See page 9 “The LT should be employed only under the steadiest Series Home Position” for more information. “Select Star” displays. Use the Scroll keys to scroll through the list of cities.” or common mistake of the beginning observer 24-hour clock (blank). Enter the current time. If Daylight Savings Time is not active. or press the “2” key to use Magnetic North. Powers above 400X to setup the telescope. LT Series TIPS Fig. Then press ENTER. 6. The telescope is aligned and you are now d. but dim and poorly resolved (see asking which Home Position method to use Figs. Now enter the current date. Setting the Home Position: “North Method: and well-resolved image is far superior to one 1=True 2=Compass” displays. AutoStar is that is larger. See OPTIONAL key. ACCESSORIES.” “PM. AUTOSTAR FEATURES when the correct location displays. Press enter when complete. Press Enter. but bright 10. Telescope Model: AutoStar then asks for the Telescope Model. 5. press the “1” the LT Series telescopes. press the 1 key.Repeat procedure for the second alignment star. then type of power you’re referring to is eyepiece press ENTER. 12. Follow the steps on page 9 to set the of reasonable magnifications possible with home position.

Autostar provides a database of bright stars. INDEX 40 . Press one of the Scroll Keys and “Browse: Edit Parameters” displays. “Mins” stands for arc-minutes. Press ENTER. and “Start Search” activates the search. much like a search engine. ADVANCEDOBSERVING FEATURES One-Star Alt/Az Alignment One-Star Alignment requires some knowledge of the night sky. “Edit Parameters: Largest (mins)” displays. 2. Press Enter. TERRESTRIAL IMPORTANT NOTE : The accuracy of One- Star Alt/Az Alignment. “Browse: Start Search” displays. 9. A typical search might be performed as follows: 1. 3. except only one star from this database is chosen by the observer for alignment. Browse This menu allows you to search the database for objects with certain parameters. Because the other methods use two stars to align upon. Fig. One-Star Alignment is identical to Two-Star Alt/Az: Alignment (see “Two-Star ALT/AZ Alignment. 6). depends on how well the observer levels the telescope and how close to North the telescope is pointed when setting the Home Position (Pg. Press ENTER. they are more precise than One- Star Alignment. Select “Browse” from the Object menu.” above). “Edit Parameters” lets you set various parameters for the search. unlike the Two-Star and Easy (Alt/Az) Alignment procedures.

LT Series. While such condensation does not normally cause any (1) (2) (3) damage to the telescope. When absolutely necessary. Take special care to read and lens may be removed with a solution of 3 parts understand this section well so that your LT Series will distilled water to 1 part isopropyl alcohol. simply allow the telescope to sit for some With the star or hot spot centered.g. causing damage to AutoStar #497 the telescope’s electronic circuitry. dust on the front lens Collimation should be removed with gentle strokes of a camel The optical collimation (alignment) of any astronomical hair brush or blown off with an ear syringe telescope used for serious purposes is important. Do not leave the LT Series inside a sealed car on lens causes virtually no degradation of image a warm summer day. You will notice that the out of focus star image looks like a ring of light surrounding a dark central spot. 1. Do not. Organic materials (e. de-focus time in the warm indoor air. Batteries left in the telescope for factory servicing. Do not. require telescope. Change tissues often. Avoid cleaning the telescope’s optics: a little dust on the front surface of the telescope’s correcting 8. wipe any of the optical surfaces. it is recommended that the entire telescope be wiped down with a dry Figure 13: Collimation cloth before the telescope is packed away. the images. it is Given the care and respect due any precision advisable to remove the batteries from the instrument. every Meade LT Series dishwashing soap per pint of solution. internal lubrication and electronic circuitry. however. To check the collimation of your LT Series. If the LT Series is not to be used for an extended to yield a lifetime of rewarding viewing. CAUTION: Do not use scented or lotioned tissues the optics is. fingerprints) on the front for good performance. but (available at any pharmacy). that can damage the optics. If the LT Series is used outdoors on a humid night. MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE HANDBOX The LT Series is a precision optical instrument designed 7. Re-aligning 4. Allow the telescope not be able to replace the corrector in its proper to adjust to the temperature of your observation site rotational orientation and serious degradation before proceeding.. However. with or other purposes. temperature differences between of optical performance will result. so that the wet optical the image. the INDEX 41 . surfaces can dry unattended. may also add 1 drop of biodegradable As part of final optical testing. Rather. remove the correcting a bright star that is overhead. the LT Series will rarely. is precisely collimated at the Meade factory before white facial tissues and make short. 2. 6. if ever. vibrations in shipping can cause strokes. however. period. for any reason. You give you the best optical performance. perhaps for one month or more. Maintenance guidelines include: prolonged periods may leak. water condensation on the telescope surfaces will probably result. or use a “hot spot” of plate from its machined housing for cleaning reflected Sunlight from a chrome car bumper. Meade the optics and the outside air can cause distortion in Instruments assumes no liability for damage incurred to the telescope in this way. Use soft. a straightforward process. excessive ambient quality and should not be considered reason to temperatures can damage the telescope’s clean the lens. DO NOT use a in the case of the Schmidt-Cassegrain design of the commercial photographic lens cleaner. gentle shipment. center 5. such collimation is absolutely essential 3. You will almost certainly the supplied 26mm eyepiece. the optical system to become misaligned.

examine the star shadow of the finger crossing the thinnest part image in focus with the higher power eyepiece of the ring of light. 41 Fig. make secondary mirror support. 9mm or thinnest (Pg. past their normal travel and do not loosen them you have turned too far and you need to turn in more than two full turns in a counterclockwise the opposite direction.. on star image flies out of the eyepiece field. You will find that the adjustments 7.e. screw on the far side of the black plastic To give a final precision collimation. You will see the slight adjustments of the three set screws. in the central spot is offset in (i. Now try a higher power eyepiece (e. 13. In this case repeat steps 2 which direction the darker shadow is offset in the through 6 to find the new adjustment screw. or necessary. 4. Move now have good collimation of the optics. 41. usually requiring only one-half dark center is off in a new direction (e. Fig. then the LT Series are from the three inner most screws you are turning the screw the wrong way. not concentric with) the ring same direction as the darker shadow is offset in of light. Turn Collimation Screws the opposite direction and bring the image back to the center of the field. under good viewing the telescope where your finger is aiming. If while turning the defocused 1. 6. look at the front of as suggested above. your telescope’s optical system is misaligned the ring of light.g. You may find after your initial adjustment that the are very sensitive. carefully examine the evenness of the ring of light (concentricity). MAINTENANCE HANDBOX dark central spot is in fact the shadow of the secondary 3. your finger around the edge of the black plastic secondary mirror support until you see the 9.. While looking at the defocused star image. un-thread the other two by even amounts. of being off side-to-side it is now off in an up-and- 2. and requires collimation. Any lack of finger in front of the telescope so that it touches collimation at this point will require only very one of the collimation set screws. At this point. Turn the focus knob until the ring of light fills move the defocused image to the edge of the about 10% of the eyepiece field-diameter. You shadow of your finger in the ring of light. Always double check the direction or the secondary mirror may come loose image in the center of the field of the eyepiece. 1). make the adjustment in the original turning CAUTION: Do not force the three collimation screws direction. As a final check on alignment. If it is now off in the opposite direction. The only adjustments possible. if necessary. INDEX .g. ring of light or notice which part of the ring is the 8. Place your index less) and repeat the above tests. This is the set screw extremely slight adjustments of the three set that you will adjust. to center the Airy disc in the diffraction ring. If the dark eyepiece field of view (Pg. It will conditions. Turn the set screw that you found with the AutoStar #497 Follow these steps for collimation of the pointing exercise while looking in the eyepiece. fig. 13 . or it will small central dot (commonly referred to as an be between two set screws aiming at the set “Airy disc”) with a diffraction ring surrounding it. Figure 14: The LT Series Collimation 13.. from its support. optical system: You will notice that the star image will move across the field. 5. When you bring the image to center (Pg. Using the Arrow keys at the slowest slew speed. screws. 41. The star point should appear as a either be pointing directly at a set screw. If the screw you are turning becomes very loose. mirror. If the screw you are turning gets too tight. notice down direction). continue to mirror housing. 2). 3). instead turn or less to produce the desired result. If you find that the dark located at the inner surface of the secondary center is still off in the same direction. tighten the other two screws by even amounts. You now have the best alignment 42 of the optics possible with this telescope.

through lenses or reflected off the mirrors. but there may well be a new version available through the AutoStar Updated program supplied on the AutoStar Suite DVD supplied with your telescope. Your new LT Series shipped with the most current firmware at the time of manufacture. your telescope is operating properly. However. giving the Service hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. the movement is at the same speed as the hour hand of a 24-hour clock. See the instruction sheet included with the kit for more information. The Updater goes online to the Meade web site and checks to see if there is a newer version available and can download it directly to the telescope using the #505 Cable Connector Kit. If fact. as such. the view (depending upon the If you have a question concerning your LT Series observer’s line of sight and the angle of the light) may telescope. the telescope is moving. Gauging the Movement of the Telescope A common complaint of many first-time telescope owners is that they cannot see the telescope “move” when the motor drive is engaged.” the true test of optical quality can by telephone. or just generally uneven coatings. The optical quality of a telescope cannot be judged by The great majority of servicing issues can be resolved the “flashlight test. In the unlikely event that only seen when a high intensity light is transmitted the LT Series requires factory servicing or repairs. MAINTENANCE HANDBOX Inspecting the Optics CUSTOMER A Note About the “Flashlight Test”: If a flashlight or other high-intensity light source is pointed down the SERVICE main telescope tube. the power is on. If not. including giant or call the Meade Customer Service Department research telescopes. These effects are Monday through Friday. If the object remains stationary in the field of view. and can be before returning the telescope to the factory. AutoStar #497 appearance of poor quality optics. INDEX 43 . Pacific Time. address and daytime telephone number. to provide an explanation of the problem. the movement is difficult to discern visually. when the batteries are installed. To check the movement of your telescope. dark or bright Service Department at (800) 626-3233. look at an astronomical object through the telescope’s eyepiece with the telescope polar aligned and with the motor drive on. Updating Your LT Series Firmware Meade is constantly refining and improving the operating firmware that controls our computerized telescopes and we even add new features and capabilities from time to time. check to ensure that “Astronomical” is selected in the “Targets” option of the setup menu. the factory. as well as your name. Customer spots. avoiding return of the telescope to only be conducted through careful star testing. write seen on any high quality optical system. call the Meade Instruments Customer reveal what appears to be scratches.

Press until it > 18 is centered Scope slews down. Reminder to Bring target back ENTER use terrestrial to center using ENTER the Down Arrow key. . Train Drive 9 Bring target back Az. Train Menu returns to Setup Az. THE DRIVE #497 HANDBOX APPENDIX A: Verify that AUTOSTAR Press > until it 1 TRAINING THE DRIVE INITIALIZATION is is centered 12 complete. such as a Press the scroll 13 is centered up key once. target. Drive Setup For this op. AutoStar Select Item to center using 4 ENTER the Left Arrow key. Press until it > 19 Drive Setup is centered 10 For this op. Train Center target ENTER using Arrow Multiple presses. telephone pole or lamp post. Select Item 21 Object Figure 15: Training the Drive INDEX 44 . . Scope slews left. Setup Access the Setup ENTER menu. MODE keys. to train the drive. 15 depicts the ENTER the Right Arrow key. 3 Object Press < until it NOTE: Use a far away terrestrial object. Scope slews up. Multiple presses. Train Drive 15 Alt. Access the ENTER Telescope menu. ENTER (horizontal) training. Center reference 17 object Telescope Center target 8 ENTER using Arrow Train Drive keys. Train Altitude Setup ENTER (vertical) 6 Telescope training. Center reference 11 Train Drive object. 5 Align Multiple presses. Perform this procedure if you are experiencing any Press MODE until Bring target back 2 Select Item is displayed. . Scope slews right. 20 Az. Train to center using Azimuth ENTER the Up Arrow key. Choose the Train ENTER Drive option. training. Select Item TRAINING complete Drive Training procedure. Fig. to center using pointing accuracy problems. Train Drive 14 Az. . 16 Reminder to Telescope ENTER use terrestrial 7 1 Telescope Model target. Bring target back Complete this exercise once every 3 to 6 months.

and galaxies. providing a more dramatic image. but something far meteor or comet impact. such as the maria. the smallest lunar features objects that can be seen with the LT Series that may be seen with the largest telescope on Earth are about one-half mile across. astronomy welcomes force is meteor strikes. described below. a telescope was not merely the interior of the Moon by the depth and force of a a machine made of glass and metal. Henrietta from the bright glare of the Moon. of the Moon’s surface. Not only does it protect your eyes stars. Edwin Hubble proposed a glimpse into the origin of the universe. Yet Galileo’s telescope was so crude. Twelve Apollo astronauts left their bootprints on the Moon in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. So across the lunar surface. With no atmosphere on the Moon. turned it to look towards the sky instead of (380. Objects in Space no telescope on Earth is able to see these footprints or Listed below are some of the many astronomical any other artifacts. variable stars. he the overly bright Moon could not clearly make out the rings of Saturn.000 miles Series.a window through which the beating heart of the universe might be observed. the Moon and our solar system comes Maria (plural for mare) are smooth. Galileo a sense of depth to the correctly realized Earth’s movement and position view. Albert Einstein unraveled the relationship Using the LT Series. using The Moon is. ASTRONOMY HANDBOX APPENDIX B: BASIC ASTRONOMY In the early 17th century Italian Scientist Galileo. a crude telescope considerably smaller than the LT a distance of 239. we have on subjects such as comets. using sophisticated on the Moon. No shadows are seen around the Sun. gave birth to modern during a full Moon. Hubble Space Telescope. observing the Moon. and what and is best observed during #497 he realized about what he saw. brilliant detail can be observed of time and light. more . causing astronomy. INDEX 45 . including hundreds of lunar craters and successors to Galileo’s crude telescope. more and more mysteries of the universe are being solved and understood. To him. dark areas scattered from observations made by amateur astronomers. In fact. Be sure to use a neutral Moon filter when understanding the motion and nature of the planets. Imagine what it when Sunlight strikes the must have been like being the first human to see moons Moon’s surface at an angle. We are Craters are round meteor impact sites covering most living in a golden age of astronomy. However. enhance contrast. lunar contributions from amateurs. meteor showers. so the only erosive Unlike other sciences. Under these conditions. Almost daily. Much of the knowledge craters can last for millions of years. to appear flat and rather uninteresting through the Galileo’s discoveries laid the foundation for telescope. Building on his foundation.000km) from Earth distant trees and mountains. no weather conditions exist. and in doing so. ancient impact basins that were filled with lava from keep Galileo in mind. What he saw. but it also helps Leavitt determined how to measure the distance to stars. on average. forever changed the its crescent or half phase BASIC way mankind thought of the universe. These dark areas are large as you look through your Meade LT Series telescope. AutoStar revolve around the planet Jupiter or to see the changing It casts shadows and adds phases of Venus! Because of his observations.

These Europa. These Through the LT Series. Callisto) can be seen as To learn the constellations. numerous stars are visible. To locate the planets on a given day or as a bright. such as the Big Dipper in Ursa Major. start with an easy grouping “star-like” points of light of stars. This galaxy appears Saturn through a telescope. round disk with rings extending out from blobs. the telescope used. all stars It may be possible to see a hint of white at one of the appear as pinpoints of light. located between that Saturn had “ears. such as the sky objects. is occasionally visible through the LT Series. ASTRONOMY HANDBOX Planets change positions in the sky as they orbit moons can also be seen around the Sun. did not understand that fuzzy and cigar-shaped. he believed away in the constellation Andromeda. when using even the lowest use a star chart to explore across the sky. M42 is 1600 light in our solar system and is 11 years from Earth. When a planet you are interested in displays. when Mars is closest to Earth in its orbit. animals. It is 2. Use the Scroll keys to individual stars and deep- BASIC display information about the planet. as Sky and Telescope or Astronomy. Approximately every two years. number of moons visible on any given night changes and star clusters that are bound by gravity. called the Cassini Division. times the diameter of Earth. The most as they circle around the giant planet. and appears illuminated by nuclear fusion in their core. additional Nebulae are vast interstellar clouds of gas and dust detail and coloring on the planet’s surface may where stars are formed. Scroll to the “Object: Solar System” menu and scroll through Star charts can be used to locate constellations. with dark lines stretching The Pleiades is an open cluster 410 light years away. magnification. Then. the Great Nebula in Orion (M42). people. These moons orbit Jupiter so that the Galaxies are large assemblies of stars. and the rise and set times (Tip: Examples of various AutoStar enter a date in the Date menu and you can determine deep-sky objects are if a planet) will be visible during the night of the entered given below: date by checking its rise and set times). the largest of Saturn’s 18 INDEX 46 46 . The major division in Saturn’s rings.2 million light years what he was seeing were rings. star-like object month. You can also Deep-Sky Objects consult LT Series for information about planets. Galileo. Four of believed by ancient civilizations to be the celestial Jupiter’s 16 moons (Io. common shape is spiral (such as our own Milky Way). imaginary patterns of stars the atmosphere. a diffuse nebula that Jupiter is the largest planet appears as a faint wispy gray cloud. Most impressive of these is be visible. objects that are self- Mars is about half the diameter of Earth. planet’s coordinates. the first person to observe spiral-type galaxy to our own. nebulae. Saturn is nine times the diameter of Earth and appears but galaxies can also be elliptical. The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is the closest either side. consult a monthly astronomy magazine. Ganymede. The planet appears as a disk all recently formed from the same diffuse nebula. of their vast distances from our solar system. Open Clusters are loose groupings of young stars. press “ENTER”. Listed below Stars are large gaseous are the best planets for viewing through the LT Series. Because through the telescope as a tiny reddish-orange disk. equivalent of objects. or even irregular as a small. dust to the size of a house. and patterns are too large to be seen through a telescope.” Saturn’s rings are composed of the large “W” of Cassiopeia and the great square of billions of ice particles ranging in size from a speck of Pegasus. In 1610. such near the planet. across the surface. lines are cloud bands in Constellations are large. or gods. Titan. Instead. irrespective of the size of planet’s Polar ice caps. #497 the lists of planets.

f/10 Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) Resolving Power (arc seconds) 0. Tripod 9 lbs INDEX 47 .875 inch Precision Worm Drive Power 8 “C” Cell Batteries or AC Adapter Battery Life 20 hours Tripod New Adjustable-Height Steel Leg Tripod Electronics Controller Hand Box AutoStar #497 Included Accessories Eyepiece Holder 1. Focal Ratio 1524mm.76 Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude 14 Viewfinder Red Dot Mount Mount Type Aluminum Single-Arm Fork Altazimuth Drives 4.25” Diagonal Prism Eyepiece Super Plössl 26mm SC Adapter SC Thread to 1.25” Accessory Adapter Weight Telescope 30 lbs.APPENDIX C: AutoStar SPECIFICATIONS #497 HANDBOX SPECIFICATIONS Model and Product Number 6" LT ACF # 0610-04-10 Optical System Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) Primary Mirror Diameter 6” (152mm) Primary Mirror Material Pyrex® Glass Focal Length.

Tripod 9 lbs INDEX 48 .76 Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude 14 Viewfinder Red Dot Mount Mount Type Aluminum Single-Arm Fork Altazimuth Drives 4.25” Accessory Adapter Weight Telescope 30 lbs. f/10 Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) Resolving Power (arc seconds) 0. Focal Ratio 1524mm.875 inch Precision Worm Drive Power 8 “C” Cell Batteries or AC Adapter Battery Life 20 hours Tripod New Adjustable-Height Steel Leg Tripod Electronics Controller Hand Box AutoStar #497 Included Accessories Eyepiece Holder 1.25” Diagonal Prism Eyepiece Super Plössl 26mm SC Adapter SC Thread to 1. AutoStar SPECIFICATIONS #497 HANDBOX SPECIFICATIONS Model and Product Number 6" LT SC # 0610-04-12 Optical System Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain (SC) Primary Mirror Diameter 6” (152mm) Primary Mirror Material Pyrex® Glass Focal Length.

This aplanatic (coma-free) significantly wider than is possible with a standard-size optical system brings the highest level of performance primary mirror. aperture- aspheric correction (“correcting plate”). except for the oversize primary. Field stops machined primary mirror. light enters this phenomenon which results in Meade ACF having from the right. These field stops effectively block off- passing through a central perforation in the primary axis stray light rays. Note that with 2-sided aspheric correction (“correcting plate”). (2) (1) (1) (2) Ray (2) Ray (1) (2) (1) Secondary Mirror Focal Plane Secondary Primary Baffle Tube Baffle Field Stops Correcting Primary Mirror Plate The Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical System In the Schmidt-Cassegrain design of the Meade LT. INDEX 49 . yielding a fully effectively block off-axis stray light rays. yielding a fully illuminated field-of-view edge of the field of view. planetary. aperture-for- primary mirror and results in a focus at the focal plane. light ray (2) in the figure would be lost entirely. These field stops includes oversize primary mirrors. planetary. Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system provides All models of the Meade LT includes oversize primary razor-sharp pin-point star images all the way to the very mirrors.APPENDIX D: ACF AND SC OPTICAL SYSTEMS OPTICAL SYSTEMS (2) (1) (1) (2) Ray (2) Ray (1) (2) (1) Secondary Mirror Focal Plane Secondary Primary Baffle Tube Baffle Field Stops Correcting Primary Mirror Plate The Meade Advanced Coma-Free Optical System Unlike Schmidt-Cassegrain systems. It is this phenomenon which a convex secondary mirror. than other systems utilizing standard-size a spherical primary mirror. All models of the Meade LT Schmidt-Cassegrain and deep-space image contrast. with light image contrast. illuminated field-of-view significantly wider than is light enters from the right. The convex secondary results in Meade Schmidt-Cassegrains having off-axis mirror multiplies the effective focal length of the field illuminations about 10% greater. Field stops machined into the inside- secondary mirror. passes through a thin lens possible with a standard-size primary mirror. than other Schmidt-Cassegrains utilizing with light passing through a central perforation in the standard-size primary mirrors. The hyperbolic secondary mirror diameter surface of the primary mirror baffle tube multiplies the effective focal length of the primary significantly increase lunar. and then to for the oversize primary. except proceeds to a spherical primary mirror. and deep-space mirror and results in a focus at the focal plane. aperture. Meade’s mirror. It is In the ACF design of the Meade LT Series. and then to a hyperbolic primary mirrors. into the inside-diameter surface of the primary mirror baffle tube significantly increase lunar. Note that light ray (2) in the figure would to the amateur astronomer. proceeds to for-aperture. be lost entirely. passes through a thin lens with 2-sided off-axis field illuminations about 10% greater.

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