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I've got a Meade telescope LX90 ACF. When I connect The Meade Autostar handbox does not show any display when switched on, I can't operate any function with it. I've checked the curly cable that connect the Autostar to the telescope and the voltage from the power supply, both are OK.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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Had the same problem. Took it to a dealer and we put a new controller on but the funny thing was that my old controller worked fine on another scope but it would not work on mine. Agreed with "Guest" above - Mead's after sales service is bad.

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

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SOURCE: meade LX200GPS telescope

The front panel for the telescope has an internal fuse. Remove the screws and look at the circuit board for a fuse. Replace with the same type and rating. The telescope has a diode with the fuse that gives some protection against reverse polarity, and the telescope should function on this fix.

Posted on May 22, 2008

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SOURCE: vista will not work with autostar 494

I did some research on meade 506 astrofinder software

Read this...

Customer Review:
Rating: stars-1.0.gif
Summary: outdated software
The software this kit comes with is old and outdated. It is not supported by Windows XP nor Windows Vista. The latest supported version of Windows is Windows 98.
It also appears that the included software is a limited trial software. It is limited to the included 3 catalogs (star maps). The complete set of catalogs must be purchased additionally at quite some expense.
The cable connection kit couldn't be reviewed because it was missing from the package I received, but keep in mind when you order this kit, that neither Windows XP nor Windows Vista support serial ports anymore. The additional USB to serial adapter would be required.

That last line would suggest to me that if one had a USB to Serial adapter it might work? but I really do not know for sure. checking into some more stuff...

Found another article that states "It requires a PC running Windows 98SE through Windows XP. It will not run under Windows 95 or earlier, nor will it run under Windows Vista."

OK I found this site, you might be able to make some sense of it. But I did read in there that they do make USB serial adapters that will work with Vista OS.

Good Luck and happy star gazing! If you find something new out there maybe you could name it after me if you get it working. lol

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: how to replace internal clock in lx90 8

Probably just needs a new lithium coin battery - located behind front panel.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010

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SOURCE: Meade Autostar handbox

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

nettiser

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

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