How do I Connect My Autostar to My Computer?

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How do I Connect My Autostar to My Computer?
Never use Autostar to move a telescope to look at the Sun. (telescope image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

When you purchase a Meade telescope, Autostar is included with it. The Autostar controls the features of the telescope, and adds to the function of it. It holds the database, moves the telescope to the object you select, and controls the speed the telescope moves to the object. Autostar provides a way to connect to your computer via a USB port.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the telescope interface cable of the Autostar keypad to a USB port on the computer. Turn the Autostar on and note the firmware version displayed on the hand paddle. Read the warning message displayed reminding users to never point the telescope at the sun. Verify the Daylight Saving Time option is correct for your current location.

  2. 2

    Select "Select Item," "Setup," "Align" and then "One Star" on the Autostar hand paddle to perform a mock Autostar alignment. Once you do this, put the telescope in the home position and then select the Autostar alignment star. The telescope begins slewing to the alignment of the star. Once it does this, press any direction control slew button on the paddle to stop the slew. The hand paddle will start computing and updating the Local Sidereal Time internally.

  3. 3

    Click "Telescope," "Setup" from TheSky, and then select "Autostar by Meade Instruments Corp" from the Control System list. Click "Settings," select the correct USB port on your computer in the Settings dialogue box and then click "OK." TheSky Link Wizard will locate the Autostar by searching all available USB ports if you do not know the port you used. Click "Close" from the "Telescope Setup" dialogue box. Click "Telescope," "Link" and then "Establish" to begin the Autostar Link Wizard.

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