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    Post I have a Meade 14 inch LX200 GPS telescope with big collection of eyepices



    I used to actively use my scope 2004, to 2008 and then stopped, i pulled my scope out and need a refresher in getting it going, I bought Stella Access and installed the app on IPad, I tried for few days and can not remember anything, been using it manually, reviewed some youtube videos but still struggling, if someone that lives close to Freehold, Colts Neck, Red Bank and knows how to do it and would like to come help me get my scope going, I would really appreciate. we can make it a fun event of starting my scope back and getting back to exploring the night sky. please email me or msg me here. I have the scope on my Roof Top, I built a room for my scope on the roof.

    I think I have all the tools and wires etc needed to get it going.

    feel free to msg me at Paul@Aquilahealthgroup.com or whatsapp me at +1(848)444-8000 anytime

    looking forward to all the help I can get please.

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    Default Re: I have a Meade 14 inch LX200 GPS telescope with big collection of eyepices

    I'm going to hope someone nearby can help.

    One thing? If part of your frustration is with the GPS giving the wrong date, that one is because of a GPS roll-over over the weekend and hopefully Meade will come up with a fix for that. But the system should be pretty usable even if you have that issue.

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    Default Re: I have a Meade 14 inch LX200 GPS telescope with big collection of eyepices

    Hi OleCuss,

    I am having issues with Alignment, and that is leading to a lot of frustration. I tried a few times. Second issue I am facing is my eyepieces are not giving me a very clear picture except for like 22mm and up but as soon as I am going below 22mm I am getting blurred picture. that is why I was think it would be fun for someone with experience to help me setup and also have a fun night of exploring.

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    Default Re: I have a Meade 14 inch LX200 GPS telescope with big collection of eyepices

    Ideally join a local astronomy club and you'll likely have folk to join you and to help out on this. If I weren't on the other coast I'd be delighted to join you and do what I could - a 14" SCT can be pretty awesome!

    Note, however, that my comment about the GPS may be relevant to alignment. There are a fair number of people with somewhat older GPS-equipped gear who are finding that the date their GPS is returning is very wrong (probably giving you a date in August of 1999 at this point). Meade may or may not be planning to set us up a fix for this.

    If your GPS is not wrong? Make sure your power is good. A power supply which had gotten a little wimpy can drive one nuts with behavior which just isn't right.

    Also, do remember that for the basic alignment with those instruments I believe you need to start the system out with the OTA roughly horizontal and pointing North (been a while since I did that).

    So far as the fuzzy stuff with eyepiece focal lengths of less than 22mm? If your atmospheric conditions are problematic (a bad night) this could be the problem. If your OTA is not nicely cooled down this could contribute (and remember that a 14" has a lot to cool so some use an SCT cooler). If you collimation is not good this could contribute.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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    Default Re: I have a Meade 14 inch LX200 GPS telescope with big collection of eyepices

    thank you for your advice and comments. I will google any local astronomy clubs here and see if someone can help

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    Default Re: I have a Meade 14 inch LX200 GPS telescope with big collection of eyepices

    Hello Paul, a very large telescope to be sure!
    Do you have the manual for it?
    If you look down the tube can you see the primary mirror moving when you turn the focuser?
    If it has been sitting a long time it would probably help to run the focuser from lock to lock to help spread the grease back out.
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    Default Re: I have a Meade 14 inch LX200 GPS telescope with big collection of eyepices

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