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Re: ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

Dale, this is going to be a busy week, but if I get the chance, I'll bring the scope over to your house so you can play with it.  I assume you are back now from visiting your grandchildren?

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


On Saturday, July 31, 2021, 06:14:26 PM EDT, Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer@...> wrote:


G3
When you get tired of messing, I'd take a shot. They work alot like my LX200, almost same controller. Sounds like alittle clean up is needed. Could have got rained on or dropped, or just
a little tlc. and adjustments. Need to take the covers off a look inside and see whats going on.
Dale


-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 31, 2021 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

I went out later, after sunset, and when I turned the scope on, the hand controller numeric and arrow keypad lit up in red, but still no display on the screen.  The red flashlight worked too, but I could not get the scope to move, nor did it make that buzzing, "groaning" noise.

It has a remote control for the focuser, which takes a 9-volt battery.  I replaced the battery and plugged in the cable, but no joy.  No focusing.  Weather was threatening so I packed the scope up and brought it inside.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


On Saturday, July 31, 2021, 06:14:26 PM EDT, Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer@...> wrote:


G3
When you get tired of messing, I'd take a shot. They work alot like my LX200, almost same controller. Sounds like alittle clean up is needed. Could have got rained on or dropped, or just
a little tlc. and adjustments. Need to take the covers off a look inside and see whats going on.
Dale


-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 31, 2021 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: Apollo 15

George Reynolds
 

Right!  How has it affected your ability to do astronomy observing? 

I need to get that done, too.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


On Saturday, July 31, 2021, 05:44:43 PM EDT, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


cataract surgery

On Saturday, July 31, 2021, 4:38:25 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


Mark, why are you driving around without glasses?

George


On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 15:00, jimcoble2000 via groups.io
<jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
Halcyon days. You need to see the movie "Ad Astra" They have rovers too.......................and guns.

Speaking of. I took my first trip in the car today. No problem. First time I have driven without glasses in my life. Nice day for it. I dedicate my trip to Apollo15

On Friday, July 30, 2021, 12:53:04 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Fifty years ago today, on July 30, 1971, Apollo 15 landed on the moon.  

It was the fourth manned lunar landing but the very first to include a car.  Amazing but true.  It was folded-up and attached to a stronger version of the Lunar Module for the trip to the moon.  The Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV in NASA-speak, gave the lunar astronauts (David Scott and James Irwin) wheels, greatly improving their mobility and extending their exploration range.  I remember that they also had lots of fun driving it around like a dune buggy.  They traveled about 17 miles during their stay of almost 3 days on the moon.  The battery-powered buggy was a great success, and NASA also included it on Apollo 16 and 17, the two remaining manned moon missions.

The camera on the LRV allowed us to see for the first time the launch of the Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module when the astronauts left the moon on the journey home.

Also for the first time, this mission launched a separate satellite into lunar orbit.  The Particles and Fields sub-satellite was spring-launched from the Service Module just before the astronauts left lunar orbit for earth.

Those were the days – Much more info in NASA’s mission summary here:


Roy


Re: ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

Yeah, Matt, I have a  lot of trouble with autocorrect.  I type the right words, but if I don't proofread, it comes out wrong.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


On Saturday, July 31, 2021, 08:04:40 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:





On Jul 31, 2021, at 19:12, Stu Beaber <wd4sel@...> wrote:


"sounds" vice "soon"

Stu

On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 7:10 PM Stu Beaber via groups.io <wd4sel=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
might be the cable...soons like something is making intermittent, occasional contact.

Stu

On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 6:14 PM Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
G3
When you get tired of messing, I'd take a shot. They work alot like my LX200, almost same controller. Sounds like alittle clean up is needed. Could have got rained on or dropped, or just
a little tlc. and adjustments. Need to take the covers off a look inside and see whats going on.
Dale


-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 31, 2021 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

Matthew Cook
 




On Jul 31, 2021, at 19:12, Stu Beaber <wd4sel@...> wrote:


"sounds" vice "soon"

Stu

On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 7:10 PM Stu Beaber via groups.io <wd4sel=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
might be the cable...soons like something is making intermittent, occasional contact.

Stu

On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 6:14 PM Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
G3
When you get tired of messing, I'd take a shot. They work alot like my LX200, almost same controller. Sounds like alittle clean up is needed. Could have got rained on or dropped, or just
a little tlc. and adjustments. Need to take the covers off a look inside and see whats going on.
Dale


-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 31, 2021 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

Stu Beaber
 

"sounds" vice "soon"

Stu


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 7:10 PM Stu Beaber via groups.io <wd4sel=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
might be the cable...soons like something is making intermittent, occasional contact.

Stu

On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 6:14 PM Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
G3
When you get tired of messing, I'd take a shot. They work alot like my LX200, almost same controller. Sounds like alittle clean up is needed. Could have got rained on or dropped, or just
a little tlc. and adjustments. Need to take the covers off a look inside and see whats going on.
Dale


-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 31, 2021 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

Stu Beaber
 

might be the cable...soons like something is making intermittent, occasional contact.

Stu


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 6:14 PM Dale Carey via groups.io <vbstargazer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
G3
When you get tired of messing, I'd take a shot. They work alot like my LX200, almost same controller. Sounds like alittle clean up is needed. Could have got rained on or dropped, or just
a little tlc. and adjustments. Need to take the covers off a look inside and see whats going on.
Dale


-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 31, 2021 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

Dale Carey
 

G3
When you get tired of messing, I'd take a shot. They work alot like my LX200, almost same controller. Sounds like alittle clean up is needed. Could have got rained on or dropped, or just
a little tlc. and adjustments. Need to take the covers off a look inside and see whats going on.
Dale


-----Original Message-----
From: George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 31, 2021 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

More craziness!! I unplugged the controller cable from the HBX port, and the scope proceeded to go vertical, and then tried to go farther than it was intended. It sounded terrible, so I quickly hit the power button. I manually adjusted the scope, turned it back on, -- beep-- then nothing. But this time, the red flashlight works, though nothing else will!   I think I'll quit for now.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:56, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

We'll, phooey! I had to go to the store, so I turned off the scope. When I came back and turned it on, I got the "beep", but nothing else. The scope will not move like it did before. It just sits there. No groaning or buzzing, either. BTW, the beep comes from there hand controller wherever I unplug and replug something out cycle the power. Also, the red light on the controller (which is supposed to be a red flashlight) doesn't work either, when I press that button.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 17:06, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: Apollo 15

jimcoble2000
 

cataract surgery

On Saturday, July 31, 2021, 4:38:25 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


Mark, why are you driving around without glasses?

George


On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 15:00, jimcoble2000 via groups.io
<jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
Halcyon days. You need to see the movie "Ad Astra" They have rovers too.......................and guns.

Speaking of. I took my first trip in the car today. No problem. First time I have driven without glasses in my life. Nice day for it. I dedicate my trip to Apollo15

On Friday, July 30, 2021, 12:53:04 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Fifty years ago today, on July 30, 1971, Apollo 15 landed on the moon.  

It was the fourth manned lunar landing but the very first to include a car.  Amazing but true.  It was folded-up and attached to a stronger version of the Lunar Module for the trip to the moon.  The Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV in NASA-speak, gave the lunar astronauts (David Scott and James Irwin) wheels, greatly improving their mobility and extending their exploration range.  I remember that they also had lots of fun driving it around like a dune buggy.  They traveled about 17 miles during their stay of almost 3 days on the moon.  The battery-powered buggy was a great success, and NASA also included it on Apollo 16 and 17, the two remaining manned moon missions.

The camera on the LRV allowed us to see for the first time the launch of the Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module when the astronauts left the moon on the journey home.

Also for the first time, this mission launched a separate satellite into lunar orbit.  The Particles and Fields sub-satellite was spring-launched from the Service Module just before the astronauts left lunar orbit for earth.

Those were the days – Much more info in NASA’s mission summary here:


Roy


Re: ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

Durn! I should have proofread that last message! Several of the words were garbled by auto-select.

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

VOILA! I turned it on, - nothing. I unplugged the cord from the bar of them hand controller and re-plugged it, beep. No display on the controller. Then I tried the up and down, left and right arrows, and IT MOVED! I was able to move the score up and down, side to side, but still no display on the LED (LCD?) screen of the controller. I pressed the MODE button, then the "menu down" store a couple of times, then the GOTO button, and the shipped started slewing...somewhere. it ended up pointing almost straight up, apparently at whatever it thought I requested. Maybe I need a new LED screen.

BTW, in idle mode, the scope is making those buzzing sounds, as if it is groaning.

Any suggestions!

George


On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 16:50, George Reynolds via groups.io
<pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


ETX-125

George Reynolds
 

Someone gave me a Meade ETX-125. I didn't have time to mess with it at the time, but today I dragged it out, cleaned it up, read the manual, plugged it in (thankfully, there were no batteries to corrode in the battery compartment), and... NOTHING! The red power light comes on and a little "beep" is heard, but nothing displays on the hand controller. I can hear a little whirring or buzzing sound coming from the scope mechanism, but no response to the controller. I unplug the controller from the HBX port and plug it back in, and I hear the "beep" again. Still nothing on the hand controller.

I turned it off and back on, another beep, same non-results. I turned it off, unplugged everything, re-plugged everything, same beep, same non-results.

Any ideas from anyone who has experience with Meade ETX or Meade hand controllers?

George


Re: Apollo 15

George Reynolds
 

Mark, why are you driving around without glasses?

George


On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 15:00, jimcoble2000 via groups.io
<jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
Halcyon days. You need to see the movie "Ad Astra" They have rovers too.......................and guns.

Speaking of. I took my first trip in the car today. No problem. First time I have driven without glasses in my life. Nice day for it. I dedicate my trip to Apollo15

On Friday, July 30, 2021, 12:53:04 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Fifty years ago today, on July 30, 1971, Apollo 15 landed on the moon.  

It was the fourth manned lunar landing but the very first to include a car.  Amazing but true.  It was folded-up and attached to a stronger version of the Lunar Module for the trip to the moon.  The Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV in NASA-speak, gave the lunar astronauts (David Scott and James Irwin) wheels, greatly improving their mobility and extending their exploration range.  I remember that they also had lots of fun driving it around like a dune buggy.  They traveled about 17 miles during their stay of almost 3 days on the moon.  The battery-powered buggy was a great success, and NASA also included it on Apollo 16 and 17, the two remaining manned moon missions.

The camera on the LRV allowed us to see for the first time the launch of the Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module when the astronauts left the moon on the journey home.

Also for the first time, this mission launched a separate satellite into lunar orbit.  The Particles and Fields sub-satellite was spring-launched from the Service Module just before the astronauts left lunar orbit for earth.

Those were the days – Much more info in NASA’s mission summary here:


Roy


Re: Apollo 15

Jim Tallman
 

Ummm.. are you allowed to say 'guns" any more?
              - Thought Police 😎

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Re: Apollo 15

jimcoble2000
 

Halcyon days. You need to see the movie "Ad Astra" They have rovers too.......................and guns.

Speaking of. I took my first trip in the car today. No problem. First time I have driven without glasses in my life. Nice day for it. I dedicate my trip to Apollo15

On Friday, July 30, 2021, 12:53:04 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Fifty years ago today, on July 30, 1971, Apollo 15 landed on the moon.  

It was the fourth manned lunar landing but the very first to include a car.  Amazing but true.  It was folded-up and attached to a stronger version of the Lunar Module for the trip to the moon.  The Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV in NASA-speak, gave the lunar astronauts (David Scott and James Irwin) wheels, greatly improving their mobility and extending their exploration range.  I remember that they also had lots of fun driving it around like a dune buggy.  They traveled about 17 miles during their stay of almost 3 days on the moon.  The battery-powered buggy was a great success, and NASA also included it on Apollo 16 and 17, the two remaining manned moon missions.

The camera on the LRV allowed us to see for the first time the launch of the Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module when the astronauts left the moon on the journey home.

Also for the first time, this mission launched a separate satellite into lunar orbit.  The Particles and Fields sub-satellite was spring-launched from the Service Module just before the astronauts left lunar orbit for earth.

Those were the days – Much more info in NASA’s mission summary here:


Roy


Apollo 15

Roy Diffrient
 

Fifty years ago today, on July 30, 1971, Apollo 15 landed on the moon.  

It was the fourth manned lunar landing but the very first to include a car.  Amazing but true.  It was folded-up and attached to a stronger version of the Lunar Module for the trip to the moon.  The Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV in NASA-speak, gave the lunar astronauts (David Scott and James Irwin) wheels, greatly improving their mobility and extending their exploration range.  I remember that they also had lots of fun driving it around like a dune buggy.  They traveled about 17 miles during their stay of almost 3 days on the moon.  The battery-powered buggy was a great success, and NASA also included it on Apollo 16 and 17, the two remaining manned moon missions.

The camera on the LRV allowed us to see for the first time the launch of the Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module when the astronauts left the moon on the journey home.

Also for the first time, this mission launched a separate satellite into lunar orbit.  The Particles and Fields sub-satellite was spring-launched from the Service Module just before the astronauts left lunar orbit for earth.

Those were the days – Much more info in NASA’s mission summary here:


Roy


Re: Galaxy Night Hike

George Reynolds
 

Robert,

The correct location for the Galaxies Night Hike is the one on our BBAA event calendar in NSN, the Night Sky Network.  I confirmed the location with Nakiesha Bridgers, the Suffolk Parks & Rec coordinator.

We will be near the radio transmission towers in the Vicinity of Driver, VA.  3901 Sleepy Hole Road.  The coordinates are 36.818294, -76.533999.  My directions show the route to be via Nansemond Parkway to Sleepy Hole Road.  Turn left off Nansemond Pky onto Sleepy Hole Rd, then in 1/2 mile, turn right into the observing site, not far from the Naval Radio Transmitting Facility.

Do NOT go by the location given on the Facebook link you sent me in your original email.  Nakiesha is going to check with her tech people to see where they got that location.  It is the wrong one.  Go by our BBAA information.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


On Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:28:40 AM EDT, Robert Schmidt <starnut@...> wrote:


Thanks,
Have we confirmed the location? The address is Sleepy Hole Rd, but the map and coordinates on their facebook page show a different location.

On Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 11:20 AM George Reynolds <pathfinder027@...> wrote:
Robert,

I checked, and your RSVP says Yes, you will attend, so you are OK.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


On Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:03:39 AM EDT, Robert Schmidt <starnut@...> wrote:


George,
I signed up for the Galaxy Night Hike tomorrow night, but I think I did something wrong as I am not showing up on the list as a YES.

But I will be there about 7:30 to set up with time to spare.
If you need to reach me, call my cell - 757-320-7051

Thank you,
Robert Schmidt


Re: Photos and observing

Matthew Cook
 

Yep, middle of the Atlantic on a warship at night is as good as I’ve seen (1997 saw Hale-Bopp) with so many stars it’s breathtaking.  Ocracoke on a good fall night is a close second (so many stars hard to make out constellations and the MW did still cast a shadow), followed by Spruce Knob.  But still always about the weather…smoke, humidity, etc. means we’re always rolling the dice.


On Jul 29, 2021, at 10:00, Stu Beaber <wd4sel@...> wrote:


Oh, the memories...I too have seen the sky from the middle of the pacific from a darked ship. With a sky full of stars and it's so dark that when a cloud comes along you can't see the cloud but you can't see any stars where the cloud was.

My second most dark place was my place in Cumberland state park. The park is about 20,000 acres big with parcels of private land mingled in. In '76 I bought 3.5 acres that was so remote there was only a 1 mile dirt path leading to it. I built a cabin there and the energy company had to run several miles of line to get power to my place. The Milky Way cast a shadow there then...but not now. There are now 2 story houses there with big yard lights on tall poles.

Stu

On Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 9:08 AM jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Though I have never observed from Spruce Knob, I suspect it is outstanding. I have seen the skies Near Greenbank WV and they were the second most dark skies I have experienced, It was so dark I could not see my car 30 feet away. The darkest was from a blacked out ship in the middle of the ocean. Down to the horizon stars that stretched to infinity overhead (no exaggeration). It was the only time I felt like that dust speck adrift in the entire universe.

That said good company can make up somewhat for bad skies if the star party is liberal enough. In some spots though bad weather can make a star party like a reenactment of Andersonville.

On Thursday, July 29, 2021, 8:56:24 AM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Hey Michael, thanks for the pics. i love Spruce Knob's skies when its
clear. Not so much the weather though. I've been to about 10 Almost
Heaven star parties and only once ever had a clear week. The
thunderstorms can be pretty nasty. That said when its good its great.

Cheers

Ian

On 7/27/2021 6:27 PM, Matthew Cook via groups.io wrote:
> Spent a couple days at Spruce Knob, West Virginia and last night things cleared out just before moonrise.  Got a few pictures before getting washed out: zoom in on the dipper to split Mizar, Milky Way bulge in Ophiuchus, opposite side of the MW, looking straight up from our campsite; and then got to try my new 13% moon filter.  Few meteors visible and caught one on “film” too.  Got maybe 30-45 minutes of good dark skies, with just a little haze from the wildfire smoke from the west coast which you can see affecting the sky just after sunset.  Hope to be able to make some local events again here shortly.
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