Date   

Last Night

Ian Stewart
 

Wow a surprisingly wonderful evening last night. Very good seeing compared to what I've had lately. I was having trouble keeping up with Kent's observing lists with my refactor on a manual alt/az mount so I finally broke down and put digital setting circles on it. Hooked up to sky safari they work great and finding elusive doubles got a whole lot easier ... Cheers Ian


Re: [VPAS] Unusual first light

Ted Forte
 

Sounds encouraging.  I’m thinking of doing it soon.

 

 

From: VPAS@groups.io <VPAS@groups.io> On Behalf Of jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, August 5, 2021 7:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>; kentblackwell <kent@...>; Roy Diffrient <mail@...>; VPAS <vpas@groups.io>
Subject: [VPAS] Unusual first light

 

We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

 

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance. Emoji


Re: Unusual first light

jimcoble2000
 

So am I. Glad I didn't lose much or anything important so far. Maybe a bit of eye relief. With short eye relief orthos seem a bit harder to use and see the stop. Excellent detail though. The shorter eye relief is not too much loss as you use the center anyways for planets but it does seem I need to get closer to see the sharp field stop. Doesn't make a difference with wide field eye pieces. Oddly enough things look a bit larger in the fixed eye. I can't say if this is an illusion but it sure looks like it.

On Thursday, August 5, 2021, 11:38:34 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Hey Mark, glad it’s working out. My wife just went through it and noted the same amazing color and brightness changes.






Re: Unusual first light

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Mark, glad it’s working out. My wife just went through it and noted the same amazing color and brightness changes.


Re: [VPAS] Unusual first light

bob414
 

Preaching to the choir!

 

I had mine done 2 years ago,  And I agree, what a different.  White now, used to look beige and dimmer, in comparison

 

I was amazed how some people  (mostly younger) could walk around in the dark at ECSP.  Now, I know, everything is brighter! .  It was like “Wearing your Sunglasses at night”, when you have cataracts.

 

Bob

 

From: VPAS@groups.io <VPAS@groups.io> On Behalf Of jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>; kentblackwell <kent@...>; Roy Diffrient <mail@...>; VPAS <vpas@groups.io>
Subject: [VPAS] Unusual first light

 

We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

 

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance. Emoji


Re: Unusual first light

Roy Diffrient
 

Glad it’s working out Mark.  I’ve read that the success rate is very high on that surgery with few complications.  I’m sure more of us will get there as the years go by, and glad to hear that there’s a significant improvement.  Best of luck with the next one!

Roy


On Aug 5, 2021, at 10:39 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance.


Unusual first light

jimcoble2000
 

We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance. Emoji


Selling new EQ6-R mount and ES ED127 APO. BBAA friends have first dibs!

Richard Saunders
 

Hi folks!  I'm selling my Skywatcher EQ6-R mount.  It's new, never used, the tripod is still in an unopened box.  Reducing new price of $1649.00 by $150 as an "open box" discount.  Of course I also paid shipping and taxes that anyone locally purchasing it would also save, about $175, for a toal savings of about $825 off of an online order.   The EQ6-R is not available on-line, it's backordered. I waited 2 months when I ordered this one last fall.  The Explore Scientific ED 127 is in good condition and, like all ES refractors currently on the ES web-site, they are all out of stock.  Since my scope is obviously used, I'm reducing the internet price at Explore Scientific of $1999.99 by $350 and of course you wouldn't pay the approximate $200 in shipping and taxes.  So, for both scope and mount, that would be $500 off a new online scope and mount purchase plus the shipping and handling of another $525 for a total savings of $1000.  If you've been thinking about a 5" refractor for observing or astrophotography, here's a great opportunity to get high quality mount and scope for $3150, about $1000 less than if you ordered them new online.  .  Regards, Scott  &n


Re: Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Jeffrey Thornton
 


Re: Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Jeff Goldstein
 

I’ll try ZOOM, if not then Live FB, if not, then record it, and post to FB.

 

Jeff G.

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeffrey Thornton
Sent: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 8:28 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

 

Question on the live stream, Will this be through Zoom and recorded for playback?


Re: Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Shawn Loescher
 

I don't know if they have the capability yet to do Zoom there Jeff. If not I am assuming that Jeff will be there and we can broadcast on Facebook Live like we use to do before we got smarter and started using Zoom. :)


Re: Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Question on the live stream, Will this be through Zoom and recorded for playback?


Re: ETX-125

Dale Carey
 

There you go George



-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Goldstein <jeffgold1@...>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Sent: Wed, Aug 4, 2021 5:37 pm
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

I think it’s a simple fix, such as the hand controller.
I can bring my hand controller to the club meeting.  Bring the 125 and try it.  Ok?
 
Jeff G.
 
From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of George Reynolds via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2021 6:09 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
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
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
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
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
 

There's the expert George
DC


-----Original Message-----
From: preciousmyprecious via groups.io <preciousmyprecious@...>
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Aug 4, 2021 9:43 am
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] ETX-125

Hi George, as you may or may not know I have had 2 of Chuck's old ETX 125s. The first one worked quite well except for the buttons on the paddle. Hard to make contact. I cleaned the insides once in a while and that helped. I have since found replacement membranes online. During the dim times when I was broke I sold it. 

A few years later I traded Chuck for another ETX. This one worked fine till I "fixed" the buttons. It never worked again. 
The paddle is nearly all the guts and problems. 

I bought a what looks to be a new paddle on ebay for $160. It came in a Meade box with all that comes with a new one, I think. It worked like new. 
Till last week. Now it goes to Chinese characters when it feels like playing with me but only occasionally. I cleaned the contacts on the jacks- no joy. 

Best wishes with your ETX. It's a sweet little scope that this old fart can carry around. And great on planets.

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


On Sunday, August 1, 2021, 05:16:35 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


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

Jeff Goldstein
 

I think it’s a simple fix, such as the hand controller.

I can bring my hand controller to the club meeting.  Bring the 125 and try it.  Ok?

 

Jeff G.

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of George Reynolds via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2021 6:09 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
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

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

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

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


Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Shawn Loescher
 
Edited

This months club meeting is closed to the public because we are meeting at a different location that isn't open to the public. All club members are invited to attend but the public will have to view our live stream this month.

The usual agenda for our club meetings is to:
  • Take care of club business
  • Give observing reports
  • Then on occasion we have guest speakers or planetarium shows 
Meeting will be held in the ODU Michael and Kimthanh Lê Digital Theater and Planetarium. A parking pass must be displayed on your dashboard to park in the garage. Please go to the the event on the Night Sky Network and login to download and print it: https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=114591.
 

Date: Thursday, 8/5/2021

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern

Location: ODU Planetarium, 4501 Elkhorn Ave, Norfolk, VA 23529

Instructions for Club Members

If you go to this link on ODU's website (https://www.odu.edu/content/dam/odu/col-dept/planetarium/img/planetarium-parking-map-2021.jpg), a map will open up of ODU. We will use the Bluestone Garage, which has an entrance from 43rd St. This is the garage that is crossed out on the map. Please note that you can't drive into Elkhorn garage and then drive into the Bluestone Garage. The two halves do not connect. You must have a parking pass displayed on your dashboard or you can be ticketed. Please print one out before coming. There will be a limited amount on hand in case you don't have access to a printer. Any one can park in the any spot that is not reserved or handicap accessible (unless they have proper tags for that spot). Justin said there are some spaces on half the first floor and all of floors 2-4 that we can use.Hope to see you all there.


Re: ETX-125

jimcoble2000
 

Doesn't sound so sweetEmojiEmoji

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 9:43:36 AM EDT, preciousmyprecious via groups.io <preciousmyprecious@...> wrote:


Hi George, as you may or may not know I have had 2 of Chuck's old ETX 125s. The first one worked quite well except for the buttons on the paddle. Hard to make contact. I cleaned the insides once in a while and that helped. I have since found replacement membranes online. During the dim times when I was broke I sold it. 

A few years later I traded Chuck for another ETX. This one worked fine till I "fixed" the buttons. It never worked again. 
The paddle is nearly all the guts and problems. 

I bought a what looks to be a new paddle on ebay for $160. It came in a Meade box with all that comes with a new one, I think. It worked like new. 
Till last week. Now it goes to Chinese characters when it feels like playing with me but only occasionally. I cleaned the contacts on the jacks- no joy. 

Best wishes with your ETX. It's a sweet little scope that this old fart can carry around. And great on planets.

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


On Sunday, August 1, 2021, 05:16:35 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


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

preciousmyprecious
 

Hi George, as you may or may not know I have had 2 of Chuck's old ETX 125s. The first one worked quite well except for the buttons on the paddle. Hard to make contact. I cleaned the insides once in a while and that helped. I have since found replacement membranes online. During the dim times when I was broke I sold it. 

A few years later I traded Chuck for another ETX. This one worked fine till I "fixed" the buttons. It never worked again. 
The paddle is nearly all the guts and problems. 

I bought a what looks to be a new paddle on ebay for $160. It came in a Meade box with all that comes with a new one, I think. It worked like new. 
Till last week. Now it goes to Chinese characters when it feels like playing with me but only occasionally. I cleaned the contacts on the jacks- no joy. 

Best wishes with your ETX. It's a sweet little scope that this old fart can carry around. And great on planets.

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


On Sunday, August 1, 2021, 05:16:35 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


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
 

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

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