Updating a meade 497 controller instructions
Because I have been discussing the alignment of the spotting scope and main telescope, I will also pass on that I installed a 'red-dot' sight to the top of the ETX.I bought a small Daisy red-dot sight from Walmart for .99 and attached it to the top with some double-sided sticky tape.I borrowed a Meade USB to RS-232 Bridge Cable from a friend and connected the telescope, Autostar controller up with my computer.The Bridge Cable permits connection of any Meade telescope's RS-232 serial interface to a PC's USB port.I got a good price and found that the optics of this scope were excellent.
Reading through the ETX manual, I found that the drives needed to be 'trained' both in declination (up and down) and azimuth (side to side).The first new thing I noticed about the telescope is that it had a cool plaque stating that it had been "Supercharged" by Dr. Clay put in to the repair and modification of the scope.Then I started reading down through the lists of items that were checked and either fixed or modified to work even better.The Mighty ETX Website has a great deal of information about something called a "ETX Supercharge" offered by Dr. Compared to me opening up the scope and trying to fix it, get the parts, have the scope down for months, then end up sending it off to get it fixed anyway, I thought this was a great deal.The shipping of the telescope was not included in the price, but UPS handled it easily and it arrived at Dr. There will be a silver lining in all of this since I should get a telescope back that will serve me well for several more years to come.