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Faster shipping methods may be available; just upgrade during checkout. The Meade #497 Autostar Computer Controller #497 with Solar Tracking Software is an amazing astronomical locating system.
Add the Meade Autostar to your ETX telescope for fully automatic celestial object-location!
One of the most important advances in telescope control in the past 25 years, the Meade #497 Autostar Computer Controller turns the ETX-90EC, ETX-105EC, or ETX-125EC into an automatic celestial object locating system.
Just plug the Autostar into the telescope's HBX port in place of the standard-equipment Electronic Controller, do a quick (less than one minute!
) telescope alignment, and you're ready to observe any object in the Autostar's 30,000-object database. Even the most novice observer will find himself or herself locating dozens of fascinating celestial objects the very first night out - from commonly-observed objects such as the rings of Saturn, the satellites of Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula (M42); to more difficult objects such as the Ring Nebula (M57) in Lyra, the Spiral Galaxy (M33) in Triangulum, and the Sombrero Galaxy (M104) in Virgo; to very obscure objects near the telescope's threshold of visibility such as the diffuse nebula NGC 6559 in Sagittarius, the galactic star cluster NGC 1778 in Auriga, and the spiral galaxy NGC 3310 in Ursa Major.
The planet was well centered but I couldn't see it in the eyepiece, I could see it in the viewfinder.
So I pressed Enter for two seconds and then corrected the alignement using the arrows keys and pressed Enter again. And thanks to the auto tracking feature I didn't need to care about keeping the planet centered. I waited more than 5 minutes and the planet was still correctly centered. And this time it was automatically centered by Autostar.
After that the Autostar selected the brightest start, Sirius and moved automatically, it stopped moving and I had to correct the positioning using the key numbers to select the speed and the arrows to move the tube, after a few movements I centered Sirius and pressed "Enter". Like Sirius I had to correct the positioning with a few movements.
For example Spika, Regulus, Bellatrix, so I had to press the down button sometimes until a star familiar to me was selected.
In another session I decided to use the Two -Star align method, in this option I was able to choose the stars.
Any of Autostar's database objects can be called up and entered on the hand controller display in seconds.
The observer then simply presses the GO TO pushbutton and watches as the telescope automatically slews (moves) to the object and places it in the field of view.
Plug it into the HBX port of your ETX-90AT, ETX-105AT or ETX-125AT and, just like that, you have access to over 30,000 heavenly objects.