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Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes

Item # HN-MEAD079

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Meade
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Meade Software and Cables
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1 Year

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  • For AutoStar-equipped, ETX, or DS telescopes
  • Allows scope to be controlled remotely from PC or laptop
  • Features automatic slewing for easy locating
  • Includes 6-foot cable connector
  • DB-9 Serial Adapter for PC or laptop connection
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Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes
 
4.0

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Accurate (5)
  • Compact (3)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (18), Avid adventurer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Computer Controlled ETX

    The Meade #506 Remote Operating Kit.This is an incredible addition to the Meade ETX Refractor Line Of Scopes.

    With Installing The Software And Connecting the Cables(A Seperate Meade USB To Serial Conver...Read complete review

    The Meade #506 Remote Operating Kit.This is an incredible addition to the Meade ETX Refractor Line Of Scopes.

    With Installing The Software And Connecting the Cables(A Seperate Meade USB To Serial Converter Cable Is Needed For Most Newer Scopes)You Can Remotely Control Your ETX-60,70,or 80,With An AutoStar #494 Controller.

    This is a Great Add On To Allow Observers To Expand The Use Of Their Budget Priced GOTO Scopes.Add This Kit A Laptop Or Eve A Desktop(in Certain Situations)And You Do Not Have To Use Your Hand Control To Power The Scopes Commands.

    Add A Meade LPI Or Electronic Eyepiece And You Can View A Live Feed On Your Laptop While Controllings Its Motions As Well.All For A Price That Is A Hundred Times Lower Then This Would Have Required 15 Years Ago.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Meade ETX-60AT autostar connector kit

    Paperwork for my Meade ETX-60AT digital telescope with Autostar says to use this connector kit. I paid [$] to plug this into my pc only to learn that currently there isn't any way...Read complete review

    Paperwork for my Meade ETX-60AT digital telescope with Autostar says to use this connector kit. I paid [$] to plug this into my pc only to learn that currently there isn't any way to update this Autostar handset. If I can find/buy an additional adapter to make this cable fit a USB port, I may be able to connect this telescope to my laptop. Then, that would make this useful to me. I have had this telescope sitting new in the box for years and finally decided to MAKE the time to learn/use it so I am disappointed that this didn't work but it is my own fault for not knowing more about the subject.

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    4.0

    Not Quite as Good as I had Hoped

    By David B

    from ALAMOGORDO,NM

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes:

          The product works well enough. I am glad that it was under $50. It could be that I have not spent enough time to figure it out. Without reading the 'help' (32 bit hlp does not work on my 64 bit pc) it seems that the sw does not support the fine precision, slow slew rate, needed to easily align to celestial objects. I have also not found any 'goto' capability in the sw. Attempts to retrieve/send information from/to handbox have been unsuccessful. Transfer stops after about 4% and sw commands to cycle power on the scope. This could be an issue with my pc and/or com1.

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          1.0

          Worthless, outdated software

          By ancient stardust

          from Cloverdale, CA

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Inadequate manual
            • OLD SOFTWARE
            • Very hard to use

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes:

            This product would be great back in the 1990's. Back then they had computers that would run it. I cannot believe that you would "bundle" such useless old trash.

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            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great cable, Bad software.

            By BlkDimnd

            from Rutland, VT

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Astrophotography

              Comments about Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes:

              The cable works great. Now I can control the telescope by PC.
              The software is a bit lacking. It's a handy-caped edition of the Autofind software from Meade. But you can find better and FREE software online.

              BIG WARRING:
              DO NOT try to update your #494 Autostar, DO NOT even try to add any new data, it will brake your Autostar. And there is no fix, but to replace the Autostar.
              The software dose not give you this warning. I found this out too late on the Meade website, and on other forums.

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              5.0

              Works as advertisd

              By [*]s3c

              from Horsahm, PA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Optics
              • Widely Compatible Adapter

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes:

                Works great even with extensions on the wiring

                Service and delivery comments:

                On time

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED, THANKS

                By BREEZY46

                from SACTO, CA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy
                  • Terrestrial Viewing

                  Comments about Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes:

                  Been wanting this product for years and finally
                  bought it and glad I did.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  It arrived on time and in great shape.

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                  Customer Q & A

                  10 Questions About This Product
                  Q: "Hello. I would like to know what exactly is included with the #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for the ETX 70 and whether or not I will need to order anything else to make a full connection from my computer to the telescope. Thank you?"
                  A: The #506 astrofinder software comes with everything you need to make connection to your computer. It includes the popular Meade software and a RS232 cable to connect to your computer.
                  Q: "Can the AstroFinder software cable kit for ETX 70AT be used with the ETX 60AT I just bought?"
                  A: Yes you can use the #506 with the ETX-60
                  Q: "I just purchased a Meade DS2130AT scope and would like to add the Meade Autostar Suite/LPI kit to the scope. Do I need to order the #506 Astrofinder Software and Cable Kit in addition to The Autostar Suite/LPI kit?"
                  A: Cables are included with the Autostar Suite for linking the PC to the "RS232" port on these telescopes so that the software can make corrections to the telescope as the LPI tracks on a star.
                  Q: "What is the difference between #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit and #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit? I have DS-2130 with #494 Autostar handbox and Deep Sky Imager that came with #505 connector cable set. Can I use this #505 cable set?"
                  A: The Meade #505 and #506 connector cable kit are for the different versions of Meade Hand controllers you will need the #506 connector kit as that is the one which is compatible with the DS-2130.
                  Q: "I have a Meade DS80 3.1" Refractor Telescope with a #493 Autostar controller. My laptop has both RS232 and USB 1.0 connections. I am confused about which cable kit to buy. I purchased a #505 and could not make it work so I returned it. Also is there a way to tell for sure which Autostar I have, the documentation seems very generic however I have read that my scope should have come with a #493?
                  A: The best way to tell for certain would be to contact Meade with the model number of your scope. If you do in fact have the #493 hand controller the cable connecter kits will not work they are designed to work with the #495 & #497 autostar controllers.
                  Q: "I got a Meade 114 at that I got off of Ebay, I just ordered it a few days ago and I am new at all of this and I didn't want to put to much into this because its for my son more than me but the more I keep reading the more I think I might like it just as much but anyway back to the question will the #506 cable work with my scope it has the Autostar 494. also can i update the software with it to? and one more thing, I also saw that you also got a Meade Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI) w/AutoStar Suite. Will this also work with my telescope and how well will it work?"
                  A: We're glad you're enjoying your new telescope. Astronomy is a great hobby! The #506 cable kit and AutoStar Suite software will work just fine with your DS2114. Updates for AutoStar Suite are available on the Downloads page of the Meade web site.
                  Q: "Is there anything that can transfer the object on to the pc screen so everyone can see it without accidently moving my telescope or taking it out of site when they bump it?"
                  A: The Zhumell Digital Eyepiece will do just that. It will display what the telescope "sees" on a PC or laptop screen and even record live video. Here's the URL; just paste it into your browser's address window: http://telescopes.com/products/zhumell-1-25in-digital-eyepiece-super-sale-closeout-32584.html.
                  Q: "Hi, just to ask if I can use the - Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series - On the Meade ETX-88BB?"
                  A: Yes, the #506 will work with the ETX-80 BB.
                  Q: "My laptop has only the USB port. Without the RS232 how can I connect the Astrofinder connector?"
                  A: If your laptop has only a USB port, you'll need the RS232-to-USB Bridge Cable to make the connection. Here's the URL; just paste it into your browser's address window: http://telescopes.com/products/meade-usb-to-rs-232-bridge-cable-18621.html.
                  Q: "I purchased a Meade DS2000 TELESCOPE and would like to add the Meade Autostar Suite/LPI kit to the scope. I have the autostar #474 is it possible to use the Astrofinder Software and Cable Kit in addition to The Autostar ? my telescope control panel has hux and aux ports?"
                  A: Yes.  The Astrofinder software and cable kit is compatible with the autostar LPI kit we have right now.   The LPI fits into where the eyepiece is and the astrofinder will plug right into the aux port.
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