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Meade #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 90/105/125/LX90 Telescopes

Item# MEAD082
 
3.0

(8 Ratings)

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Control your telescope from your PC!


No more confusion! Finding stars and other celestial objects with your Meade ETX 90/105/125/LX90 telescopes is now easier than ever before.


The Meade #505 AstroFinder software/connector cable kit allows you to control your telescope from a PC. Load the AstroFinder software into your computer, and your #497 Autostar-equipped, ETX telescope can be remotely controlled from the PC's display. Simply point and click your way to any object on the computer screen, and the telescope will automatically slew around and place the object in your field of view. Truly, star-finding has never been so easy or rewarding!
 

Kit Includes:

  • The #505, 6-foot connector cable, and
  • A DB-9 serial adapter for connection to a PC or laptop.

The kit works with all Meade ETX 90/105/125 telescopes that use the #497 Autostar controller.  Compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7

 

CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

Supplier Sku:
04512

Dimensions & Specifications

Warranty

1 Year

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Meade

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Meade #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 90/105/125/LX90 Telescopes
 
3.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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80%

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      • Astronomy (4)
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        • Casual/ recreational (5)

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      1.0

      505 cables

      By Patrick

      from NEW HAVEN,IN

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Meade #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 90/105/125/LX90 Telescopes:

          So far I have received 2 cables form hayneedle and neither one of them works. I am in the process of trying to figure out if its me or the cables and so far everything says its the cables. I have heard that meade had released a bunch of bad cables a while back and no I am wondering if hayneedle got them all. Better to go straight to meade for accesory needs.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          3.0

          Good program, poor documentation

          By Meade Man

          from Virginia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cables are good quality
          • Easy to Install
          • Good graphics

          Cons

          • Had to buy USB converter
          • Very poor documentation

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 90/105/125/LX90 Telescopes:

          Just purchased and installed it. Program appears to have all the needed functionality, but it will take a LOT of trial and error to figure it out. Oh well, this is after all just a hobby.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          the good and the bad

          By Toxic Coolaid

          from TN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Meade #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 90/105/125/LX90 Telescopes:

              The cable works exactly as it is supposed to. I had trouble getting my Meade LX90 to update thru the AstoUpdater, and Meade's customer support site is hard to follow. They have several programs with similar names...and an updater that you have to update. Here's what I found
              1. AutoStar Suite is the main program
              2. AutoStar Updater is another program found in AutoStar Suite
              3. You must update AutoStar Updater in order for newer telescopes to communicate properly. The version on my disk was 5 yrs old
              Once I updated AutoStar Updater, everything worked properly. I don't use the AutoStar Suite (yet) but the Updater can be used to updater information about new satellites, the ISS, comets, everything that's out there. I hope this helps.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Wow, I can see the colors

              By Dc

              from NM

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • I'ts bigger on screen

              Cons

              • Poor instructions

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Meade #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 90/105/125/LX90 Telescopes:

              I have poor vision and needed a way to see the stars. Being able to watch a screen is so much easier. Next, still photos.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              It works well

              By Roksh

              from Glendale, AZ

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Ease of use

              Cons

              • Doesn't come with USB

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Meade #505 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 90/105/125/LX90 Telescopes:

              It still amazes me when we live in a plug and play world, and yet manufacturers still produce things with archaic technology, would be useful to do away with the rs-232 connector and give us a simple connection with usb on one end and a connector to snap into the mount on the other...

              With that being said, after buying a 3rd party rs-232 to usb adapter so that I could connect my scope mount to my laptop computer, it worked like a charm.

              Its being used on a LXD75-AR5 with a 497 controller.

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              Customer Q & A

              Q1: Can this software operate with windows XP?

              A: Absolutely.

              Q2: Is this the appropriate software and cable package for a 12" LX90 scope?

              A: Yes. The #505 cable/software package will work just fine with a 12-inch LX-90 scope.

              Q3: will the #505 Astrofinder work with the Meade DS114 w/ auto star? also would the electronic eyepiece work on the DS 114 and if not is their one I could hook up to my lap top so the family could sit on the special deck I built for my scope?

              A: Yes, both the #505 Astrofinder software and the Electronic Eyepiece will work nicely with the DS114 scope with AutoStar.

              Q4: will the #505 software/cable kit work with the Meade DSX 90 Autostar?

              A: Hello, Yes, this will work with any Meade scope that uses the #497 hand controller (which I believe the DSX does) Best Regards, Denny

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