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13498Re: [ETXASTRO] Re: ETX AutoStar question

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  • Mike Nicewonger
    Apr 21, 2014
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      On 04/20/2014 11:27 PM, rseymour@... wrote:
      > No.
      > The Autostar (or the small hand controller that also came with those
      > models) has 99% of the brains of the system. It sends message packets
      > to small "motor card" processors, but those messages are not standard
      > (i.e. they're Meade-specific) compared to any other system.
      > A *very* few folks have reverse-engineered them and achieved some
      > control, but i can only think of 2 or 3 over the past 14 years.
      > The Autostar 494 (no numeric keypad, but with the 2-line screen), 495,
      > 497, 497EP and Audiostar are all capable of controlling the scope, so
      > ebay (etc) are valid sources.

      Thanks for the reply. I was hoping the smarts of the device were not in
      the handheld.

      I'll just keep an eye open for a controller. Not in a hurry.

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