--- In LX200GPS@yahoogroups.com
, "itecvu" <luca.anelli@c...> wrote:
> I leave in Italy and here is not again clear what is it the SMT
> upgrade for the LX200 GPS scope.
> Is it only a peace of software to upload in the Autostar II like the
> firmware ?
> If yes Meade give a CD ROM or somting like that to upload the SMT in
> the Autostar II ?
> Or is it composed of some peace of hardware ?
> The Meade daelers in Italy dosen't know nothing about it, so Help
> ME !
These are legitimate questions and in principle they're not that
difficult to answer for the man. We in the USA only know about this
because it appeared in Meade's advertising, and is standard on the
newest scopes. Meade has an explanation of SMT on their web site:
I talked to
their customer service dept., who confirmed how to get it for older
Unfortunately for users outside the USA, that web page says "Outside
of the United States, check for pricing and availability of Smart
Mount software from your local authorized Meade International
Distributor." It may be worth your while to send Meade USA an e-mail
asking if they can take care of you overseas. It may take a while for
SMT to reach the overseas distributors, which is why they know nothing
SMT is "Smart Mount Technology." If you are familiar with programs
this is basically the same thing.
In fact if you want to try fooling around with this idea for free, for
30 days, you can download MaxPoint and play with it for that long
before you have to pay $150. MaxPoint should work with any
"planetarium" software including the freeware Cartes du Ciel; you put
Maxpoint "between" the planetarium software and your telescope. Or you
can buy Meade's SMT for $99.95 (which does not require planetarium
software -- that's probably the key difference, SMT resides entirely
in your telescope). It would be interesting to compare the two. Yes, I
know, Meade makes users agree not to do that. Good luck, Meade... A
few days ago steve1000oaksca wrote "They also don't seem to want
anyone to publish tests on their Software: "You shall not disclose
the results of any benchmark test that you make of the Software to
any third parties without Meade Instruments' prior written consent."
Hah. Anybody want to start a betting pool for how long before Sky &
Telescope or Astronomy Magazine do a comparison test?
You point the telescope at a large number of stars around the sky,
center the star, and the software "learns" your telescope's mechanical
and optical deflections etc. The idea is that it then applies a
correction to give you better pointing accuracy all over the sky.
In the USA, customers can call Meade, give them a credit card number
and their telescope's LONG serial number (as displayed by the
handbox), and Meade will ship a CD-ROM which will install on that
serial numbered telescope only.
My scope is at Meade for some minor work before the warranty expires
(easy for me, they're 10 minutes away). I asked them to install SMT
while they have it, and hopefully give me a CD-ROM as backup.