Updating a meade 497 controller instructions
I doubted that this had been done by the previous owner the scope, so one morning I took the scope outside, set it up and pointed it at a large electrical tower about 2 miles from my house.
Outfitted with a built-in speaker and their "Astronomer Inside" technology, the familiar handbox now offers audio commentary on 500 celestial objects including the Moon, planets, stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
I went to the Meade website and downloaded the latest Autostar software, followed the instructions and had the hand controller updated to the latest configuration within 20 minutes.
While I was waiting I made a dew/light shield for the front of the scope out of black polyurethane foam and some self adhesive Velcro strips.
I have verified this now by having the telescope keep Jupiter in the field of view at 100x for over three hours. I'm very pleased with the optics now, the collimation has tweaked the view through the eyepiece that last 5% that I was missing, and the ETX drives are noticeably quieter, the tracking more accurate, and the focus is really smooth now.
It's back to being my number one "Grab and Go" telescope for fun and easy viewing.