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So You Want a Meade LX Telescope! How to Select and Use the LX200 and Other High-End Models

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ISBN-10: 1441917748

ISBN-13: 9781441917744

Edition: 2010

Authors: Lawrence Harris

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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 5/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction
Computers and Astronomy
Look Before You Leap!
Advancing from Binoculars
Telescope Types
Small Refractors
Refractor Accessories
Reflectors
Moving On Up
Telescope Suppliers' Web Sites
Enter the Goto Handbox
Star and Polar Alignment
Mid-range Scopes
Wedges for Imaging
The Importance of a Balancing System
Equatorial Head
Autoguiding Accessories for Imaging
Your Ideal Scope
Time/Date Latitude/Longitude Entry
Focusing
Collimation
Polar Alignment
Drive Accuracy
Periodic Error Correction
Telescope Mounts
The Final Telescope Upgrade!
Meade LX200GPS/LX400 Series Telescopes
Getting Started
What's in a Name?
Meade LX200GPS and LX400
What You Get in the Box
LX200GPS and LX400 Connector Panels
The Equatorial Wedge
Field Derotator
Power Considerations
Sun Warning!
GPS Receivers
First Visual Observing Sessions: Finder Adjustment, Focusing, Collimation
Focusing
Hartmann or Bahtinov Mask
Changing Speed
LX400 (and LX200GPS with Care) Handbox Removal
Collimation
LX400 Collimation
AutoStar Suite Operations
AutoStar Suite Updates
Connection to AutoStar Suite
Telescope Control
Menu Tree
Updating ASU and Firmware
Upgrading Firmware
Use the Latest Firmware
Restoring a Corrupted Handbox
Free User Software
Telescope Alignment
Goto Synchronization
Training the Drive
Smart Mount
Testing SMT
Caution, Static!
Daytime Planetary Viewing
Yahoo Telescope Groups
Commercial Servicing Facilities
Summary
Accessories, Great and Small
Replacement Screws
An Equatorial Wedge?
Astro-Engineering UK
Telescope House
Milburn Wedge
Balance Rails and Weights
Dew Heaters
Dew Shields
Autoguiding Telescopes
Focal Reducers
Barlow (Extender) Units
CCD Cameras: Main and Guide
Filters
Software
Adaptive Optics Units
Observatories
Dehumidifiers
Hartmann Mask
Bahtinov Mask
Balancing and Polar Alignment
Equatorial Wedges
Setting Up Your 'Scope
Getting an Approximate Polar Alignment
Balancing in Declination
Declination Axis Balance
Vertical Balance
Horizontal Balance
Right Ascension Axis Balance
Precise Polar Alignment
Visual and CCD Monitoring of Polar Alignment Adjustments Demonstrating East to West, North to South
Misalignment Errors
Manual Adjustment of the Polar Axis
Azimuth Adjustment
Reiterative Adjustments
Adjusting the Elevation
Software Aid in Polar Alignment
Next Stage
Essential Software for Basic Operations
Supplied Control Software
The ASCOM Initiative
Initial Connection to your Hardware
Using MaxIm DL
Operations with MaxIm DL
Camera Control
Configuring the Scope: Taking Control
Guide Camera Focusing
MaxIm DL Telescope Header Settings
Synchronizing the Telescope with the Sky
Solving an Image
Camera Orientation
Synchronization
Field Calibration
Image Processing
Camera Cooling
Flat Images
Bias Images
Dark Images
Try Some Gotos
Software Adjustment of Periodic Error and Polar Alignment
Measuring Periodic Error
What Is PE and Why Do You Need to Fix It?
Essential Previous Checks
Out-of-the-Box Images
How Long Can You Expose?
Measuring and Correcting Your PE
PEC Settings
The Details
Consequences of the PEC Table Adjustment
Periodic Error Management by Software
Finding a Suitable Star
Using the Simulated Handbox
Handbox Settings
Collecting Raw Data: A Caution
Analyzing Your Data
Uploading the New PE Correction Curve
Check the Result
Refining Your Curve
What a Good PEC Means
Adjusting the Sidereal Drive
Polar Alignment: The Importance of Being Accurate
Software Polar Alignment
Further References
Autoguiding
Principles of Autoguiding
Backlash
Autoguiding Error Magnitudes
Getting Good Guide Stars: Choose Your Guide 'Scope Carefully
Flexure
Bright Guide Star
Guide Camera Exposure
Gusts and Mirror Flop
Correction Commands
MaxIm DL Guide Settings
The Importance of the Aggressiveness Setting
The Maximum Move Setting
The Minimum Move Setting
DEC Compensation Setting
LX200GPS and LX400 Series PEC
A Mini Review
Guide Log Graphs
Sample Guide Settings
Configuring the Autoguider
Focusing and Centering the Autoguider
Guide Star Dark Calibration
Calibration of Autoguider
Autoguiding Test
Mind Where You Walk!
What Follows is a Cautionary Tale!
References
Using Advanced Software
A Day (Night?) in the Life
Astrometrica
Asteroid, Comet, and Supernova Detection
CCD-Inspector
PoleAlignMax/FocusMax
Astro Art
MaxIm DL
ACP Observatory Control Software Suite
Multitasking!
Summary
CCDCommander
MPO Connections
CCDAutoPilot4
PHD Guiding
Additional Software
GPS Control2
SkyTools2
TheSky (v6)
CCD-Navigator
CCD-Stack
Adaptive Optics
Limitations of Guide Scope Use
Active and Adaptive Optics: The Principles
One Guide Camera
Professional Application
Amateur Equivalents
Starlight Xpress "Active Optics" Unit (SX AO)
Telescope Focal Ratio
CCD Guide Camera
Assembling the Unit
Cable Configuration
Software Connection
Focusing the SX AO Guide Camera
Dark Frame Calibration of the Autoguider
Full Calibration of the Adaptive Optics Unit
Bump Calibration
Calibrate SX AO
First Test
Results and Summary
Messier 92
Ready for M27
Background SX AO Settings
Conclusions
A Guide to Weather Satellites
A Brief History of Weather Satellites
The Cold War Agreement
Weather Satellite Orbits
What Do the Images Show?
Visible Light, Infrared, and Water Vapor Images
Polar Orbiting Weather Satellites
NOAA Polar Orbiters
Receiving and Decoding NOAA Weather Satellite Images
Hardware and Software
Websites with Current a.p.t. Imagery
Geostationary Weather Satellites: Image Formats
GEONETCast: A Worldwide System
Animating Geostationary Weather Satellite Images
Some Features Seen in Satellite Imagery
Some LX200 and LX400 Projects
Lunar Impact Studies
Searching for Extrasolar Planets
Comet Imaging
Astrometry
Deep Sky Pictures
Andrey Batchvarov
George Hall
Hilary Jones
Bill Norby
Richard Robinson
Stuart Thompson
Charles Trump
Merope and Its Nebulosity
Twilight Flats
Processing
Author's Note
Index