Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Meade ETX90 Observer review

The ETX90 Observer telescope is reviewed in the November issue of BBC Sky at Night magazine.

The review points out the many unique features of the latest ETX90 model including the AudioStar handbox controller with built-in speaker and audio descriptions of 500 objects, dual-arm fork mount, stainless steel tripod with built-in tilt plate, detachable optical tube, internal flip mirror and more.


Over the years the Meade ETX telescopes have set the standard as the most popular advanced small telescopes on the market.


The November 2016 issue of Sky at Night magazine is out now.

Find out more about Sky at Night magazine at:
http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/issue/november-2016


There is more information on the ETX90 Observer at the Meade UK website:
http://www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-ETX-telescopes.html






Meade LX90 advert in print

A new advertisement has been published in the November 2016 issue of BBC Sky at Night magazine. It promotes the Meade LX90 ACF series of telescopes, the Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter and the Meade LPI-G cameras.














Meade LX90 ACF

The LX90 telescopes use Meade's advanced coma free (ACF) optics for razor sharp views to the edge of the field of view. From aperture sizes between 8" to 12" it is the most affordable yet serious telescope for the advanced amateur astronomer.


Meade Stella Wi-Fi adapter

Stella allows the user to control the LX90 telescope remotely using a smart phone or tablet. It can also be used with any Meade telescope that is controlled with an AudioStar, AutoStar II or AutoStar III handbox controller.

Meade LPI-G cameras

The LPI-G is available in two models colour and monochrome. The LPI-G camera can be used to capture images of our solar system such as the planets and the Moon. A computer running Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OSX or Linux is required for imaging. I addition the LPI-G can also be used as an auto-guider on computers running Microsoft Windows.



The printed advert appears in the magazine as shown below.





Find out more about the Meade LX90 ACF telescopes at:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-LX90-ACF-telescopes.html

Find out more about the Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter at:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-Stella.html

Find out more about the Meade LPI-G cameras at:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-LPI-G-Cameras.html





Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The International Astronomy Show 2016

The International Astronomy Show was hosted once again at the Stoneleigh Park near Coventry. The two-day event took place on 14th and 15th October.  Meade Instruments was represented at this year’s event by a number of dealers including Green Witch, 365 Astronomy and the Widescreen Centre.

Green Witch at the International Astronomy Show 2016.

The range of Meade and Coronado telescopes on display included the Meade LightBridge Mini, Meade StarNavigator 90, Meade ETX80 Observer, Meade ETX90 Observer, Meade LS 8” ACF LightSwitch and Coronado SolarMax II 60 amongst others.


365 Astronomy at the International Astronomy Show 2016.


If you were unable to attend the show but would like to know more about Meade and Coronado telescopes, please visit the dealers’ websites from the links below.





The Widescreen Centre at the International Astronomy Show 2016.



For an extensive list of Meade UK dealers please refer to:
www.MeadeUK.com/Dealers.html




Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter released

Updated: 25th June 2019

Introducing Stella, the exciting new accessory from Meade Instruments. Stella allows the user to control a Meade telescope remotely using a smartphone or tablet.

Stella is designed to operate with Meade telescopes that are fitted with an AutoStar #497, AudioStar, AutoStar II or AutoStar III handbox controller. This includes all Meade GoTo telescopes released in 2016 and most models released in prior years. Other requirements include a smartphone or tablet, an app and a connection cable. The requirements are listed below.

Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter.


Power requirements

Stella is bundled with a mains power adapter to charge its internal rechargeable battery. Once fully charged Stella will operate for a period of 4 to 8 hours depending on use. The charger specification is 5V DC, 1A. Stella’s power input is a micro-USB port.

Stella connectivity: USB port (left), DB9 RS-232 (centre), 5VDC 1V power input (right), mains charger (far right).


Wi-Fi connection

Stella requires a Wi-Fi computer network to operate. It can join an existing computer wireless network or alternatively it can create its own Wi-Fi network hotspot if required. An internet connection is not necessary.


Connection cable

To operate Stella a connection cable is required. The type of cable depends on the telescope model and handbox controller.


Telescopes with AudioStar or AutoStar #497

Telescopes that use the AudioStar (SKU: 07640) or AutoStar #497 handbox controller include the DS-2000, StarNavigator, StarNavigator NG, ETX, ETX Observer, LXD-75, LT, LX65, LX85, LX90 and Coronado DSM. These telescopes require the Meade #505 cable (SKU: 07505) to connect to Stella. The #505 cable connects to Stella on one end and to the handbox on the other.  The handbox must remain connected to the telescope as normal.

Older AutoStar handboxes prior to the #497 model are not compatible with Stella. If you are not sure whether your handbox is compatible, please refer to the following post AutoStar and AudioStar explained. If your telescope is fitted with an older AudioStar then you can still use Stella if you upgrade to the newer AudioStar handbox.


Telescopes with AutoStar II

Telescopes that use the AutoStar II handbox (SKU: 07200) include the Meade LX200, LX200 GPS, LX200 R (but not LX200 Classic), LX400, LX600, LX800 and the LX850. Stella requires the Meade #507 cable (SKU: 07047) to connect to these telescopes. The cable connects to Stella on one end and to the telescope’s control panel on the other end. The AutoStar II handbox is not required for remote telescope control in this configuration.

Telescopes with AutoStar III

Telescopes that use the AutoStar III handbox (SKU: 04700) include the Meade LS (LightSwitch). Stella requires a standard USB A/B type cable to connect to these telescopes. The cable connects to Stella on one end and to the telescope’s control panel on the other end. The AutoStar III handbox is not required for remote telescope control in this configuration.




StellaAccess software

StellaAccess is a software app that runs on smartphones and tablets. It is a planetarium and telescope control app designed specifically for Stella.  There are two versions of StellaAccess, one for iOS and another for Android devices. StellaApp is a commercial piece of software that has to be purchased separately from Stella.

StellaAccess for iOS can be purchased on the Apple app store.

StellaAccess for Android can be purchased on the Google Play app store.





You can find out more about Stella at:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-Stella.html

Stella is available to purchase from Meade UK dealers.
www.MeadeUK.com/Dealers.html