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Meade Instruments | How To Setup & Align Your StarNavigator NG Telescope


In this video, we are going to show you
how to set up and align your StarNavigator Next-Generation (NG) telescope.
You’ll find that this telescope system has all you need to explore the universe.
First, let’s go over what accessories are included with the StarNavigator NG and
what apertures are available. The StarNavigator NG comes in six different
sizes: a 90mm & 125mm Maksutov-Cassegrain, a 90mm & 102mm refractor, and a 114mm & 130mm reflector.
The StarNavigator NG Series comes with a sturdy tripod, OTA and single-arm
mount, and AudioStar hand box. These telescopes also come with accessories
including (2) 1.25″ eyepieces, a red-dot viewfinder, and a bubble level
compass. In addition to these accessories, the StarNavigator NG includes a
dovetail receiver – which allows the user to easily remove the OTA from the mount.
To set your telescope up – stand the tripod vertically, put the tripod feet
down, and grasp two of the tripod legs and gently pull the legs apart to a
fully open position. Loosen the leg locks on each leg and
extend each leg segment until the top of the tripod is level and at the desired
height. Re-lock the leg lock latches to secure each leg segment. Attach the accessory tray to the tripod
by threading the center bolt into the tray until firm. Position the tripod
where you want the telescope to be and check that the top of the tripod is
approximately level. Use the included bubble level compass to level the tripod
head. Next, place the mounting arm assembly into the tripod base. Reach
underneath and thread the mounting on through the tripod base and into the
mounting arm assembly. Tighten to a firm feel – do not over tighten. The optical
tube assembly features a vixen-style dovetail plate, which allows the user to
easily attach the OTA to the mount. Slide the OTA onto the dovetail plate
and tighten the locking screw. Tighten the deck lock knob so that it holds the
optical tube loosely. Slide the tube back and forth until you find a position
where the tube remains horizontal and doesn’t tip up and down. Tighten the
cradle rings lock knob to a firm feel. Next, pull out the plastic dust cover
from the eyepiece holder. For refractors only, slide the tube of the supplied erect-image prism into the telescope’s eyepiece holder and tighten the thumbscrews to
a firm feel only, to secure. Pick up the supplied 26mm eyepiece from its
container and place it in the erect-image prism, or directly into the
eyepiece holder for other models. Tighten the thumbscrews to a firm feel. Locating
objects directly in the main telescope can sometimes be difficult. To assist in
this process, the red-dot viewfinder projects a small dot that permits you to
more easily locate objects. When the red-dot viewfinder and optical tube are
aligned to each other, both point to the same position in the sky. Depending on
the model that you have, the red-dot finder will attach to the telescope by
either sliding into the finder holder spot or by using two thumb screws to
attach to the base to the telescope. Turn the knob at the front of the finder
scope to the right to turn the red-dot viewfinder on. Looking through the
viewfinder, turn the viewfinder’s two alignment screws until the viewfinder’s
red dot points precisely at the same object as centered in the eyepiece. The
red-dot viewfinder is now aligned to the main telescope. Check this alignment on a celestial object such as the Moon or a bright star to make any necessary
refinements. Before connecting the AudioStar hand
controller, be certain that the power switch on the computer control panel is
in the off position before plugging the cord into the HBX port. To power your
telescope, you can use batteries or an external power supply. Open the battery
compartment, remove the battery holder, and carefully lift the connector out
from the compartment. Whenever you place in batteries, be sure to disconnect the
battery holder from the connector. Insert eight user-supplied AA size
batteries into the holder. Connect the plug to the battery holder and carefully
replace the battery pack into the battery compartment. If you have the
optional AC adapter, simply plug the adapter into any 12-volt wall socket and
plug the other end into the power port of the control base and flip the switch
on. When turning on the control panel, the red LED will light up when the power is
supplied to the panel. You can use the arrow keys to move the telescope up, down, left, or right to practice centering an object in the telescope’s field of view.
To automatically track and locate objects in the night sky, the StarNavigator must first be aligned on the sky. It is best to set up the telescope
in twilight or before sunset the first time you use it. Once the StarNavigator
is fully assembled, you will first need to initialize AudioStar the first time
using the telescope. When the telescope powers on, the AudioStar keypad will
beep and light up. Press 0 to begin easy alignment. You will then need to set your
location, time, and select the telescope model. Once this is done, AudioStar
initialization is now complete and will enter the easy alignment routine. There
are multiple ways to align your telescope but the two star alignment
procedure is the easiest and fastest way to locate objects with the AudioStar’s
go-to capabilities. AudioStar automatically chooses two stars to align
upon. When the telescope slews to the first star for alignment, it may not
appear in the field of view in the eyepiece. If you’re not familiar with
objects in the night sky, the rule of thumb is that the alignment star is
usually the brightest star in that area of the sky. When you view an alignment
star in the viewfinder, it stands out dramatically from the rest of the stars
in that portion of the sky. While looking through the red-dot finder,
use the arrow keys to move the telescope to place the red dot on top of the
brightest nearby star. Now, look through the eyepiece and use the arrow keys to
move the star to the center of the eyepiece field – press ENTER. If that area
of the sky is obscured by an object, you can prompt AudioStar to choose an
alternate star by pressing either one of the two scroll keys. Repeat procedure for
the second alignment star. When the procedure is performed correctly,
‘Align Successful’ displays. If AudioStar does not display this message,
perform this procedure again. You have now successfully setup and aligned your
StarNavigator NG telescope and you are now ready for the night sky. Whether it’s
a campout with friends or a family excursion to the outdoors, the StarNavigator NG is the ultimate scope for making stargazing fun, effective, and
straightforward. With its solid structure as well as a variety of apertures, the
value and standard of the scope is up to par with many other amateur telescopes
and will be sure to exceed expectations.

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  • HI GOD BLESS…THIS IS FOR ANYONE WHO WILL BE KIND ENOUGH TO ANSWER ALL MY QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE ASKED…I SEE MANY ANSWERS FROM THE A&NC. AND I GUESS FROM THE FELLOW THAT OFFERS ALL OF THESE VIDEOS. I ENJOY WATCHING THE VIDEOS BUT I AM NEW TO ALL OF THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO AND HOW TO CONTACT SOMEONE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPT. TO GET ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MEADE 102 STAR NAVIGATOR. WHAT SHOULD I BE ABLE TO SEE USING THIS TELESCOPE HOW FAR OUT AND HOW CLEARLY WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE. ALSO FROM WHOM WHERE HOW TO I GET INTOUCH WITH SOMEBODY TO ASK ABOUT BUYING THIS TELESCOPE OR WILL I BE BETTER OFF SAVING MY MONEY THEN LOOK TO BUY ANOTHER TELESCOPE???? I HAVE SEEN SO MUCH NEGITIVE STUFF ABOUT BOTH MEADE PRODUCTS & THIS A&NC. IT IS SO CONFUSING BUT I REALLY LIKE ENJOY THE WAY THIS FELLOW HAD DEMONSTRATED ALL THE TELESCOPES IN THESE VIDEOS. BUT WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER ME. I AM FEELING SAD THAT I GET NO ANSWERS FROM ANYONE FOR MY QUESTIONS. HOW MUCH DOES THIS MEADE 102 STAR NAVIGATOR GOTO SYSTEMS OR BUNDLES COST, WHO CAN I BUY THIS SAME TELESCOPE WITH ALL THE FEATURES TOGETHER, OR IS THIS A DONE DEAL & CAN NO LONGER BE BOUGHT AS A TOTAL PACKAGE AS THE GUY SUGGEST IT CAN BE PURCHASED???? SOMEBODY ANYBODY DO YOU FOLKS HAVE YOUR EARS OPEN "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?" OR AM I SPEAKING TO THE WIND??

  • Not a bad series of telescopes if you want a light weight, easy setup to take to star parties, camping, etc. I'm looking into the 127 Maksutov. I would love a simple little light weight setup like this just to do some quick and simple viewing. I lug around my Meade LX200 Classic 10" SCT, and boy is she heavy and complicated to setup. Clear Skies!

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