Updating the meade etx rom
I knew that something vital had broken inside of the telescope. Sherrod and he assured me that he would not only fix the problem inside of the scope, but replace the plastic parts inside of the telescope with metal, clean the optics and primary mirror, fine tune the focus and provide documentation and technical info galore for 7 shipping.The Mighty ETX Website has a great deal of information about something called a "ETX Supercharge" offered by Dr. Compared to me opening up the scope and trying to fix it, get the parts, have the scope down for months, then end up sending it off to get it fixed anyway, I thought this was a great deal.
I borrowed a Meade USB to RS-232 Bridge Cable from a friend and connected the telescope, Autostar controller up with my computer.After the training was completed, I also centered up the small spotting scope as exactly as possible.Because I have been discussing the alignment of the spotting scope and main telescope, I will also pass on that I installed a 'red-dot' sight to the top of the ETX.After the drives were trained, a 'long stare' test was conducted, keeping an object in the field of view automatically for over two hours.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.