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Looking at ornear the Sun will cause instant and irreversible damage to your eye. Eye damage isoften painless, so there is no warning to theobserver that damage has occurred until it istoo late. Do not point the telescope or itsviewfinder at or near the Sun. Do not lookthrough the telescope or its viewfinder as it ismoving. Children should always have adultsupervision while observing. Fora close up of the refractor focuser assembly, see Fig. Suppliedwith either an Electronic Controller or an Autostar handbox, the LXDSeries modelsoffer unmatched mechanical and electronic performance.

The LXDSeries telescopes reveal nature in an ever-expanding level of detail. Designed to prevent the focuser drawtube from moving whena heavy accessory, such as a camera, is attached to the focuser assembly. Fornormal observing with an eyepiece and diagonal, it is not necessary to use thelock knob. Controls the manual movement of the telescope.

Powered by factory-supplied batteries contained within. Want to learn moreabout the polar alignment viewfinder? Several manua the followingprocedures, such asTracking Objects andInitializing Lcd75 toname but a feware relevant only to modelsequipped with theAutostar handbox and donot lxd57 to the EC models. See page 30 for more details.

Press to return to the previous menu level. The assembly isshipped in separate boxes. Slide bushing over shaft. Replace the safety cap. If the counterweight ever slips, the safety cap 23, Fig. Always leave thesafety cap in place when the counterweight is on the shaft. Setting the latitude is easier if it is set before you attach the optical tube to the assembly. Locate the latitude dial 28, Fig. Back off the eyepiecethumbscrews 1, Fig.

Insert the supplied SP 26mm eyepiece 3, Fig. Tighten the lxx75 thumbscrews to a firm feel tosecure the eyepiece. Two eyepiece holders are included with your telescope—for both1.

Again, hold the optical tube so that it cannot accidentally swing freely. The telescope nowis able to move freely about the Dec. Loosen the cradle ring lock knobs 13,Fig.

Seeing conditionsvary widely from night-tonight and site-to-site. Turbulence in the air, evenon an apparently clearnight, llxd75 distort images. Ifan image appears fuzzyand ill-defined, back off to alower power eyepiece for amore well-resolved image see Fig. When the object is centered and focused in the eyepiece, switch to a higher power eyepiece to enlarge the image as much as mahual for prevailing viewing conditions.

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IOnce centered, an object can be focused by turning one of the knobs of thefocusing mechanism 8, Fig. If you wish maunal perform a more precisepolar mankal for thepurposes of astrophotography, see “Appendix B,”page Speeds 1, 2, or 3: Best used for fine centering of an object in the field of view of ahigher power eyepiece, such as a 12mm or a 9mm eyepiece.

Speeds manuao, 5, or 6: Speeds 7 or 8: Best used for rough centering of an object in the viewfinder. You can change the telescope’s msnual rate whilecentering an object in theeyepiece. In this example, Autostar’s Arrow keys are used to find a star, and then Autostar’stracking capability automatically keeps the star centered in your telescope’s eyepiece.

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Press the Scroll keys 7, Fig. Autostar prompts you to enter the Country or State listed alphabetically ofthe observing site. Use the Scroll keys to cycle through the database ofcountries, states, and provinces. Autostar then prompts kxd75 to enter the nearest city listed alphabetically tothe observing site. Use the Scroll keys to cycle through the database ofcities. This is anotherreminder to point your telescope at a terrestrial object.

Center your target object using the Arrowkeys. You may need to use the Arrow keys to center Saturn precisely in theeyepiece. Autostar then automatically slews moves the telescope so that ittracks Saturn or whatever other object you may have chosen. Saturn remainscentered in the eyepiece.

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The planet Saturnis over million milesfrom the Earth. Somemodels are equipped withan Electronic Controllerhandbox, rather than theAutostar Handbox.

Press the Scroll Down key once to display the “Sunset” option in the Event menu. Autostar calculates the Sunset time based on the current date, time, and location.

Autostar then displays the results of the calculation. Exceptions include Guided Tour and Landmark Survey. Autostar contains many libraries of viewable objects, such as stars, planets, comets,nebulae and so forth. Browse allows you to search the library for objects with certain parameters, much likea search engine.

Object Type, Minimum Elevation, Largest, etc. Autostar will display theresults of the search. Event MenuThe Event menu provides access to dates and times of astronomical events. Activates the timer set previously. When the timer runs mabual, four beeps sound and the timer is deactivated. Alarm selects a time for an alarm signal as a reminder.

Want to learn more aboutusing the Date menu? Date changes the date used by Autostar. This function is useful to check events in thepast or future. For example, set the Date menu for a day three months majual the future. Then check the “Select Item: Event” menu for the Sunset time on that date.

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Time changes the time entered into Autostar. Setting the correct time is critical forAutostar to properly calculate locations and events. The default tracking setting for Autostar; sidereal rate is the standard rate at which stars move from East to West across the sky due to therotation of the Earth. Choose this option to properly track the Moon over long observingsessions. Allows entry of user-defined tracking rates. Reverses the functions of the Left and Right Arrow keys i.

Seethe instruction sheetincluded with the kit formore information on howto download. Use the Up and Down Arrow keys to enter your street address, city,state, and zip code. Download transfers information from another Autostar. The following examples assumethat you have a basic knowledge of Autostar and understand how to scroll to a desiredmenu or menu option, and how to enter numbers and text.

It also assumes that youhave initialized and aligned your telescope. Using the Arrow keys, scroll to “Site: Using Autostar to Find Objects Not in the LibrariesIn this procedure, you will enter coordinates of celestial objects that do not appear inany of the Autostar libraries.

You will enter the object’s name and R. Observing SatellitesIn this procedure, you will prepare your telescope to observe a satellite pass. Navigate to the “Object: Use the Scroll keys to scroll through the list of satellites.

If the satellite is going to make apass, “Located” displays.

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Another setup method is to select an object from the Landmark database. Then manually move the telescope’s optical tube and center this object in the telescope eyepiece.

Choosing this option turns off trackingfor astronomical objects which is not useful for the viewing of terrestrial objectssuch as those in the Landmark database. Focuser ExtensionDrawtube with eyepiece holder andeyepiece attached. Through-the-telescope photography is possible with any 35mm camera body with aremovable lens. The premium quality of these accessories is well-suited to the quality of the instrument itself.

Consult the Meade General Catalog for complete detailson these and other accessories. Series 8 – 24mm Zoom Eyepiece: