Re: Telescope satellite tracking

From: Brad (
Date: Wed Apr 25 2001 - 23:11:25 PDT

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    Jonathan T Wojack wrote:
    > If memory serves, you can get a computerized Meade telescope for <$1,000.
    >  For very little extra cost (<$100), you can connect it to a computer and
    > get software that is specifically designed for tracking satellites.
    > Why upgrade when you can get a new telescope for probably less $$$ (and
    > probably better, too) ?
    After about a year of getting excellent results using an 8" LX200 with
    Csat and LXsat, I tried using a friend's ETX90-EC to track sats.  It has
    a built-in feature for this, but we were unable to track any sats with
    it.  We also tried using Csat with it and got the same results.  I
    believe all the Meade scopes for less than $1,000 have controllers
    similar to the ETX Autostar, so I wouldn't suggest getting any of those
    scopes for computerized sat tracking based on my experience.  If someone
    else has fared better, I would like to hear about it.  IMHO the 8" LX200
    with CSat or LXsat is the way to go, but I'm single.
    Brad Feinner
    Los Alamitos, CA
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