Schmidt-Cassegrain Instruction Manual
The power panel incorporates
a power switch and LED indicators showing power on.
NOTICE! Never use a telescope or spotting scope to look at the Sun! Observing
the Sun, even for the shortest fraction of a second, will cause irreversible
damage to your eye as well as physical damage to the telescope or spotting
The Power Panel has all
of the connectors for DC power input, the DEC Motor, and the Keypad. There
are connectors designed to accept optional accessories such as a CCD autoguiding
camera and the optional Meade Encoders*. An illustration and a description
of the LX50 Power Panel features follows:
19: LX50 Power Panel
ON/ OFF Switch
When the ON/ OFF Switch
(4, Fig. 19) is moved to the ON position, the power light indicator will
blink indicating self-test in progress.
DEC Motor Connector
The DEC Motor Port (7, Fig.
19) is a 3mm mini phono jack connector socket, designed to accept standard
mini phono jack coil cords. One end of the supplied coil cord plugs in
to the Power Panel and the other plugs into the DEC MOTOR socket in the
right fork arm to power the declination motor.
The CCD Port (10, Fig. 19)
allows direct interfacing with Meade autoguider equipment such as the Pictor
201 and other popular aftermarket CCD autoguiding/imaging cameras with
their compatible connecting cables to accomplish autoguiding for non-attended
astrophotography. The CCD cameras effectively watch a star and detect slight
movements. When star movements are detected, signals from the CCD electronics
make drive corrections in the LX50, to bring the star to a home position.
Most CCD autoguiding/imaging
cameras are supplied with a cable which is compatible with the LX50 port.
If your CCD unit does not have a cable, one can be obtained from the CCD
Power 12vDC Connector
The Power 12v DC connector
(3, Fig. 19) is designed to accept the DC Power Cord for connection to
automobile plugs. The acceptable voltage range (under load) is from 5 to
The Handbox connector (6,
Fig. 19) is a 4 pin phone jack connector socket, designed to accept standard
4 pin phone jack coil cords.
The Auxiliary connector
(2, Fig. 19) provides DC voltage that is the same currently being supplied
to the telescope.
The Battery compartment
(1, Fig. 19) accepts AA-size batteries.