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Meade LX50 Schmidt-Cassegrain Instruction Manual
IMPORTANT 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 scope itself.
The power panel incorporates a power switch and LED indicators showing power on.

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:

Figure 19: LX50 Power Panel

[ toc ]1. 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.

[ toc ]2. 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.

[ toc ]3. CCD Connector

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 manufacturer.

[ toc ]4. 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 18 volts.

[ toc ]5. Handbox Connector

The Handbox connector (6, Fig. 19) is a 4 pin phone jack connector socket, designed to accept standard 4 pin phone jack coil cords.

[ toc ]6. Aux Connector

The Auxiliary connector (2, Fig. 19) provides DC voltage that is the same currently being supplied to the telescope.

[ toc ]7. Battery Compartment

The Battery compartment (1, Fig. 19) accepts AA-size batteries. 

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