Computer object locating software really opens up the usually hidden depths of space to everyone and takes the hassle out of deciding what to find and look in the night sky.
The Telescope and Autostar Handset Before we go further, let’s look at the details of the Meade telescope, handset and other equipment we are dealing with.
This interface allows the telescope to connect to my computer through the telescope’s Autostar input socket.
It is then possible to use various graphical astronomy packages on the computer to move the telescope’s motors and view night sky objects automatically, by simply clicking on the computer screen.
The communications cable also allows for communication and transfer of data between the Meade Autostar handset for database update and firmware control (use Autostar firmware updates with caution! Why figure out the wiring rather just than buy the cable?
Especially if they have a similar looking Meade cable junction box arrangement.
It is very likely the company used the same electronics and cable wiring for each the various scope models of the time.
After saying that, I provide this information with all hopes it will assist others, but without any guarantees that wiring will be compatible, or will not damage, your particular telescope (if a differing model to the DS-115).Whether buying the real cable, or making this DIY communications cable yourself, allowing computer aided mapping and navigation of the telescope motors will be a major upgrade to your telescope and astronomy experience if you have not tried it before.Because that is the DIY way, since this If you don’t mind dishing out cash and buying a cable instead, you can check out the Meade cable for the pre-EXA model telescopes here from E-bay or Amazon.(Note: this cable is for an older styled Meade telescope and may not be compatible with newer models.Be sure to double check what cable your specific telescope model requires.) Making and using this RS-232 serial interface cable has been simple as well as extremely satisfying.I have not tested this cable with other similarly aged models of Meade telescope, but I would cautiously assume other telescopes may also be compatible (Meade D-114, etc).