Can not get the scope to automatically find anything on its own after aligning it from the home position . have spoken to meade and they don't know why it won't find objects on its own. I live in a retirement community called lake havasu arizona . it's in the desert ,so sky's are unbelievably clear. I'm going to an astronomy club that meets today and ask them about the alignment procedure. Found out that their are 60 members of this club and most of them are retired rocket scientists, 3 worked on Apollo mission and the rest are mostly scientists from observatorys around the country.. Maybe they can assist me.
Excellent optics, very little image shift when focusing. Electronics work great - very accurate GOTO, reasonably good tracking (fine for visual; could be smoother for long exposure astrophotography. I use this scope a lot! It's the sweet spot for me: decent aperture but light weight enough to be easy to lift and setup. Complaints: recent scopes do not have sufficient space to swing the tube face-down to the mount. It will not fit in my LX200 JMI case. I don't why Meade changed this - I see no advantage to the change. #2: the Audiostar controller works great however Meade's current Autostar Update software is NOT compatible. It can't update the comet, asteroid, or satellite databases.