Meade AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller

Meade AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller

Meade AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller

B&H # ME07640 MFR # 07640
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Product Highlights

  • Updateable 30,000+ Object Database
  • Solar System and Deep Space Objects
  • Stars, Satellites, Eclipses, Solstices
  • One/Two/Easy Alignment Options
  • Multiple Guided Tours
  • Built-In Internal Speaker
  • Audio Commentary on 500 Objects
  • 2-Line Red LED Display
  • Red Backlit Keypad
  • AutoGuiding Capability
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Meade Instruments built on the success of their iconic AutoStar and upgraded it to the AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller. Outfitted with a built-in speaker and their "Astronomer Inside" technology, the familiar handbox now offers audio commentary on 500 celestial objects including the Moon, planets, stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Information given includes surface temperature, size, distance from Earth, and mythology.

The hand controller maintains the large 30,000+ object database of near and deep sky objects, comets, asteroids, constellations, and satellites. It also tracks events such as sunrises and sunsets, moonrises and moonsets, the phases of the Moon, and meteor showers; plus equinoxes and solstices. After setting up and aligning the scope, you can choose to have the AudioStar take you on one of three guided tours that is customized based on the location, date, and time that you are observing.

Physical Characteristics
  • 2-line, 18-character/line red LED display
  • 20-button red backlit user interface
  • Built-in speaker with adjustable volume
  • Powered by mount
Database
  • 30,000+ objects
  • Flash updateable via the Meade website
  • Easy and intuitive menu-driven system
  • Solar System: Planets, comets, and asteroids
  • Constellations
  • Deep Sky: Named objects, galaxies, nebulae, Messier catalog
  • Stars: Named, SAO catalog, double, variable
  • Satellites
  • User-defined
Events
  • Sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, moon phase, meteor showers
  • Solar and Lunar eclipses
  • Autumn & Vernal equinoxes, Winter and Summer solstices
Guided Tours
  • "Tonight's Best": Shows best objects based on observation location, date, and time
  • "A Star's Life"
  • "How Far is Far?"
Astronomer Inside
  • Pre-loaded audio commentary
  • Select from Automatic or On-demand audio playback
  • Descriptions of over 500 objects while viewing them
  • Descriptions for the Moon, planets, stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies
  • Presentations include statistics and information like temperature, size, distance and mythology
Glossary
  • Alphabetical listing of astronomical words and phrases
UPC: 709942922011
In the Box
Meade AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • Coiled Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade 07640 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 3.6 x 1.5"

    Meade 07640 reviews

    AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good step in the right direction This Audiostar replaces the original handheld Autostar. It is somewhat easier to use, and more user friendly. The system is complex, and for my money, it is more complex than it needs to be. It could be simplified without losing any detail, and it could be improved by common naming convension, such as using the word Utilities, or Overview, or Close Celestial Objects, instead of just Objects. It takes a while to parse their language, and any interested person can do so, but it could be revised to reflect common language found in all computers.
    Date published: 2012-03-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from My new Audiostar As a long time heavy user (10 years) of the original 497 AUTOSTAR with my Meade LX90 scope, I was disappointed when the handbox failed. Research revealed that the old tried and true model had been replaced by an enhanced device, the AUDIOSTAR which comes complete with a voice and a process for determining the direction of north. Being an old pilot with hearing problems, I already know where north is and I wondered if I'd be plagued with a message such as Recalculating! in the same tone as my GPS. However, I was gratified to find that the thing was easy to configure, aligned quickly and accurately, and (so far) operates flawlessly. Also the response to my purchase by B&H was amazingly quick, thorough, and efficient. The firm will have my business hereafter. Ken West
    Date published: 2012-03-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Upgrade for me My old unit stopped working so I was forced to buy a replacement. I like the updated database and the audio feature may be usefull. I only regret that they havent upgraded the data port to USB. The old RS232 requires an expensive adaptor.
    Date published: 2014-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Customer I purchased the AudioStar as a replacement for my older and failed Autostar....haven't tried it out yet (Winter), but I was real happy with finding the product on web site, short chat to verify in stock....easy to place order and received like the next day...well packed. Anyway Happy Customer.
    Date published: 2017-01-17
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