In keeping with Meade's tradition of offering firmware updates and upgrades free of charge to our valued customers, we are pleased to announce that Version 1.3 for the LS 6" LightSwitch telescope is ready for downloading.  

Here are a few of the many refinements and additions included in Version 1.3:

  1. Improved GPS Reception: Configuring the GPS chip with different options and increasing sensitivity, the time-to-fix has been cut by as much as 50%. There are many variables that affect GPS signals, but these changes should allow many users to get fixes under less than optimal conditions.
  2. Improved LightSwitch Alignments: Several changes have been made to make finding the alignment stars more accurate and reliable. After the two alignment stars have been found and centered, a more advanced calculation is done to confirm it is a good alignment.
  3. Control of Optional Meade LS Video Monitor: The "Display" key on the AutoStar III handbox now turns on and off the LS Monitor allowing the user to watch the video content in the LS and then turn off the monitor for optimal viewing through the eyepiece.
  4. AutoStar III Display Adjustments: The Brightness and Contrast settings are now in the Utilities Menu.
  5. Various System Fixes and Enhancements: Several changes have been made to memory and SD card handling as well as other housekeeping issues.

To download and install the new firmware, run the AutoStar Updater (ASU.EXE) version 5.9 or higher and follow the instructions. If you have an older version of the Updater, click here to download the latest version.

We hope that these improvements make using your LS LightSwitch telescope even easier and more enjoyable.