work with these scopes, you need to replace the #494 Autostar controller (which does not have a serial port) with the #497 Autostar (which does). Li-ion batteries do not have a horrible performance penalty in the cold (unlike Ni Cad).
We expect/guess maybe 70% performance in freezing conditions.
Attempted Imaging Session on 2010-01-02 was foiled by a failure of the LX200R scope.
By default, this is an open wireless network called "Sky Fi", but you can rename and secure it later on.No reason to suspect loose or broken interval components or wires due to permanent installation of scope.Gave up after 2 hour of trying and took the handbox controller indoors to 'warm up'.Subsequent sessions demonstrated full connectivity to Autostar using Remote Handbox controller in CCDWare Pem Pro, including the download/upload of PEC curve data. ) Reviewed postings on "LX200 GPS" Yahoo Group and noted problems with starting up Autostar II/LX200 have been seen by a number of other people with LX200 GPS or LX200R scopes.Noted that problem might relate to Handbox or the internal electronics of the LX200. Postings talk of corrupted firmware (reloading of Autostar II firmware), problem with HBX lead (swapping round the HBX lead), poor contacts inside the Handbox (replacement of handbox unit), dying AC adapter (try batteries), faulty electronics in LX200R due to poor quality control (return to Meade).Elected to power down the scope and then restarted scope.