AUTOSTAR LCD REPLACEMENT
Last updated: 30 June 2013
Subject: RE: Broken Autostar LCD Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:04:19 From: Shawn F (email@example.com) I just wanted to let you know that your website was very helpful when my LCD screen became damaged. I wanted to let you know that the screen that I ended up using to perform my repair was not in any way shape or form the best option as far as fitment into the original handbox but in terms of durability it is a much better option and I'm sure someone with more time and expertise can do better than I was able to but for all intents and purposes my handbox is now much more resilient and likely to remain undamaged in a fall. I will send you photos once I unpack my telescope but the screen that I used is available on ebay for around $5 if you order it out of China or around $10 for the same product if you order it from an importer within the United States. Here's a link to the exact item I used: http://r.ebay.com/M0Id5z The pinout was a bit different but only 2 and 3 were reversed. I was able to figure out the pinout by looking at the datasheet for the lcd screen recommended by a reader on your website and the datasheet for the replacement screen I am suggesting as an alternate. Thanks. Shawn
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Subject: possible LCD display source Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:54:19 From: Norm Fredrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) This might be a source to buy a replacement LCD display http://elcodis.com/parts/762954/DMC-50747NF-AK.html Norm Fredrick
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Subject: Old Auto Star 497 Display Sent: Friday, October 8, 2010 12:32:13 From: Bob Waterfield (email@example.com) After over a year I have finally found a workable display module for the 497 auto star. Reference your page: http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_schematic.html It is a perfect fit with one small draw back.. There is a white reflective strip on the back side that must be carefully removed, otherwise the red LED cannot shine through. I have ordered it from the following supplier, it was $10.00 delivered. Part can be found here: http://www.westfloridacomponents.com/LED062/LCD+Module+Display+16x2+Optrex+DMC-50747NF-AK.html Just have to remember to install it so that the connector pins are up. It offers a more BLACK on RED display from the original, but far beats having to buy a new Autostar. I hope this may help some of your other readers. Finally, I can watch Jupiter again. Thanks for your great site. Bob Waterfield K8POS
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