Meade LX 200 spins around non-stop when powered up
When I turn on my Meade LX200 the azmuth motor just spins the scope around. The control pad starts to perform POST but then freezes and doesn't respond to inputs. I've tried cables, fuses, and settings to no avail. Please help. I don't want to miss the winter observing season, although the scope still works manually, it isn't the same without the electronics!
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The older Lx200's go into tracking mode when turned on if they are not recieving a signal from the handbox. It does this on purpose so you can use the telescope without the handbox and still track sky objects. If it is still doing this with the handbox plugged in then you have a bad chip in the electronics and Meade is notorious for not having parts for their older telescopes. Don't send it in to them to repair. It will cost you a fortune to mail back and forth and they still can't repair most electronic problems with their older scopes(from my personal experience).