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The toothed barrel guide

The plastic barrel (jagged) guide broke in two. Can't position barrel forward or backward. Is that repairable or am I looking for new telescope? If the latter is the case, is there any place near Windsor Onrtario that accepts the old one...even for recycling?

Harry Annan
La salle Ontario, Canada

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Hannan, you are better off getting a new scope.they are so cheap these days.
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