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Meade ETX90 will not tilt; Motor runs, but gears just grind.

Before tearing it apart, I would like to know what I am getting into. Is there a repair manual available out there somewhere? Are these gears relatively 'cheaply' made plastic gears, and can parts be purchased for it? If so, where? Thanks in advance.

Jeff Palazzo
Pensacola, FL

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I have not been able to find a repair manual anywhere. Nor have i been able to find any repair parts. Dr. Clay Sherrod at the Arkansas sky observatory offers a repair service that is apparently so good that it will increase the value of your scope, it is however expensive. here is the link.
www.arksky.org/supercharge.htm

Also I have found a lot of useful info on Mike Weasner's website, here is that link.
www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html

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