To start I need to say, I feel that I have been ripped off by K-mart. In this link I could have paid so-so-so much less,but this is not my only problem. Ok.. some one needs to tell me how to work this wounderful object, the telescope a Tasco 40076420H. There should be a How To Guide.
Thank You for your time.
Jeniffer & Mychael Smith
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I assume you mean by sheathing the cabling to the RA and DEC motors and by battery compartment the control panel. If the seller stated that the scope was working, indeed you got ripped off. If by ratings you mean ebay I would contact them about a return and refund. If you got a great price, all is not lost since there is an upgrade to an autostar which will get you back in working order (but you need the RA and DEC motors). Autostar upgrade is about $ 520 but you will still need a 12V power supply. George Dudash 760 383 2741 sells these kits and can probably get the other parts you need to get going. I'm guessing this may cost around $ 800 total from what you say. If you paid more than $ 1000 for that scope I'm afraid you were ripped.
You can contact Meade for parts here: http://www.meade.com/support/index.html
Here is the manual: http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/Reflectors/DS.pdf
It's a 12 volt power system, get the correct cigarette lighter style power plug from Meade -- it is center positive-- and use a 12 volt power pack like this one, or a car starter battery pack from Wal Mart. Make sure it has a cigarette style female plug.
A telescope like that has a very narrow depth-of-field, so you need to focus very, very slowly to be able to see any image. Try focusing on something bigger (like a spot on the moon) and adjust the crosshair accordingly. The two eyepieces gives different magnification.
Measure the hole to determine the size, usually 1.25 inch, however many low cost toy telescopes use .965 inch. Just another reason to avoid buying scopes from Wal Mart, CostCo, Ebay, or Craigslist unless you know exactly what you are buying.