I have a meade lx200 emc telescope that i have a problem with when everything is level on scope and on zero and you turn it on it does self diagnostic test.tube moves to facing ski ,andreads telescope object libary ,but motor on side keeps running what may be the problem?can you help?
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This model LX200 classic has weak capacitors that blow out with age. Go to the Yahoo LX200 group-- post a message with the problem for "Ron Sampson" he can repair the board if it is broken. Also Dr. Clay and Andrew also post to this web site--- they know a lot about LX200 electronics.
Before you panic I would update the firmware/software on the telescope. With an LX200 interface cable you
can upgrade the software in your telescope from your PC by going to
Meade's web site at www.meade.com
Download Meade's ASU (Autostar Update Utility) and the latest
software for your Autostar II absolutely free. You can also use the ASU
to add Comets, Asteroids, Satellites, and User Objects to your Autostar
II with a few simple clicks of the mouse.
I have a LX200 EMC 10". I had a similar software problem and solved it by downloading AstroFinder, bypassed the onboard software of the telescope, and controlled the telescope via my laptop. This was a more user frriendly method and allowed easy alignment of the telescope.
You have a LARGE Meade telescope. This should be an easy fix if you can disassemble the fork arm and get inside.
First I would contact Meade customer service to see if they have a manual that shows disassemble instructions. If not I would join the Yahoo LX200 forum and look for help there with an owner of the 16 inch model.
Just search in Yahoo Groups for the LX200 forum.
On smaller scopes the DEC motor is held on by two spring loaded bolts, probably one has become loose?