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Problem with start up on telescope

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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Most probably, flat batteries. Autostars go berserk when batteries are even a little low. Try it with a mains power adaptor instead.

Otherwise, maybe its a dodgy curly cable, broken Autostar, broken control panel or Autostar firmware needs reloaded

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The very first thing to try is new cables. Including the DEC cable. If this does not repair it then it has an internal circuit board issue.

Buy new cables first--

www.scopestuff.com sells them. Call them and order everything new.

Also a low power supply can also cause this-- and would be the second thing I would check. You are using a separate 12volt power pack -- correct?

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