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Pinion gear for Meade 390 focus. worn teeth and loose on shaft

Where / how can I get a replacement part?

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You can send it to Meade -- but very expensive-- or you can buy a complete new focuser from these people-

http://www.optcorp.com/

http://www.telescope.com/control/main/

Posted on May 18, 2009

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Here is the contact information for Meade:
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