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My scope goes to everything from the meridian to the west, but will not center on things to east.

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Scope is going to do a meridian FLIP-- during the "flip" the gotos can get off a bit-- just center a star on the other side of the flip and SYNC on it using the handcontroller.

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Place a low power EyePiece in the scope (this will be the longest focal length EP you have), and then in daylight, find a distant object like a tower or distinctive treetop. Swing the scope and center this object in the EP (it will be upside down in a standard EP). Then center it in the crosshairs of the finder.

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  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
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At night, let the scope cool down before you start using it. The best way to start is to find the moon. Practice on the moon until you feel comfortable Do not use the barlow until you get good. Always use the 25mm before you use higher power eyepieces, it makes it easier to center the object

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I would encourage you to find a local Astronomy club and attend their meetings and star parties. Then you will be able to see the scopes that they use and be better informed when you buy your next telescope.

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Contact Meade directly. You may need to send it back for repairs. Here is the contact web site:

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TRY turning the focuser all the way in and all the way out 3 or 4 times to spread the grease out on the baffle tube. This sometimes helps with mirror flop.

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Runaway DECLINATION is what this is called. Usually it can be fixed with a new hand controller cable. If a new cable does not fix it, then it has a blown motor circuit board and must be returned to Meade for repairs.

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You did not say what model, or if it was on a wedge or not???

Model name and number would also help.

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