Hand controller went completely dead while using it one night. Tried different battery packs. Will not light up. Check coiled cable continuity at both ends. ch'k ok. Red led still lights up on the telescope's plugin port. Telescope's encoders inside scope still light up.
Do I need a new Autostar Hand controller?
Had the same problem. Took it to a dealer and we put a new controller on but the funny thing was that my old controller worked fine on another scope but it would not work on mine. Agreed with "Guest" above - Mead's after sales service is bad.
I ended up replacing the Hand Controller with a new one. After that it started working. I brought the new one on E-bay. They seem to have the best prices. Forget about talking to Meade. Their innate ability to reply to your phone calls or emails just doesn't work. I will ***** buy a telescope from them again.
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However these scopes do have an issue with blowing out the capacitors on the power circuit board. To repair the scope must be returned to Meade, or you need to find a local electronic repair technician and be willing to remove the board yourself and take it to them.
Reset the hand controller, calibrate motors, train drives, calibrate sensors.
Make sure you have either fresh batteries, or better a seperate 12 volt power pack. The above will eleiminate everything except an actual BROKEN electronic part (such as a bad gps board).
If it still will not align using the gps, time to send it back to Meade for repairs. Make sure you have the latest firmware in the hand controller which is 43Eg. You can download the firmware using the UPDATER free software here: http://www.meade.com/support/downloads.html
Since you already disassembled the scope-- you can send the board to Ron Sampson and he should be able to repair it. He fixes main boards and hand controllers (including the screen and keyboard on the hand controller!)
If you post a message on the Yahoo LX90 group looking for Ron Sampson he will answer you. You can then email or phone him for instruction on how to send him the board.
ARE YOU SURE it's the board? It could be a bad keyboard or a bad cable on the hand controller. You should get another hand controller and cable and test it before you send it off. Can you borrow a hand controller and cable from anyone.... or from a local scope retailer?
If the hand controller on the LX6 has stopped working you have a problem since meade does not support this very old telescope. My only suggestion would be to place an ad on www.astromart.com looking for a new hand controller.
If the error message indicates a "motor fault" make sure you have a good power supply and or fresh batteries-- as low voltage will cause a motor fault error.
Later you said it was an LX90 LNT-- ?? so which scope do you actually own???