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Well the RA Opto Interrupters are not working on the limits for the slew of the telescope...is not working and needs to be replaced...where can I get just these parts? thank you

For a MEADE LX200GPS Telescope Well the RA Opto Interrupters are not working on the limits for the slew of the telescope...is not working and needs to be replaced...where can I get just these parts? thank you

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Meade is the only place to get parts---

See their web site for Customer Support--

www.meade.com

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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