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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

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This is a major project. You will either need to return it to Meade for repairs, or be ready to almost completely disassemble the telescope to get to the motors.

Contact Meade first:
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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.

Meade customer service:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

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Maybe Meade will sell you the part?? Usually they want you to send back the telescope.

Call them at this phone number:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

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I've made every possible alignment on my 10 inch Meade LX200GPS telescope, training,set-up, calibration, etc...but when I slew to a star....it is ALWAYS very far off in Dec....though RA seems to be well...


You might want to join the following Yahoo group:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LX200GPS/

I am not familiar with the LX200, but there are probably folks on the Yahoo group that can help.  The only thing I can think of is if you are using a wedge and the wedge isn't at the correct angle (should match your lattitude).  Or you are not using a wedge and the Meade controller thinks that you are.  But one would think the calibration would solve that.

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Check for binding in the gears; my 10" had aluminium chips in the fork base that jammed the gear. Cured by removing the RA manual adjust assembly - was useless anyway, as it could only be used with the RA unlocked. One setscrew in the fork base holds it in place,just loosen and pull up.

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