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I have an 8" Meade LX90 ACF with GPS. The RA drive is not working.

When using the Autostar handbox - the arrows slew the scope up & down, but not left/right. Even when Easy Align is selected it'll slew up to find Vega but not left/right. The scope was an 2nd hand ebay purchase, and after initially working ok, the RA drive refused to cooperate. I took a long drive to Kent to have it fixed, the telescope technician plugged in his battery supply, everything worked ok. Purchased the same power tank, everything ok for 4 months. Now, the same old problem. Had the heating on over night, everything fine again, until the week after. What does this sound like to you? I don't think it's Autostar related, sounds more like a loose wire, maybe???

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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.

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

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This is called "rubber-banding". Your scope needs to be re-trained.

So, setup a target during the day at least 100 feet away from the scope (200 feet would be better, Calibrate motors using the same power source you use at night, and Train Drives. Later after dark, do a Calibrate sensors on Polaris.

You should train drives about once per year, and calibrate sensors about twice per year.

You may want to update the firmware before you Train Drives. The latest version is 43Eg available on the Meade.com web site. You with need the Autostar Updater Software also available on the Meade web site under Customer Service---- Downloads. Version 5.9

www.meade.com

Posted on Oct 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Meade LX90 GPS - When the telescope slews to a

Calibrate motors and then TRAIN the drives-- this sets the gear backlash.

You should Calibrate motors every time you take it outside and Train drives at least once every year. The symptom you describe is called "rubberbanding".

Train the drives.

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