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Slew problem my etx-60 will only slew down but won't slew up...can hear motor running...any ideas?

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Re: slew problem

You did tighten the DEC knob? If you did the altitude gears (a worm gear) is not engaing properly. You can either return it to Meade for repairs or attempt them yourself.

I would also check that you have fresh batteries and that the UP button on the hand controller is not broken.

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