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Autostar wont turn on

Purchased a DS2114-at-tc, assembled it and placed new batteries in - flipped the switch on with the Auto star attached-nothing. Returned it to Sams to get a replacement - same problem. Please help!

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I had the same problem and I wiggled the wires that attach to the battery box and found that it had a bad connection.

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Unless Sam's has a batch of all bad telescopes???? Check that you put the batteries in correctly. You may have one or all reversed?

and or try a separate 12 volt power source if they included a cable. If not return the scope again!

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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