I have a Meade LX200 8". I bought it around 13 years ago. At the moment, it will not turn on. I pulled off the panel and checked fuse which is good. I measured for power all over the panel and it was there, but it acts like there is nothing. Even the 3V battery is new. Any ideas?
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Only a few things you can try-- borrow another hand controller and see if that works. and replace the hand controller cable. Beyond that the scope will need to be dis-assembled and probably a circuit board repaired.
Meade will repair the scope but you will need to send it to them. http://www.meade.com/support/index.html
You do have batteries inside? I suppose. If you do the power panel light should be on (red)--- if it is the scope is powered up BUT THE CORD going to the hand controller is broken. Buy a new hand controller cord.
If the power light is NOT on then a circuit board is probably defective inside the scope base. Meade can repair this but you must send them the telescope.
You will not find a manual for that telescope. However Meade maintains a web site with all of their manuals. Look under REFRACTOR or REFLECTOR for one that is similar to your telescope. They all go together in a similar fashion.
The older Lx200's go into tracking mode when turned on if they are not recieving a signal from the handbox. It does this on purpose so you can use the telescope without the handbox and still track sky objects. If it is still doing this with the handbox plugged in then you have a bad chip in the electronics and Meade is notorious for not having parts for their older telescopes. Don't send it in to them to repair. It will cost you a fortune to mail back and forth and they still can't repair most electronic problems with their older scopes(from my personal experience).