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Problems with my LX200 Classic version

Hi, I have a serious problem with my telescope Meade LX200 Classic.
I would ask you some opinion about my problem.
Today, when I turn on my LX200 the C1 and maybe C2 capacitors are burning.
I don't really know the reason why.
I hope that the problem is only on C1 and C2 capacitors, but I'm not sure.
Looking at the Power Panel schematic on http://www.ccdguy.com/lx200_images/PowerPanelSch.pdf it seems that the C1 and C2 capacitors are supplied from a +12V that arrives from the Keypad.
It is possible that the real problem is the Keypad?

Sorry for my english.

I hope that yuo can help me.

Regards
Nico

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C1 and C2 are on the input of a voltage regulator. The fact that they burn, could mean that their voltage rating has been exceeded (check the voltage across them), or that age has caused their failure. The classic uses about 18 volts into the power panel - see that it is not higher than that. The handpad would not be a cause for this to happen as it is not the source of the power. Replace the caps with similar ones, but with higher voltage rating - 50v is fine. But check your power supply first!

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