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Telescope handset is not communicating with the scope unit. it is not the batteries, it is like the mother board has crashed, it worked fine for the first week then stopped. crappy thing is that we bought it from a garage sale so there is not warranty. do we need to buy a new handset or is there something that we can do to get the current one to work. thanx for your time. korie

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No, only Meade sells a replacement hand controller.... but if you burned out the internal board it is not worth fixing. Here is Meade's customer service phone number:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

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