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My LX200GPS fork is blocked and cannot rotate manualy while the RA lock is loose. Could anyone help please?

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This is a major project. You will either need to return it to Meade for repairs, or be ready to almost completely disassemble the telescope to get to the motors.

Contact Meade first:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

Posted on Oct 02, 2010

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Hi do you know were i can get the electronics for the left fork arm or electrical schematics so i can make my own version. thanks steve


Contact the folks on the Yahoo LX200 group-- they have board pictures and knowledge of the electronics on LX200 scopes.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LX200GPS/

Mar 17, 2011 | Meade LX200GPS-SMT 8 inch Telescope

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Continuous RA motion


This could the problem with software failure please unplug the unit from any power source for 30min and power it back if possible set to default factory setting and check its working....



Good luck...

Jul 27, 2008 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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I have a meade lx200gps 10" scope. The ra up is not responing. the down is working only. After initializing and fining north the auto star says stalled motor.


Do a calibrate motors and make sure you are using a separate 12 volt power pack or BRAND NEW internal batteries. All goto scopes work better with smooth, regulated power. The internal batteries will NOT work well for very long.

The Calibrate motors routine adjusts the motors for the power supply being used.

Oct 10, 2010 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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Bolt holding dec drive motor on 16 loosens.


You have a LARGE Meade telescope. This should be an easy fix if you can disassemble the fork arm and get inside.

First I would contact Meade customer service to see if they have a manual that shows disassemble instructions. If not I would join the Yahoo LX200 forum and look for help there with an owner of the 16 inch model.

http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

Just search in Yahoo Groups for the LX200 forum.

On smaller scopes the DEC motor is held on by two spring loaded bolts, probably one has become loose?

Nov 04, 2009 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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Initializing Smart Drive... forever


I have a similar telescope, and there is nothing that gets dislodged by nudging. HOWEVER a major problem is with the Declination drive gears. They are plastic and can loose a tooth really easy. If the is a problem, then you should hear 'skips' when the drive is moving the motor. Smart drive moves the telescope to read the feed-back position dist, and to see the 'home' position magnet. If the sensor is out of place then it will do as you see.

Aug 20, 2009 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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I've made every possible alignment on my 10 inch Meade LX200GPS telescope, training,set-up, calibration, etc...but when I slew to a star....it is ALWAYS very far off in Dec....though RA seems to be well...


You might want to join the following Yahoo group:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LX200GPS/

I am not familiar with the LX200, but there are probably folks on the Yahoo group that can help.  The only thing I can think of is if you are using a wedge and the wedge isn't at the correct angle (should match your lattitude).  Or you are not using a wedge and the Meade controller thinks that you are.  But one would think the calibration would solve that.

Apr 26, 2009 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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Azimuth motor stalling missing the electronic home sensor


Check for binding in the gears; my 10" had aluminium chips in the fork base that jammed the gear. Cured by removing the RA manual adjust assembly - was useless anyway, as it could only be used with the RA unlocked. One setscrew in the fork base holds it in place,just loosen and pull up.

Apr 16, 2009 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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Can't release RA axis manually


I had one come in like this. AS you say the RA axis should be free to rotate in the RA housing when the clutch lever is released. The cylinder that the worm is machined on is binding on the axle. This doesn't overly effect normal tracking, but makes gross adjustments impossible. The only solution is to tear the mount down and finish the parts to eliminate the interference. Google astronomyboy for the how to. I have to warn you that I had to heat the cylinder and axle in the oven at 250 for 30 minutes before they would separate. don't use the wife's good oven mits!! When I finish these parts I use Soft Scrub (w/o bleach) as a grinding compound. It's basically bicarb in a jell. HTH, Geo.

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Right ascesion slow motion control knob loose, does not work


The RA knob has a setscrew that fixes it to the shaft. Just need to find the correct size and tighten.

Jul 06, 2008 | Meade LX200GPS Telescope

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