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LX200 GPS problem

My scope has been unused for 3 years now. When I fired it up everything appears to be just fine but then it begins setup anytime it wants and turns all the way to the stops. It then tries to bypass the stops so I immediately shut it down. I have attempted to fix by resetting but it still doesn't help. It scares me that it will strip gears so I need some assistance. Meade has no suggestions. How can I find directions? Would reloading ASU II help? It now has 3.0i....

Any assistance is appreciated,
Rick

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  • grandmajean May 31, 2008

    We experienced the same problem tonight as described with our LX200GPS. It leveled itself first, but when it began to align to stars, it got lost. At setup the scope went crazy, turned rapidly and then went into the vertical stop. It was not used last year and does not get used much as we get few cloudless nights in Seattle. We purchased an AC chord with DC transformer last year. The batteries are still in it.

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I would suspect the Autostar II controller - the symptom seems like a 'stuck' key that tells the telescope to slew in one direction. The controller can be opened with no problems - just be sure not to lose and parts by doing it inside. The keys are molded rubber that press to the curcuit board to make contact. Clean carefully with a dry lint-free cloth and re-assemble. Note: the red filter on the top end falls out when the case is opened, so make sure it is in place when closing. When testing, make sure the axis clamps are loose so the gears can free-wheel without causing damage. Also - do not leave batteries in the telescope in not being used - the last thing you need is a leak.

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