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I have a broken autostar 2 telescope controller and need a replacement but can not find one in the UK

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Many Meade dealers can order you a new hand controller, either Autostar II, or the 497 controller. Contact a large telescope dealer in the UK, or you can order direct from Meade here:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

Posted on Oct 25, 2010

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