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Tasco Starguide 114 No Power

After being dormant for a while, when I replaced the batteries and plugged in the hand control I came to find that the scope would not power up. There is no on switch, merely plugging in the battery pack should make the MIssion Control light up... No troubleshotting guide in the manual. Any suggestions?

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  • papricern Dec 08, 2008

    i got a starguide 114 from a friend who passed away. new batteries allowed power up to the handset and movement to the scope, but no optics. if i point to the wall or the moon, it all looks the same. any suggestions?



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How much did you buy this telescope for as im interested in 1 and are they a good telescope with focusing and definition?

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"Hello Amateur Astronomers,
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