Question about Meade ETX-125EC (500 x 127mm) Telescope

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Autostar I recently purchased a used ETX-125EC. There is only one problem. The autostar screen does not show or do anything. The batteries are installed correctly, the controller is plugged into the correct port and the power light turns on on the telescope base. There is even a faint red light from the auto star screen. Does this mean I need a new controller or is there something more dubious at work here?

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  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    I am still searching a solution also.
    Today my only option is to send it to supercharge-repair


  • dtfix May 11, 2010

    There are some things you could try before sending for a repair. You may have tried these already, sorry if I am stating the obvious.



    Try swapping the lead

    Make sure the batteries are fresh and the connections are not corroded

    Try powering from AC or a compressor type 12V battery

    Try borrowing a handcontroller

    Use the basic controller to make sure that the telescope turns



    This may help narrow down the problem

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Double check the cable from the Autostar to the telescope. Sometimes the ends go bad. They can be replaced with regular telephone cables.

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