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Hi kenbarbkenda ,

Thank you for your question at Fixya,

The solution to your problem is as follows :-

http://www.astronomy-shoppe.com/repairs.htm This is the website where you can send the electronics card only, as per your requirement, so you don't have to worry about sending the whole telescope.

Also it has quite less repair cost , just copy and paste the above link into your web browser to open up the website.

Hope that helps ...:) In case you have any queries, feel free to contact me.

Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Sep 17, 2011

Micro-processor??? This is a powered GOTO scope with a hand controller. You must follow the setup procedure outlined in the manual. Additionally the drives must be "trained" per the manual to elliminate gear backlash.

During the setup you must align the scope on two stars so it will "learn" the sky for that time and date.

OR-- you will not see anything. Try to find a local Astronomy club and the members will help yopu-- or join for free www.astronomyforum.net and the members will help you.


Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Aug 18, 2011

The first thing to try is a new hand controller cable. Scopestuff.com sells these--

Call them.

Also this can be caused by a loose connection on one of the internal power boards-- and also by a bad weak power supply. Beyond these the scope will need to be returned to Meade for repairs.


Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Jul 30, 2011

You can try removing the focuser and knob -- and see why the LOCK (which is simply a bolt is stuck.

Look here:

Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on May 24, 2011

When you plug in an outside power source the internal batteries are disconnected- automatically. First thing I would try is all new cables Sounds like the motor inside the focuser died.

Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Apr 12, 2011

You have GOOD power? You can try and replace the hand controller cable--

I would also Calibrate motors, and retrain the drives. But re-training must be done in alt az mode.

Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Mar 14, 2011

The hand controller on the LX200 is simply a "dumb" terminal. The brains of the scope are actually inside the scope base.

Yes it could be a circuit blown on the board inside. Contact Meade directly here:


The scope will need to be returned to Meade for repairs-- the tech people there may have other things to try BUT you have already tried a different hand controller and it did not work.

Sounds like a trip back to Meade will be needed.

Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Feb 28, 2011

1. Plug the cable into the BOTTOM of the hand controller-- NOT into the control panel.

2. Set the software to the proper COM port. Look under Telescope in the dropdown tab.

Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Feb 23, 2011

Meade will want the entire scope back for repair-- contact them here--


Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Jan 24, 2011

The corrector plate at the front needs to be removed. Read this article. It must replaced in the EXACT position that is was before you disassembled it--


Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Jan 18, 2011

Is this an LX200 or an LX255 which I have never heard of.

Does the scope focus on a distant object during the day time? If YES nothing is wrong with the scope.

The eyepieces determine what the magnification will be. The eyepiece with the largest number on it is the LOWEST magnification. Meade has a web site with all of their manuals here:


Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Jan 18, 2011

Yes, a separate 12 vgot power pack and a cigarette lighter style power plug --

Like these:


and this:


Meade LX200GPS... | Answered on Jan 10, 2011

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