Meade LX90 10” RA drive issue

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Meade LX90 10” RA drive issue

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Hi all,

For a while i have had an issue with my scope both during setup and goto. Slewing to the 2 stars in set up at HBX speed 5 causes the image to jump with an associated scratching noise.

The HBX firmware is A1F1 patched via starGPS and drives trained etc.

With the speed at 8 or 9 movement is smooth but slewing to centre the target the image ‘stutters’. Sometimes it works perfectly but most times it misbehaves. After a lot of help from likeminded folks i took the drive our and sent it to Meade US. After i removed it I could see that there was a misalignment between the motor axis and the gears line. It also looked like the plastic moulding connecting the gears and the motor was cracked.

Just in case the original drive doesn’t get repaired/make it back from the US does anyone know where i can ‘buy’ a replacement?

Thanks
Pete
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Re: Meade LX90 10” RA drive issue

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Hello Pete.

Did you buy the telescope from new in the UK? My CGX had a number of problems and I ended up sending it back to the supplier. They arranged for the issues to be fixed, eventually, with varying levels of success! Although I raised an issue with Celestron, it was the supplier that was my first point of contact. Who was your supplier?

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Re: Meade LX90 10” RA drive issue

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Hi Graeme,

My supplier was Harrison down near you but it shipped directly from Opticstar. Yes - spoken to both n was pointed to Meade US who have been very helpful. I guess given Covid and brexit i was keen to see if anywhere local could help.

Thanks

Pete
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