LXD-75 mount needs repair
Posted 17 April 2011 - 01:27 PM
Question is this: I haven't been sending it out because I had more important things to cover with the money, but now that I can actually spend the money, should I even do it?
I heard it takes 4-6 weeks to get it back, and some people have reported even longer, like 6 months, if they are seriously backed up.
Is it worth spending $225 on a $500 mount to revive it? It went kaput right after warranty expired, of course. Or should I just invest in a new mount? Like the Atlas that I was thinking about getting for astrophotography and increased weight rating?
Posted 17 April 2011 - 01:36 PM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 03:05 PM
I sent an LXD back under warranty five or six years ago. Meade lost it! Claimed they never received it...even though I had insured it and UPS showed it received and signed for by Meade. A very nice young lady answered my call the third time , after being hung up on the first and second calls....I was rather irate , especially after being told it was in queue for repair for a month, [I would prefer an "I don't know, but I will find out" to an obvious fib] and then being told it was "lost"; she found my shipped mount sitting in one of the the hallways, still in my original shipping container...and promptly shipped a new mount in my direction. So, kinda depends on who you contact whether you receive prompt and courteous service. Hopefully , all that changed when they moved their operation south of the border. Again, I would try the motor gambit first and see what transpires.
Best of luck...
Posted 17 April 2011 - 07:21 PM
Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:52 PM
Even if I repair it and sell it, it won't be worth the money if they only go for $300 used. On the other hand, maybe someone will buy it for $200, and repair it themselves. Long shot, I suppose.
So if I do repair it, I'll need another mount in the meantime, which is why I'm looking at getting an alt-az.
Like I said, lots to think about. Thank you all.