About 6 years ago I bought this scope used and in great shape. I used it a few times and it developed a runaway declination motor issue. I checked the wiring and there was a short, so I created a new cable from the fork arm to the board connector and the motor. It worked fine since then. A few weeks ago I had the scope out and it started with the runaway Dec motor issue again. I finally had the time to look into it and now the Dec motor does not run at all.
I have checked the continuity of the wires going to the Dec motor and the board from the fork arm and they are good. So, I assume that there is a problem on the board and it needs to be replaced.
I contacted a local telescope shop, they contacted Meade. Meade's response was as follows:
"Meade doesn't have any replacement motors, boards, cables, etc for the LX200 Classic. It’s been too much time since they’ve been discontinued. Also, they cannot make any repair on that scope."
What can I do? Is there any hope of fixing this scope? I have some technical skills, I think I could do some light soldering. I'm not even sure if it's the board that is the issue.
Do I now own a manual SCT? Any advise is appreciated.
It is a 10” Meade LX200 EMC, serial number 122433.
The hand controller says revision 3.21, but the software says LX200/2 version 3.34L.
I am located in Quebec Canada.