I have recently acquired an LX200GPS 12 inch - pre-2005 with the plastic gears.
Private sale, previous owner deceased after a very long illness. According to the vendor it has had very little use - the last date in Autostar was May 2004 if that is any guide?
Cosmetically it does actually look as though it has been sat unused in an observatory shed for 15 years - a fine layer of dust and a few cobwebs - but the optics are clean and bright.
Autostar works fine and the scope appears to perform the start-up and alignment procedures as it should. (The scope is indoors while I learn how to navigate the handbox, so I don't know how well or badly the scope is picking up the guide stars.)
So far so good, but I do have one major concern.
While the DEC drive seems to operate reasonably quietly and smoothly the same cannot be said for the RA drive. It is very noisy with quite noticeable variation in noise level and slew speed as it moves round the circle.
My question then is whether this behaviour will slowly improve with use, or am I likely to do some serious damage by using the scope in this condition?
Any comments and advice would be most welcome.
Meanwhile, greetings from this UK Newbie