Hi all I love this hobby of ours however talk about test my patience really had enough at the moment feel like selling all my kit!? Well the short story as possible is I puchased a Meade 12” LX90 ACF back in November 2019 all well and good and generally happy with my puchase
in November 2020 I Started to have issues with the dec axis failing to slew in the initial alignment procedure,so as I was lucky the scope was within my dealers extended manufactures warranty of 2 years and the scope was sent back to my dealer for a qualified Meade engineer to have a look at,
not only the courier was messing me around on collection date the time the scope was picked up from my address to the dealer it was the best part of two weeks.
So lucky enough the fix did,nt take long then 3-4 days later the dealer rang me and the Meade engineer fixed my LX90 and according to the engineer the encoder and motor was replaced so all seemed good.then the scope was returned to me towards the end of November.
however due to typical uk bad weather I’ve only had maybe two or three clear nights to use the scope and I’ve also had a lot of personal issues to deal with at the same time,so just today all good to go on the clear weather front so i decided to set up my scope during the day I attempted drive training just to tweak the system Acuracy and in Dec axis it was a little out on target by a few degrees while the scope was going up and down.however the RA seemed to be spot on.
anyway I’ve waited till dusk to do the useall alignment procedure and as I always use true north as proves to be much more accurate on the 2 alignment stars and then slewed and the stars was way out the finders view.so I adjusted accordingly with slew rate arrows on handset alignment successfull.
however this was far from the truth as once the alignment was done i attempted to slew to a couple of stars the first one was on the very edge field of view just!? Then attempted on another star no way near also the same on mars.so to double check any user error i switched the scope off reset to factory settings and started again this time round the alignment stars was well in the field of view of the finder so finally I thought I was getting somewhere seemed not to be the case another 2 star alignment then slewed to another object NO WAY NEAR IN FOV lol.so gave up packed up the scope back in the shed.what makes this whole situation worse I’ve spent so far well over $8000 on high end kit best eyepieces,filters,power pack the list goes on for a scope I cannot even use.i can handle the uk weather however not un reliable products and repairs.