I'm having an issue with my 8" Celestron Evolution that I guess is turning out to be a lot harder to deal with than I thought. Basically, the situation is that I will slew to a target and get close, and then essentially need to slew at a slow speed in order to properly center it. However, quite often when I do so, rather than a smooth movement, the scope, and therefore what I'm seeing on my laptop screen (this is usually when I'm trying to do astrophotgraphy) will suddenly "jerk" -- it will basically fly off in one direction off my screen thereby forcing me to try to find it again and then make another attempt at centering it. I called the company I purchased it from and one of their support reps informed me that other people have reported this type of behavior with the Evolution specifically before, and said that it could be a problem in the gears themselves.
He then passed my question on to Celestron itself, and the guy who responded also said it sounded like it could be a problem in the gears. He then (a few weeks later, actually) did issue me an RMA for it, which probably sounds like good news, but the problem is that due to issues involving the pandemic and closures in California, they are badly backlogged and could not provide an ETA oforwhen I would get it back!
Quite frankly, I'm in NY and for a long time it was simply too cold to go out, so I was really looking forward to this time in which it is warming up and I can finally "step on the gas" a bit start making some progress (I'm still within my first year of this hobby!), so it would be devastating for me to have to give up the scope for an extended period of time now.
Has anyone else here with the Evolution (or possibly a similar telescope) had this jerky movement problem? If so, did you send it back to them, and did that resolve the issue (I would REALLY hate to send it back to them, wait to have them send it back to me, and then STILL experience this problem!)? This one more a matter of opinion, but do you think it would be crazy of me to basically live with the problem for a while so that I can at least keep using it? The warranty, by the way, doesn't expire until just over a year from now, so that's not really an issue. Thank you.