Hey All - new here to Cloudy Nights and new to the world of Astronomy. I have been following a number topics related to the LX65/85
I recently updated my LX85 mount from the factory installed firmware to A4S4.
I power up the mount, enter date/time and the Smartdrive goes through the initialization. An error message is display:
Error: Indx. Not Found.
I reset the HBX back to factory and setup the date/time/location. The Smartdrive goes through the initialization and the same error message.
Then the screen goes to Align
At this point I cannot use the arrow keys to move the motors in any direction
When I select Easy Align – HBX selects a star (Arcturus) and displays Slewing, but nothing happens for about 30-45 minutes, then the mount moves. The HBX displays Ctr. Arcturus Enter. Then the next star (Spica) is selected and the display show slewing… again the mount does not change position for 30-45 minutes. The HBX displays Ctr. SPICAs Enter.
The HBX the says the mount is aligned.
At this point I want to slew the mount back to home but when I press the arrow keys to move the RA/Dec nothing happens. There is no way for me to adjust the scope position using the HBX
At this point I stumbled upon StarPatch and their patch for the LX-85. I downloaded and installed the patch but still have the same error.
I reached out to Meade Customer Service - they responded very quickly - and they suggested I re-flash using a new copy of the A4S4 rom. I did and again same issue. Reached back out to Meade and they then said that the problem seems to be an electronics issue with the hand controller or the control panel. They said I could send it back in for repair ($400) or to purchase a new controller ($200).
I have reloaded the firmware about a dozen times now.
Looking for advice - is it worth sending back in for repair? replace the HBX or purchase a new mount?