I was up to the observatory last nite ( first time in weeks it seemed) and fired up the scope.
Again E W worked great, sadly no N S, and I did most viewing manual, clutches loose. I did notice the DEC knob was stiff , very stiff, perhaps its binding. Even loose.. Anyhow I will disassemble and look into that.
Pressing the N S buttons does nothing, no motor noise , zilch. And usually with my old am/fm/ sw radio on I get at least some interference when anything moves.... this time even E W didnt bother it.
I dont use the goto on the autostar, as I prefer to do a find on my own. I know there at thousands of objects listed , and if I get a better scope, I probably will use that function. I do have an Autobx unit I bought and plugged in but could never get it to communicate to my pad, or phone. I think it's a connection issue but not sure without digging into it.
I did by the unit used , and sometime in its life the OTA was remounted forward to allow for straight up view without crashing.
I was told when I bought it that it sometimes went wonky on the hand controller , but never had any issue until now.
So I'm gonna look now into tearing into this , and swapping my C11 onto the pier for the fall/ winter and the Mead 12 onto the scope buggy I built so I can figure out what's going on.
Any other suggestions for a better fix, bypass... or control would be greatly appreciated.
And to those that chimed in , thanks.. I'm looking at all suggestions...