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I have a xl200gps meade and it ran good for a while, but all of a sudden it quite doing everything. Like I can't get it to go beyond the lx200gps (c) 2001` Meade on the handheld controller.

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    Mike Feb 12, 2018

    I am trying to figure out how to take off the bottom or the control panel of my meade xl200gps, so I can see if any wires are disconnected .

  • Mike
    Mike Feb 12, 2018

    I have to admit that I am getting tired of this telescope due to the fact that I had problems with it since the beginning. And I am not the only one with this idea.

  • Mike
    Mike Feb 12, 2018

    I did find out how to take the bottom off, and it seems like three wires are caught in between a worm gear. I am looking for a picture of the meade and what it is suppose to look like.

  • Mike
    Mike Feb 12, 2018

    I took the bottom plate off of my xl200gps scope and seen that what looks like three wires pinched between a worm gear, and a mount that holds the gear. I don't know if this is suppose to be there or if it got jammed and that might be the problem. Does anybody have any ideas. Thanks.

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    Mike Feb 13, 2018

    I have a meade xl200gps scope that stopped and I contacted meade and followed their directions. But this is what happened after.
    I got it to work after contacting meade about it , but now it goes so far with the automatic alignment. But I get an error message that says
    (The telescope has detected a motor failure. Moving the hand box between scopes, low battery levels , obstructed or overloaded scopes can cause this failure. If the telescope was stalled, remove the obstruction or overload. After leaving this message, the telescope will recalibrate the motors. The telescope will NEED TO BE REALIGNED before you can resume viewing. Should you continue to get this message with fresh batteries, contact Meade customer support. Press MODE to leave this message.)
    It worked fine right before it quit, and I had to update the firmware. Now meade tells me that I have to send it back for 450.00 dollars plus my shipping cost, so they can look at it. How many times do I have to send it back every couple of years it go through the same thing. Meade doesn't seem to care about it just so we send it back to them. Does anybody have any ideas about this, please let me know.

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    Mike Feb 13, 2018

    I am ready to junk my xl200gps due to the fact that every time I turn it on it seems to get worst. We should put up the wall between us and mexico and stop letting them and their junk products come into this country. Meade should be put out of business permanently. And no I should not have to send it back due to an inferior product that was made in mexico by mexicans.

  • Mike
    Mike Feb 13, 2018

    And why is the word a profanity when it is the truth about meade???



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SOURCE: meade LX200GPS telescope

The front panel for the telescope has an internal fuse. Remove the screws and look at the circuit board for a fuse. Replace with the same type and rating. The telescope has a diode with the fuse that gives some protection against reverse polarity, and the telescope should function on this fix.

Posted on May 22, 2008



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SOURCE: problem with lx200gps meade telescope

It might be a voltage or electrical current problem. Make sure your DC power supply is between 12 and 14 volts. Make sure all electrical connections are tight. Where the power cord plugs into the connection panel, make sure the center pin on the panel fits tightly into the plug. It is a Radio Shack type "N" plug. If tou still have a problem, remove the bottom plate from the scope base and make sure all the connectors are properly seated on the circuit board. Check the connector on the end where the black and red wires are. That is a main power connector and if it is too loose it will not conduct enough current. There can be enough voltage drop that the drive motors won't operate, or they will and the scope will slew uncontrollaby. Be careful handling the wires so that you don't damage them. Good luck, Dave

Posted on Sep 26, 2008


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SOURCE: Azimuth motor stalling missing the electronic home sensor

Check for binding in the gears; my 10" had aluminium chips in the fork base that jammed the gear. Cured by removing the RA manual adjust assembly - was useless anyway, as it could only be used with the RA unlocked. One setscrew in the fork base holds it in place,just loosen and pull up.

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

SOURCE: telescope meade lx200gps, installed bucks gears

The main board is inside the base. You may have accidentally unplugged a wire to the board while you were installing the gears.

Posted on Nov 09, 2009

Testimonial: "No didn't fix problem. Called Pete at Peterson Engineering and he suggested a few things to check but didn't fix problem.Sent scope to Meade repair."

SOURCE: I need one of the adapters for my Meade 1209 zero

You might find one USED on and or on the classified at

You can also try a few Meade dealers that may have one here is one dealer:

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

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