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    Thanks for the advice & ideas everyone. I found a place in the UK that I can get the gears from and I'm waiting for them to get here. It turned out to be fairly cheap for the two so everything should work out. It's a good thing I'm an engineer so I can fix these things.I wouldn't expect Meade to repair it for free or anything since I got this thing used and its about 5 years old but to not even suggest sending it in or any help at all on the issue? Oh well, I'm not gonna get too worked up over it. I know it is just a cheap, Made in China scope but hey it was free and in this economy I like free It should do nicely for me until I can save up for something bigger & better.

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    Hi waldo ...I am glad you didn't get discouraged and throw the scope down ...I bet that happens to some scope owners when something breaks ...LOL

    On the bargain bin "made in china" scopes , My 1200. dollar meade refractor is made in china , It seems to me that the made in china scopes are not as bad as everyone leads to believe ...You always hear the negative thing's and not so much positive ...We need to get little stickers to put on our scopes covering up the "made in china" to "Meade's specifications" ..At least we would think positive about the view's and not dwell on where something is made ...Heck , everything is made in china these days ..I guess it's a labor thing , or a production thing ...Hope you get it worked out ....But keep us posted ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RLJSlick View Post
    So the attention of the cheaper scopes is important if we want young people to ever get interested in astronomy.
    This, IMO, hurts all the manufacturers: when some kid gets a nearly useless 60mm department store refractor that could have been made properly for less than $10 more, and gets disappointed by it, that's a customer they're not likely to ever get any more business from. The last one I fixed up took a couple minutes with a ceramic tile to true up and deburr the tube so the lens cell could settle into proper collimation. Shim the focuser just a bit to counter the sag, clean off the gooey grease and relube so it focuses without so much movement, and it now sees Jupiter as a banded circle with moons instead of a smudge with rays, and open clusters as groups of stars instead of fuzzy streaks. If the previous owner had seen the improved images, I doubt I would have gotten it for $10 at a junk shop, and he'd have a bigger scope by now.

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    Unfortunately in a world where bottom line is king this tale is all to true, I purchased a Meade etx90 and was very disappointed with it! Optically it was okay but a goto which wouldn't goto with any accuracy and when it did would not track was frankly a waste of time when trying to do imaging. I don't think when I get round to getting an 8 or 10 inch or larger I don't think I will buy from Meade, I may well by a Skywatcher dob with tracking far more aperture for less cost or may be a Celestron Mak

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    I'm pretty sure we could fill a thread similar to this about any manufacturer. No excuse though for bad customer service. Still I'm not sure it's fair to write off a company because of a faulty scope. If a company refuses to acknowledge the issue when still under warranty, that's another matter. IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by auger View Post
    Unfortunately in a world where bottom line is king this tale is all to true,
    Not to drift too far off topic, but the problem is the execs who only see today's bottom line, rather than working to build the repeat business that pays off bigger and bigger as people buy newer and more expensive products. It's a result of a highly volatile economy, and the loss of employer/employee loyalty: why build up your current bosses for future success if they're likely to downsize you away in the next year or two before you can reap the reward?

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    Seems this is a recurring issue with Meade?:
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