To follow up - I called Meade support about my failed RA gearbox and asked if they have any replacement RA motor assemblies.
The do not have anything in stock.
The only option is to send it in and they'll attempt to fix mine.
The quoted repair cost - around $350 plus shipping both ways!!!
And it would take 5-6 weeks turn-around time.
This seems exorbitant to me to repair a product that they know is faulty and have since discontinued.
I would think they'd be offering some sort of deal to us LX80 owners who purchased this mount based upon Meade's past reputation.
nearly all of my equipment is Meade equipment and I've been a proud advocate of Meade products over the years.
Despite all the other complaints flying around about the LX80, I was even touting how great my LX80 mount was for visual use this year at NEAF to someone interested in purchasing one and likely talked him into it.
I'm now feeling somewhat guilty that others may have purchase this mount based upon my recommendations.
Bill Steen - can you possibly put me in contact with someone above the first level of Customer support that may help me getting my LX80 repaired at a more reasonable price.
It seems to me that Meade owes their LX80 customers at least that!