When I first purchased my LX80 mount, it failed miserably within one week. Meade replaced the mount head and the replacement has never worked properly. This past weekend, I finally had a long enough period to actually test every possible permutation and combination to determine the point(s) or failure.
Set up, balanced, leveled the mount and double checked that the scopes (8" SCT and 80 mm ED APO) were correctly set. Turned scopes to face true north and ensured that they were absolutely level. Fired up the mount and provided date, time, location, etc. and selected EASY align. The mount started to slew to Arcturus and when it stopped it was 60 degrees E of the actual star. Turned off the mount, reset it and tried again. Same result.
I then did a factory reset and restarted the entire procedure from scratch. Same result. I previously purchased a second hand controller because I do so many public outreach events. Turned off the mount, changed hand controllers, reset to true north and fired up again. Slew to Arcturus and it stopped 60 degrees E of the star.
I next tried manually doing a two star alignment with other stars and in each instance the mount missed the target star by a wide margin. As a result, I have concluded that the mount PC board(s) is / are defective.
So I have these questions to ask:
1.) Are their replacement boards available for the Meade LX80 mount?
2.) Are the LX850 boards size / replacement compatible with the LX80 mount?
Any help would be appreciated. Basically, as it stands right now, I have a $1000 paperweight.