*Sigh*.... I guess after 10 years time, the motor drive gave out (even though a majority of those years it was stored away, disassembled, back in its original box).
My FREE 2005 Meade DS2114 crapped out on me the other night while trying to slew to Saturn. I didn't bump it or do anything crazy with it, but for some reason, while it did it's normal Bzzzz....Wrrrr... sounds, it had "issues" with the declination part of the drive, and struggled to raise itself upwards to lock onto Saturn. The original hand held remote, Meade 494 Autostar, was displaying "Motor Drive Failure" and after I pressed a button it said, "Testing Drives" or something like that, and slewed back and forth, and down but struggled to go up.
Here's a photo from a few nights ago before 11:00pm, when I brought it back in and put cover back on the tube.
I played around with it again, removed the batteries, replaced them with fresh AA batteries, put it back together, and I still get the awful "Motor Drive Failure".
Should I try to contact Meade, even though this old scope is no longer made? Or should I just say, "Oh well... %&#& happens" and try to find a used motor drive on Ebay? Or, just leave it as is, but totally disengage the motor clutches and use it manually with no GOTO function at all?