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Published on Oct 24, 2010
Videos like this are generated every night, allowing us to see what happened in the event of a catastrophic failure such as this, when it wrapped itself around 720 degrees and ripped out its cables.
In this case, Meade's poor circuit board layout, coupled with their stock switching power supply and our dirty input power makes the MAX mount highly susceptible to electronic noise, confusing their software and overriding software limits. Cables for the camera were sheered off, causing us to lose communication.
To fix it, we replaced the switching power supply with a linear power supply and (thanks to this movie and logs we keep) we can now identify such failures inside operating scripts and kill power to the scope before any damage is done. Meade has also promised new circuit boards.