Dead focuser

Well, it’s a good thing the clouds rolled in. My JMI Motofocus just died. It looks like the motor’s shorted out. It lasted about 5 years, so I can’t complain. Now I’ve got to get it fixed or find a replacement. Until then focusing is going to be really enjoyable. Lots of jiggles. I’m thinking the Meade #1244 might be a better avenue than the JMI because unlike the JMI it’ll connect in to the Autostar and draw its power from the telescope’s base. This might be good considering the LPI uses the autostar to send tracking corrections. That’d be one less hand controller to keep track of in the dark, and one less set of batteries to worry about.