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Meade ETX 70 telescope won't turn on regardless of power source

I have a Meade ETX 70 telescope that I received as a gift several years ago. Because of work responsibilities I was unable to find time to play with it until now. Heres's the problem. I put in the batteries as directed, connected the Autostar unit an tutn on the power switch...no power. Neither the power light nor the Autostar unit show any life. When I connect it to the house power with the supplied cable I get the same result. No power to the ETX unit. Can you help?

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