Meade 2120 - LX3
Posted 05 August 2009 - 01:55 PM
Posted 05 August 2009 - 05:43 PM
Our club has an old 10" Meade 2120 with LX3 drive on a Meade wedge. It has been stored in someones barn for at least 4 years that we know of. I am in the process of restoring it. The optics have cleaned up pretty well and the clock drive works. However this monster is super sensitive to any motion or wind and then takes forever to dampen out. All the screws, bolts, knobs, etc... are tight but is just seems like the fork, the mount and the wedge all have some flexture in them. Are there any know problems, fixes or suggestions of things to look at.
It will never be the Rock of Gibraltar, but a set of Celestron's vibration supression pads will help a lot.
Riggin' up a real tripod leg spreader that presses against the legs can help too.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 05:57 PM
It severed me well for about 12 years.
Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:42 PM
I'll try both suggestions. I made a spreader for my LXD55 and it helped a bunch. I have kept the legs all the way down. The other night our club had a sidewalk astronomy session at the local Walmart, so it was on the concrete in front of the store, still way too much movement.
Guess I'm just spoiled ever since I got my Atlas EQ-G, it is like the Rock of Gibraltar.