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#1 idahoan

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 02:53 PM

I have an Meade 4500. Everything is practically new. However, it is missing the control knobs and counterweight assembly at a reasonable price. I can't seem to find anything for it (tried Meade.) Anyone have any ideas?

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#2 rdandrea

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 03:30 PM

Try someplace like Astro Parts Outlet. Lots of pieces and parts.

Link on the right side of the main CN page.

#3 idahoan

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:21 PM

Thank you. Are you familiar with Astromart? But they want 12.00 to be able to login to check availability and pricing......

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:51 PM

i dont understand why meade cant help you with those parts. they are still selling a very similar 114mm f-8 telescope. its on their web site under starter scopes (114eq-ar). the cable knobs and counter weight from that scope are the same as the ones you are missing. call them again and point out that you are looking at the parts they say are not available!

#5 idahoan

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 11:48 PM

That's A great idea. I am really new to this so I'm still not on the curve.

Thank You,

R.

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 11:49 PM

Will do thanks much for the info. Learning the hard way. Still low on the curve.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:23 AM

If that mount is like the Orion Synta style, I have replaced the control knobs with radio knobs I got from Radio Shack. That also got the long stalks from the regular knobs out of the way of the scope. Maybe you can jury rig a small like dumbell weight as a counter. Just make sure it won't fall off.
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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:33 AM

I may have control knobs and counter weight that will fit, the head I have from an orion EQ1/EQ2 has these parts, I am not sure if they fit though...

Any photos or images from the manual would help...

Ken

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 10:45 AM

I may have control knobs and counter weight that will fit, the head I have from an orion EQ1/EQ2 has these parts, I am not sure if they fit though...

Any photos or images from the manual would help...

Ken


The Meade 4500 mount is quite different that the EQ-1 and EQ-2 mounts, it is possible that the counterweight shafts are interchangeable but unlikely. The 4500 mounts had a tendency to fail where the shaft mount attaches to the main casting.

On the other hand, the slow motion cables are almost always interchangeable.

My suggestion is to just use the mount in the ALT-AZ mode. If one keeps the OTA as close to the tripod center as possible, this should not be a balance problem but some of the sky may not be visible.

Below is a photo of a 4 inch F/6 refractor on an Meade 4500 mount used in the Alt-Az mode. Note the missing counterweight assembly and the damaged casting.

Jon

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#10 idahoan

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 02:06 PM

Ken,

Here is the link to the 4500 manual. Hopefully this will help. What I am weighing now is, the cost of parts the cost of an inexpensive new scope? I would like to use what I have if possible.

http://www.meade.com...s/Meade4500.pdf



What do you think about the Meade 90AZ-ADR?

Thanks much for your help.

Robert

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:01 PM

If the mount is broken, why not just ditch the mount and keep the OTA?

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 01:45 AM

Ken,

Here is the man-pages for the 4500: http://www.meade.com...s/Meade4500.pdf

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:03 AM

Ken,

Here is the link to the 4500 manual. Hopefully this will help. What I am weighing now is, the cost of parts the cost of an inexpensive new scope? I would like to use what I have if possible.



If you use it in the ALT-AZ mode, you can use it right now without buying anything. You just point the polar axis to the zenith, make sure it is very tight so it can't slip and go for it.

Jon






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