Meade DS-90 with missing teeth on drawtube Fix?
Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:54 PM
I received a Meade DS-90 ATA that unfortunately got damaged in the mail. The draw-tube lost a lot of teeth and visual back was cracked slightly but useable. Anyone know where I might find a 2" drawtube replacement (metal would be nicer than plastic)? BTW: The scope was less than 1 year old (from new purchase date) when I received it from the original owner and Meade didn't carry any spare parts. Seems like a decent scope otherwise but don't want to sink much money into it if Meade doesn't support it.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 10:32 PM
Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:25 PM
"We see plastic R&P focusers, with the plastic rack stripped out, all the time. We repair them by filing the rack down until it's smooth, then covering the pinion with a rubber o-ring. It actually improves the action of the focuser immensely."
Fixing plastic focusers
I have never tried it but I trust Don implicitly. If he says it works, I am confident it works.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:43 PM
Thanks for the suggestion (one of the longest threads I've seen in my life
Posted 15 March 2011 - 03:36 AM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 05:48 AM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:07 AM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:45 AM
The focuser itself looks reasonably sturdy so if I could just find a drawtube that would fit, I'd be back in business but I can't find anyplace that just sells that part by itself.