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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:12 PM

Nice work, Mark! I admit that that's a project that would have been way beyond my skills to tackle. :bow:

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:20 PM

Thanks
You would be suprised at how easy it all was. The bearing mods took some careful planning but was actually quite simple. The hardest of all was fitting the 1244 focuser. I figured I would take the chance since I found one so cheap.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:10 AM

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Freaking amazing!

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:50 AM

Good job
That is a real thorough lift for this little scope.. Brilliant and brave
I wish I had the guts.
Btw. Imo your focuser is probably the greatest improvement over all
I always found that focuser tiresome

#6 Stew57

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:02 PM

The focuser was certainly frustrating before the modification. The guider makes the scope worth using the mallincam with and makes it see like it is a whole lot bigger. While the mods seem difficult they really not difficult to do. Too bad Meade didn't make some kind of upgrade package to the little guys. Anyway it is small and light, so when going up to the lake it is going to go with me now!

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:10 AM

That is the perfect example of making a silk purse from a sows ear!
Nice, very nice job!
I'd like to comment on the mfgr, but my Vendor status prohibits me from doing it in this forum.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 12:10 PM

I posted a video showing the focuser in operation. link found in this post;
http://www.cloudynig...5/o/all/fpart/1

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:24 AM

That's a great article Mark. Pretty neat modifications!






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