ETX 70 stiffness
Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:45 PM
Is the stiffness on the horizontal axis normal for these scopes? I have had ETX 90 and 125s and don't recall them being stiff, but they are a different build than the 70. Thanks for any help.
Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:33 PM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:05 PM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:08 PM
I ended up taking the clutch apart and loosening the white castle nut, but it didn't seem to do alot of good in the end. Initially it seemed better, but by the time I tightened up the clutch enough to grab, it was stiff in its turning again. The base on this scope is different than the larger ETXs; I believe the scpoes horizontal movement rides on nylon bushings, and not grease. I can live with it, and this may be normal for this model.
I believe the early ETX 70 models had the same base as the larger ETXs, which was more robust - so those scopes probably don't have the same issues as the later cheaper built models like this one appears to be? Just wondering about other owners experience.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:19 AM
Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:51 AM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:36 PM
Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:12 AM
Use PAO Synthetic lube. It is designed to work on plastic to plastic, or plastic to metal surfaces. I just posted about doing the same thing on my ETX 90 Astro. It came out superb, very smooth.
I now have a new ETX 80 with the same issue. Exactly where do you apply the grease? Between the top of the white castle nut and the white bushing above it that it rubs on? Thanks
Is this the stuff?
Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:17 PM
On the other hand, I can't say enough good things about Highpoint Scientific. I couldn't believe they would actually go and open boxes up for me to check the scopes. I highly recommend them as good customer service is so hard to come by.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:40 PM
Russ (formerly with GE Silicones)
Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:00 PM
I have had an ETX-70AT for a couple of years now. For as long as I remember, the horizontal axis has been exceptionally stiff. However, sometime last year, stiffness led to erratic tracking, since the axis would rotate in little "jumps" while tracking.
I decided to do some research to try and fix the issue. Read numerous threads, including much on Weasner's Mighty ETX Site , where I stumbled on Xephius' ETX Repair Guide. This last one proved to be quite a valuable asset.
I managed to fix the issue on my ETX for now; however, I believe I will be needing spares of the nylon bushings that cover the thrust bearing axle, since there is a noticeable GAP despite the bushings and grease in this axle setup, even on regular (non-polar) mode. The gap that exists, actually TILTS the telescope's main body plain, hence it makes contact with the bottom base, which produces friction between the bottom and main plastic cases, if you understand my writing. The lower (close to horizon) the scope, the greater the tilt and friction, since the center of mass moves away from the bearing axle.
So, the final question is, anyone knows where I could get some replacement nylon or plastic bushings for the bearing axle? Or any online store that would provide all kinds of bushing and would ship just a couple of them?
I also have a question for Stew57, who says he's replace the bushings with roller bearings. How did you manage that? Unless you are referring to the part of the bushing that stays in contact with the white castle nut that holds the whole set-up firm.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:09 PM
Guide for bearing modification
At some time Meade changed the base internals. I believe it was during the production of the ETX70. My ETX80may be the same as your ETX70 but it may not be depending on when your 70 was produced. I saw somewhere on Weasner's site a person had used a needle thrust bearing the diameter of the base to fix the problem you have. it would not help polar mode at all, but keeps the upper base from rubbing on the lower base.
I will hunt for the old nylon bushings and other unused parts from my modifications. If I can locate them I will PM you for your address and ship them to you. It all depends on how well they were hid from my wife. If not good enough they were tossed! :o
Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:38 PM
Posted 22 February 2015 - 04:41 PM
Ok, I know this post is years later, but maybe I can get an answer. I have an ETX 70 and cannot get the white "castle" nut off (from inside the bottom of the base). It has been frustrating...any good techniques to get it off without ruining it? If I do ruin it (which I probably will) is there anyway to find a replacement?
Posted 22 February 2015 - 05:17 PM
Follow up - I managed to get it off! Heated it with a hair dryer and managed to break it loose. Now that I am inside the base, I found my actual problem. The plastic motor/worm gear housing is in pieces. Several pieces, so now I need ideas as to where I might find a part!
Posted 22 February 2015 - 08:44 PM
You know, you could have created a new thread. Someone here might have a replacement part. Meade will fix it but it will be expensive.