Newbi with a RG Meade
Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:23 PM
Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:36 PM
Regards the drive corrector, that may not be needed for basic tracking if there is a standard wall plug and cord on it. It allowed varying the frequency to let a photographer sped it up or slow it down to compensate for drive gear errors.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:03 PM
Thanks for the info, I will give Don a call tomorrow to see if I can find the sleeve part. I was not clear with my previous statement. It came with a drive corrector that seems to be working. I just know almost nothing about it. I took the main mirror out to clean the dust off and it did say it was a F6 in sharpie, it had more on it but I do not remember it off the top of my head.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:16 PM
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:54 PM
I used to build those at Meade in 1979. Which drive corrector does your scope have? Is it the version with the joystick and two-axis control? Does your scope have the motorized dec slow motion option?
This was a nice, sturdy combination of components. Wish I had one, but I wasn't making enough when I worked there to be able to afford one!
Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:16 PM
Great scope and welcome to the zoo!
Alaska! How many degrees from horizon to the North Star? 41 here in Ohio.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:20 PM
I am not around the DC right now but here is what I remember. It did have a pad with UP\DOWN\LEFT\RIGHT buttons on it. It had holes where it looks like a Dec drive went but just has a knob now. I have one more picture with me that I took of the focuser but you may be able to see a little more. I will post more pic's when I get home in a few days.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:33 PM
I belive Polaris is about 61 deg. from my house in Palmer.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:44 PM
The 2" "model 680" focuser is a nice focuser. I still have a couple of them.
I notice there's a bright band around the pier cap. Do you remember if this is an aluminum tape strip or machined into the pier cap? Reason I ask is that, initially, they put aluminum tape strips around them, but it was hard to get them lined up nice and straight. So I suggested they machine a raised rim into the edge while they've got it in the lathe to machine the OD for the cap to fit the pier. Then, send it off to the painter (they used a plastic coating that looks somewhat like wrinkle black paint but is more durable) to have the whole thing painted. Then, when it comes back painted, chuck it up in the lathe again and machine the paint off the raised rim and you're done!
I made other suggested improvements while I was there, but that's the one I remember, because it seemed so obvious and it did save a lot of hassle and time.
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i just bought its baby brother.
used to have one like that in much rougher shape.
you should get very good views with it.
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