Meade quality, or is it me?
Posted 18 September 2013 - 07:50 PM
I bought it new several years ago and stored it lovingly for those years, and last week my son took it out of storage and asked, quite rightly, "dad, are you ever going to use it?" So, this evening I thought, right, let's do this!
Problem 1: the plastic cap was really hard to get off the rear photo port, and the Erecting Prism piece is even harder to screw on, even after many attempts to find the screw thread, which doesn't appear damaged. But eventually it does go on, with a lot of force. Strange, but I can live with that.
Problem 2: the flip mirror is now, after only 5 or 6 times having flipped with fine fluid movement, suddenly jammed in the lower position! Won't budge. I inspected carefully with a torch and cannot see what the problem can be. I finally used too much force with padded pliers and now the knob is slipping. Will need to disassemble I suppose, or does anyone know this problem? Or shall I just leave it in the lower position?
Problem 3: it has a French Autostar 494 (I bought it France), which I gather is not updatable to English. Well, it'll just have to be me who updates my French then. Correct? Anyone perhaps have a spare 497 lying around?
Should I think of Meade at all for a next telescope, if I ever get this one working and this new hobby actually sparks up?
I am looking forward to a first viewing any night now, all it's seen yet is the living room ceiling.
Regards to all,
Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:55 AM
Do you have a camera service center in your area that could look at the scope?
How about a local astronomy club?
Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:50 AM
I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Meade product. Like anything else, I'd give it a good work-out to make sure that it was in good order while it was still under warranty. Of course, look elsewhere if they don't have what you're interested in.