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#1 Matthew Ota

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:14 PM

What size allen wrench is it for these screws? I have to unmount the bracket for my ring set and get a new attachment bolt for it. My original tee handle wrench was stolen as it was in my accessory case.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 04:21 PM

My scope is not handy at the moment, but looking at my allen wrench sit, I believe it is 3/32", with a small possibility that it is 7/64".

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:39 PM

I'm pretty sure it is 7/64.

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#4 Matthew Ota

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:45 PM

Thanks bill, I only have to buy one tee wrench then

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:39 PM

I just checked my scope, and I am looking at the bolts that hold the corrector ring to the tube and hold the rear assembly to the tube, and they are 3/32" on my 8" scope.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:38 AM

I have the 10" Meade and they are 7/64.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:17 PM

Interesting, I would have thought something as simple as that would have been common.

#8 Matthew Ota

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 05:51 PM

So is it 3/32" or 7/64"?

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:46 PM

I was looking at my 8" which is 3/32 and expected that these would be common throughout the product line. Bill looked at his 10" and says they are 7/64. It appears that you have a 10" so I would go with what Bill said. Sorry if I added a confusion factor.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:27 AM

You want the allen wrench size for the screws that attach to the finder scope bracket on the OTA? I gave you the 7/64 size that is for the secondary mirror collimation screws on my LX90 10" For the finder scope screws, it is probably smaller, so the 3/32 might be correct. Sorry for the confusion on my part.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 02:11 PM

I ma talking about he allen head screws that attach the rear cell to the OTA tube and the allen screws that attach the front cell to the OTA.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:49 PM

I ordered a 3/32" T-handle allen wrench online. I hope that it will fit. Cost me almost $15

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

Just out of curiosity, let me know how it goes. I know there was some confusion for this so I am still interested just for future reference.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:40 PM

It is definitely 3/32". I bought a t-handle allen wrench that fits fine.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 02:04 PM

Screws on my 10" Meade tube are 3/32"

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:25 AM

Thanks bill, I only have to buy one tee wrench then


Are you sure you would want not to spend this kind of money?
gas alone to make a future trip to the hardware will cost more.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 02:42 PM

I think you will find that Meade used adhesive to attach the cells to the main tube. Very good adhesive.

BTW, the correct term for these is socket head screws. "Allen" [head/wrench] is a registered trademark, originated by the Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, and currently owned by Apex Tool Group, LLC. Hex head set screws are the type that the Brits call grub screws, which is nicely descriptive.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:19 PM


BTW, the correct term for these is socket head screws. "Allen" [head/wrench] is a registered trademark, originated by the Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, and currently owned by Apex Tool Group, LLC. Hex head set screws are the type that the Brits call grub screws, which is nicely descriptive.


More specifically, button head socket cap screws

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:11 PM

The Allen screws on my LX10 OTA is, 3/32.

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More eyepieces then I can count. From 32mm, down to 4mm.

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 03:31 PM

Mine are oddball; they measure out to 6/64"
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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:08 PM

Ok here you go. The corrector plate ring screws use a 3/32" and the screws on the outside rings of the OTA use 7/32"

As far as the 6/64" I think you pay twice as much for them.

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:27 PM

I went to a specialty store to get stainless for mine and the cost scared me..it was easyer to get one of the stainless kits that are availiable from a couple places...the one i got had all i needed and even extra ones for those of us with the dropsies..LOL






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