JIM - CN member since 4/05
15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66~12.5"dobsonian Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6/Planet tripod
Quote:Does anybody have any links to a technical discussion of the stock mount and clock drive for an old Meade DS-16, or a copy of the owners' manual they would be willing to share? I've Googled without success.I just brought the scope home last night, and it seems to be in fine, used shape. I collimated it and got a Telrad and finder scope installed. I'm ready for first light. Still have some kinks to work out, though.The clock drive works, but it came with a joystick that does not seem to. The joystick connects through a box that may not be stock. As I'm fiddling with this, I realize I would love to know what I've got that is original equipment and what is add-on, as well as some technical details about the motor (such as wattage and perhaps even wiring schematics), and the mount (should I oil it? With what?)Any links or offers of a peek at the owners' manual gratefully acepted.
Quote:Yeah, I was actually doing the research to see if I should buy a used 12" Lightbridge someone on this site was offering for $750, when one of the stores I was talking to offered me the DS-16 for $1,000. I'm glad I made the big leap. With two small kids and a bunch of curious neighbors, it would be difficult to share the view in a non-tracking scope. I have a strong preference for equatorial mounts, and I am finding the setting circles on the DS-16 are remarkably accurate. As you can tell, the view is phenomenal.The next meaningful leap would be to 24 inches. I think I'm goint to hang onto the DS-16 for a while.
Quote:The declination slow-mo knob is the little knob under the mounting plate? I was surprised not to find any way to lock or manually rotate the RA axis - am I missing something? I don't see any missing items from the parts for the DS-10 that is posted over on astronomics website. Anyway, lots to play with, here. I'm sure I will be busy for a while.
Quote:Thanks very much. I'm going to play with this as a purely visual scope. I plan to pick up an Atlas mount this week and start using my 8" for some basic AP - it's easier to handle. On the DS-16, I'm going to work with my current joystick controller a little bit before giving up on it. I'm not entirely sure whether it is out of commission, or maybe I haven't mastered its secrets. I'll post a picture of the set-up for the joystick controller, and you may see what I mean when I call it "a litle complicated."
18" F/5 Home-Built Dob. with Mike Dudley Mirror 6" F/15 Brass w/ D&G Lens on DS-16 Mount DS-10 10" F/4.5 Newtonian LXD650 and LX200 Classic Autostar Converted! 11x80 Meade (Vintage Japan Made). A few Naglers and 8mm and 13mm Ethos. Gadgets and parts everywhere.