If you do the engineering analysis, the springs have the same effect as larger bearings...
I do remember the 6 and 8 inch Meade's with the iron counterweights that helped keep the mirror warm...
As far as the differences between what Meade was selling and Orion.. I bought an original XT-8... the Meade's of that era were a work in progress, Orion was a reasonably finished product...
It may be that was the only real difference...
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Quote:Your engineering analysis may show they work as well. My "use" analysis says tain't so, not in a pig's eye.
Quote: Mine were good enough that stock I used them at 800x within 10 degrees of the Zenith, for splitting doubles, not the best but doable. Since then I have reworked them, they're better, no doubt about it... In my experience, the important thing is that the bearings are clean and free from embedded debris. When the motion deteriorates, I scrape them clean. Of course this is true of any Dob... I am wondering, do I need to do a comparison between the Meade Model 77 focuser and the standard GSO 2 speed?Jon
Quote:How about the 7" maksutov with an internal iron counterweight to make is balance like a SCT? Or the ETX-90 with a plastic back bucket to hold the optics together, but a heavy metal baffle stuck to the corrector to cause it to creep down the glass?The truth is, we are where we are. How we got here isn't really all that important compared to deciding where to go tomorrow.So, instead of the dredging, how about naming what you would like to see come out of Meade 2.0?-Rich
Quote:That's not my point. Rehashing old tech issues isn't especially useful, now. What the heck, I'll just start another thread. -Rich
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Quote: Be that as it may, we've drifted away from the original topic. My final words? Meade has produced many good scopes over the last 40-years, and even some great ones. I for one will be happy to have them back.
Quote: Meade gets funding and Jinqua (or whatever) gets a marquis-level trademark. Not a bad deal.
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.
Quote: AND patents and a US distributorship.
Quote:•Diebel sold Meade, bought it back, sold it again.•In 2008, Meade sold two of its three non-telescope product brands (Weaver/Redfield) to two companies for a total of $8 million.•In 2008, Meade sold their last non-telescope brand Simmons to Bushnell for $7.25 million.•In 2009 Meade sold Meade Europe, its European subsidiary, for $12.4 million.•Now (2013) Meade itself sells for $4.5 million after LX80/LX850 fiasco going on for past two years.History says, Meade is dead!
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Quote:Are you sure the LX850 is a fiasco? The LX850 works as advertised and is an excellent telescope.
Quote: OH, and the 2-inch Meade focuser? Yes, it was lousy. But you've forgotten what Orion was putting on its dobs when the plastic fantastic Meade came out. What Orion was giving you was a cotton picking HELICAL job.
Quote:Quote: OH, and the 2-inch Meade focuser? Yes, it was lousy. But you've forgotten what Orion was putting on its dobs when the plastic fantastic Meade came out. What Orion was giving you was a cotton picking HELICAL job. Uncle Rod, You should have helped Peter Ceravolo write his brochure for the now legendary HD145 and HD216 telescopes. They also used cotton picking helical focusers. Steve
Quote:I agree, Uncle Rod. Helical focusers and Binoviewers go together like Tabasco and Haagan Daz. Steve
Quote: Jingua already has a US distributorship in Explore Scientific... Jon
Quote:I haven't seen too many ES products at Costco or Walmart. Don't forget where Meade made their money. It wasn't in the advanced user products.
Quote:Tabasco and Haagan Daz. Steve
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Craig Meade ETX-80 (80mm F/5) refractor Skywatcher 80AR (80mm F/11.4) refractor Skywatcher 102AR (102mm F/5.9) refractor Orion XT10i dob Orion ST120 (120mm F/5) refractor Orion 120mm F/8.3 refractor Orion 127mm MAK Celestron C90 Celestron C6 Explore Scientific 80mm ED triplet Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars Celestron #44104 for exploring inner space The stable keeps growing...I think I need help!
Quote:Also, if comet Ison pans out there may be a shortage of stock at the end of the year.