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Richard B. Drumm
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PST serial # list.
      #1244926 - 11/10/06 12:22 PM

All:
This thread is just a convenient place for me to post the results of the list of PST serial numbers I've been collecting. It is NOT intended as a means of bashing any manufacturer, really is isn't! It's for informational purposes only. This way we can request the serial # from a seller on A-mart or wherever, and have some confidence in the scope we recieve.

I'll update with edits this first post until the system won't let me edit it, then I'll scroll down and make a new posting of the list.

Thanks to everyone who has participated, together we can make a difference!
Rich

As of Nov. 19th, 2006:
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94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the old one.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96714 sick, repaired, sick again! Darren Hiebert in Alabama
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel in Illinois
98131 not sick yet, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico
98670 sick & gold ! "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone"
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" - repaired with blue glass.
99760 sick - (brand new in the box) - Steven Kim "kimsc321"
99807 sick - "Ike"
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver"
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - chemkelly

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla.
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The first group are the ones that had the problem. Blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (either transparent or opaque???)

Edited by Erix (11/19/06 11:07 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1244993 - 11/10/06 12:58 PM

Good job!, Rich.

Maybe Erika can add this thread to the "sick PST" stickie at the top of the forum.

I just want to add that Meade/Coronado seems to be "stepping up" in working this problem out with the new clear blue objective design, no questions asked as far as proof of purchase and paying for the shipping both ways(at least for those in CONUS). Also the latest repaired one's seem to be in good order. Hopefully, those who had problems getting thier PST's fixed are getting those issues resolved.
Of course I'll let everyone know how my old one turns out, once I get it back.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Jim7728]
      #1245165 - 11/10/06 02:43 PM

Very nice job.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1245831 - 11/10/06 10:20 PM Attachment (629 downloads)

Hi Richard and all,

Last Sunday, I've went into Adorama in NYC to buy a new PST. This time I personally wanted to inspect the scope before purchase. It looked great w/ bluish-clear objective. Looked like newer model and the certificate confirmed it showing Oct. 2006. So I bought the scope w/ big smile on my face . Next day as my wife was test driving the new scope, she discovers a cluster of "tiny bubbles" in the middle of the objective . Yes, we've decided to return this as well. I'm sorry, I forgot to write down the serial # before return it . However, I do remember it was like #102xxx. I can call them up on Sunday 12th and find out if you wish.

I've attached a pix showing the bubbles.

One more thing. I've noticed this "bubbled" scope had a serial # outside of the box so that salesman can check the # before opening the box. My first one from Discovery Store did not. Only way was to open the box and check either by looking at the side of the scope or the certificate.

Again, thanx for this list. It's a valueable list for new and old buyers. I wonder how long this list will become!.

Steven


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Richard B. Drumm
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: kimsc321]
      #1245875 - 11/10/06 10:49 PM

Steven:
Too bad about the PST, too bad 'bout the serial # too! If you can get it that's cool, you might need it yourself! The list is narrowing down the start # for the gold objectives, and the end of the gold ones as well.
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1246335 - 11/11/06 09:57 AM

I don't think that the bubbles are the same problem as the "rust" They look to be a common problem when you cement a lens together. You have be careful to place the two lens halves together just right or you can get the bubbles. In any case Quality Control should have caught the problem.

- Dave


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: DAVIDG]
      #1246756 - 11/11/06 02:44 PM

Yes, Dave. This is a new QC problem. I don't know if this "bubbles" can be seen on the old or gold objective models but, it is apparent in the clear bluish newer models. I recommend all of you to re-inspect your scopes every angle under sun-light......

Just to recap:: My first purchased PST from Discovery Store had about 70% "rust" right out of the box-see serial #99760.

When the new shipment comes in I'll update you all.

Richard: I'll find out the serial # tomorrow.

By the way, for all the locals who lives around NYC area, I had an excellent service w/ Adorama especially salesman name David F. Note: This was my first business w/ them. I'm not affiliated w/ Adorama just a satisfied customer.

Steven


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Jim7728]
      #1247651 - 11/12/06 02:49 AM

Quote:

I just want to add that Meade/Coronado seems to be "stepping up" in working this problem out with the new clear blue objective design, no questions asked as far as proof of purchase and paying for the shipping both ways(at least for those in CONUS).




What shipping method is are they paying for if you are CONUS? I can use USPS Priority Mail over here for the same price as if Stateside. Or are they insisting on things like UPS/FedEx?

Thanks for the updates. Clear skies.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: molniyabeer]
      #1247844 - 11/12/06 09:17 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I just want to add that Meade/Coronado seems to be "stepping up" in working this problem out with the new clear blue objective design, no questions asked as far as proof of purchase and paying for the shipping both ways(at least for those in CONUS).




What shipping method is are they paying for if you are CONUS? I can use USPS Priority Mail over here for the same price as if Stateside. Or are they insisting on things like UPS/FedEx?






United Parcel Service is picking up my PST. If your're paying for the shipping to the United States, I don't think it matters who you use.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1247917 - 11/12/06 10:19 AM

Quote:

All:
This thread is just a convenient place for me to post the results of the list of PST serial numbers I've been collecting.




Let me add my serial number. It is 94606. My PST still has the rust condition on it. I'm holding off on letting Meade touch it. I get the sense that they have a bit of a learning curve to go through before they develop the necessary skill to repair these PSTs consistently well.

It looks like I have the dubious honor of being #1 on the list now!

Great idea, Rich!

Gary


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: AXAF]
      #1253809 - 11/15/06 09:47 PM

I just wanted to add my PST to the list I checked it tonight and the objective is all blotchy serial number 99807

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ike]
      #1253817 - 11/15/06 09:54 PM

My PST s/n was 97468. Returned, repaired, lost by Meade and replaced by Meade.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1257778 - 11/18/06 01:30 PM

Extremely sick, blue, shipped from Coronado 10/19/05. Purchased from OPT 3/30/06
SN 99309

Michelle


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JARSHEART]
      #1257852 - 11/18/06 02:14 PM

I bought mine this past June. SN:101040. Gold lens, so far so good.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: jgraham]
      #1258005 - 11/18/06 04:26 PM

Michelle:
Sorry to hear 'bout your PST. I hope you can get it serviced quickly.
Thanks for the SN#!
jgraham:
Thanks for your SN# as well, I'll get Erika to update the list on top of the page!
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1258036 - 11/18/06 05:07 PM

Mine is serial number 96367 and had the original lens become sick, has since been repaired and is working better than ever.

Zoomster


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Re: PST serial # list. *DELETED* new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1258617 - 11/18/06 11:55 PM

Post deleted by rsbfoto

Edited by Erix (11/19/06 12:41 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rsbfoto]
      #1258624 - 11/19/06 12:02 AM

Hola, Rainer!
I'm sorry to see the rust in your lens! Not good!
I see also the red paint on the threads and that both of them have the red paint.... Is this to keep things from unscrewing?
What's with the scratched up hole? It just looks like sloppy workmanship.
I've never heard of a BF30, who makes it?
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1258653 - 11/19/06 12:39 AM

BF30 is a blocking filter, Rich. http://www.coronadofilters.com/products_blocking.html

Rainer, did you drill that hole in it?


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Erix]
      #1258949 - 11/19/06 10:31 AM

Hi Erika and Richard,

Those BF 30 are the blocking filter which give you 30mm of circular view through field.

No I did not drill the hole, they are there and there are 2 of them in order you can turn them for srewing them into the 2" barrel. The BF 30 does have 2 of the blocking filters.

Yes the red paint is in order to avoid a turning of the filter insets in the barrel. As they ahve 2 of them and they have to be arranged in a precise direction in order to avoid ghosting.

One of the BF30 came with a loose inner filter and gave me a huge quantity of ghosts when using it. So I had to adjust it myself by pure trial and error until I found out how to avoid the ghosting.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rsbfoto]
      #1259212 - 11/19/06 01:25 PM

Hi,

Mine has rust but I haven't returned it yet. It is #98670 (gold).


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rsbfoto]
      #1259368 - 11/19/06 02:59 PM

Even though I really love Meade, I've completely lost my nerve to spend $$$$$$ on the SM60 I was going to order this week. Until things cool off with the failures I'm just not comfortable...

Chris


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1259504 - 11/19/06 04:14 PM

Quote:

Hola, Rainer!
I'm sorry to see the rust in your lens! Not good!
I see also the red paint on the threads and that both of them have the red paint.... Is this to keep things from unscrewing?
What's with the scratched up hole? It just looks like sloppy workmanship.
I've never heard of a BF30, who makes it?
Rich




Hi Richard,

Look this is how a BF30 looks like.

http://www.rainerehlert.com/astro/Sol/BF30-02.jpg

Of course that is the 2" barrel only. Is has on top of it another part which accepts 2" nosepieces like from an Eyepiece or a Diagonal.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1259861 - 11/19/06 08:04 PM

My PST is S/N 96714 with a blue objective which went bad and was repaired last December. The replacement objective went bad and I am still awaiting (for 4 weeks now) a return call from Meade to get it fixed again.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Davo]
      #1260104 - 11/19/06 10:48 PM

Davo:
Could you post an image of your objective here so we can see what a sick gold-coated objective looks like? As you can see from the list, scopes with SNs like yours generally have blue (and sick) objectives. I'm extremely curious about your scope's objective. How easy is it to see into the lens?

I've gotta PM Daniel in Illinois (#97491) and get him to post an image of his scope too, though his isn't sick. It may be that he got his repaired and they put a gold objective in as part of the repair.

Rainer:
So the hole in the retaining ring is for a spanner. I had thought that was a possibility, but didn't say so in the post. I can clearly see the cloudiness at the edge. It's back to Meade with that one, I'm so sorry for you!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1267617 - 11/24/06 08:52 PM

Here's the latest list. Erika had been modifying the first post for me (thank you, Erika!), but I think some folks have been missing the list because they (like me) let their computer take them to the "new" post at the current end of the thread, not to the head of the thread. So to save time, I'll post the list here at the end of the thread and thus ensure that it'll get seen more easily.

Still waiting to hear from Davo or Daniel...
Rich
---------------------------------
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the old one.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96714 sick, repaired, sick again! Darren Hiebert in Alabama
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick yet, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico
98670 sick & gold! "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone"
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA - repaired with blue glass.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike"
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla.
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Meade replacement) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (either transparent or opaque???)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1267622 - 11/24/06 08:57 PM

Wow, there's alot of units between 94606 and 100706. Has anyone reported an older unit that hasn't hazed yet? Clear Skyz, LA

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: LarryAlvarez]
      #1268475 - 11/25/06 02:15 PM Attachment (470 downloads)

Here is a pic of my rusty PST as requested. I may have been getting confuesd by the gold colour of the rust.

Edited by Davo (11/25/06 02:16 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Davo]
      #1268725 - 11/25/06 04:55 PM

Davo:
It does look gold, but it may be that it has yellowed, like Jim7728s scope yellowed.
His was blue, then the whole thing changed to yellow!
Your image shows walls behind the OTA that look like they're "peach" coloured...
The reflected image of the wall color looks yellower...

Your 98670 serial number puts you in the "Blue" camp, though...
Unless I'm reading too much into the serial numbers than's good for me...
Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.
Either way, it goes back to Meade... Sigh!
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1268843 - 11/25/06 06:40 PM

Richard

I think the whole PST community has to be grateful to you for compiling this list and making the public aware of the extent and seriousness of the problem. However, you are not a Meade/Coronado employee, and I for one still find it a strange that nothing official has been said, despite you evidentially proving that the problem does extend to far more than the originally stated number of units (200 from a sequential batch), and also appears to be impacting units outside of this supposed "oxidation" run, Russ hinted at.

Surely the decent thing for any company to do (and I can cite my own, who, when we detected a problem with a large synthesiser power supply, immediately put out a webpage and press release on the matter), would be to state

1: That they are aware of this issue, and that users affected by it, should be able to return their unit to be repaired with no cost to them or questions asked, if they have the rust problem.

2: Obviously quell any fears users may have about the safety compromise (or not) that this problem would induce in their solar scopes. People are using their eyes to look at the Sun, and any hint of a problem, could be one which worried consumers. I believe their is no saftey issue, but to have no officially posted from their own website, confirmation of this, is somewhat worrying I feel.

Meade are a fine company, and a world leader in astronomical products. The impact and fallout this may have on the entire solar industry (as people could just pass on "Chinese WHsper style" messages about solar viewing in general being dangerous,), could be stopped by a simple statement.

Not everybody affected reads this website, or indeed any forums, but most owners of a product will visit the official company homepage and forums.

It just makes common, moral and financial sense (long term) to be open and clarify the problem, once and for all, and not rely on the good will of people like yourself, and others on this forum (including the moderators who have done a sterling job in keeping the sticky threads relating to the PST rust issue going) to do their work for them

Just my 2 cents...

Edited by NickH (11/25/06 06:42 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NickH]
      #1268952 - 11/25/06 08:02 PM

Ok, folks. This has been gone over several times. As per the Terms of Service

Quote:

Cloudynights is not an open air forum for vendor complaints. If you seek resolution, we recommend you talk to the vendor. If you seek an audience, we recommend you go elsewhere.




As a community, we are indeed trying to help each other by having threads such as this. But we need to keep the threads productive instead of rehashing over and over again how we feel things should be done.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Erix]
      #1270693 - 11/27/06 12:11 AM

NickH:
I think you are mistaken. Their is no post that states that the "rust" problem involved "200 from a sequential batch". No one has ever posted how many units were affected by this problem. I did state in one of my posts that I talked to Andy Lunt from Coronado at NEAF last year & that he said that he made up "about 200" of the gold objectives as a test to fix the problem & that it was successful but that it was too costly for production.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: GUNER]
      #1271036 - 11/27/06 09:25 AM

I stand corrected, "about 200" to fix the problem led me to believe it was only this number. Seems like it is closer to the thousands though sadly. I really do hope to see some positive "large scale" action on this soon. Thanks all for your feedback and input, it's helping a few guys in the UK get this resolved also.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NickH]
      #1291617 - 12/08/06 07:57 AM

....I just recived a replacement for my sick PST (98773) with a complete new unit (new transparent lens design - serial 101627).




Gregor


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Gregor(SLO)]
      #1291637 - 12/08/06 08:30 AM

Congratulations Gregor.

Please let us know about performance of your new PST. Meade Germany did his job


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1291798 - 12/08/06 10:36 AM

Thanks, Gregor!
Things seem to have calmed down on the PST front, though it might be that folks are afraid of TOS infractions. They shouldn't be, it should be easy enough (I suppose, though I don't have a sick scope myself) to just bite your tongue (fingers?) if you find yourself getting hot under the collar! Remember, friends don't let friends post when angry! (Ugh! bad joke, sorry!)
It DOES seem that scopes are getting fixed or replaced, maybe this is the cause of the calm.
Either way, here's the latest iteration of the list:
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94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the old one.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick, repaired Blue/transparent - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va.
96714 sick, repaired, sick again! Darren Hiebert in Alabama
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick yet, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone"
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA - repaired with blue glass.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike"
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla.
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Meade replacement) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1292241 - 12/08/06 03:26 PM

Hi all,

Just organized getting my own PST (#100051 - reflective blue) fixed due to this problem. Meade were very friendly and helpful on the phone and expected turnaround is 3 weeks for the repair.

Very happy with their customer support here.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1292344 - 12/08/06 04:41 PM

Sorry Richard but correction is needed with serial #102024. This scope is 2nd Brand New in Box from Adorama instead of "Meade replacement".

Thank you.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Davo]
      #1292499 - 12/08/06 06:10 PM

101978 is perfect

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1292506 - 12/08/06 06:13 PM

I keep forgetting to add my serial number to your list... I'll try to remember when I get home tonight.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: dgs©]
      #1293418 - 12/09/06 10:54 AM

I have owned 3 PSTs, and I thought about owning another, but I am kind of afraid to. Have they sorted this stuff out?
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: kysunlover]
      #1294111 - 12/09/06 07:12 PM

SN 94769
I got mime from B&H when they first got released and I've been happy with it.

I haven't used the PST since the spring, but it was getting slightly dimmer as the months went on, after about the first six months. Not sure how it looks now. I guess I should take it out for a test spin.
Here is a pic of the objective from last autumn next to the 90mm. Under natural lighting, the color is silver coating but the browness was evident from the outwards in, IIRC.

http://www.cloudynights.com/photopost/data/504/1971SolarMax90-032-objectives.jpg


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Dave LoPresti]
      #1296734 - 12/11/06 10:49 AM

Here's the latest iteration of the list. I hope I've corrected the error in Steve Kim's listing... Did I get it right, Steve?
Dave LoPresti:
It sure looks like your PST has "The Dreaded Creeping Rust" syndrome!
Look closely at the various pix here and at your scope and make the call to Coronado if it proves to be sick. I've added the Coronado contact info to the bottom of the list so we can all find it when we need it.
Rich
---------------------------------
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the old one.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick, repaired Blue/transparent - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va.
96714 sick, repaired, sick again! Darren Hiebert in Alabama
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick yet, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone"
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA - repaired with blue glass.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike"
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair.
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky, repaired with clear/blue objective.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #1 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent)

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
-----------------------------------------------

Edited by Richard B. Drumm (12/11/06 09:40 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1297243 - 12/11/06 03:13 PM

that's correct sir!! nice work. thanx.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: kimsc321]
      #1297677 - 12/11/06 06:53 PM

I received mine back from Meade today the lens was replaced with a clear bluish lens.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NJ Night Sky]
      #1297722 - 12/11/06 07:11 PM

How long did they have it?

Chris


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Bucephelus]
      #1297746 - 12/11/06 07:23 PM

I dont remember if I have already said it but,thanks for making and keeping track of this list Richard!Its handy for many things but especially for someone looking at a used PST.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: SprintCar Driver]
      #1298009 - 12/11/06 09:44 PM

Da nada, Bill, think nuttin' of it! It seemed to be the logical thing to do.
There's still that gap in numbers between the sick ones and the gold ones...
I'd like to close that gap completely as well as the gap on the other side of the gold run...
Thanks for your input, Jim, I included it in the post above!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1301633 - 12/13/06 06:12 PM

Let me add #94229 to your list. It is on display at the Tak dealer in Tokyo. I still have not had a reply to my "service ticket" request after filing it 3 weeks ago. Guess I need to call and navigate voice mail hell.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Rick]
      #1301975 - 12/13/06 09:44 PM

Rick:
So your PST is sick? I'm guessing so with the "service ticket" and all...
Yours is the brother to Joe Bergeron's - consecutive numbers!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1301981 - 12/13/06 09:49 PM

Richard,
You can annotate the list that my PST is not Sick.
Thanks, Bonco


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Bonco]
      #1301988 - 12/13/06 09:54 PM

OK. None of the PSTs in your section is sick with "the creeping rust", BTW, as they're the new design.
Rich

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1302043 - 12/13/06 10:32 PM

Hi Richard - been meaning to send my info:

96618 - was sick, now repaired to blue transparent (about 2 months ago) and so far so good.

best,
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Doug D.]
      #1302083 - 12/13/06 10:58 PM

Thanks, Doug! The list keeps growing and growing. Still haven't found the start of the gold objective group or the start of the blue & clear group.
Considering that your PST is in the blue & clear category, you probably won't ever have any problems. Enjoy!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Bucephelus]
      #1304877 - 12/15/06 12:52 PM

Quote:

How long did they have it?

Chris




About 2 1/2 weeks


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NJ Night Sky]
      #1305134 - 12/15/06 03:29 PM

My (rusty) scope has been fixed: 99335. Took about 3 weeks - new obj and etalon.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Trombone]
      #1307286 - 12/16/06 09:43 PM

My PST had the rusty lens problem, and I had it repaired recently. My serial number is 95009. My old objective was opaque and silvery. I now have the blue transparent objective, and it works well without any apparent bubbles or defects.

Russ at Coronado was very helpful, and it took about a month to repair.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Aaron McNeely]
      #1308926 - 12/17/06 09:49 PM

Thanks, everybody who've added their info to the list. Here's the latest iteration of it:
---------------------------------
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, second time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va., repaired Blue/transparent
96618 sick - Doug D. in Va. - repaired, now Blue/transparent
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone", repaired with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA - repaired with blue glass.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike"
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair.
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky, repaired with clear/blue objective.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
-----------------------------------------------


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1318937 - 12/23/06 04:51 AM

Hi there. Just found the thread whilst surfing in bed. Got my PST just AFTER the venus transit, one of the first, with a thank you letter from Cornado for my patience. Great little scope, use it whenever I can. Always been a bit of a pig to get the 'best view' with the sweetspot and tuner, may have been a bit worse of late..... maybe the seeing or my eyes though.

Just checked the lens with a 5W LED torch.... front lens is a nice hazy pale green colour with what looks like a dense sprinkling of 'fine red sugar' in the middle section. (A "bloom" as it is known in the busuness) Yes, it is sick too.

94115, 1st up, top of the list!!

I'll be contacting the UK agents (Telescope House) ASAP to see what can be done. This one is pretty well gone. Will be nice to see what a fresh one looks like... better views hopefully.

Thanks for everyone who has posted on the various threads.... I'd have been oblivious otherwise.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: PEterW]
      #1319954 - 12/23/06 06:11 PM

Just letting everyone know my "sick" PST is back, after some initial trouble with the Meade rep not issuing a pick up, after saying he would, then not returning phone calls. It was picked up on Dec 7, the repair ticket was dated Dec 12&13, and it arrived back here on Dec 22, with a new IRG, and objective lense (clear blue type).

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1320378 - 12/24/06 12:28 AM

Just caught this thread too and quickly looked at my PST ser# 96969 and it has creeping rust pretty badly - I hadn't really looked at it recently that closely as I have it double-stacked, but I've been a bit disappointed with it, so maybe this is why. I'll definitely be contacting Coronado right away about this!

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ike]
      #1320557 - 12/24/06 05:47 AM

Good luck, PeterW. I sent my PST back to TH on October 10th and they expected it would take 2 months to ship to the USA, be repaired and return. I asked about sending it to Meade in Germany but they said no.
I contacted them last week and they said that they expected it to be in their next container from Meade in January. A bit galling when you see the short turn arounds which are being achieved now.
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: bill-in-forres]
      #1320834 - 12/24/06 11:24 AM

Got my recepit, so now to get my scope along to Tonbridge wells, much easier when I could go along to 63 Farringdon Road.

Lets hope I get a new one, with none of the problems, rather than a replacement front element that may need further fixing.

Cheers

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1321225 - 12/24/06 04:18 PM

Richard,

Mine is 101489, blue tintend clear objective so far so good.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: FLNightSky]
      #1321234 - 12/24/06 04:25 PM

Mine is #101526 - also blue!

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: spaceydee]
      #1321239 - 12/24/06 04:30 PM

Thanks, CESDewar, FLNightSky, Ike and Dee! (And any others whom I've forgotten in my haste!)
Here's the list as of now, this is my 1001st post!
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, second time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va., repaired Blue/transparent
96618 sick - Doug D. in Va. - repaired, now Blue/transparent
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone", repaired with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA - repaired with blue glass.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, repaired, new IRG & clear blue objective.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair.
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky, repaired with clear/blue objective.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
-----------------------------------------------

Edited by Richard B. Drumm (12/26/06 11:45 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1322952 - 12/26/06 10:01 AM

# 100349, blue healthy

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #1332533 - 12/31/06 11:57 AM

My wife just got me one for Christmas...

102228, looks great.. blue lense is free of bubbles, fantastic views!


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: JARSHEART]
      #1350350 - 01/09/07 12:30 PM

My PST (SN 99309) was picked up by UPS (at the expense of Meade)on 12/11/06 and was returned on 1/4/07. The objective lens and ITF were replaced, and everything looks great

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: JARSHEART]
      #1350648 - 01/09/07 02:54 PM

WHy are UK people having to arrange their own shipping back to TH, and then that take 2+ more months to sort out via the USA. This is a sold at source defect, and a known and documented one at that, which should not require any additional cost to the end user.

Why do Meade have a European office if the scopes are being sent back to Irvine?

I could get mine back to the USA in 2 days using UPS, should I wish to risk the repair, and would expect it back within the same amount of time, after the repair, which should take a few days at most if the numbers are as small as Meade claim, so what's all this "2-3 months" rubbish all about?

I thought we paid a premium over here for the quality of service/warranty etc...clearly not the case.

Not a bash, just a question or two based on the facts presented


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: NickH]
      #1351081 - 01/09/07 07:26 PM

Just got mine back today...s/n 94991. The objective and ITF were replaced. The objective is the clear, blue one.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: ad701xx]
      #1351608 - 01/10/07 12:03 AM

Here's the latest list:
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair.
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
-----------------------------------------------

Edited by Richard B. Drumm (01/11/07 09:54 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: NickH]
      #1351807 - 01/10/07 03:07 AM

Nick,

Have you tried to contact Meade Europe at Rhede, Germany? They took care of my repairments twice and also shipping charges from and to Spain.

If you are located in UK I understand you should be supported by Meade Europe. They are not the fastest in fixing the problem, but it makes more sense to me rather than sending PST to the U.S.


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1354260 - 01/11/07 10:33 AM

Add 96325 to the list. I contacted Meade in early Dec, they arranged for UPS to pick up my PST on Dec. 15 at their cost. I recieved it back on Jan 8 with a new clear blue objective and ITF. I got a chance to try it yesterday and this morning and I am very pleased. The image is sharp, the sweet spot covers all of the Solar disk, no ghotsing at all and the bandwidth looks to be around 0.8A or less. Surface detail is easily visible. Much better then the original unit.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: DAVIDG]
      #1354364 - 01/11/07 11:24 AM

Julio

I am not having mine fixed...for other reasons, but my point was more the poor service level provided by the Uk supliers. We pay a massive premium here in the UK for Meade products, and for what?

Luckily I got both my PST and PST CaK in the USA, and thus did not pay this "premium" charge so that I could wait 2-3 months for my faulty "as sold at source" product to be fixed, and then sent back...., by a company who initailly stated (this is the UK reseller) that the problem "did not exist" and "people were making it up to get a new PST" - quote


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: NickH]
      #1370709 - 01/19/07 12:09 PM

I took mine to TH by hand recently, to make sure I knew what was going on etc. The delay is partially due to Coronado moving their operations and taking time to get back online again. The fix is actually very quick, just unscrew the end and replace with a new one and do a check with the sun. I believe that TH are trying to address this issue, I was told mine would take <1month, so fingers crossed.

Cheers

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: PEterW]
      #1370879 - 01/19/07 01:35 PM

Well aren't you lucky!!
I sent mine to TH on Oct 10th and was told it would take 2 months. In mid-December, they said it would probably be in their next container from Meade, due in January. It is now over 3 months but I will give it another week.
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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: bill-in-forres]
      #1371093 - 01/19/07 03:32 PM

Well. something 90mm across and red coloured arrived 4 days after I ordered it from Germany ....

And i am a very very very happy man!


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: NickH]
      #1374287 - 01/21/07 07:53 AM

Just passing on what TH told me. Trust me, I will be emailing them regularly if there are adverse delays. I'll keep this post posted.

Cheers

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: PEterW]
      #1374509 - 01/21/07 10:51 AM

Well, just had a very brief first light for the 90mm of coloured red glass...

:-)

oh yeah baby...roll on summer


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: NickH]
      #1383830 - 01/26/07 12:22 AM

Add #96144. It should be picked up next week.

Bruce


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: BRCoz]
      #1385245 - 01/26/07 05:11 PM

#102196, blue, healthy.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: soreneck]
      #1386840 - 01/27/07 02:40 PM

Here's the latest iteration of the list:
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair.
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
-----------------------------------------------
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept...
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

Edited by Richard B. Drumm (01/29/07 09:49 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1390035 - 01/28/07 11:07 PM

#101976 Blue and healthy (my fingers are crossed). Thanks Richard!

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rsbfoto]
      #1395419 - 01/31/07 03:31 PM

95769, sick - blue (since fixed), Joan Koch, Tacoma, WA

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1399011 - 02/02/07 12:15 PM

Add mine to the list

99520 Blue, but now rusty. Just got off the Phone with Meade and got my RGA #. I'll be sending it off first thing Monday.

Cheers,


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: DanJ]
      #1400125 - 02/02/07 11:20 PM

Here's the latest list. I've added a couple new names & numbers, Thank you, Bruce, Adam, Bill, Joan & Dan!
I'm still wondering where the break between 100658 and 100706 is going to be. That's going to be the magic number to memorize.
Below that number it'll likely get the "dreaded rust" and above the number it's clean...
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective (& ITF/etalon too?)
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.
97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Sending it in for repair.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair.
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

Edited by Richard B. Drumm (02/04/07 01:05 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1400412 - 02/03/07 05:09 AM

94115... the CN PST 'Grandfather' is back from the menders (minus the metal screw lens cover) with a nice clear blue lens. First look, nice and crisp, big swirling loops from the 2 sunspots. Getting used to the view and the tuner again.

94115- well and blue- PeterW SW London, UK.

Thanks to CN!

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1400916 - 02/03/07 11:44 AM

Hi Richard,

By Wayne being "not actually in the repair department" means that he does not actually DO the repairs but he is the proper person to call (among others) to arrange a repair. I made the original comment because I am not pleased with the repair department as it does not seem to me that they test anything. My PSTs came back to me with serious and obvious defects---the tuner won't turn?! I did not want to include Wayne in that group as I do not consider it his fault my PSTs have required multiple trips back to Meade.

I am not particularly pleased with being unable to get anything definitive from Wayne about the status of my PST---only that I "need to be patient". In my opinion, that's not the proper thing to tell a customer who has been dealing with defective product for 6 months. I've been patient.

Chris


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Bucephelus]
      #1401802 - 02/03/07 07:21 PM

Here's mine. SN# 101306. Color is gold when looking straight on and blue when looked at on an angle. Oh, and so far it is fine.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #1404940 - 02/05/07 10:54 AM

Richard, I found my serial number for the PST that got stolen. At the time it was stolen, the lens was good.

#99801, purchased in Dec 2005 from Astronomics


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Erix]
      #1405178 - 02/05/07 12:23 PM

My first unit was purchased at the ATT in Essen, Germany 2005. After a year the rustpromblem was noticble. That old PST had the goldcolor on the lens. # 097575.
My latest unit is the best...blue lens and the best contrast. # 101742.
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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #1406225 - 02/05/07 08:47 PM

Thanks Erika & Emiel!
So everybody keep your eyes peeled for Erika's PST!
If you see it for sale, call the cops, poleizi, gendarmes, and Scott Beith!
Then call Erika!

I'm starting to see something interesting in the list's data, so I isolated the group starting with 97491 and ending with 98670. It looks like Coronado (Coronado/Meade?) started to experiment with the coatings... I'm wondering, Emiel: How could you tell there was rust? Was it visible through the gold lens coating? Did you have to look at the lens from the side to see it? As the owner of a gold lens PST, I'm curious...
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Sending it in for repair.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair.
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

Edited by Richard B. Drumm (02/08/07 11:48 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1406316 - 02/05/07 09:34 PM

Hello Richard,
My PST had the same rust as manny others had shown with their pictures. Mine had the old school orange/gold peel on the objective. thirst it performed well, later on (after a year) the sky around the sun became redder and redder and a lot of lost contrast. now, my new one, has lots of contrast, good tunning in the middle and a large "sweetspot".
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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #1407475 - 02/06/07 11:25 AM

I'll add mine as well .
#100407
With a blue objective , it seems to have the same rust problem , but it's only noticeable after a real close inspection.


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: stevie]
      #1408201 - 02/06/07 04:43 PM

To the best of my knowledge the repair involves just unscrewing the top objective unit and then replacing it with a new one, the etalon is located much further down and I don't belive was touched.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1411270 - 02/08/07 12:50 AM

Please add me to your serial number list

99729 - Rust/orange speckles across the entire inside of the lens - K. Fisher, Salt Lake City - Just starting process to request a new lens.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: canopus56]
      #1412503 - 02/08/07 04:51 PM

My repair authorization request experience to replace a rust defect PST lens was as follows. I called the Meade toll free customer service number (800) 626-3233. Other than an initial 25 minute wait on hold, once a customer service rep was on the line, it was basically a quick, pleasant, no-hassle, no-question, no-charge process to get a repair authorization number with a 3 week repair turnaround estimate. I am paying the outbound shipping; they are paying the return shipping. Basically, I felt good that Meade was standing behind the product of their acquired Coronado divison.

Initially I tried the Coronado toll free number and got no answer.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: canopus56]
      #1414921 - 02/09/07 09:01 PM

I believe that I can get us closer to determining when Coronado switched from the “gold” style of coating to the new “blue transparent” style. I own serial number 101339. It would seem that I own the first or second of the new blue transparent units produced. I hope this means that Coronado took extra care producing mine:)

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Dean Mohr]
      #1415083 - 02/09/07 10:21 PM

Thank you, Dean!
Now we have a REALLY good handle on the gold to blue/transparent transition.
Still looking for folks with scopes near the blue to gold transition zone...
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: PEterW]
      #1415092 - 02/09/07 10:31 PM

Quote:

To the best of my knowledge the repair involves just unscrewing the top objective unit and then replacing it with a new one, the etalon is located much further down and I don't belive was touched.

Thanks

PEterW




I think there must be more to it than that. Both of mine came back from their first trips in pretty bad shape---in both cases the tuners were weird---one barely did anyting and the other was so tight I could hardly turn it. So they must have to do more---I think they move the etalon further back when they change the objective or at least they have tune it or adjust to the different objective. At least that is my impression from how mine have been returned. They certainly weren't doing a courtesy tune up as both returned from their first visit in unusable condition.

I will list my serial numbers after they complete repairs...

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Bucephelus]
      #1424966 - 02/14/07 10:33 PM

RE: 96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia
I sent my PST back to Meade for repair and it arrived there on 1/16. It came back repaired (Blue Objective) this past Monday. I took it out right away to look at the Sun but there was nothing much to see. At first I was worried it was not giving as contrasty a view, but SpaceWeather shows the sun to be blank with very low solar activity, so I'll wait for some more excitement to make a final judgement.

I just want to add that I really appreciate this thread and Meade stepping up to the plate to address this issue.


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: CESDewar]
      #1424994 - 02/14/07 10:54 PM

This thread is interesting. I have a PST with the serial number 100292. It's not sick and has a blue objective.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #1450020 - 02/27/07 02:10 AM

I just got mine, serial number 96605, full of rust.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Oldfield]
      #1450231 - 02/27/07 08:10 AM

owch.... sorry to hear that Oldfield

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: NickH]
      #1450289 - 02/27/07 08:59 AM Attachment (168 downloads)

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owch.... sorry to hear that Oldfield




no problem here...


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1450305 - 02/27/07 09:07 AM

Hey guys,

The postman dropped me a present today. The PST has returned from Meade Germany. Actually they have replaced it under warranty.

So that's 100051 that can be taken from the list.

The new one has the clear blue objective.

Can't wait to try it out. Storms here at the moment though.

Fair play Meade Germany

Cheers,

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Oldfield]
      #1450308 - 02/27/07 09:10 AM

Quote:

no problem here...




Ye gads! Didn't think it could get that bad


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Trevor Durity]
      #1450317 - 02/27/07 09:14 AM

oh...believe me it can....

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Trevor Durity]
      #1450369 - 02/27/07 09:41 AM

Trevor:
What's the new one's serial #?

Oldfield:
Yikes! That's the worst case of rust I've seen yet! Practically opaque!
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1450507 - 02/27/07 10:48 AM

Hi Richard,

It's 101860.

Thanks,

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Trevor Durity]
      #1451040 - 02/27/07 03:18 PM

#94595---sad to report has been lost in action.

Meade sent a new replacement which I have not yet tried and they are sending a replacement for the case they lost as well.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Bucephelus]
      #1451903 - 02/27/07 10:19 PM

Chris:
When you can, could you post the new scopes #? I think you'll be very pleased with the new blue/transparent objective's performance. They seem to be the best of the 3 categories.
Rich
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94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Sending it in for repair.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

Edited by Richard B. Drumm (03/01/07 09:13 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1451940 - 02/27/07 10:37 PM

Well I received my pst back on Friday. I had only a few mins to view. It was gone for about 4 weeks. #96144

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: BRCoz]
      #1451991 - 02/27/07 10:57 PM

Bruce:
Repaired with a blue objective, I presume? Did your paperwork refer to etalon repair as well?
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1453665 - 02/28/07 08:03 PM

Richard,
On the notes it said, "replace objective lens + ITF tested clean optics. It has the clear blue objective. The tuning ring seems smoother and I now do not have to turn the ring near lock for the good stuff to show. It is now near the center of the tuning. I only had a few mins to check the view.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: BRCoz]
      #1454007 - 02/28/07 10:52 PM

Ya know, I'll bet I'm wrong on a bunch of the items there, I've got it as "repaired with blue objective & ITF/etalon" because I thought that new etalons were being installed too. I'll bet that the etalons are only adjusted and NOT replaced on everybody's scope. It's starting to make more sense...
Whatta you all say out there? Do you have NEW etalons, or re-tuned ones?
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1454032 - 02/28/07 11:11 PM

I am going to guess mine (ITF/etalon) was adjusted by the notes from Meade. If the others can report what their paperwork said.

Thanks Rich for keeping this list.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1455584 - 03/01/07 07:30 PM

I got my PST # 98569 back from Meade on 2/23/07 (took 30 days including shipping both ways). I had received it new from Astronomics on 9/20/05. This one had a minor case of "rust" but it was visible when compared to another, slighly newer PST. It came back with a clear blue lens & the tuning mechanism works better (closer to center of travel.) In the notes section it reads: " Replace objective lens + ITF TESTED clean optics"

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Joplin Motisher]
      #1455800 - 03/01/07 09:17 PM

Thanks, Joplin! I edited the latest list to show your scope. I'll bet that they are replacing the objectives and testing/tuning the ITFs and not replacing the ITFs. If I get a couple more confirmations of this I'll change ALL the references in the list to read accurately.
BTW, welcome to Cloudy Nights!
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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1457759 - 03/02/07 07:18 PM

My paperwork from Meade says "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics" This was on S/N 94991.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1459200 - 03/03/07 01:00 PM

Quote:

Ya know, I'll bet I'm wrong on a bunch of the items there, I've got it as "repaired with blue objective & ITF/etalon" because I thought that new etalons were being installed too. I'll bet that the etalons are only adjusted and NOT replaced on everybody's scope. It's starting to make more sense...
Whatta you all say out there? Do you have NEW etalons, or re-tuned ones?
Rich




The exact wording on my paperwork is "Replace objective (on one line)lens and ITF (on second line) clean optics (on third line)." Which could mean they replaced and cleaned the ITF or just cleaned the ITF. I took it to mean: replaced objective and ITF, clean optics. Hmmmm, clear as mud...

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: JARSHEART]
      #1461133 - 03/04/07 11:46 AM

Thanks, Michelle & Dave! I edited your respective lines on my master list (a rich text file in the Mac) and it'll appear with quotes around the text to indicate that it's origin is the text on the invoice. Looks like maybe they replaced some of the ITFs and only cleaned others... We'll see!
Thanks again!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1464500 - 03/05/07 10:34 PM

Mine is gold.. purchased used... and never repaired... still going strong.

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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: CESDewar]
      #1464723 - 03/06/07 01:40 AM

Just wanted to add that after the replacement by Meade, my PST now works just great. I had it out the other day and it performed as well as could possibly be expected. I have it double-stacked and with a Televue 8-25mm zoom at 8mm there was a wealth of detail visible.

Yes it was a bit of a hassle getting through to Meade to get it fixed, but it was nicely taken care of and I am now a very happy camper - so kudos to Meade for taking care of this problem.


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1464747 - 03/06/07 02:37 AM

Quote:


100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100054 sick - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK





One correction here, 100054 is wrong, that was my failed attempt to remember the s/n 100051 which I sold to Trevor (with a reduced price and 'full disclosure', I hasten to add!). So 100054 may well be bad but it ain't mine.

Glad you got it fixed up Trevor!


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Ben Ritchie]
      #1465048 - 03/06/07 09:14 AM

Gotcha, Ben, thanks! I edited the master rich text file and will post it soon.
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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1467476 - 03/07/07 08:52 AM

Heres a repaired one for the list CN 98031.
Its now got a clear blue objective and they have replaced the BF and the SPACER which now has a mirror finish ERF in it.Turn around here of about 4 days Brian

Edited by Solar B (03/07/07 08:54 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Solar B]
      #1467534 - 03/07/07 09:25 AM

Thanks, Brian! Should I enter it like this:
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
Or what? I'm a little uncertain about the innards of the PST:
BF = Blocking Filter,
ERF = Energy Reduction Filter.
Aren't these basically the same thing? I have to admit, this is the first time I've heard about the Spacer...
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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1467655 - 03/07/07 10:14 AM

Hi Rich , the new pst i have has a small erf in the spacer which is red , this repaired one has a mirror finish , as there is obviously no longer any ER occuring at the objective , and they definately have replaced both the bf and the spacer because i had previously marked them. The work was carried out near london by a Meade trained operative , One other point to note is that the original psts obj have a small central mag lens could this be contributing to the sweet spot "Rrrrrrrrr Jim Lad the Sweet Spot" while the new ones dont have this .
Your entry reads fine .
Thanks Brian


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Re: PST serial # list-repaired !! new [Re: Solar B]
      #1476015 - 03/11/07 08:30 PM

100353, so far so good but with me living in Oregon who can look at the sun....

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rsbfoto]
      #1476030 - 03/11/07 08:38 PM

#96038, so good, so far...Gold tube...

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #1476272 - 03/11/07 10:59 PM

Might as well post the newest iteration of the list. Thank you Brian, Stephen and Jeff!
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96038 not sick - Stephen "darkstar 528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Sending it in for repair.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1476284 - 03/11/07 11:03 PM

Is it not a good sign be in the middle of all of those sick S#s?...Did I get one from the back of the rack that I should be concerned with?...

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #1477138 - 03/12/07 12:29 PM

# 102392, blue objective, seems to perform very well.
Supplied free by BC&F, Meade importers to the UK as a replacement for #97148, returned to Meade for repair of rust problem in October 2006 and not seen since.
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: bill-in-forres]
      #1480006 - 03/13/07 07:49 PM

Well, number 99520 has been returned to me and is MUCH better. The repair slip stated they replaced the objective lens and cleaned the optics. It's now nice and blue again. The turn around time was less than two weeks.......good job Meade . The remarkable thing was that it was clear the day I received it. Imagine that. Optics are much better now.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1491675 - 03/19/07 01:17 PM

Quote:

Might as well post the newest iteration of the list. Thank you Brian, Stephen and Jeff! . . . . 99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City.




Received 99729 back from Meade repair in just under 4 weeks with a new blue objective, no occulsions reported by others. Scope appears in good working order.

Essentially a no-hassle no-cost manufacturer repair. Thanks, Meade for backing up the product.

- Kurt


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: canopus56]
      #1492084 - 03/19/07 04:26 PM

I have just sent my PST in for repairs... I have to say that I too am impressed with Meades response to this issue...I had a few questions that I sent via email and they followed up with a phone call. They have been great about this issue and genuinely show that they want to resolve the issue with the scope. I am impressed!

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1494748 - 03/20/07 08:19 PM

Hi Richard,

Thanks everyone for all the post on the sick PST's. Sent mine back, to Meade on 3/8/07 SN#99492. Please add mine to the list. Meade for paid shipping both ways. Bought new form OPT 5/8/06. Hope to get it back soon.

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C 9.25, PST DS,


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Solar1]
      #1496975 - 03/21/07 06:43 PM

Hi Richard,

Happy to say that my PST (S/N 94606) is no longer sick. Just received it back yesterday and it is working very well, having checked it out this afternoon. In fact, Meade improved the tuning of the etalon. Before, it tuned just at one end of the range of motion of the tuner. Now, it tunes maybe a third of the way from one end of the tuning range so that I can be sure that I can optimally tune it.

My repaired PST has the blue lens.

Best,

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: AXAF]
      #1499783 - 03/22/07 09:52 PM

My PST (Serial No. 96603) has “brown rust” on the front lens elements and earlier this month has been returned to Coronado through the local dealer here (in Hong Kong) for the necessary repairs.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: TONGKW]
      #1504154 - 03/24/07 11:15 PM

Thanks, everybody, for the serial numbers and info. I hope all the sick scopes get fixed fast and that sunspots return in great numbers too!
Here's the latest list:
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96038 not sick - Stephen "darkstar 528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96603 sick - "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado) for repairs.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1509375 - 03/27/07 03:05 PM

You can add mine to the list, #101344, blue transparent lenses and rust free. I'm London, mind you, due to the lack of clear days we get here, it wouldn't make any difference if the lenses was completely rusted over and then painted black

Edited by Rob Willett (03/28/07 08:02 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Rob Willett]
      #1510381 - 03/27/07 11:06 PM


Good one, Rob! I think the Sun's still up there, patience!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1512657 - 03/29/07 06:32 AM

Bill Bryson described the difused light and grey cloud here in London - "like living in tuppaware"

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: makapala]
      #1514555 - 03/30/07 07:08 AM Attachment (170 downloads)

The serial number of my PST is 99193, well within the
range of sick scopes. It is supposed to have a blue
front lense, but it is more like brown, and its colour
is not homogenous. I do not think it can be from the
gold series, but I have no comparison and can not
remember what it looked like when it was new. I am
sending some pictures, and there are some more at
http://atomki.hu/~kfpal/scoperust/
Please, someone who has some experience tell me if it
is a case of the rust problem, as I believe. I bought
the scope from Adorama in November, 2005, when my
daughter stayed in the US, actually in Irvine. Now
the scope is in Hungary, and I have no one in the US.
Even if Meade were willing to ship the repaired scope
to Hungary, I would probably have to pay quite a lot
of duty and tax. I actually bought a few things from
Meade outlet, most faulty, so I am not really impressed
with their QC.

Thanks very much in advance, best regards,

Karoly, Debrecen, Hungary


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: kfjpal]
      #1514812 - 03/30/07 10:20 AM

Looks pretty rusty to me!!
Why not try Meade in Germany or failing that, Broadhurst Clarkson and Fuller in the UK may be able to help. They have someone who is trained by Meade to do the repair and they have a very rapid turn around. Surely you wouldn't have to pay duty and taxes if the item is being returned after repair?
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: bill-in-forres]
      #1515914 - 03/30/07 08:28 PM

Bill's right, try to keep it in the EU and you should save a good deal of money on the fees & duties. It is rusty, though, I hate to tell you. It's the dreaded creeping rust!
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1516958 - 03/31/07 01:07 PM

kfjpal,

Meade Germany service is very good and they will instruct a transport agency to pick up your PST at Hungary at no cost for you. They did it perfectly with my PST at Spain.

Contact them by phone or e-mail (service.apd@meade.de).

It's the best option for your rusty PST, IMHO.

Good luck.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1517264 - 03/31/07 05:03 PM

Gracias, Julio, gracias! That email address is just what was needed! I'll add it to the list!
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1520076 - 04/02/07 06:17 AM

Dear Bill, Rich and Julio,
Thanks for your reply and your suggestions. Now I
know I should act. Actually, I do not see much
haze around the sun some with the rust problem
complained about, the surrounding looks still
reasonably dark, but as far as I remember the
contrast used to be better. I thought that either
the Sun is calmer, or my eyes I getting worse...
So thanks very much again, best regards, Karoly


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: kfjpal]
      #1520127 - 04/02/07 07:58 AM

Karoly,

Your picture looks like your front lens was plenty of rust. Some people reported lack of contrast with rusty lens but do not wait for this situation.

Contact Meade Germany inmediately as the brown/orange haze will become worse even it seems not to affect safety. That's my advise.

Remember, try to get your PST picked up at your home when contacting them. If you don't mention this they will suggest you sending the PST to Rhede, Germany at your expense.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1527896 - 04/06/07 10:51 AM

Well I wrote an e-mail on Monday (2nd April) to Meade
Europe, to the address Julio gave me, no reply so far.
Unfortunately, I did not ask them to pick the scope up
(Julio's advice came too late for that), but they have
not replied anyway. Some time next week I will try again.
Best wishes, have a good Easter time, Karoly


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: kfjpal]
      #1531521 - 04/08/07 12:10 PM

Hmmm ... sorry Karoly. Meade Europe used to reply quickly to my e-mails.

Insist by sending more e-mails. If no success, try to phone them. Phones are available at their website (see my link below).

My contact there used to be Mr. Rügiger Maass but I noted before posting that he is no longer in charge of the division of Meade APD as seen in their website. Instead him you can find Sven Koenigsfeld. See this link:

http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html

Insist and be patient. I guess they are now receiving lots of claims about PSTs with the "disease".

You can agree about picking up your PST at Hungary upon their reply. No problem, I suppose.

Good luck Karoly.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1571433 - 04/27/07 10:08 PM

Richard,

Another for the list, 100657 is sick as well. I just took delivery it used yesterday. After Texas Star Party 2007, it will go back, hopefully with a nice blue lens in return.

About a 1/4 inch obvious greenish/rusty looking color ring. Funny thing to me is, it is concentric. Like it happens from the outside of the lens in. It looks like mold to me.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: CactusButt]
      #1573186 - 04/28/07 10:13 PM

Bummer, Barry! I hope you got a discount from the seller for defective merchandise...
I hope it gets fixed fast! I added you to the list in my laptop, I'll post the revised list soon... Haven't seen too many new sick PSTs lately, maybe this is a good sign?
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1575813 - 04/30/07 09:22 AM

Quote:

Bummer, Barry! I hope you got a discount from the seller for defective merchandise...




Not to worry Rich, it was discounted. I probably did not get a great deal, but I certainly feel like I got a reasonable deal. I just have to go to the trouble of getting it fixed by Meade.

What about the double stack filter? I does not have issues with the rust, right?

Thanks!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: CactusButt]
      #1575985 - 04/30/07 10:54 AM

Quick question.

If I buy a PST second hand can I still get warranty service to get the rust fixed?


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JDSherman]
      #1577281 - 04/30/07 08:34 PM

Hi JD,

It is my understanding that Meade, they bought Coronado, is fixing any PST with the rust problem. My particular PST came with paperwork indicating a shipped date of April 14, 2006.

I have not yet tried to get a RMA, but unless you are overseas, I think all you have to do to get it "fixed" is to contact Meade, and wait...Hopefully, not too long!

Can someone please confirm or deny my assumptions?

Thanks!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: CactusButt]
      #1595498 - 05/09/07 09:56 PM

Hi Everyone!

I finally registered so as to add my PST to the list. S/N 96512

I've been away from astro stuff for awhile now and while browsing for more "wanted - PST" ads, I stumbled across this thread and Erix' nice summary of the issue.

I've owned the PST for less than 2 years now and indeed! it unfortunately has the rust, denser at the objective edges, but also noticeable in the center. It has the a blue coated objective. I left a message for Mr Wiggins today.

Well, if all turns out well, it just might jump-start me back into solar observing and rekindle the wonder I had for the night.

Thanks much to all (esp. the moderators) for this wonderful resource --- Cloudy Nights Forums.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: DMI]
      #1597694 - 05/10/07 11:42 PM

I guess it's time I updated the list. Dave, who is Mr. Wiggins?
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94369 sick - Mike McShan in Oklahoma City. Sending it in for repair.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96038 not sick - Stephen "darkstar 528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96512 sick - Dave "DMI" Left a message for Mr. Wiggins.
96603 sick - "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado) for repairs.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99193 sick - Karoly "kfjpal" in Hungary. Might send it to Meade Germany or Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller in UK.
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100657 sick - Barry "CactusButt" in Texas. Will be sent back after TSP 2007.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101344 blue - Rob Willett in London.
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

For Meade PST repairs in Europe, contact Meade Germany: service.apd@meade.de
http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html
Sven Koenigsfeld - Tel. 0049-2872-8074-153


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1598492 - 05/11/07 12:48 PM

Sorry! that's Dave Wiggins from the Coronado/Meade contact info in your PST list. It confuses me when I refer to another "Dave"

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1599095 - 05/11/07 06:30 PM

You can add mine to the list. SN#: 95414, a very sick PST. Meade has had it for a couple of weeks now. I'm going to be patient. ;-)



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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Mike K]
      #1605811 - 05/15/07 12:27 PM

Mike K.

Your PST is just 10 numbers before my older one (#95424). It's now more than a year ago that I sent mine for repair and it was severely sick as yours.

Degradation of the objectives in both PSTs seems to me quite similar. They should be part of the same bunch for sure.

Good luck Mike.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1606798 - 05/15/07 08:34 PM

Julio,
Yes, I'll bet our objectives were probably in the same batch. Have you been happy with yours since they fixed it for you?


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Mike K]
      #1648479 - 06/07/07 08:45 AM

Hi Mike,

I'm very happy with my new PST. It's a completely replaced unit with "golden coatings". New blue coated objectives are performing very good as well.

Good luck.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Julio Cesar]
      #1669229 - 06/18/07 01:01 PM

Been a few weeks since I last used the PST.

Update: PST serial#95166, 7 months repaired with the new transparent blue lens, objective still looks clean and clear.

Thanks again, Richard, for maintaining the list.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Jim7728]
      #1670114 - 06/18/07 09:20 PM

You're very welcome, Jim!
Might as well post the revised list.
Seems like all the sick scopes are being fixed. Good!
Rich
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94369 sick - Mike McShan in Oklahoma City. Sending it in for repair.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NYC, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon. Works great now.
95414 sick - Mike Krzywonski in Texas
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair. Replaced with new scope.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96038 not sick - Stephen "darkstar 528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96512 sick - Dave "DMI" Left a message for Mr. Wiggins.
96603 sick - "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado) for repairs.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99193 sick - Karoly "kfjpal" in Hungary. Might send it to Meade Germany or Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller in UK.
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100657 sick - Barry "CactusButt" in Texas. Will be sent back after TSP 2007.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101344 blue - Rob Willett in London.
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

For Meade PST repairs in Europe, contact Meade Germany: service.apd@meade.de
http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html
Sven Koenigsfeld - Tel. 0049-2872-8074-153


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1681897 - 06/25/07 09:23 AM

Sick #96400 has been replaced by Meade Germany for an apparently new blue lens PST #103825.

Michael G.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1718933 - 07/15/07 06:13 PM

PST #95414 is back from Meade after being repaired. Nice views at first light today.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Mike K]
      #1719880 - 07/16/07 07:58 AM

My new one is 103552. Blue and healthy.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ben Ritchie]
      #1722207 - 07/17/07 11:00 AM

It seems like things are sorting themselves out nicely on the sick PST front.
The sick scopes are getting repaired or replaced. Here's the latest (& last?) list:
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94369 sick - Mike McShan in Oklahoma City. Sending it in for repair.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94600 sick - Mogster in Manchester. Replaced by Meade Germany, see 103825
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NYC, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon. Works great now.
95414 sick - Mike Krzywonski in Texas, repaired by Meade, OK now.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair. Replaced with new scope.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96038 not sick - Stephen "darkstar 528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96400 sick - "Mogster" in Manchester UK, replaced by Meade Germany with blue #103825
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96512 sick - Dave "DMI" Left a message for Mr. Wiggins.
96603 sick - "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado) for repairs.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99193 sick - Karoly "kfjpal" in Hungary. Might send it to Meade Germany or Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller in UK.
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100657 sick - Barry "CactusButt" in Texas. Will be sent back after TSP 2007.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101344 blue - Rob Willett in London.
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
103552 blue - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK, replacement for sick scope.
103825 blue - "Mogster" in Manchester, UK, replacement for sick scope.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

For Meade PST repairs in Europe, contact Meade Germany: service.apd@meade.de
http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html
Sven Koenigsfeld - Tel. 0049-2872-8074-153


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1740816 - 07/26/07 04:20 PM

94262

Seemed OK, but rust seen when objective viewed in bright light.

Edited by JHM (07/27/07 04:30 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JHM]
      #1743481 - 07/28/07 02:52 AM

Hi Richard, just to clarify 103552 wasn't a replacement for sick scope, it was just a new PST.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1794410 - 08/22/07 09:48 PM

Hi Richard,
Guess you'll have to add my PST serial number to the list! #95919 from December 2004. (Got it on the 24th, 9AM) Shipped direct from Coronado on the 22nd.

I didn't have a problem when this saga began and I've had a PSM 40 mounted on the PST for the last year and 8 months. Been doing LOTS of "SOLAR Star Parties" and outreach with schools. I took the PSM 40 off of the PST in July and saw the dreaded "RUST". I didn't have it in December of 2005. I didn't notice a significant change in the views, so I must have "adjusted" to the changes.

I have some commitments for this school year already and am anxious about the repair "turn-around", especially with all the comments I've read in most of these threads!

One of these threads had a phone number to call. I'll have to go look for it again and see how the repair plays out.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: AstroRon]
      #1796723 - 08/23/07 11:35 PM

Ron:
I was just up your way a few weeks ago, Visited Camden & Bar Harbor with the wife & kids. Very nice! Had the best lobster roll in Camden at that restaurant above the falls downtown. Yum!
There's an 800 number at the bottom of the list that might get you started. Gotta have the best possible views for the schoolkids! You can just about see the little gears going around in there! Buzz, whirr!
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94262 sick - JHM in Colorado.
94369 sick - Mike McShan in Oklahoma City. Sending it in for repair.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94600 sick - Mogster in Manchester. Replaced by Meade Germany, see 103825
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NYC, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon. Works great now.
95414 sick - Mike Krzywonski in Texas, repaired by Meade, OK now.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair. Replaced with new scope.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95919 sick - Ron T. "AstroRon" in Maine.
96038 not sick - Stephen "darkstar 528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96400 sick - "Mogster" in Manchester UK, replaced by Meade Germany with blue #103825
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96512 sick - Dave "DMI" Left a message for Mr. Wiggins.
96603 sick - "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado) for repairs.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99193 sick - Karoly "kfjpal" in Hungary. Might send it to Meade Germany or Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller in UK.
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100657 sick - Barry "CactusButt" in Texas. Will be sent back after TSP 2007.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101344 blue - Rob Willett in London.
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
103552 blue - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK, new scope.
103825 blue - "Mogster" in Manchester, UK, replacement for sick scope.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

For Meade PST repairs in Europe, contact Meade Germany: service.apd@meade.de
http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html
Sven Koenigsfeld - Tel. 0049-2872-8074-153


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1797845 - 08/24/07 03:06 PM

101312 gold - (not sick) dengwer in Tx.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: dengwer]
      #1800431 - 08/25/07 09:21 PM

Hi

Just to let you know that.........

PST 103552 blue - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK, replacement for sick scope.

This one is now with me after Ben sold it on to me three weeks back - Mark Walters in Four Crosses, Wales, UK

Cheers
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Sol]
      #1805454 - 08/28/07 12:00 PM

101073 gold - Bart Goossens in Roeselare, Belgium

I think i got a good one. The paper in the box said that it was built over a year ago. The lens was very clean. I haven't had a chance to compare to another gold or blue pst but i'm seeing all the details i was expecting.
Richard, thanks a lot for this list. It's been a great help

Blue skies
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Bart G]
      #1805669 - 08/28/07 01:31 PM

I hate my position on that list, I feel like it's a matter of when as I've never been that lucky before...

What are first signs?...


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #1807123 - 08/29/07 08:28 AM Attachment (154 downloads)

Steve:
It starts with an orange colored area on the objective.
BTW, what's your serial #? I don't see you on the list!
Here's a photo of MBZ's objective (I'm in a hurry and can't take the time now to hunt down the original post, sorry mods!) for reference. It starts with a few specks and progresses to downright opacity!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1807176 - 08/29/07 09:15 AM

Thank you for that picture...

I'm there:
96038 not sick - Stephen "darkstar 528" in Kentucky.

You're not used to looking that far back on the list LOL My point exactly, matter of time, IMHO...


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1808011 - 08/29/07 05:01 PM

Hi Richard,

Guess you had a nice time in MAINE! Most of what you experienced is why I live here! (and more).

I've tried to get through but LOOOOOONG periods of hold time. Need a stretch where I can hold on for awhile and wait to talk to a real person.

Thanks for the info, Richard. very helpful.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #1808085 - 08/29/07 05:52 PM

Stephen:
Now I see ya! I had your handle in there as darkstar 528, but I was doing a search for darkstar528 (with no space) and couldn't find it!

I did have a good time in Maine, I even swam at the beach in Acadia Park!
Brrrrr!
It was.... um.... envigorating! Yeah, that's it!
Even the wife and kids got envigorated!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1808089 - 08/29/07 05:56 PM

She looks like she's having fun! I know you were! LOL

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1808113 - 08/29/07 06:07 PM

Sand beach HAS to be the coldest beach in NORTH AMERICA! Water is warmer in Nova Scotia! (Gulf Stream)

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: AstroRon]
      #1841068 - 09/14/07 09:58 AM

Quote:

Sand beach HAS to be the coldest beach in NORTH AMERICA! Water is warmer in Nova Scotia! (Gulf Stream)




I used to swim every summer at York Beach in august, and I swear the water was like 60 degrees. Blue lips after 5 minutes! You notice only the kids are in that icy water. BRR!

But on the original topic of this thread, I was blisfully unaware of this PST issue, and I've owned a PST since March of '06. Now I can't wait to check the front element and see if I have the same problem! Mine was definitely made pre-Meade ownership of the Coronado line of scopes. Gee, thanks, guys (and gals) for getting me all paranoid!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Andrew Welsh]
      #1842180 - 09/14/07 07:00 PM

Mine is 94366, purchased in July 2004.

Was fine 8-9 mos ago, now has creeping rust.

Just called Dave Wiggins' number in the above post.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1842572 - 09/14/07 10:43 PM Attachment (137 downloads)

My rusty PST (Serial No. 96603) was returned to Coronado through the local dealer in March this year for warranty repair and has just returned. I had been told Coronado had unfortunately lost all their original staff team when acquired by Meade last year and to show my understanding I insisted on my local dealer not to chase up Coronado and just let them take their time (thus it has taken 6 months). I also gladly paid for the transportation charges.
My PST is now working normally. It would appear my repaired PST has a lot of new parts fitted in it as the front achromatic lens with cell can now be screwed off completely and the filter has been placed at the back.

Regards
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: TONGKW]
      #1845410 - 09/16/07 04:10 PM

Might as well post the latest iteration of "the list".
Mr. Tong got repaired, yay! Now it's Phil Wheeler's turn!
---------------------------------
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94262 sick - JHM in Colorado.
94366 sick - Phil Wheeler in LA. Purchased in July 2004.
94369 sick - Mike McShan in Oklahoma City. Sending it in for repair.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94600 sick - Mogster in Manchester. Replaced by Meade Germany, see 103825
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NYC, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon. Works great now.
95414 sick - Mike Krzywonski in Texas, repaired by Meade, OK now.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair. Replaced with new scope.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95919 sick - Ron T. "AstroRon" in Maine.
96038 not sick - Stephen Ames "darkstar528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96400 sick - "Mogster" in Manchester UK, replaced by Meade Germany with blue #103825
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96512 sick - Dave "DMI" Left a message for Mr. Wiggins.
96603 sick - K.W. Tong "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado), now repaired.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve "molniyabeer" in Italia
99193 sick - Karoly "kfjpal" in Hungary. Might send it to Meade Germany or Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller in UK.
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100657 sick - Barry "CactusButt" in Texas. Will be sent back after TSP 2007.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101073 gold - Bart Goosens in Belgium.
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101312 gold - "dengwer" in Texas.
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101344 blue - Rob Willett in London.
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
103552 blue - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK, new scope, sold to Mark Walters, "sol" in Wales.
103825 blue - "Mogster" in Manchester, UK, replacement for sick scope.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

For Meade PST repairs in Europe, contact Meade Germany: service.apd@meade.de
http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html
Sven Koenigsfeld - Tel. 0049-2872-8074-153


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #1845672 - 09/16/07 06:53 PM

I am listed here,,, I purchased used, gold coatings, and NOT sick. Works great and no signs of going bad... Knock on ...wood?
Daniel Steinke


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Daniel]
      #1846202 - 09/16/07 11:37 PM

Hey Daniel!
Yours and Emiel's are a source of confusion for me. You have surely noticed that your serial number is not typical of a gold lens scope. I just wonder how it came to have a gold lens...

Mine is gold too, no problems with any of them (though I'm not sure we could even see the dreaded rust if it occurred inside a gold lens, it'd be invisible) at least no problems that we know of...
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1867538 - 09/26/07 02:58 PM

Why am I confusing you, Richard?
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #1869304 - 09/27/07 10:53 AM

Emiel:
Here's a small piece of the list:
--------------------------
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 gold - sick "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, old scope, sold?
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland
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There's your scope and Daniel's scope, with gold objectives, sitting in a sea of sick blue scopes! (If they just say "sick" they have the old blue coatings.) I think they must have experimented with gold objectives for a couple days and switched back to the original coatings after the experiment was over. That's the only answer to why you have gold coatings that I can think of, unless somebody at Meade switched the objectives before shipping the scope out...

BTW, here's a new modification that'll appear in the next full list:
98994 sick - Steve Riegel "molniyabeer" in Italia, repaired, blue objective now.
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1870468 - 09/27/07 06:49 PM

Quote:


There's your scope and Daniel's scope, with gold objectives, sitting in a sea of sick blue scopes! (If they just say "sick" they have the old blue coatings.) I think they must have experimented with gold objectives for a couple days and switched back to the original coatings after the experiment was over. That's the only answer to why you have gold coatings that I can think of, unless somebody at Meade switched the objectives before shipping the scope out...






And let's remember, folks, that the quote above is just an idea and not necessarily what happened.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Erix]
      #1870470 - 09/27/07 06:49 PM

Richard, again, thank you for keeping up this list for us.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Erix]
      #1871818 - 09/28/07 10:54 AM

Hello Richard, my old pst with golden coating is two times repared by Meade Germany...the put another golden objective on the oldie...it had after that very lack of detail, visually and with a webcam. Lots of tubecurrent too!
after the 3rd time of repair, they gave me an new one with the blue lens. I've heard that Meade made a thousand or so with a golden coating...they were to expensive to make, so they changed it back to the blue "ITO"-lens. Just bought myself a next PST...with an older serienumber...I will have it over a week or so...just another to fill the list. It should have the orange or the gold coloured coating.
greetz emiel
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1874086 - 09/29/07 01:06 PM

Add me to your list. Serial number 94343. The rust has happened to mine twice. The first time was back in 2005. It was repaired by Coronado. I just noticed it again today. Here is the new thread I posted. http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=solar&Number=1873951&fpart=&PHPSESSID=

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: John Kocijanski]
      #1874958 - 09/29/07 10:17 PM

I just posted in another thread. I keep my pst out in my pool room that is indoors. This is a high humidity room and I never have a problem with the scope. Sometimes i nthe mornings after the cover on the pool has been off for swimming, and the cieling fans and dehumidifier have been on, I get the dew on all the windows... thats typically not a good thing to do, but I keep things covered and for the most part.. moisture free out there.
I am pushing the envelope of this scope.... if moisture IS the culprit of the problem.

I look at it EVERY day to see if it is getting sick, no luck so far!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Daniel]
      #1875885 - 09/30/07 12:58 PM

Daniel:
"I look at it EVERY day to see if it is getting sick, no luck so far!"
You probably mean "lots of luck so far!"

So now the odd appearance of gold objectives in the middle of a long run of blue (and mostly sick) objectives is partially solved, Emiel had his "repaired" by Meade Germany. It sounds like it wasn't a good repair and they did the correct thing by replacing the scope altogether.

So Daniel, did yours get repaired also? Your scope is the only other gold objective scope in "the blue zone"... It's possible that you had your old scope replaced by a new gold one and I've got the old scopes serial number stuck onto your new scopes objective somehow... Stranger things have happened.

How would you compare the gold objective with the old blue one? Did you notice a lack of contrast like Emiel did? I have a gold scope as well and haven't had much (OK, any) experience looking through other PSTs for comparison. I wonder what (if anything) I'm missing...
Other than sunspots, that is!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1880988 - 10/02/07 04:14 PM

You can add 94017 to the Sick list. Headed back to Meade today for repair.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rnabholz]
      #1883058 - 10/03/07 01:26 PM

Time for an update, especially with a new page just started.
It's good to have the list high on the page, ya know?
Thanks everybody for your serial numbers and info, couldn't do this withoutcha!
Rich
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94017 sick - Rod Nabholz "rnabholz" in Iowa
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94262 sick - JHM in Colorado.
94343 sick - John Kocijanski in NY. Repaired by Coronado once, now sick again!
94366 sick - Phil Wheeler in LA. Purchased in July 2004.
94369 sick - Mike McShan in Oklahoma City. Sending it in for repair.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94600 sick - Mogster in Manchester. Replaced by Meade Germany, see 103825
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NYC, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon. Works great now.
95414 sick - Mike Krzywonski in Texas, repaired by Meade, OK now.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair. Replaced with new scope.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95919 sick - Ron T. "AstroRon" in Maine.
96038 not sick - Stephen Ames "darkstar528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96400 sick - "Mogster" in Manchester UK, replaced by Meade Germany with blue #103825
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96512 sick - Dave "DMI" Left a message for Mr. Wiggins.
96603 sick - K.W. Tong "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado), now repaired.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 sick - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands. Repaired with gold obj by Meade Germany, then replaced by them with new, blue objective scope.
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve Riegel "molniyabeer" in Italia, repaired, blue objective now.
99193 sick - Karoly "kfjpal" in Hungary. Might send it to Meade Germany or Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller in UK.
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100657 sick - Barry "CactusButt" in Texas. Will be sent back after TSP 2007.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101073 gold - Bart Goosens in Belgium.
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101312 gold - "dengwer" in Texas.
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101344 blue - Rob Willett in London.
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
102701 blue - Myles in Seattle.
103552 blue - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK, new scope, sold to Mark Walters, "sol" in Wales.
103825 blue - "Mogster" in Manchester, UK, replacement for sick scope.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

For Meade PST repairs in Europe, contact Meade Germany: service.apd@meade.de
http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html
Sven Koenigsfeld - Tel. 0049-2872-8074-153


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1903298 - 10/11/07 03:18 PM

Thanks for this thread.

I took my PST (#94366, purchased in July 2004) to Meade (35 min drive) on Tuesday, three days ago.

What is a typical turnaround time? I'm assuming I will get it back in the "The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick." configuration.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #1903490 - 10/11/07 04:41 PM

Phil,

I live in Orange County and also dropped mine off for the repair, as well as an adjusment on the tuning ring, last year about this time. Meade called me 10 days later and said it was ready for pick up. No problems since the repairs.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: pjstoker]
      #1903697 - 10/11/07 05:56 PM

Quote:

Phil,

I live in Orange County and also dropped mine off for the repair, as well as an adjusment on the tuning ring, last year about this time. Meade called me 10 days later and said it was ready for pick up. No problems since the repairs.

Pat




Thanks, Pat. May mine go as quickly!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #1913820 - 10/16/07 11:46 AM Attachment (143 downloads)

Hello Richard,just got my hands on a gold unit. Just bought it with my eye on furter modification of it. A couple of days ago, I could compare it to my good old blue one...
101742 blue vs 101103 gold.

The blue one was better with imaging proms and disc detail and showing detailed Prominence features, visually.
The gold one was a winner at visual solar disc features. The gold unit has a much darker image.

Greetz emiel

Edited by EmielVeldhuis (10/16/07 11:53 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #1913854 - 10/16/07 11:56 AM

Thank you, Emiel!
Now -THAT- is news you can use! It looks like the blue is maybe overall a little better, though the gold is OK for visual work. Since I'm not imaging the Sun yet that shouldn't be a problem for me.

By the way, where are the sunspots we were promised?
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1913885 - 10/16/07 12:08 PM Attachment (151 downloads)

another comparing set of images, this time with a little sunspotgroup...just for you Richard!
It was made the same day as the pictures above. Made two different comparings, just to make sure my testing was right. More testing with different F/ratio's and with more visual/tuning testing will follow. Important note: The gold unit is not sick (yet)!.
greetz emiel

Edited by EmielVeldhuis (10/16/07 01:04 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #1918214 - 10/17/07 11:52 PM

This is great work, Emiel! Keep up the super detective work!
I wonder if any other PSTs in Belge can join in the fun? It would be great to have an old/blue (not yet sick) scope in the test.
Rich


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1931653 - 10/23/07 05:38 PM

Hee Richard...I live in Holland, not Belgium hahaha
Nick Howes thought it was some astigmatism on the gold one, have to do more tests to find that out...
Maybe I can test some PST unit more (hopefully a blue one)...Just got contacted with a guy who just bought a PST. He wants to compare it with mine, visually and with a webcam. The dude said it was a very good unit...this story will continue
BTW: Thanks, I do my best;).
greetz emiel

Edited by EmielVeldhuis (10/23/07 06:10 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #1939888 - 10/26/07 09:33 PM

Oops!
Nederland, of course, not Belge! Gad, I'll have to get my head examined!
Maybe new glasses...
Keep the good PST shoot-out going, this is interesting!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1940043 - 10/26/07 11:17 PM

Hi Rich,

I know you have been keeping this list for sometime now. Have you any idea of how many PST's are out there among amateurs based on the serial numbers and your list? I was just curious and trying to get some idea of how many amateurs there are who are currently doing narrow band observing/imaging. Of course there are a lot of folks who have other filters, but knowing how many PST's are out there would give some indication of how popular this aspect of amateur astronomy has become.

Thanks,

Pat


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: pjstoker]
      #1941036 - 10/27/07 12:39 PM

Hard to know exactly, Pat, but it looks like 9,300 or more unless there are gaps in the serial numbers that we don't know about.

With the impending move of Meade manufacturing out of the country, it would be a good idea for all of us to inspect our PSTs now and get them fixed ASAP. It's hard to know what effect the offshore move will have. If it's Mexico it won't have much effect. If it's Singapore, maybe they'll ignore the warranties (purely speculation of course). I hope not! But that's a lot of potentially sick scopes out there!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1941084 - 10/27/07 01:09 PM

Thanks Rich. Wow, that is kind of an eye opening number of just PST's out there. But I do seem to recall Craig Weatherwax of OPT telling me that they were getting orders for PST's at the rate of about 100 per week a few years ago shortly after Coronado introduced them.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rnabholz]
      #1955989 - 11/02/07 01:09 PM

Quote:

You can add 94017 to the Sick list. Headed back to Meade today for repair.




The scope was returned today with a nice clear blue objective. Haven't had it out yet, but will soon.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: rnabholz]
      #1965259 - 11/06/07 09:20 AM

This is a great service you are doing Rich. Your list was just mentioned to me and i would like to add myself to it.
Serial# 95594 sick Brian D, NY Repaired 09/13/06 Replaced objective (Blue) and ITF.
Thank you, Brian

Edited by Happy-Idiot (11/06/07 09:51 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Happy-Idiot]
      #2006941 - 11/24/07 07:24 PM

What is the best way to contact Meade regarding a "sick" PST? I noticed mine has begun to "rust." I purchased it new 10/2004. I e-mailed them a week ago but no response.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: cuda]
      #2007222 - 11/24/07 09:47 PM

Just took a look at our club PST. Serial #96682, definitely sick. I'll be contacting them on Monday.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: $pace @ce]
      #2014662 - 11/28/07 01:44 PM

I just purchased this PST, used.
Serial #.94101

If seen from front. it seemed OK, but looking from a certain angle under Sun light it seems it has rust.

Is it so?

See:
http://www.cloudynights.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=12645


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2014724 - 11/28/07 02:14 PM

Sorry, but it looks like rust to me...

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2014902 - 11/28/07 03:36 PM

Emiiel...

101103 looks astigmatic, look at the cross hatching and lack of clarity in the image, compared to the other one (blue), that is not a "gold objective or rust" problem, that is astigmatism.. exactly what I was seeing with my old PST, and now gone totally with the new one (though still to batter it at F40 next summer!)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NickH]
      #2015042 - 11/28/07 04:32 PM

Thanx Nick!...but do you know what to do about that?
greetz emiel


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2015093 - 11/28/07 04:49 PM

Send it back to your dealer..

It's a misalignment in the prism sadly and whilst you may be able to adjust it yourself, I personally would not risk it


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2017047 - 11/29/07 01:09 PM

Quote:

Sorry, but it looks like rust to me...




So, bad news...

I'll try to contact Coronado and Meade Europe, and I'll let you now

The worst new is that I have not any garancy or any original box, ecause I bought it used.
I checked it in the shop and it looked nice, and the view seemed good.

I noticed the rust only looking from a certain angle from the side


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2018625 - 11/30/07 07:19 AM Attachment (143 downloads)

Heee Nick and others,
just wrote Meade Germany a mail about the astigmatism problem. Let you guys know, when I recieved some answers and what to do...it's 4 months after the warranty limit, so I don't know if it will cost me money to get the problem fixed. Added the images above too, so they can see it for themselves...

@ Claudio: You just can sent it back, no need of original box or warranty is necessary...the rust problem is caused by the factory, so Meade is repearing them for free...You only pay for sending it to them. Just contact them before you sent it: info@meade.de Good luck, and let me know, when you hear from them!

Greetz emiel

Edited by EmielVeldhuis (11/30/07 07:35 AM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2018632 - 11/30/07 07:30 AM

Well, that will be interesting to hear the reply. I was lucky enough to have two Cak and two H-Alpha scopes last summer side by side, supposedly identical. One pair would not reach focus at F20-F40, the other pair would, and the difference was noticeable. The artefacts were astigmatism, as others on this forum have also seen (sadly), but in my case, I was lucky enough to have it fixed in the case of the H-A as part of an overhaul on the rust problem, and the CaK is now in Irvine, being fixed for the astigmatism, which is also proven via a direct A/B comparison with a perfect working model.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NickH]
      #2018639 - 11/30/07 07:36 AM

Hope it turns out very well for all of us....we'll keep in touch!

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2019171 - 11/30/07 01:11 PM

Quote:


@ Claudio: You just can sent it back, no need of original box or warranty is necessary...the rust problem is caused by the factory, so Meade is repearing them for free...You only pay for sending it to them. Just contact them before you sent it: info@meade.de Good luck, and let me know, when you hear from them!





Thank you!
I sent an e-mail to Meade Germany this morning, I'm waiting for the answer.

I'll let you know.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2022262 - 12/01/07 10:01 PM

Hi,

Just found this thread; what a resource! I am calling Meade on Monday as the objective on my PST is now completely rust colored when viewed from a 45 degree angle. The serial number of my scope is 96264. Please add it to the list.

Thanks!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2027666 - 12/04/07 02:01 PM

When I called about my PST's rust problem yesterday, Meade told me to expect about one month turnaround time.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2027782 - 12/04/07 02:54 PM

Still feel like I'm viewing on borrowed time with 96038...LOL

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #2027801 - 12/04/07 03:05 PM

Wow, Jim...4 weeks...you will surfive
Still no sign of anny corrosian, Stephen?
btw I've heard nothing yet from Meade.

Edited by EmielVeldhuis (12/04/07 03:06 PM)


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2027992 - 12/04/07 04:15 PM

I know, four weeks is a long time! Especially because I will have some time off over the holidays and could have been doing some daytime observing.

Oh well, looks like I'll be doing my observing at night with the 18" for the next month or so.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2028077 - 12/04/07 04:47 PM

Not a speck, I checked pretty good the other day after reading another story of finding it...Can I send back as a preemptive measure?!??!

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #2028339 - 12/04/07 06:49 PM

Hi Stephen,

If I were you, I wouldn't send your PST anywhere. Not all PSTs are created equal, and from your many posts it sounds like you've got a good one. I can't remember my PST s/n right now, but I know it's 964xx and shows no sign of rust. Apparantly the supplier returned all their PST stock to Coronado (Tuscon) for objective replacement when the rust issue was first raised. MY PST came with old (Tuscon) address details for the warranty, together with an additional piece of paper with the 'new' address for Coronado/Meade in CA.

I'm aware of the bandwidth specs, but my PST appears to have a narrower b/w than my SM40 filter. Reading the posts and from other sources, there certainly seems to have been a lot more variability in the final PST b/w than in the case of the SM40 filters / Maxscope 40's / SolarMax 40's. I just hope mine stays in good health.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Andy D]
      #2028427 - 12/04/07 07:23 PM

Thank you, I don't want to, I'm in love with it and I'm not sure I could handle the separation anxiety!...

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: darkstar528]
      #2029109 - 12/04/07 11:36 PM

I've been busy with club business for a few days (a week?) and I come to find a ton of messages!
Claudio: Sorry about your scope, I hope it gets fixed soon! Meade Deutchland seems to be a top drawer outfit!
Stephen: My fingers are crossed, my toes are crossed, and my eyes....
Jim: I hope that yours gets fixed quickly too!
Here's the current updated list:
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94017 sick - Rod Nabholz "rnabholz" in Iowa. Repaired with clear blue objective.
94101 sick - Claudio "Ford Prefect" in Roma.
94115 sick - "PEterW" in SW London, Repaired with clear blue objective.
94229 sick? - Rick in Tokyo
94230 sick - Joe Bergeron in NY - repaired twice, last time with clear blue lens.
94262 sick - JHM in Colorado.
94343 sick - John Kocijanski in NY. Repaired by Coronado once, now sick again!
94366 sick - Phil Wheeler in LA. Purchased in July 2004.
94369 sick - Mike McShan in Oklahoma City. Sending it in for repair.
94595 sick - Chris Reich "Bucephelus" in California. LOST BY MEADE.
94600 sick - Mogster in Manchester. Replaced by Meade Germany, see 103825
94606 sick - Gary Meehan "AXAF" in Boston. Repaired by Meade with a clear blue objective.
94645 not sick - John Hoare in Kildare, Eire
94769 sick? - Dave LoPresti in Conn.
94991 sick - David "ad701xx" in Oregon. "Replaced objective lens and ITF. Clean optics"
95009 sick - Aaron McNeely in Indiana, repaired with blue/transparent obj. No bubbles.
95104 was blue, now gold - Tom Lawson "Guner" in NJ - repaired twice!
95166 sick - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NYC, repaired twice, 2nd time with blue/clear objective & new ITF/etalon. Works great now.
95414 sick - Mike Krzywonski in Texas, repaired by Meade, OK now.
95424 sick - Julio Cesar in Madrid - before repair. Replaced with new scope.
95594 sick - Brian D, "Happy Idiot" in NY. Repaired with blue objective & ITF.
95769 sick - Joan Koch "StargazerJMK", Tacoma. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
95919 sick - Ron T. "AstroRon" in Maine.
96038 not sick - Stephen Ames "darkstar528" in Kentucky.
96144 sick - Bruce Cosgrove "BRCoz" in Calif. Repaired with clear blue objective.
96264 sick - Jim Walsh in Mansfield, Texas.
96325 sick - DAVIDG in Delaware. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96367 sick - "Zoomster" in Fla.- now repaired.
96400 sick - "Mogster" in Manchester UK, replaced by Meade Germany with blue #103825
96448 sick - Mike Rosolina "Special Ed" in West Va. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96512 sick - Dave "DMI" Left a message for Mr. Wiggins.
96603 sick - K.W. Tong "TONGKW" in Hong Kong. Sent to Meade (Coronado), now repaired.
96605 sick - SO King-yan Oldfield in Hong Kong.
96618 sick - Doug D. in Virginia. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
96682 sick - "$pace @ce" in Vancouver, Washington.
96714 sick - Darren Hiebert in Alabama, repaired, sick again!
96969 sick - CESDewar in Georgia, repaired with blue objective.
97148 sick - Bill Leslie "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Replaced by BC&F (Meade).
97449 not sick yet, blue - Steve Durham in NY
97468 sick - Bruce Raemsch "Carpe Noctum" in Cal., returned, lost by Meade, replaced.

97491 gold - Daniel Steinke in Illinois - bought used, repaired?
97575 sick - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands. Repaired with gold obj by Meade Germany, then replaced by them with new, blue objective scope.
98031 sick - Brian "Solar B" in Scotland. Repaired with new blue objective, new ERF/BF/Spacer.
98131 not sick, blue/transparent - Gustavo Phols in Mexico (already repaired?)
98569 sick - Joplin Motisher. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF tested.
98670 sick & gold (yellow?) "Davo" in Scotland

98773 sick - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the old scope)
98994 sick - Steve Riegel "molniyabeer" in Italia, repaired, blue objective now.
99193 sick - Karoly "kfjpal" in Hungary. Might send it to Meade Germany or Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller in UK.
99309 sick - Michelle "JARSHEART" in Fla. "Replace objective lens and ITF, clean optics."
99335 sick - Kelly "Trombone" Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon. Traded to Bobby "Strgazr27" on Long Island?
99492 sick - "Solar1" in Texas. Sent back to Meade 3/8/07
99493 sick - Adrian Guzman "solmax" in San Jose, CA. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
99520 sick - DanJ in North Carolina. Repaired, new blue objective, cleaned optics.
99729 sick - Kurt Fisher, "canopus56" in Salt Lake City. Repaired with clear blue objective.
99760 sick - (brand new in box - Discovery Store) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
99801 unknown -- STOLEN -- Erika Rix in Ohio
99807 sick - "Ike" Stewart, Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.
100051 sick - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire (Ben Ritchie's old scope) - sent to Meade for repair. --REPLACED--
100292 not sick - Marcus Thompson "JAT Observatory" in Pennsylvania.
100349 not sick - Chris Schroeder in Wisconsin
100353 not sick - Jeff Wilson "birddog06" in Oregon.
100360 sick - Rick in Tokyo
100407 slightly sick - Stephane in Belgium.
100657 sick - Barry "CactusButt" in Texas. Will be sent back after TSP 2007.
100658 sick - Jim from NJ Night Sky. Repaired with clear blue objective & ITF/etalon.

100706 gold - Ed Kessler in PA, sold to JD Sherman in New Jersey?
100727 gold - Bill K. "SprintCar Driver" in California
100914 gold - Quentin Rakestraw
100922 gold - justin2992 in Philly
100942 gold - LBartolomei in Minnesota
101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio
101073 gold - Bart Goosens in Belgium.
101103 gold - Emiel Veldhuis in Zwolle, Netherlands.
101147 gold - Julio Cesar's friend Oriol in Barcelona
101168 gold - Julio Cesar's replacement PST
101230 gold - me
101306 gold - Luke Leege "LLEGE" in Rochester
101312 gold - "dengwer" in Texas.
101337 gold - Gerald Bokowy "chemkelly" in Illinois

101339 blue - Dean Mohr, Salt Lake City
101344 blue - Rob Willett in London.
101369 blue - James Suarez "Jim7728" in NY - the new one.
101489 blue - FLNightSky in Florida?
101526 blue - spacydee in Los Angeles, California.
101627 blue - Gregor(slo) in Slovenia (the new replacement scope)
101680 blue - Bill "Bonco" in Fla. Not sick.
101742 blue - "EmielVeldhuis" in Zwolle, Netherlands, new scope, best contrast.
101860 blue - Trevor Durity in Galway, Eire. The replacement scope.
101976 blue - Bill "Downward Bound" in Seattle.
101978 blue? - "Tarsier"
102xxx clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ
102024 clear-blue/sick/bubbles - (brand new in box - #2 Adorama NYC) - Steven Kim "kimsc321" in NJ, bubbles are very small.
102196 blue - Adam "soreneck" in Toronto
102228 blue - "omahaastro" in Omaha. No bubbles.
102392 blue - Bill Leslie, "bill-in-forres" Scotland. Free replacement for # 97148.
102701 blue - Myles in Seattle.
103552 blue - Ben Ritchie in Bosham, UK, new scope, sold to Mark Walters, "sol" in Wales.
103825 blue - "Mogster" in Manchester, UK, replacement for sick scope.
---------------------------------
The first group are the ones that had the problem. Reflective blue lenses, one transparent...
The second group are the gold ones.
The last group are the new type, with blue lenses (transparent). Not sick.

If your PST or BF is sick, call Coronado/Meade:
1 (800) 626-3233 - Dave Wiggins ext 6289
Wayne.Motonaga@meade.com -- Not actually in the repair dept. Told Chris to "Be patient." :-(
Eddie Salgado -- "Very helpful"

For Meade PST repairs in Europe, contact Meade Germany: service.apd@meade.de
http://www.meade.de/en/about-us/employees.html
Sven Koenigsfeld - Tel. 0049-2872-8074-153


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #2031309 - 12/05/07 09:02 PM

I am sending my PST back to Meade for repair. Do I need to mail it ground shipping?

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: cuda]
      #2032394 - 12/06/07 10:57 AM

You can also add my gold version too, Richard...see the above images

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: cuda]
      #2032587 - 12/06/07 12:22 PM

Cuda,

I just sent mine via USPS. I did insure it and paid for delivery confirmation. The rep at Meade made no reference as to how the PST was to be shipped to them.

Hope that helps!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2033102 - 12/06/07 04:17 PM

Thanks Jim.....Meade rep never mentioned it either. I just remember that PST's were never shipped through the air because of some reason I don't recall. Perhaps I'm totally wrong Anyways mine goes back tomorrow USPS.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2034406 - 12/07/07 04:01 AM

I sent a e-mail to Meade Germany a week ago, and got no reply.

I'm sending another one.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2034781 - 12/07/07 10:18 AM

Mine was shipped to me by air from the US and I haven't seen any issues with it yet.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2034834 - 12/07/07 10:39 AM

Done, Emiel! That you had both of those PSTs had escaped me! I was so fascinated by the comparison images that I didn't notice the serial # info!
I edited the latest list back on page 12!
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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #2035063 - 12/07/07 12:35 PM

Thanx Richard

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2045836 - 12/12/07 11:16 AM

Some news (good news).

I managed to contact Sven Königsfeld of MEADE Europe.
I have to ship my PST as soon as possible to get it fixed.

Stay tuned for more news.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2045912 - 12/12/07 12:00 PM

hee pirate, that's good news

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2125452 - 01/16/08 09:37 PM

The UPS guy just delivered my repaired PST. It has gone from Rusty Red to Beautiful Blue! I sent it in on 12/04/07, they said it would take about 4 weeks, and it arrived today, 01/16/08.

The funny part is that I was afraid that if I sent in the original foam packing insert, I'd never get it back. So I wrapped it up in yards and yards of bubble wrap and shipped it in a big box. It was returned to me in the factory foam packaging, in an original orange PST box. To top it off, they even included another K20 eyepiece.

Thank you Meade!

I had no idea what to do with the original K20, let alone two of them. No - they're not going into my Denk binoviewer!

This weekend I'll test the performance of my newly repaired PST and report here.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2131851 - 01/19/08 06:12 PM

I just took my newly repaired PST #96264 out for it's first observing session since "going blue".

Meade did a beautiful job! The sun appears a deeper orange/red than before, providing improved contrast and prominence detail. Although the sun was very quiet when I observed, I can report that the scope is now superior to the original configuration.

I'm very happy that I had this done, and highly recommend the procedure. Meade may have its problems right now, but they really delivered on the PST fix.

Thanks Meade!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2140066 - 01/23/08 11:19 AM Attachment (110 downloads)

Hi,

My friend George and I noticed a "rust color" ring around the outside edge of the objective lens. Is this the "rust" problem? The center of the lens looks good. S/N 100625

Thanks for any feedback.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Don Waid]
      #2141280 - 01/23/08 10:06 PM

Hi Don,

Yes, that is how it starts. Time to contact Meade and get a return authorization.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: JimW]
      #2141433 - 01/23/08 10:57 PM

Just a quick update...

101040 gold - "jgraham" in Ohio

I had my PST out a couple of days ago (even when the Sun is quiet I just love looking at thing giant glowing tennis ball) and my objective still looks fine. I'll keep my fingers crossed!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: jgraham]
      #2154054 - 01/29/08 05:40 PM

My PST is back from MEADE Germany!


I sent it on December 20th, 2007.
MEADE Germany was closed for holydays from December 23th to January 6th.

Tomorrow the PST arrived at home.
It was received by my parents, and I was back from job late after sunset, so no way to test it.

The objective now looks clear with a pale blue tint, and it seems they changed also the eyepiece holder.

Hope to try it soon!


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2155185 - 01/30/08 04:06 AM

Well for what it was worth, my old PST CaK was s/n 50102 and was chronically astigmatic, (though not as bad as Ben/Hiram or John's). I now have a new CaK which is flawless (so far, but that glue on the prism I suspect could slip at any time!)

The PST H-A has been stripped down, and pretty much totally replaced in terms of objective, Blocking filters etc, first few looks seem to indicate that the bandpass is slightly worse than the old one (which was 0.7A or lower from a direct A/B against an SM40), but the image is far better/clearer and not astigmatic, though I still have to ramp up the power on it to see what happens.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NickH]
      #2155342 - 01/30/08 08:19 AM

It seems that several pieces of my PST have been replaced.
It was used, in good condition but it was obvious it was not brand new. Not scratches or injuries, it only had the appeal of a "used" instrument.

Now it seems that the only used part is the golden tube. Even the prism box feels like it is a new unit.
Nice work, indeed.

This morning, of course, it was cloudy, so I did not have a chance to test the optic.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2155933 - 01/30/08 01:24 PM

He Pirate, glad you're back in bussines! good to hear

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2156237 - 01/30/08 03:43 PM

My CaK PST #50201 can be added to the list. I sent it in just before the holidays not sure if it needed repair. It came back today and I had a chance to try it out and it is better. The repair statement they sent me reads, "re-alignment pentaprism".

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Howlt]
      #2156520 - 01/30/08 05:57 PM

Quote:

My CaK PST #50201 can be added to the list. I sent it in just before the holidays not sure if it needed repair. It came back today and I had a chance to try it out and it is better. The repair statement they sent me reads, "re-alignment pentaprism".





What, the pentaprisms which don't need re-alignment you mean..?

The non existent astigmatism you mean?

Can you ensure that Hiram, Ben Ritchie and John see this post.. it's very important..


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: NickH]
      #2156699 - 01/30/08 07:29 PM

A pink copy titled RGA SERVICE TRAVELER has a blank filled in as (not my words) "high power mag is blurry possible stigmatic" and then has another blank that was filled in as "Re-alignment pentaprizm clean optics + filters".

It seemed to work fine today, but I will mount it side by side with my other PST CaK tomorrow for a better comparison. For the record, I don't remember my PST CaK being at all dirty. The lens cap wasn't on when it arrived and it had about 20 to 30 small partlices on the lens.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: EmielVeldhuis]
      #2157648 - 01/31/08 09:21 AM

Quote:

He Pirate, glad you're back in bussines! good to hear




Thank you!
Now, all I need is a sunny morning.
Today too, cloudy day.


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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Ford Prefect]
      #2158189 - 01/31/08 01:54 PM

There is still a difference between my old CaK PST that was just repaired and the newer one. It is not as distinct as before, but the repaired one is a tiny bit dimmer. I had them mounted on a binocular mount and used identical eyepieces. I also swaped the scopes just to be sure. The performance is close enough that I am not going to send it back. If somebody thinks there is a reason I should contact Meade about this, please let me know.

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Re: PST serial # list. new [Re: Howlt]
      #2158698 - 01/31/08 05:29 PM

Stick a webcam on it and a 2X barlow, then decide!

It's the only way to tell with the CaK scopes easily


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