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Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new
      #5441639 - 09/26/12 01:12 PM

Escher's post re the Terrabeam/Wegat/"white tube" ETX 125 OTA got me to

Having one of those, I can appreciate its study and ergonomic metal build quality.
I also have a 90 ota and have just received a used 105 ota (have not tested it yet).
A fellow by the name of Ken Dauzat (aka Ken's Rings & Things) would have an answer to this question, but he is has retired I believe.
I am wondering who could do a custom rebuild of the back ends of my 90 & 105 ota's to "Wegat" quality, then realign, etc.?


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: moynihan]
      #5441818 - 09/26/12 02:47 PM

I would think that its a relatively trivial issue - hear me out.

I would imagine that Jim was having the rear cells CNC machined based on a custom design - most likley something he developed.

*IF* he is no longer interested in selling the scopes... maybe he would be willing to part with the design files. Then it would just be a matter of having several of the cells machined and anodized by a custom shop.

Most likley, the design could be scaled to work with the 90 and 105 versions as well, assuming the mechanics and relative sizes are similar.

I could easily see someone developing "retrofit kits" for the ETX line.


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: Escher]
      #5441842 - 09/26/12 02:58 PM

Sounds good to me

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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: moynihan]
      #5441854 - 09/26/12 03:02 PM

I'll drop him a line unless someone here knows him better... I'm just the pest who keeps emailing him about his sale...

Edit: Just sent him an email - I'll let you know what I hear back..

Edited by Escher (09/26/12 03:11 PM)


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: Escher]
      #5451819 - 10/02/12 12:08 PM

Update:

Well - it would appear the Mr. Wegat is not interested in discussing the issue - no response to my emails. I know they are going through because he responded previously. He may just be busy. But thus far, No dice.

On a more positive note - If I can get some things sold, I may take on the task myself. I have an ETX90 and my Terabeam ETX125. I can pretty easily scale the design down and give it a shot.

This is dependent upon if my 10" scope sells and I can find a mini milling machine locally.

I'll keep you apprised... if I get the funds I definitely plan to give it a try. The only difference will be that I will not be adding a 2" SCT thread... I wont have the ability to thread the adapter... so I plan to just add a 1.25" extension and that can then accept a standard diagonal.


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: Escher]
      #5466444 - 10/12/12 07:34 AM

Update #2:

Jim got back with me last night - he has been tied up with other projects and apologized for the delay in responding.

He said he will make the adapters available - and that I should forward along anyone who is interested to him.

At this point, he only has the ETX125 with standard Schmidt threads.

If anyone is interested send me a PM and I will get you his contact info.

He has been investigating the smaller scopes as well and just has not been able to devote a lot of time to the development.


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: Escher]
      #5466451 - 10/12/12 07:44 AM

Quote:


He said he will make the adapters available - ...




Sorry, what adapters


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: moynihan]
      #5466753 - 10/12/12 11:54 AM



I should have said the rear cells...


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) new [Re: Escher]
      #5468676 - 10/13/12 05:32 PM

Quote:

rear cells...




For the 90mm?


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Re: Metal ETX OTA's? (no not from Meade) [Re: moynihan]
      #5475336 - 10/17/12 03:49 PM

I dont know that he has it designed yet - but he said he was working on it.

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