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Meade Model 38 Dec motor assembly complete circa 1985 Sold!

Price - $80.00

Ad Number: 202753

Posted: 31 Mar 2020

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Okay, these are HARD to come by...

A 1985 (actually dated on box Oct. 8, 1985) Meade Model 38 declination drive assembly. This is complete to original code with the drive unit, the brass gear end, the large brass-and-nylon cog, male pin-to-male pin power cable (made in Japan so it is indeed the original), both #4-40 mounting screws, and the original box.

This drive unit is specifically built for both the 2080 and 2120 LX3 mounts. The LX3 mount has the quartz system and can use the various handsets that had single or dual axis controls; along with other functions. These were the hand controllers with the blue-and-red square buttons and a central toggle for adjustable slew/clock speeds, and predated the Magellan I and II systems of much later years in the 1990s.

I do believe this dec drive will indeed work with the newer (newer being 1990s) LX10 and LX50 7, 8, and 10 models, but you'll need to check the bolt pattern firsthand to be sure.
Oh, while we're at it, the bolt pattern is (2) screws 1.49-inches apart.

Now do NOT lose these screws because it'll be hard to find a pair that are LONG enough to run through the entire drive box and into the female threads at the underside base of the declination slow motion assembly of the fork arm.

Total weight of assembly installed is 6 ounces.

Cosmetics are virtually mint on the drive unit, mint on the power cable, very excellent on the large cog, and mint on the box. All labels on the box are original and fully legible (and a neat piece of Meade history).
The teeth on the nylon cog are perfect. Shaft in the dec drive is true with no wobble. The motor drive runs absolutely perfectly and I have had wonderful tracking results with it.

Price doesn't include shipping. Will send to anyone.


  • Condition very excellent
  • Location Veradale, WA

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