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Can you Identify this Meade Telescope?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 01:05 PM

This picture was taken several years ago - we think that this is a Meade Research Grade 12.5" Newtonian but none of us are dead certain:

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This scope has been lying unused at the observatory for quite a few years. As long as I've been a member of the club we have never taken it out because it's just much easier to manage the Dobs than it is to haul out that very heavy mount and get it set up. It's kind of a shame too because the scope seems like a nice rig with a nice set of rotating rings.

Anyway, the notion has come up with the Board of Directors to sell the scope, and so I need to find out for sure what it actually is so that I can say so when I put out the ads. If you can help me positively ID the beast I'd truly appreciate it!

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 01:12 PM

is that the finder on the bottom end?

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 01:58 PM

My first thought was exactly what you said - the research grade 12.5"

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:02 PM

It looks like one to me as well...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:03 PM

The tube reminds me of Parks.

It smells of research grade, but I can't say anything more specific because I have no earthly idea.

I bet somebody around here knows though.

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:50 PM

Charlie,

Check you Cloudynights email as I can provide you with images of a Meade 1266 Research Grade 12.5" f5.6 Newtonian. I am interested in purchasing this, depending on price of course and if the optics can be verified.

-JW:>)

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:19 PM

Charlie,

For starters, the images below are not of my home, rather the Meades home. Unfortunately the one below didn’t acquire the loving care as the one in your first photo. It’s also missing the guidescope. Perhaps these will help a little:

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:19 PM

and another ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:20 PM

ok ... and one more ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:21 PM

... last one I think ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:23 PM

... oops ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:25 PM

O'hum ....

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:26 PM

... last one promise ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:27 PM

how could anyone treat a telescope like that?

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:28 PM

... found another ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:29 PM

... so I lied ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:29 PM

How'z that for a heart-breaker! :bawling:

-JWW:

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:24 PM

Well, pretty heart-breaking. Then again, if the optics are salvageable, the rest looks cosmetic at worst. Could be a fun project.

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:18 PM

what on earth happened to that poor scope, I felt like pulling out my hair with each photo.
:bawling:

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:18 PM

I bet they beat their dog also!!!! :lol: :)

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:26 PM

... optics were history ...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 07:01 PM

It looks very much like my 12.5 inch Meade RG. If the mirror is a 12.5 inch F/6 and it says Meade on the focuser and base, I would be quite sure that you have properly identified it.

Here's a photo of mine...

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 07:58 PM

Cool - we now have a positive ID on the scope. Thanks, guys!

That picture I posted was taken a bare minimum of 10 years ago, and after having taken it out to have a look I think the scope has been sitting unused in a corner of the observatory building for probably not too long after that shot was taken. It's dirty and needs some pretty serious cleanup but it's not as bad as some of the pictures that have been posted here - I'd call it a project scope for certain but not a lost cause. The glass is very dirty but I did not see any chips or sleeks in the coatings on the primary or the secondary. It has the drive corrector, a DC supply and a bunch of assorted odds and ends. The RA drive motor seems to work, did not get the chance to check the DEC.

The pictures are at home in my camera, I'll post a few when I get the chance.

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 09:13 PM

Charlie,

:waytogo:

A gentle cleaning of the primary and secondaries, coupled with a focuser job and a general top-to-bottom should work wonders.

Keep us updated of course!

Regards and clear skies,

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 09:15 PM

For the original question: The telescope is definately a Meade Research Series. It has the optioinal Tangent arm, the optional mirror-end OTA balancing weights, and a set of casters which were also optional. The tangent arms were supplied by Meade and also by JMI. Even the shelf on the pedistal was optional and even though it has six holes for eyepieces the shelf was usually used for the drive corrector which I see you have on the ground along with the model 680 Research Grade focuser.

I have the Model 880 8" f/6 Research Series. The 880 uses the same mount as did the 1060 10" f/6, and the 1266 12.5" f/6. The 8" is very stable on that massive mount and with the shortest focal length of the three OTAs the 8" was the one usually chosen for astrophotography. The 10", and the 12.5" were very nice visual scopes with excellent optics. Ed Ting's website rates the Research Series a 4+ out of a possible of 5, and Philip Harrington's Third edition of STAR WARE, page 180 rates these scopes as one of the best telescopes of Yesteryear. I love mine. I'd recomend cleaning yours up and putting it either on a Scope Buggy, or on a set of JMI Wheely Bars with the 10" all terain wheels.

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