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#1 Erik D

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 11:49 AM

Anyone here has the Meade 4 in SCT?

I purchased mine in 1986. It came with a table top tripod, 9& 25 mm Meade MA eps for ~ $625. Bought a 2X shorty barlow but found 222X too dim for anything except the moon. Doesn't work with 40mm EP either. I can see the CO as a dark spot in the FOV...

I have it mounted on a heavy duty QuickSet Sampson tripod with the Fork/base in Alt Az mode. It's my grab- and-go scope. I like the built-in fine motion control in the fork mount. I wish more scopes are offered with Alt-az mount and fine motion controls...great for quick looks without fussing with an EQ mount. Works fine with a Thousand Oaks Solar filter too.

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 03:41 PM

Yes ! I had one for about 15 years. It was a Meade 2045D.
I used it with the table tripod, and after that, mounted it on an ETX 90 tripod.

It was overall a very fine concept. I loved the fork mount. It allowded me tu use the scope in azimutal for bird spotting in my garden when the sky was cloudy.

I had problems with the optics for many years : astigmatism problem. Images were not sharp, so i did'nt use the scope on planets. One day, i decided to put every thing apart, and i solved the astigmatism problem by turning the front optics and the secondary mirror. The scope then perforned as good as an ETX 90.

I sold the scope back in 2003 to one of my friends. I regret it because it was so little and easy to take in a backpack.
I would like to find some equivalent. There is the EXT 90, but it has too much plastic, and no manual move.
I would like to find a Lomo Astele 95 to mount it on a Manfrotto Tripod, but Lomo is not sold in France.

Well, I would have kept my 2045D !

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 06:35 PM

I always wanted one of these scopes but never was able to get one. I imagined the tremendous portability and wide range of available accessories influenced me. I think also that this scope somehow influenced my purchase of an Orion 90mm Mak last summer.

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 12:47 PM

A friend has one of these, same thing, optics not too good. It went back to Meade but still the same problems.

Seems to me the C-5 is not a whole lot bigger but offers more consistent optics and more aperture to boot...

jon

#5 Erik D

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 04:07 PM

Seems to me the C-5 is not a whole lot bigger but offers more consistent optics and more aperture to boot...

jon


IIRC when I purchased my Meade 2045 back in 1986 the Celestron C5 was priced close to $1k. The Meade seemed better made than the 4 in Bushnell SCT for over $500. Back then a 4 in achro refractor was a major investment. These days one can get the Orion 120 F/8.3 with Skyview Pro EQ mount and tripod for ~$550. We enjoy a lot more choices and much better value too. ;-))

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 04:41 PM

No doubt there is a lot of stuff out there these days. But there is something special about the C-5 IMHO. No plastic, the darn things are pretty solid except for the corrector of course...

jon


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