Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:22 AM
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Posted 17 May 2011 - 01:47 PM
Can anyone give me an idea of what I'll be able to see with this scope when paired with proper eyepieces?
Well, that depends on a lot of factors, such as where you live, local light pollution, condition of the mirrors, eyepieces you get, etc.
But generally speaking, that was a darn nice scope back in the day (still is a nice one today, when fixed up well). And there are people these days who can see a lot of the universe with smaller scopes than that one.
So... a LOT. It's a long list.
Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:07 PM
The 826 has a very light weight almost plastic feeling tube. If you have a Starfinder, it will have a sonotube (cardboard) tube.
I owned mine and really enjoyed it. Views were very sharp.
Be careful of the ends of the spider veins that attach to the tube - they get very brittle and will break if you mess with them at all.
Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:34 PM
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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:27 PM
I'm also in need of a drive motor. It's a German eq. mount. I know the motor is a Bristol Saybrook mod 447 1/10 rpm so any help there would be great too.
William Vorce at Telescope Warehouse on eBay sells used telescope drive replacement motors (1/10 RPM) for $4.80 including shipping. I recently bought one to fix an old drive and it works great.
Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:40 PM
Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:49 PM
Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:50 PM
Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:01 PM
The 826 used Meades "research grade" optics, and for my money is one of the finest 8" Newtonians you can get. Bought mine new in 1988, and it's still in great shape. (I did have to get the mirrors resilvered in about 1990).
The tube is fiberglass. The focuser (on mine anyway) is great quality, and JMI sells a moto-focus addition that is the best accessory I ever got for that scope.
Also, look for the Meade #47M dual-axis drive controller add-on. Well worth the money. Or, the advice about a goto mount is good, but don't lose that great, solid old Meade GEM.
Mine has a black pier; my older 628C has a silver pier, and has the manual RA knob on top of the motor (not there on the 826). That should help a little to date it. Mine also came with a fine 8x50 finderscope with helical focuser; some models have the cheaper 6x30.
The 826C is a wonderful scope. The opposition of Mars is fantastic through that scope, and it takes 300x-400x well without image breakdown, if collimation and atmosphere cooperate. If I had to get rid of all my scopes but one, I'd keep the 826C, no need to even think about it.
Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:14 PM
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Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:12 AM
OK, I'll buy that, that's probably what mine is. It's definitely not the sonotube used later. Whatever it's made of, it's a nice, smooth, strong tube.
Also, I'm not aware that Meade ever used fiberglass tubes. When I was there, they were fiberlite - resin-impregnated paper tubes. The early ones were nicely sanded and glossy painted, so seams didn't show on the outside.
Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:15 AM
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Posted 18 May 2011 - 02:19 PM
That's the same finder as I have, too. And the accessory shelf. The only differences are, my pier is black, and my wheely-bar thing is homemade from casters, 2x4's and plumbers tape. (And I made a second shelf to hold the corrector, so I can use the eyepiece holes in the main shelf).
I've never regretted getting all the available accessories when they were available.
I heard that Meade stole a lot of Tom Cave's optical people when Cave was ill one time. Could be, yours dates before that happened; Or, conversely, mine may not be as perfect as I think it is (but I sure think it is!)