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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:22 AM

Complete newb here...I just bought a Meade telescope at a garage sale. I think it's an 826 but any help identifying it would be great. The tube length is 48" and diameter is 9"-10". I'll post pics as soon as I can. 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. Can anyone give me an idea of what I'll be able to see with this scope when paired with proper eyepieces?

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:01 AM

I suspect someone well versed in restorations will come along soon re the motor issue. Just a note re the scope -- the Meade 826 was my first real scope about 30 years ago and it is a very good optical performer. While it is a fairly large OTA, one option you might think about would be getting tube rings and mounting it on a go to equatorial mount. Or, convert to a Dobsonian mount design. Some of those can be hand built for a minimal investment. Enjoy the scope, it is a well-loved classic for many older astronomers.

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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. :)

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:07 PM

If you search here in the reflector area, you will find several articles on this great scope.

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.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:34 PM

I know there are a number of factors affecting what will be visible with this scope. I'll be happy if I can see details of planets, i.e. rings of Saturn, etc. I currently only have a 25mm eyepiece so I'll have to expand the inventory. Your response was encouraging and I appreciate your help!

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:35 PM

it is and i have the smaller 628 6f/8 meade reflector, i have the same mount you have on your 8f/6 826 dale

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:36 PM

mine is a good one but i have the smaller 6f/8 meade 628 dale

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:38 PM

yeah that is what happen to my meade 628 6f/8 reflector one of the screws attached to the spider vane broke easliy and i did not even put much pressure on it dale

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:39 PM

can you send a photo of your meade 826c?/ was it around 1978 to 1980? i have a meade smaller 628 6f/8 that was 1980 and the eq-mount works very smooth on my tube dale

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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.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item53e792a8f1

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

Great! I checked on that motor and the specs match but it's slightly different from the original. Do you think it will work out for me?

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:49 PM

bill has everyting you need and he is very reasonable you can,t go wrong with that motor good luck dale

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:50 PM

i think it will call bill vorce and he is deals with meade products he will let you know or e-mail him dale

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:01 PM

I bought the exact replacement motor from Telescope Warehouse for my 826C. It works great. It was something like $25, and I bought two so I'd have a spare.

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.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:14 PM

rick i had a friend tha thad one it,s optics are awesome and i have the smaller meade 628 6f/8 i find is as good but only a 6 inch dale

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:28 PM

Wow Rick! That's high praise. I'm glad to hear about what magnification is possible with this scope as I only have a 25mm eyepiece. I'm glad to hear about the motor as well. Thanks for all your help!

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:31 PM

you have a good one and gthey were mostly very good on there quality control on there mirrors back then dale

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 09:35 PM

By 1988 Meade was making their own mirrors. The early Newts had Coulter mirrors in them. 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.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:12 AM

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.

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.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:15 AM

tim i have a early one that looks fiberglass but is not and it,s the 628 6f/8? i thought that coulter had a bad reputation on making mirrors? if mine was from coulter it is a good one dale

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:16 AM

rick it looks fiberglass but it isn,t i have the smaller 6f/8 628 boy i did not know the early ones came from coulter????? dale

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:22 AM

Like I said somewhere else on here, Meade didn't have an optical shop when they were in Costa Mesa. They did when I went back to work for them for a few months in late 1981 - early 1982, when they'd moved to the larger Irvine facility. Coulter mirrors were decent at least before they started making the Oddities.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:07 AM

I don't have this scope anymore but about 5 years ago I got one along with mount and eyepieces at a garage sale for $100. I had to blowout about 1/16 inch of dust from the inside of tube and mirror--later had to scrub the tube-carefully clean the mirror. I flocked the entire tube inside and was ready to view. The contrast and sharpness was really stunning even though I didn't use a curved 3-vane spider. It was one scope I should of kept!

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:12 AM

I had one for a few years. Can't say anything bad about it. I liked it as a matter of fact. Not a sharp as my current Cave, but good. I really liked the tube rings. You could rotate it or adjust length wise to balance a camera or solar filter. Just loosen the rings enough to let the tube slip, sliiide away. I could also take it out the door in one piece (carefully). That was before the drive corrector was added.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 02:19 PM

Aha! That's the #47M dual axis drive corrector. Beautiful looking example!
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!)


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