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De-forking a Meade LX50 EMC 10 inch

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#1 Berrett

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 03:19 PM

Hey all,

 

I no longer use this old scope primarily due to the fork mount.  Its been sitting in my house doing nothing for years now so i've been trying to sell it.  Looking around though I see that some people have managed to de-fork the things and remount them on CGEM mounts.

 

Is it worth going through the hassle of doing this?  What dovetail mount plate would even fit this model if I went through with it?  Its a great scope and I feel bad trying to sell it.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 03:23 PM

I'm about to do the same on my 12" LX200 so I can use it in tandem with my refractor on a side by side alt/az mount.  ADM sells the radius blocks and dovetails, I think it was $125 for the 12".



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 11:25 AM

I deformed a Meade 10” not too long ago. It isn’t at all obvious how they attach the OTA mounting plates to the forks. Keep a drill handy so you can just bore through the fork to reach the socket heads holding the OTA on. 



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 11:15 AM

I bet you deformed it!

Trivial five minute job, no drill required (ugh) if you just lay the scope down on a table with the clutch loose, unscrew the fasteners from the rear casting of the telescope and back off the fasteners on one of the forks and presto. Ready for a Losmandy dovetail:

http://store.losmandy.com/dm-10

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 10:40 AM

I also decided to de-fork my old Meade LX 50 because the gears and clutch mechanism in the forks had worn out.  The optical tube is built like a tank and with a quick collimation (see February 2018 Sky and Telescope) you have a "new" and great scope for planetary and lunar observation. Both Farpoint and ADM sell dovetail/adaptors in either Losmandy style or Vixen style.  I choose the Losmandy as the tube is quite heavy and I wanted the extra support.  I now dual mount my LX50 with a Televue 127...it presents quite a site even before dark.

I think you will be happy to reinvent your LX 50.

Cale in Vermont



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 12:29 PM

I have used a 10in deforked LX50 with very good results on a variety of GEM mounts, including an EQ-6. If you want to do astrophotography I would recommend using a crayford focuser and a Starizona SCT focal reducer - a "classic" SCT and a starizona SCT reducer will give AP performance equivalent to the newest SCT designs.


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 03:55 PM

Hey all,

 

I no longer use this old scope primarily due to the fork mount.  Its been sitting in my house doing nothing for years now so i've been trying to sell it.  Looking around though I see that some people have managed to de-fork the things and remount them on CGEM mounts.

 

Is it worth going through the hassle of doing this?  What dovetail mount plate would even fit this model if I went through with it?  Its a great scope and I feel bad trying to sell it.

 

I'm not sure where the hassle lies. It's a 20 minute job and will allow you to use the telescope on a modern GEM mount. Which dovetail depends on the mount. For a CGEM, that's a Losmandy D type dovetail made for a 10-inch Meade.  Check ADM, Anthony Daniels Machining. 


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:09 PM

Six screws to remove the OTA from the fork.  Slap on some Losmandy or ADM dovetail plates then stick it on a good mount.  "Piece of Cake" !!  (^8

 

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My LX50 OTA is now much happier on it's new ride.

 

 

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:10 PM

ADM is your friend.  Email Anthony if you need assistance.


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 10:40 PM

Uncle Rod... Uncle Rod.... I assure you the Anthony of ADM is an Italian gentleman, and I think the "D" in ADM is not for Daniels, but is for something like Davoli.  That's off-topic.  On-topic:  I de-forked my Meade LX90 and never regretted it.  There was a good You-Tube video on doing it, and the guy on there gave a forewarning that you should detach both sides of the fork, not getting impatient.  Well.... I only detached one side, and I scratched up the OTA getting it out of the fork.  However, they are war wounds, and I don't care.  I slapped that baby on a CGEM, and never regretted it.  I later put it on my Titan, and got some beautiful images.  That never would have occurred on that stupid fork mount. 

 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 09:24 AM

Anthony runs ADM as a secondary business so he's not always available, but well worth the wait as his stuff is top notch.

Oh and "Davoli" is correct (although not a huge deal).



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:16 PM

I went ahead and just decided to sell it.  No takers still though on astromart.  Its probably just going to sit in my living room forever.



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Posted 07 January 2018 - 05:09 PM

Good luck with the sale!




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