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Completed Clean-Up of 8-inch, f/8 on Meade Research Grade Mount

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#26 CHASLX200

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 05:14 AM

Shipping cost kills so many deasl on these big brutes.  I would have had that scope by now if it was local. 



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Posted 03 November 2018 - 03:25 PM

Shipping is part of this hobby.  You got to pay if you want to play.


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Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:43 PM

Shipping is part of this hobby.  You got to pay if you want to play.

Amen! Ya oughta try truck fenders, and such, lol.



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 04:58 PM

While I agree that shipping is a big part of this or any collecting hobby, I'm not going to ship this. It just goes beyond what I'm willing to go through, both economically and regarding the safety of the thing. It would just require too much work on my part to pack all of this up such that I felt confident that it would survive the journey. But that's just me.

 

I finally got the AccuTrack 4000 drive controller to work with the RG mount. I did not have the proper cord, and could not find one, so I modified the controller by adding a jack on the back that allows the use of the cord I do have so that it can easily use 12vdc Dec motors. I just tested it and it works just fine, in both axes. It also comes with the auto-guider attachment, but I have not tried that. I wrote more about the A-T 4000 here.

 

Here it is, all set up in my messy shop:

 

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 07:02 PM

While I agree that shipping is a big part of this or any collecting hobby, I'm not going to ship this. It just goes beyond what I'm willing to go through, both economically and regarding the safety of the thing. It would just require too much work on my part to pack all of this up such that I felt confident that it would survive the journey. But that's just me.

 

I finally got the AccuTrack 4000 drive controller to work with the RG mount. I did not have the proper cord, and could not find one, so I modified the controller by adding a jack on the back that allows the use of the cord I do have so that it can easily use 12vdc Dec motors. I just tested it and it works just fine, in both axes. It also comes with the auto-guider attachment, but I have not tried that. I wrote more about the A-T 4000 here.

 

Here it is, all set up in my messy shop:

 

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It would cost 500 to ship to that FL.  I don't even think UPS can break that mount. But the OTA would be taking a big chance.



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 01:10 AM

Folks,

 

I have cleaned up the thread a little bit as it really wandered off-topic. Kindly respect the OP and remain on topic.Thank you.



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Posted 20 November 2018 - 12:42 PM

The back of the primary and the cell. Folks in the original thread said both are Edmunds, and I was told by the person who passed this on to me (he did not make the scope) that the tube is from Parks.

 

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Looks like Edmund to me.....I have one of the Edmund 8" f8" mirrors in the same type cell and it is very good.  

 

Yours looks better than mine...grin.gif

 

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Great looking setup.

 

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 12:10 AM

Yours looks far lighter than mine, John!

 

I'll be driving to Indiana next month to deliver the scope and mount to their new owner.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 01:24 PM

Yours looks far lighter than mine, John!

 

I'll be driving to Indiana next month to deliver the scope and mount to their new owner.

Glad you found it a good home.  It pains me to see scopes like that get parted out.

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 08:07 PM

Glad you found it a good home.  It pains me to see scopes like that get parted out.

 

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