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Meade 826 w/ 853 EQ Mount Instruction Manual?

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#1 Graphics boy

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 02:51 AM

Hi guys.

 

I recently got an old Meade 826C telescope. It's a nice scope, but I'd like to find the manual for it. A member on another astronomy forum said I should ask here.

 

So does anyone have the manual, or know where I can find it?

 

Thanks!



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Posted 27 May 2017 - 06:05 AM

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 08:15 AM

Did Meade have an official manual for any version of 826?


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 09:09 AM

Did Meade have an official manual for any version of 826?

I think so, but I just haven't found it yet.

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 09:30 AM

No manual over at telescopeclassics.com but there is a

1978 reflector catalog with the 826:

http://wiki.telescop...ors_Catalog.pdf

 

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 10:52 AM

I've an 826 with no manual also, but would enjoy seeing a copy of the instructions.  And for the life of me, I cannot figure out how the "Auxiliary R.A.Control for manual image centering (optional)" is used or operated on the telescope I have.  For if I try to twist that aluminum knob, I believe It would simply break with any attempt for "image centering" as there is no movement of anything with high torquing twists?  
Has anyone actually understood that mechanic?

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 11:46 AM

May never find one. It was a few pages made from copies stapled together. The manual RA override was pretty bad and all broke the motors. They were promptly discontinued.i wouldn't recommend using it cause motors are getting very hard to find.


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 02:33 PM

I don't remember any manual with these when we made them. Perhaps a couple page description of collimating one. But that would be about it. 

 

If if I had ordered one, I would not have asked for the clutch motor. Find yourself a drive corrector to adjust in ra. I've heard of people sawing the shaft off that motor, but that seems a bit drastic. Just don't use it. 


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 08:20 PM

I have an instruction manual for the Meade 6" & 8" reflecting telescopes.  It is 16 pages and dated 1978.   It covers the models 628, 618, 628F,  645, 635, 645F,  826, 816, 826F, 856 and 856F.  Also covers the equatorial mounts models 650 - 653, 850 - 853.



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Posted 27 May 2017 - 09:03 PM

I'm pretty sure my old Meade DS-10 had the fine adjust shaft and it looked like

someone took a bolt cutter and clipped it off. No hole in the plastic drive cover

so my assumption was it was done at the factory.

 

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 12:14 AM

Thanks guys.

I don't remember any manual with these when we made them. Perhaps a couple page description of collimating one. But that would be about it.

If if I had ordered one, I would not have asked for the clutch motor. Find yourself a drive corrector to adjust in ra. I've heard of people sawing the shaft off that motor, but that seems a bit drastic. Just don't use it.

So are you saying I shouldn't use the motor that's on the mount? Sorry, but I just got this scope, and was used to using a simple alt-altazimuth mount. So I don't really know a lot about equatorial mounts.

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 10:06 AM

I'm pretty sure my old Meade DS-10 had the fine adjust shaft and it looked like

someone took a bolt cutter and clipped it off. No hole in the plastic drive cover

so my assumption was it was done at the factory.

 

Robert

I think you're right.  It's also possible that some of those clutches were so tight they couldn't be used, so they were cut off and sold with scopes without the clutch motor option.

 

-Tim.


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Posted 29 May 2017 - 12:36 PM

I don't remember any manual with these when we made them. Perhaps a couple page description of collimating one. But that would be about it. 

 

If if I had ordered one, I would not have asked for the clutch motor. Find yourself a drive corrector to adjust in ra. I've heard of people sawing the shaft off that motor, but that seems a bit drastic. Just don't use it. 

Tim, as stated in my previous post I have the manual.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 10:05 PM

Did you get that manual you were looking for?  Iv'e got it!  I can't use the "C" word or I'll be hearing from the Filterguyst.

 

Dave N. 



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:49 AM

May never find one. It was a few pages made from copies stapled together. The manual RA override was pretty bad and all broke the motors. They were promptly discontinued.i wouldn't recommend using it cause motors are getting very hard to find.

Are you referring to the knob on the top side of the clock drive housing? How is it supposed to work?

 

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 03:33 PM

I have all 16 pages in a PDF, but have no idea what to do with a PDF.  I had to take a screen shot of the first page, convert to jpeg in Paint, edit in Photos, not doing the whole file and I don't get the full page doing it anyway. 

 

None the less, I have the full factory 16 pages of this:

 

 

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 10:08 PM

Would you email me a copy of that PDF? Thanks. 



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Posted 01 November 2019 - 03:17 PM

apfever, I would really love to have a copy of that manual! 



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Posted 01 November 2019 - 05:32 PM

So, I have a Meade 826 w/the 853 EQ mount. My dad got it for me way back when it was only slightly used (late 80s/early 90s). Since I was pretty young, at the time, he used it way more than i did. One day he just stopped using it altogether. I got it from his house yesterday and brought it home. It needs to be completely taken apart (as much as I can) and cleaned. Unfortunately, I don't have the manual, my dad never did. Can someone PLEASE help me out by sending me a copy or a working link to one?

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 05:49 PM

I sold my full restoration Meade 826, and that manual may have gone with it. 

OK re read, I might have it on the comp as that PDF, but may not with it sold. 

If I have it in a PDF, I'm not sure how to send it. I don't think it loads like a picture, or attaches.

Maybe more than a single email can handle?  Not sure how that works.



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Posted 01 November 2019 - 06:24 PM

Wow!  Lots of Meade Newtonian interest today...

 

I have an original Meade StarFinder Instruction Manual that I'll scan to PDF if there's any interest.  I like the illustrated section on Newt collimation -- simple enough for even a redneck to figure it out.

 

Robert (clamchip):  A previous owner stuck 4 photocopied pages from what I think may be an Edmund book (the focuser looks like an Edscorp).  It has a guide to collimating a Newtonian, and lots of info for beginners on calculating focal ratio, magnification, etc.  I'll probably scan these, too, before I misplace them...

 

[I created a thread for this so it'll show up in the search engines.]

 

This is the SF mount:

 

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 06:48 PM

There was (I have) the AC variant of that mount.  I too have a photocopied PDF of a/the manual somewhere, but I think its for the 8' & 10" models.  Not sure the 16" was included or had its own separate manual.

Wasn't there a 6" as well?



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Posted 01 November 2019 - 07:04 PM

I would be very interested in a copy of the Meade Starfinder manual. I used to have a 10" Dob version and I'm feeling the... um.. inspiration to get another one (for old times' sake!)...


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Posted 01 November 2019 - 08:06 PM

I sold my full restoration Meade 826, and that manual may have gone with it. 

OK re read, I might have it on the comp as that PDF, but may not with it sold. 

If I have it in a PDF, I'm not sure how to send it. I don't think it loads like a picture, or attaches.

Maybe more than a single email can handle?  Not sure how that works.

you should be able to just send it as an attached file. when you click on the "attach" button you should be able to just search for the file and add it just like you would a picture!


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Posted 01 November 2019 - 08:55 PM

Ishtim,

 

I have one with the DC motor which has never functioned consistently. I'm thinking of replacing the DC motor with an AC one. Any chance you know, or could maybe check, what rpm the motor is?

 

John




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