An interesting issue i have just resolved...
In 2006, i purchased my first Meade LX200GPS, 10", then shortly after, a Meade DSI and Ultra Wedge and related equipment.
In Sept 2017, my LX200GPS was stolen from my garage and insurance paid for a new one and also informed me Meade still made the LX200 series scopes which i was unaware of. So having loved my age old LX200GPS for such a long time, i purchased a new LX200ACF in 10". Then in Feb 2018, i had a lower back fusion and was unable to do anything with the scope until this past couple months due to healing and continued issues.
So here we are now in Jan 2020 and i am scrambling to get the wedge stuff all in order to use. On the scope base, there are 3 holes to mount the scope to the wedge. All 3 are supposed to be 3/8" holes. The top hole on my new scope is an unknown around 1/2" hole and threaded. So i look to the Ultra Wedge manual and it says 3/8". So thinking maybe Meade changed for some reason i researched their new XWedge...which calls for the same 3/8" screws.
So after stringing my head out on why this is changed and how i would adapt the Ultra Wedge to the scope, i called Meade and asked them why they made this change. Was it a safety issue or what was the deal. I didn't want to do something which may hurt me or cause damage to the scope like bolt breaking and falling or something. Meade rep was dumbfounded as well as he said they should all 3 be 3/8" holes. He contacted Meade engineers and informed me somehow, sometimes that hole gets tapped bigger then supposed to and Meade factory installs a helicoil in it to correct the hole. Mine didn't have this helicoil and i looked in the box it was shipped in and no helicoil either. So the rep said they could send me one...
Today, the next day after this phone call, no response back from Meade either call or email so i called them back. After 3 attempts and an email, i finally get an email back telling me they wont send me a helicoil as it is a liability. They did however give me a link to a supplier for this part and the exact part i needed.
In any case, this will definately be my last Meade purchase ever. Whether they do go under with their recent financial problems or not, they wont see any more money from me. The email i received made it seem like they were refusing to acknowledge their fault with the hole size and made it seem like somehow it was my fault the hole is bigger, ie...stripped out, etc etc etc. Like i told them on the phone, i unpacked the scope and mounted it to the tripod when i first received it and it has remained that way until 3 days ago when i started working with the wedge. They were surprised that the hole was threaded and the threads are in tact, and i find it a little odd they knew exactly what size and the exact part number for what i would need...how would you know that? hahaha
Anyways, if you recently bought a Meade scope, check the bottom of the scope base for your holes and that they are all the same size with the exception of the tripod center mounting bolt which is like 1/2". And if anyone needs to link to obtain a helicoil, message me and i will send it to you. Dont know if i can post links to other companies in here or not.
Have a good one!