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The dreaded Meade DS-2102 again!

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#1 GregJ

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Posted 17 May 2020 - 11:40 AM

Couldn't resist this OTA, 102mm fl=800mm which cost me £20 ($25 ?).

 

When it arrived it looked as if it had led a hard life accompanying a painter and decorator maybe as it was covered in paint spots/splashes and a few scratches here and there. However the objective looked near perfect.

 

So I bolted on a dovetail and 6x30 finder that I had laying around and try it out. True to form the focuser was absolutely appalling with a couple of mm of slop and a kind of 'digital' plastic rack and pinion that moved in steps not continuously! As a solution I added a strip of plastic to act as a shim and double my investment by purchasing one of those little 1 1/4" fitting  helical focusers.

 

Not star tested it yet but terrestrial images look very nice so overall I'm pleased with the outcome! 

 

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 09:13 AM

Now you have a nice little beater. :)



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 12:29 AM

Far better than what Galileo Galilei had! Telescope.gif

 

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 08:58 AM

Far better than what Galileo Galilei had! Telescope.gif

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Well, the Meade Saturn Explorer 50 is better than what he had but . . . .
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#5 GregJ

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 05:25 AM

Far better than what Galileo Galilei had! Telescope.gif

 

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lol I dont know whether to be pleased or not ! :-)

 

I'm old enough to remember a time when a 4" refractor was 100% the thing of dreams so its quite astonishing these days what you can pick up for next to nothing - I mean the Meade 'digital' novelty focuser is worth £20 on its own! :-)


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