A couple years ago I became the proud owner of a 35(?)-year old Meade DS-16 scope. It has unfortunately been used exactly 3 time since then, due to the massive size and amount of work required to get it set up for an evening. To remedy this, I'm going to be building a pier in my backyard, but want to get a few other things taken care of as well. For the most part, the scope is in good condition. However, there are a couple of issue with the focuser:
Although I'm fairly certain the focuser could take 2" eyepieces, it has a screwed-on 1 1/4 adapter (see pictures). When I bought it, there was no coupler to work with 2" eyepieces. Is this something that can be purchased? Or is this focuser actually not meant for 2" eyepieces, even though it's so wide?
Also, the focuser helical pinion gear has 2 missing teeth in one spot. Although it's not completely unusable, it does make focusing occasionally difficult. Is it possible to replace the pinion on the focuser?
And with these two combined issues, would it be better to just replace the entire focuser? I've been having difficulty finding a good focuser that will work with a 16" scope, without costing an arm and a leg.
Edited by JoshJ, 28 May 2020 - 01:54 AM.