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#1 upwinddan

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 10:05 AM

Does anyone have an opinion Look s to be about 30 years old in museum condition. on a Meade 200 mm reflector. I don't know the date, but it is a pedastal mount with the tree legs at the bottom.

#2 scottinash

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 11:15 AM

Does anyone have an opinion Look s to be about 30 years old in museum condition. on a Meade 200 mm reflector. I don't know the date, but it is a pedastal mount with the tree legs at the bottom.

Did you intend to attach a picture? Possibly a Meade Starfinder 826?https://www.cloudyni...3111_thumb.jpeg


Edited by scottinash, 07 July 2020 - 11:34 AM.


#3 apfever

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:44 PM

The Meade Starfinder GEM 8", and the Meade 826 8" are two different mounts, and possibly different OTA since Meade went from gloss finish to paper thin finish on the OTA.



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 05:57 PM

There was also the blue tube version around 1986.



#5 Nippon

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 06:07 PM

Starfinder was sono tube and the 826 was a metal tube pretty high end product in it's day. If memory serves me classic Newtonians were Meade's thing before they decided to take on Celestron in the SCT wars. To my knowledge scopes like the 826 and the Meade research grade Newtonians were highly respected. The Satrfinders were budget large aperture scopes that most considered a work in progress and many owners replaced the focuser and tube rings. A friend of mine bought a 10" Starfinder and it had decent mirrors and a crude but sturdy equatorial mount. But my friend like many replaced the focuser and built his own rotating rings for it.



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 06:18 PM

My 826 was a Fiberlite tube sold by Meade. All the older 826's had the Fiberlite tubes.  I think the blue tube version, NON 826 was a metal tube.


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#7 Nippon

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 06:25 PM

Sorry I thought they were metal. Been years since I've seen one.




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