Long time lurker, first time poster (on any forum for that matter). Apologies in advance if there is etiquette I have inadvertently not followed.
I have recently purchased a used Meade LX200 Classic 10" and am currently going through a steep learning curve! Lots of fun.
- Meade LX200 Classic 10" (with Meade Wedge)
- Handbox Rev 3.20
- EEPROMS VER 3.30
- First thing i did was change the capacitors in the handbox, Mainboard and Front Panel (i'll save the drives for a rainy day!)
- All electrics seem to work, handbox boots up etc. Motors sound fine when slewing.
- Previous owner only used the telescope on manual mode and on the wedge.
- The female thread in the centre of the telescope base (to accept the ½” threaded rod from the tripod) seems to be missing! The hole is about 16mm (is that 5/8”?). Refer attached pictures. This means the telescope can only be setup with the wedge.
- I live in the southern hemisphere (Melbourne Australia) so the thought of trying to polar align with a star I can’t see, and climbing under the telescope to try and peer through the finderscope which is now positioned on the underside for alignment (with my dodgy back) is not something I really want to do every time. With the light pollution here I am not sure if I will even be able to see Sigma Octanis?
- I am just interested in casual observing at this stage (no astrophotography)
- Would prefer to set up the telescope in ALT-AZ without the wedge.
Advice Requested (and my preliminary thoughts)
I would appreciate your suggestions on the best method to resolve this. My first thoughts are:
- Threaded insert? (is there enough room?)
- Get a metal fabricator to machine a new (thick) intermediate connection plate (eg connect the telescope to the new plate with the screw holes used for the wedge, connect the new plate to the base with the tripod threaded rod)
- Get over it and persevere with learning how to polar align to the South Celestial Pole (if possible).
Thanks in advance. I enjoy this problem solving.