Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

Can someone help me find a part for my telescope please?

  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 wjoe80

wjoe80

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 4
  • Joined: 01 Mar 2021

Posted 01 March 2021 - 07:57 PM

I never owned a telescope, but I always Loved the cosmos. 100% new to this and excited to start! I bought a vintage Meade 277 telescope from the Goodwill for $35 but it's missing a part. After a little research, it turned out to be the eyepiece holder. Problem is, I have no idea what to search for specifically. The threaded part of the telescope (female) measures 1.5 inches and the eyepiece that connects to the telescope is 1.25 inches and has no thread. Can anyone help? Thanks.
  • Cali likes this

#2 Mr. Pepap

Mr. Pepap

    Sputnik

  • -----
  • Posts: 36
  • Joined: 23 Feb 2021
  • Loc: Central Maryland

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:04 PM

By "eyepiece holder" are you talking about the diagonal? If so, any 1.5" or 1.25" (whichever one fits) star diagonal should work on it.

 

EDIT: a quick google search doesn't turn up any results for 1.5" diagonals so I assume your scope only takes 1.25" diagonals, if that's too small then it may be a matter of getting a 2" diagonal w/ a 1.25" adaptor


Edited by Mr. Pepap, 01 March 2021 - 08:09 PM.


#3 MeenSeen

MeenSeen

    Sputnik

  • -----
  • Posts: 30
  • Joined: 20 May 2020
  • Loc: Suffolk, Va.

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:04 PM

My guess is that you need a 2" diagonal and a 2" to 1.25" adaptor



#4 wjoe80

wjoe80

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 4
  • Joined: 01 Mar 2021

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:07 PM

It's like a coupler with a screw that tightens and allows you to adjust.

#5 cookjaiii

cookjaiii

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1,028
  • Joined: 23 Nov 2015
  • Loc: Southeast PA

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:12 PM

A photo would help people identify what you are missing.



#6 The Ardent

The Ardent

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Moderators
  • Posts: 5,266
  • Joined: 24 Oct 2008
  • Loc: Virginia

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:17 PM

Bring it over one day and I’ll do what I can to help. 
 

It's like a coupler with a screw that tightens and allows you to adjust.



#7 wjoe80

wjoe80

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 4
  • Joined: 01 Mar 2021

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:18 PM

Sorry. I had to switch to the desktop version to upload photos.

Attached Thumbnails

  • 0CB60346-773F-42A2-82E4-29AB2D4CCEA3.jpeg
  • 76B4AAAF-82E3-4E46-B6FE-6E034FB7E246.jpeg
  • 4333E04E-891A-4AFA-A8C1-37D447A76B45.jpeg


#8 AstroBrett

AstroBrett

    Ranger 4

  • *****
  • Posts: 322
  • Joined: 26 Jan 2009

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:40 PM

Google visual back and look at the pictures and see if that is what you need.

 

Brett



#9 AtlantaAstro

AtlantaAstro

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 270
  • Joined: 04 Jan 2021
  • Loc: Atlanta, Georgia

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:47 PM

Google visual back and look at the pictures and see if that is what you need.

 

Brett

That’s what it looks like to me. It also looks like there are extension tubes screwed on to the tube itself. But I thought visual backs were just for SCTs? I dunno. The problem is that you’re missing the ring at the end of the tube that holds the diagonal in place with a thumbscrew or compression ring. Look at the end of other telescopes’ focus tubes and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Since the end of the tube has female threads, there is a chance that a 1.25” visual back might fit.

 

or something like this might work:

 

https://www.365astro...-both-ends.html

 

but don’t quote me on it cuz I honestly have no idea. Worth a shot tho! Ha


Edited by Atlanta AstroView 90mm, 01 March 2021 - 08:47 PM.


#10 Sincos

Sincos

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 90
  • Joined: 21 Jan 2020
  • Loc: 100ft from the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:50 PM

Hello and welcome wjoe80 ! Look at the black tube in your third picture, is it threaded on the inside? Have not owned a Meade 277 but there are other threads here on CN that discuss it , for instance,   https://www.cloudyni...277-cl-bargain/.  It looks like you are looking for a threaded ring with a set screw to hold on to the diagonal, the piece that would mate the diagonal to the focuser tube. Not up on the Meade nomenclature to tell you the part name or number but it should not be hard to find a fitting replacement even if it is not Meade branded. Good luck and Clear Skies



#11 RobertMaples

RobertMaples

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 508
  • Joined: 14 Sep 2017
  • Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:50 PM

What you are looking for is often called a visual back, but on that scope Meade just called it the eyepiece holder (FYI - here's a copy of the manual for that scope).  Unfortunately, it's not a universal part and will probably be hard to find.  As a temporary stop gap measure you could wrap tape around the nose of the diagonal to make it fit snug in the draw tube. In your pictures it looks like it has two drawtube extensions attached so it probably won't achieve focus with the diagonal unless you remove them.  Those are for using the scope in a straight through configuration.  Do you know anybody with a 3d printer?  Your best bet might to have someone 3d print an eyepiece holder for you.  I could probably do it if I had the drawtube or one of the extension tubes.



#12 Bean614

Bean614

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1,764
  • Joined: 05 Nov 2015
  • Loc: Mass.

Posted 01 March 2021 - 08:53 PM

Go to www.telescope-warehouse.com   Bill has what you need for your Meade focuser: a threaded eyepiece holder that threads into the end of the focuser tube.  It has the set screw to hold the diagonal,  which has a set screw to hold the eyepiece. 

Bill also sells on the CN Classifieds  under "scopehed".


  • dmgriff, PirateMike, JohnnyBGood and 1 other like this

#13 AtlantaAstro

AtlantaAstro

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 270
  • Joined: 04 Jan 2021
  • Loc: Atlanta, Georgia

Posted 01 March 2021 - 09:19 PM

Go to www.telescope-warehouse.com   Bill has what you need for your Meade focuser: a threaded eyepiece holder that threads into the end of the focuser tube.  It has the set screw to hold the diagonal,  which has a set screw to hold the eyepiece. 

Bill also sells on the CN Classifieds  under "scopehed".

This is a great idea. You might find one on this search page. All sorts of different focuser screw tops/ends

 

https://telescope-wa...escend_by_match


Edited by Atlanta AstroView 90mm, 01 March 2021 - 09:20 PM.


#14 wjoe80

wjoe80

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 4
  • Joined: 01 Mar 2021

Posted 01 March 2021 - 09:34 PM

Ah. A visual back! Thank you everyone so much! Vostok 1, I think that's exactly what I need. Surveyor 1, I'm going to look up Bill also. I'm 41and I've never looked through a telescope. I feel like a kid how excited I am. Lol



#15 JohnnyBGood

JohnnyBGood

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 529
  • Joined: 10 Mar 2016
  • Loc: Panama City Beach, FL

Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:43 AM

Like Bean said, Telescope Warehouse is awesome. If you can't find what you are looking for or aren't sure if it'll work, call or email Bill. He's been extremely helpful to me in the past tracking down items that weren't listed on the website. He's extremely knowledgeable about older Meade telescopes. I've bought dozens of pieces, parts, and accessories from them.


  • dmgriff and AtlantaAstro like this

#16 Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

    Messenger

  • *****
  • Posts: 499
  • Joined: 08 Sep 2004
  • Loc: Stockholm, NJ

Posted 02 March 2021 - 11:08 AM

If you remove the 2 extension tubes you could replace them with this 1-1/4” extension tube.

 

https://agenaastro.c...-extension.html



#17 SteveG

SteveG

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 9,761
  • Joined: 27 Sep 2006
  • Loc: Seattle, WA

Posted 02 March 2021 - 01:40 PM

Ah. A visual back! Thank you everyone so much! Vostok 1, I think that's exactly what I need. Surveyor 1, I'm going to look up Bill also. I'm 41and I've never looked through a telescope. I feel like a kid how excited I am. Lol

Possibly this:

https://www.adorama....rce=adl-gbase-p


  • AtlantaAstro likes this


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics