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#1 Chardo

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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:23 PM

Picked this project up today at an estate sale. 

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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:30 PM

Picked this project up today at an estate sale. 

I have no idea what it is, but it looks like a lot of fun.


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:32 PM

Some more pictures 

 

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#4 Chardo

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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:37 PM

I have no idea what it is, but it looks like a lot of fun.

Its a Meade 826 I believe. They were asking $800. I left my # and walked away. They called me back Sunday morning and asked if I was still interested. 



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:39 PM

Looks like a good weeks worth of tinkering, factoring in time waiting for parts to arrive. I wish I had a place that I could utilize a setup like that.


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:42 PM

Enjoy the spring cleaning chore to get this scope into some sort of usable condition.


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:43 PM

Love the backward facing guide scope!


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:50 PM

I have no idea what it is, but it looks like a lot of fun.

A 8" F/6 Newt made around 1981 by Meade.


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:51 PM

I love old restores. Good luck, hope it goes well without too many snafu's and hope the price dropped considerably. wink.gif


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 06:59 PM

Love the backward facing guide scope!

I know. I had a laugh when I first saw the picture. 


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 07:06 PM

I love old restores. Good luck, hope it goes well without too many snafu's and hope the price dropped considerably. wink.gif

It did. By more than 80%


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 07:10 PM

It did. By more than 80%

Sweet, well worth it.



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 07:26 PM

Congrats!  I lurv my 826 -- it's like a 6" APO, but without the weight or the TALL cradle requirements.


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 07:42 PM

Backwards finder too.


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#15 Chardo

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Posted 07 March 2021 - 08:52 PM

Congrats!  I lurv my 826 -- it's like a 6" APO, but without the weight or the TALL cradle requirements.

Do you have a picture of your mount? Trying to narrow down the model. Never mind I just answered my own question.


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 11:08 PM

I like your optimism.

Looks like a good weeks worth of tinkering, factoring in time waiting for parts to arrive. I wish I had a place that I could utilize a setup like that.


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 11:15 PM

I like your optimism.

I'm only including your time working on it, not the time waiting for deliveries. 



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 11:39 PM

A Meade 856 is a loaded version of the 826. The 856 had all the factory drives, that fancy tray on the column, guide scope, and etc.  I'm not sure of the exact package, no more catalogue stuff here but you get the idea.   It would be nice to know what Meade used for the guide.  It quite possible the guide is labeled other than Meade, maybe a Japan symbol on the label. All of mine are gone, had a few 826, one complete rebuild. I still have one mount, modified by a previous owner, illuminated circles and pointers, nice.  All of them nice optics, like that first look on a good night when you know you're going to be a little discerning - and never a disappointment on the 3 or so I've had for 8". 

 

That scope was posted in the 'Cl, EB, and classic ads' string a few days back. I would have bought it if it was local here, a no brainer, awesome deal. There are quite a few different versions of the mount. I think yours is the straight 115V plug, no ports which is good, and no fine tune RA knob which is even better.  The older and simpler the way better the mount. 

 

Good score.



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 11:50 PM

It does have the optional dec port and motor but the cable is missing. This one appears to have all the bells and whistles. Hopefully it cleans up well. The only rough spot seems to be the counter weight shaft. 1/2 of it is rusty.



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Posted 08 March 2021 - 10:04 PM

Nice scope, enjoy!!



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Posted 10 March 2021 - 08:06 PM

I'm missing the cable that runs from the power supply to the declination motor. Any ideas what kind of cable it would use to connect the two?

 



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Posted 13 March 2021 - 02:05 PM

My DEC motor has an integral cord that is internally attached. I have not opened the motor box to see how the cable is attached inside. The cable is most likely soldered on, but might have wire nuts. 

 

Have some pictures of your DEC motor box where there is no cable?  Is there a small mouse door where a cable would go in? If you have a mouse door for a cable then you will have to open the box to see what's up inside for cable ends.  Put up some pictures including internal and I'll compare with mine. 


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Posted 13 March 2021 - 05:04 PM

Here’s the power supply side. The RA motor plugs into the back. 
milk pist a pic of the RA motor. When I get home. 

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Posted 13 March 2021 - 05:20 PM

According to post #19 and 20 above, the DEC motor is the one in question, not the the RA. 



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Posted 14 March 2021 - 08:27 AM

I'm missing the cable that runs from the power supply to the declination motor. Any ideas what kind of cable it would use to connect the two?

Mine had a 3.5mm audio type cable that plugged into both the dec motor and drive corrector


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