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#1 DirtyRod

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Posted 16 May 2021 - 07:56 AM

Pulled the old girl out to see if she can still dance and I think she did alright. 30 years old, on a rickety mount, loose gears, and wobbling in the wind but she still produced good images. I found some replacement mirrors for $30 recently and had to take her for a spin.

 

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Posted 16 May 2021 - 09:02 AM

I had that old spindly scope, dad brought it home one day from local shop and to me it was Hubble! It shook like a tuning fork, I remember that but it put up some fine views.


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Posted 16 May 2021 - 09:20 AM

She's doing well I think. They sell one for ca 120$ (1000 sek) in sweden. Used.Looks great. perhaps not the dent.


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Posted 16 May 2021 - 09:33 AM

Pulled the old girl out to see if she can still dance and I think she did alright. 30 years old, on a rickety mount, loose gears, and wobbling in the wind but she still produced good images. I found some replacement mirrors for $30 recently and had to take her for a spin.

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I, for one, don't consider it a true test of the old scope if the parts have been replaced. Especially if the mirror or objective lens is replaced. Even mirror revolting negates "doing xxxx for an old scope.

That the scope as improved does well is a fine thing.

That an old scope does well having only been cleaned, mechanically adjusted and lubricated but still 100% original parts is a different thing and impressive.

I think rather few of the common scopes were EVER properly setup and used in accordance with the included instructions. Certainly Tasco booklets and some others into the 1980s had good information.

There is a reason RTFM became an internet phrase; most people assume they can assemble and operate most anything without looking at the manual ,despite evidence to the contrary.
 



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Posted 16 May 2021 - 09:47 AM

That is mirror recoating.
Darn autocorrect.

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Posted 16 May 2021 - 11:30 AM

Funny how Meade 4500 doesn't seem to show up much on the used market around me.  Didn't it come with a 1.25" focuser?  On an EQ-2?

 

I remember an article (S&T?) from the 90s comparing popular 114mm f/8 Newtonians: Meade 4500, C4.5, Tasco's 11TE-5, and a few others.  At the time, I still had my first telescope, a red 11TE-5.  I learned and saw a lot with that scope!


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Posted 16 May 2021 - 01:41 PM

Funny how Meade 4500 doesn't seem to show up much on the used market around me. Didn't it come with a 1.25" focuser? On an EQ-2?

I remember an article (S&T?) from the 90s comparing popular 114mm f/8 Newtonians: Meade 4500, C4.5, Tasco's 11TE-5, and a few others. At the time, I still had my first telescope, a red 11TE-5. I learned and saw a lot with that scope!

Definitely 1.25” and the mount and tripod look the same with a different accessory tray.

 

if I decide to keep it around I have to upgrade the mount. I have an Evo8 on order soI suspect it or my ETX won’t get much use after that.


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Posted 16 May 2021 - 03:33 PM

Amongst my scope hoard(honesty demands) are various Meade 4xxxs. All are adequate performers. The white scopes look "scientific",the gray ones rather attractive and the black ones rather generic.

A 4500 RA motor and Meade period MA 25,MH9 and 2x barlow could keep one busy for many nights.
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Posted 16 May 2021 - 05:32 PM

Amongst my scope hoard(honesty demands) are various Meade 4xxxs. All are adequate performers. The white scopes look "scientific",the gray ones rather attractive and the black ones rather generic.

A 4500 RA motor and Meade period MA 25,MH9 and 2x barlow could keep one busy for many nights.

My first "real" scope was a Meade 4500 - it was loaned to me by a friend who was going away on a sabbatical for 6 months. I indeed was kept very busy with this modest scope. When he returned, I gave the scope back and went out and purchased a Bausch & Lomb Pro 200 which is the same type of scope. That scope too kept me busy for a few years until I purchased a Celestron C8.


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Posted 16 May 2021 - 10:35 PM

My old 4.5” F8 Meade Polaris was really a nice scope. I paid 30 bucks for it at the thrift store. The mount and tripod were garbage but the scope itself was quite good. I should have kept it! It was 0.965” but the plastic eyepiece reducer came out and the focuser was 1.25”.

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Posted 17 May 2021 - 09:26 AM

Both very nice shots.

Never count an old lady out. I work at a nursing home here in Calgary. So I always respect the old ladies. Even if they are so old they don't function like they used to, they still have stories to tell.

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 12:36 PM

This thread brings back memories. The 4500 was also my first "serious" telescope, bought during our excitement around the 1996 Hyakutake. And which became my "gateway drug" into everything astronomy ever since. I may have some *film* shots taken by it of the Moon laying around (I'll have to scrounge around for a copy).

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