I recently purchased a meade az70 telescope. The scope mount does not attach at a balancing point on the tube. Is there a simple way that I can balance this tube so that it does not backlash when I try to give it altitude adjustment?
Looking at pictures I found on the web, I see a knob on the bottom that tightens the scope to the dovetail bracket on the bottom of the scope. First attach all of your eyepiece then loosen that knob and slide the scope back or forth until it will balance without tightening the knob. Or if you do not have the manual you can download it for free here.
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This is a small refractor telescope. Sorry no manuals-- BUT Meade scopes has a web site with all of their manuals. Look under the REFRACTOR heading for one that is similar to your scope. They all assemble and are used in a similar fashion.
Any manual for a 70mm (refractor?) style telescope will show you how to set this up. You never said what type of mount the scope is on-- Altitude-Azimuth, up down left right--- or an equatorial mount??
Anyway Meade has manuals for all of their telescopes available for free download. Go to the Meade site listed below and look under the REFRACTOR heading (or the 4.5 inch REFLECTOR) heading for one that is similar to your scope. They are all assembled and used in a similar fashion.
and look at my TIPS on my profile page-- and read this web site-- to learn about the types of telescopes and mounts:
This is probably a refractor setting on an equatorial mount.
You will not find a manual. However Meade brand telescopes maintains a web site with manuals. They all assemble pretty much the same way. Look at this web site under REFRACTOR header for one that is similar to your scope.