Question about Optics
I was given a telescope [ used ] there is no book of instructions or book to order parts.
I'm assuming the motor works fine. First check this link for the instructional video and check you are doing everything right. (you need quicktime to view these - you can download it from the link if you need it ; http://www.meade.com/educational/ds%20videos/qt_chap1.html Here is the link to the Meade warranty page; http://www.meade.com/support/warranties.html If your scope is no longer under warranty, you can get spares here; http://www.meade4m.com/4mshop/parts/ They have fabulous pictures of all the available parts - Check in the "mount parts" section; They show a DS worm gear assembly, and a DS gear and washer set. You can probably see better than me, but it looks as if the worm gear traverses the scope, and the gear and washers in their housing elevate the scope. There may be more than they show parts for. The real trick will be to make sure you know how to reassemble the gears you dismantle - take a photo every time you remove something so you have a record when the replacement parts arrive. It is not the most complicated gear mechanism, but it is reasonably high precision, and relatively cheap materials, so be very careful or get someone fairly gentle and mechanically minded. If you need help, post me some photos back of what you need help with, happy to oblige. Hope this helps:)
Posted on Jul 19, 2007
Most of the refractors sold by Sears were made by Towa of Japan. These used the Japanese standard .965" barrel diameter eyepieces. These are hardo come by today and usually not worth the hunt. Get an 1.25" to .965" "hybird" star diagonal that will permit the use of 1.25" accessories. Orion sells this item. HTH, Geo.
Posted on Mar 02, 2008
Get a free star chart at:
and go to the Cloudy Nights forum and read the telescope articles.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
You will not find a manual for many of the smaller telescope brands--
however Meade maintains a web site for all of their manuals. Go there
and find one that is similar to your style of telescope and down load
it for free. Then read it and compare with your telescope.
Posted on May 15, 2009
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