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Last updated: 31 October 2003
This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade DS telescope models. Accessories and Feedback items appropriate to the ETX models are posted on other pages as appropriate. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks.


Subject:	Meade DS-114 - How to disassemble the control/power hub??
Sent:	Wednesday, October 29, 2003 01:47:53
From:	reikoskuma@hotmail.com (Matthew Chastain)
I recently received a used DS-114 from my father and he mentioned a
problem he had with it. Seems the power conector built in to the small
control/power hub is of poor quality and as the telescope moves (or you
look at it strange) the whole system will lose power.  I'd like to
replace the power conector to something more robust but I can't seem to
remove the PC board from the plastic body.  I am under the impression
that the control jacks are pressed into with the soldered conectors and
if I pull too hard I may break or damage the connector wires.
Help...  Anyone have any ideas?

-Matt C.
Mike here: You might want to check one of DS Yahoo Groups as well.
Subject:	Meade DS-114 UPGRADES
Sent:	Sunday, October 26, 2003 08:07:28
From:	jeperez1@earthlink.net (Johnny Perez)
I have been looking at your sight and it's pretty informative. I have a
DS 114 telescope and I was wondering if you knew if there was an adaptor
for the 1.25 barrel lenses? Any information you might have would be
appreciated. I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS TOO. But for now I would appreciate
any info. Thanks, John
Mike here: There are adapters to convert from 0.965" to 1.25" (as well as the reverse). I've used my 0.965 eyepieces in my ETX telescopes (that take 1.25). They may be called by different names; see "Expanding Bushing" on the Accessory Reviews - Eyepieces page for photo and text. I'm pretty sure that Orion Binoculars and Telescopes sells them.

And:

Thanks for the info. By the way, what do you think about using the 1.25
eyepices with the DS-114? Also what do you think about using the 2"
eyepiece adaptor with a 40 or 50 mm eyepiece? I got this telescope as a
gift from my oldest son and we have really enjoyed using it. Have you
seen the adaptors for displaying the image on a computer or using a
digital camera with the telescope? One more question--hope you don't
mind--do you know where i could get a computer cable for the link from
the control box to a computer also for downloads of new software? Thanks
again, John
Mike here: I doubt that you'll find 2" eyepieces that usable; I suspect the field of view would be reduced. 1.25 could be OK. As to cameras, see the Helpful Information - Astrophotography page as well as the Accessory Reviews - Astrophotography page. For #505 cable info, see the Autostar Information page if you want to make one or you can buy a Meade or other one from dealers.

And:

Thanks for your help, John

Subject:	DS-80EC available at Sam's Club Oct 03
Sent:	Sunday, October 26, 2003 07:41:44
From:	IOWAY54@aol.com
I noticed at least 8 new DS-80EC telescopes at the Sam's Club in
Farmington Hills, Michigan recently. They were $299 each.

Alternately, a couple of months ago I found a DS-80EC tripod-only with
the electronics, so got it for $110 including shipping and recently
converted my ETX-90 for go-to use.

I have enjoyed all the information on your site for several years now.

Ron Hayes
Michigan

Subject:	for the guy with the meade 114 
Sent:	Sunday, October 12, 2003 08:10:25
From:	HWilson237@aol.com
If you take it to a local machine shop they will extract the screws and
replace them for you. Probably won't cost to much.

Subject:	re:  Meade 114 eq-dh model replacement parts
Sent:	Saturday, October 11, 2003 18:37:39
From:	rseymour@wolfenet.com (Richard Seymour)
To:	amkephar@ncsu.edu
Additional sources for 114eq parts are:

Bill Vorce:
http://www.telescope-warehouse.com/ 

Gary Russell:
http://www.citlink.net/~optics/    

Christopher Erickson
http://www.data-plumber.com/

members of the Meade 4504 user group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Meade4504Telescopes/

good luck
--dick

Subject:	MEADE DS 127 MOUNT FOR ORION 127 MAK?
Sent:	Wednesday, October 8, 2003 07:13:11
From:	Bryan.Seale@okfb.com
I HAVE AN ORION 127 APEX MAK THAT IS GIVING ME FITS.  I BOUGHT A USED
MEADE DS-127 MOUNT  AND TRIPOD TO MAKE THIS A GO-TO SCOPE.  I'M
WONDERING IF THIS SCOPE IS TOO HEAVY BECAUSE THE BRASS WORM GEARS HAVE
STRIPPED OUT TWICE.  I WOULD SURE APPRECIATE SOME FEEDBACK IF SOMEONE
HAS HAD THIS SAME PROBLEM OR HAS AN ANSWER ON HOW TO FIX THIS.

THANKS,

BRYAN

Subject:	Meade 114 eq-dh model replacement parts
Sent:	Wednesday, October 8, 2003 07:08:55
From:	amkephar@ncsu.edu
I have a Meade 114 eq-dh telescope. My son knocked it over and the
coupling that holds the weight snapped. (3 screws held it together, now
where they were is sheared off at the top). I have looked to try to find
a dealer to get a replacement part, but I am not having any luck. Any
suggestions? I am about to use duct tape :-)!!!

Michele
Mike here: Have you contacted Meade? There are some user replaceable parts on many telescope models.
Subject:	Meade 4501
Sent:	Monday, October 6, 2003 06:54:27
From:	wdavidson@tnlaw-knox.com (WDavidson)
I bought a Meade 4501 telescope off Ebay. Unfortunately, it has about a
2 1/2" dent on the top of the scope. Do you know if this will affect
viewing? The RA cable (I think ?) is also missing. Where can I purchase
a replacement piece or do I really need to?

Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated! Also, any suggestions on
first time viewing would be great as well.

Thanks, Whitney
Mike here: Do you mean 2.5" deep or long? As to the cable, do you mean an electrical cable for the Right Ascension drive? I don't have this model but would like to have a clear posting so that others might respond. You could also visit Yahoo Groups; there might be one for this model telescope.

And:

It is 2.5" long.  I posted a message on Yahoo Groups and it seems that the
dent should not be a problem.  As for the cable, it is just a manual RA
cable.  I guess I could move it by hand, but will not get the precision.  I
just want to see if anyone had any extra ones or could tell me where I might
get one.  Thanks for your help.  Whitney
Mike here: No, the dent shouldn't affect the views.

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