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Subject:	Re: spare parts question
Sent:	Wednesday, January 27, 2010 09:23:03
From:	CAL101495@aol.com (CAL101495@aol.com)
Thanks. I'll give them a try.
 
Chris

Subject:	Re: Loose corrector plate
Sent:	Tuesday, January 26, 2010 20:29:20
From:	Barbara & Tom Andrews (tombps@bigpond.com)
Yep, that was it. And for the record, the retaining ring's on the
outside, with the specifications engraved on it. I was able to push it
in a little, then it screwed the rest of the way. Now it seems firm.

Thanks yet again,
Tom

Subject:	Loose corrector plate
Sent:	Sunday, January 24, 2010 21:31:20
From:	Barbara & Tom Andrews (tombps@bigpond.com)
Just received a DS-2090MAK tube, from someone many of your readers know
to be reputable. I'll sort it out with the dealer, but I'd like info
first.

The corrector plate is loose, and has some movement "forwards and
backwards", which happens when the tube is aimed up or down. It's as
though there is a ring or "gasket" missing. The movement seems to be
about 2 or 3 mm. The focus is affected when this happens, of course, but
I'm not sure of the effect on collimation. The housing at the front end
of the scope appears to be fully screwed on.

This isn't my primary scope; it's just a spare for casual viewing on an
equatorial mount, but it would be convenient because of it's size. I
think the construction of the tube is the same as the ETX, so is there
any advice to try first?

Cheers,
Tom
Mike here: It sounds like the retaining ring is loose. But I don't know which side of the corrector lens housing it is on. If the telescope is new, work it with the dealer. If not new, then you could try to tighten the ring. If it is on the inside, mark the position of the corrector lens and unscrew it. Then carefully tighten the ring and put the corrector lens back on the OTA. Collimation will likely be affected by a loose lens so getting it fixed is important for best viewing. Of course, removing the lens housing can also affect collimation. If you do remove, do a "star test" to check the collimation.
Subject:	spare parts question
Sent:	Sunday, January 24, 2010 20:09:04
From:	CAL101495@aol.com (CAL101495@aol.com)
Do you have any idea where to get spare parts for the motorized mounting
arm assembly? I over tightened and broke the proprietary nut that
threads onto the Altitude Lock knob on the altitude setting circle. I
can't locate a replacement at a hardware store, etc. I contacted Meade
and was told that there are no parts available, but they would be happy
to sell me a whole new mounting arm. Any suggestions would be
appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
Chris
Mike here: It would help to know what model telescope you have.

And:

Thanks for the quick reply. I have a DS-2000 refracting telescope. I'm
brand new to stargazing, so I may not have all the terminology correct.
I appreciate the help.
Mike here: Try Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page).
Subject:	DS-70 Battery Pack
Sent:	Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:38:15
From:	Bobby Moulden (bmoulden@verizon.net)
I have a DS-70 and need to find out if there is any place I can get a
power cord or battery pac replacement holder. Mine broke - cant't find
any glue that will repair it.

Thank you for your help

Bob Moulden
Mike here: Try Telescope Warehouse (link on the Astronomy Links page).

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