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Last updated: 8 January 2011
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Subject: meade ds-2130
From: Andrew Awtry (
Date: January 3, 2011 7:33:01 PM GMT-07:00
hello, i have a quick (and hopefully simple) question.  i got this scope
for xmas and when i was setting it up i noticed the adjustable
(focusing) optics mounted to the side of the reflector tube had
"something" on them.  i took out the optic and cleaned it, but i didnt
take care to notice which way the optic was facing.  i wonder if you
could tell me... is the flat side of the optic supposed to be on the
tube side?  or is the curved part of this optic facing the tube?  

also, do you have any photos on your site that were taken with the meade
ds2130 that i can compare mine with?  thanks,

Mike here: First, I hoped you cleaned the surface with a proper solution for coated telescope optics. As to the lens, I'm not certain whether you mean the correcting lens or an eyepiece. If an eyepiece, there are some eyepiece designs on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page or the Helpful Information: Buyer/New User Tips page. As to DS astrophotography, there are some but you will have to search the Site. Now I'm going back to imaging from inside my observatory, where it is now 37F.


I guess it would be the correcting lens... Looks like an acromat
doublet, is not the eyepiece.  I had to pull off the focusing assembly
to get to the lens.

I was very careful with the lens, however I couldn't focus Jupiter that
well and I wonder if I put the lens in backwards.
Mike here: Ok, correcting lens. If the image won't focus with a low power eyepiece, you may have gotten the optics reversed. Assuming, you did not damage the glass.
Subject: Re: DSX-125AT Mounting Arm
From: Arif Shaikh (
Date: January 3, 2011 5:45:34 AM GMT-07:00
I contacted a local dealer, but because of the Christmas holiday their
workshop is closed on will be open on 10th Jan. So meanwhile, I just
drilled the hole through the knob and connected both pieces together(see
the photo). It works ok now,  but I lost the manual operation. If anyone
know how to restore the manual control will be much appreciated.

Thanks and Regards

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