Last updated: 31 March 2007

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Subject:	Re: ETX90 on DS2000 mount?
Sent:	Saturday, March 31, 2007 03:21:44
From:	Possma Net (possmanet@web.de)
This is funny - maybe You also want to write a note for this on Your
site / in the DSX section (and maybe You want to rename it to
"DSX/DS-2xxxMAK Models" or similar...):

Yesterday i surfed on Meade's site and found out, that there will be a
MAK on DS mount again, including the #494 AutoStar and a red dot finder!
It will be released about June 1st this Year in the US, it will cost
about $400 (related to some astroshops in the web) and it is called
"Meade DS-2090MAK" and "Meade DS-2102MAK".

Read more on: http://www.meade.com/starterscopes/ds_series.html

Posma Net.

Subject:	brass gears for DS motors
Sent:	Tuesday, March 20, 2007 19:28:46
From:	Herald HIVET (herald.hivet@lagaronne.pf)
Seems that the link you provide on your website is broken

I'm looking for a precision all metal gears kit for my DSserie mount,
any idea ?
Thanks again for your very usefull site.
Best regards.

Herald HIVET
Mike here: Sorry no. Perhaps someone else does know of an alternative. I've removed the link; thanks for the report.
Subject:	DS-2080 focuser
Sent:	Sunday, March 18, 2007 17:52:29
From:	John McMahon (jmcmahon1@nyc.rr.com)
I have a Meade DS2080-AT with a rather loose focuser.  When I try to
focus the telescope, the image moves up and down, depending on wether
I'm moving the focuser in or out.  I was wondering if you might have any
suggestions on how to fix this issue, and if not, could you suggest a
more robust focuser that I could replace this plastic on with?

Mike here: Some image shift may be normal; since I don't have a DS refractor model I don't know. However, if not normal it could be due to an optical alignment problem with the diagonal.
Subject:	Just buying the telescope tube
Sent:	Thursday, March 1, 2007 19:05:47
From:	Mitch Averhoff (angrycubano@yahoo.com)
All this time I was looking for a whole new telescope with a larger
apeture but I didn't think I can just buy a new tube.  So my question is
can I just buy a bigger tube and new brackets to fit it and just keep
the mount that I have?  I have a DS series with an alt/az mount Meade
but with only a 4.5" tube.  I want to get an 8 inch but obviously I will
need larger brackets to hold it to the mount.  I found on Orion's
catalog that they sell the tube alone so I was wondering if I can fit it
onto my mount and drive.  I'm not sure Meade sells tubes by themselves
so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Mike here: Well, yes and no. Yes, you can buy a larger telescope and build something yourself to attach it to your existing mount. But whether that is a good idea will depend on the amount of modifications you plan to make. Keep in mind that mounts like the DS are typically low-end and more appropriate to the smaller sized DS telescopes. Attaching a larger telescope can result in increased mount instability and image vibrations. So, no, it may not work out as you expected.


OK.  I appreciate the info.  I guess I will have to bite the bullet and
buy a whole new scope.

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