Last updated: 16 February 2003
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 9:51:38 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (erick) I have one of the original 1996 model ETX 90RA's. I've got probably one of the first produced. I remember lead time was about 6 months... Anyway, the tube, which is a purple anodize I guess, has got some kind of "film" all over it. Nothing seems to get the tube clean. When it's wet, It looks brand new, but after drying, it looks horrible. If you shine a flashlight onto the purple surface of the tube, you can Really see the film coating. BAD! Have you heard of this before?? What will clean it? Can it be cleaned? Is the aluminum tube(anodizing) oxidizing or what? I've taken extremely good care of this little guy, but it looks like it has been living in the back yard all this time. Can I expect it to get even worse over time? This is not good. I wish Meade would have powder coated these guys blue like the bigger SCT's. Any suggestions? If not, you might want to research this one for awhile before answering... By the way, I live in East Texas... Mighty Humid down here... Could that be part of the problem? Thanks for you time and your website!! Sincerely, Erick DworaczykAnd from the "Supercharge-er" himself: From: email@example.com (Clay Sherrod) Ahhh....yes. Try cigarette lighter fluid. Nothing else, only that; rub in and buff off. Beautiful restoration. Dr. Clay Arkansas Sky Observatory www.arksky.org MPC/cbat Obs. H43 / Conway MPC/cbat Obs. H41/ Petit Jean Mt. And:
IT WORKS!!!! LIGHTER FLUID!!! And believe me, nothing else does, because I've tried every cleaner I could get my hands on! I even thought that I may have damaged the anodized finish on the tube from constantly trying to clean with various chemicals. But now, after the lighter fluid treatment, the OTA finish looks exactly like it did in 1996 when I first got it. Amazing! You need to add this bit of info to the Telescope Tech Tips under "Miscellaneous" You could call it... "How to clean the ETX anodized OTA finish- Like New" Thank you very much! Sincerely, Erick Dworaczyk
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