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    Default Anybody mod their Etx?



    I can't help it, but I'm a tinkerer. I just love to tinker on things, and my etx has given me plenty to tinker with. I hate to buy things I know I can make, and with that said here is a pic of some of my mods..





    ..a focus extender, red dot mount, autostar holder, flexible dew shield/ota protector, and dewalt 12v drill battery. I am currently thinking about making a dew heater, but am not confident in my electrical skills.

    What modifications has anyone else made? Any new ideas I could work on?
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    Dew shield, a bunch of heavy washers mounted on the "tripod" bolt underneath to help balance the scope, and a Telrad in place of the "dumb" finder!!

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    Never thought about balancing it better. Never dawned on me that could. Thanks for the idea.
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    Does this count as a mod?


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    WHY certainly that counts as a MOD! Ha!
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    Yes, I would definitely call that a mod!
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    Well Joe, We must be the only Etx users on the board! Yesterday I was working on balancing the ota, I got it pretty good, but is still a little front heavy.

    Every since I've had this scope the azimuth clutch has been really weak, so I decided to take it apart and fix it. The clutch plates were barely touching each other! I trued them on a wet stone, and now it clamps super tight. Looks like Meade cut a few corners on these little fellows.
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    Wow, you're brave, tearing into the azimuth drive like that. Mine's a later production model with the conical indentation clutch...it's pretty scary to work on, but it also responded well to a bit of TLC with degreaser and stone.

    If I ever actually receive my autoguider package I'll remount the ETX OTA on its home mount and ship it off to DrClay for the Supercharge. But I actually had mine working quite well, and was doing some AP with it mounted on its tripod's built in wedgie.

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    I've always been pretty good with my hands, so not sure if it was confidence or ignorance . Sure am glad I did though. Not sure what you mean by conical, mine was a flat plate, then cog, then another flat plate with the stop on it. The cog was my problem, was high in the middle right where the hole was punched. My inner assembly is all cast aluminum, with real ball bearings. After hearing about all the plastic, was surprised to see that. The only plastic is in the motor drive gears, go figure.
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    Yup, mine has big ball or roller bearings and metal framework, but it sounds like our clutches are different. As far as I can determine my AT has the same guts as the PE but without the 'level north' gimmick. Unthreading the hollow bolt -- or rather unthreading the nut from the bolt -- without breaking the ALT drive wires is fun.

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