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    Default What to do with the Meade 2080



    Hello. I can see this has been done/talked about before, but this is where I'm at now. I have an 8" Meade 2080 but I don't use it because it's not 'goto'. It works fine and has nice images but I really find I like goto a lot better. I was thinking I would defork it and mount it on a Celestron Advanced VX Computerized Mount. I would use the scope for casual viewing of planets and galaxy's and maybe some 'light duty' photography. It's just for fun.... But if you think that would be a waste I could just sell the Meade 2080 and just get some goto setup.....probably the 8 SE. I kind of hate to see the Meade 2080 go but I need to use it somehow or let it go. Thanks for your input.

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    Default Re: What to do with the Meade 2080

    Hi Michael! Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us!

    Definitely worth it. If you like the scope but do not like the manual methodology, by all means defork the OTA, slap a dovetail bar on there and mount it on an AVX. You will have a nice combo there.

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    Default Re: What to do with the Meade 2080

    High Michael. I have a 2080 Meade that I've had since 1989. Some years back I deforked it and mounted a dovetail on the OTA. You will have to get two mounting blocks to bolt on each end of the OTA. They are curved to fit the OTA and you remove three screws from each end of the tube and attach the adapters. I don't know where to get these adapters as the dealer I used to work with had them sitting on the shelf. He is out of business now.

    The 2080 I have was the first "serious" scope I ever had. It was an LX5. I just couldn't bring myself to let it go. Sold the mount but I will probably keep the OTA forever. I still use it once in a while for planetary imaging.
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    Default Re: What to do with the Meade 2080

    Hi Michael, and welcome here to the Forum!

    That OTA is a good one. Definitely consider de-forking it and purchasing a goto mount. Depending on your budget, they can be had for as little as $100 - or, you could go for something like this:

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    Hello and welcome to the forums
    This is what you would need, just email them to find out what specific size you need.

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    Default Re: What to do with the Meade 2080

    Hello, Michael! Welcome aboard. Sound advice already

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    Hello Ski2fast and Welcome to the Forums!
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    Hi Michael. We're all happy to have you aboard here. And, you have already received excellent advice. Welcome to the forum Michael, and the best of wishes on your astronomy hobby and possible future mount purchase.
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    Default Re: What to do with the Meade 2080

    Hi! Welcome to the Astronomy Forum.

    I deforked an 8 inch Meade LX200. The project is straight forward. I have two mounts that I put it on, a Celestron CG5 and Skywatcher SynScan AZ GOTO mount (SLT in the USA). Other than being top heavy, the inexpensive lightweight SkyWatcher AZ GOTO mount has no difficulty with the 12 pound SCT. My iOptron ZEQ25 also carries it without difficulty.

    I also defork my 2045 LX3 and use it for astrophotography.

    One other option you have is using the setting circles on the 2080's mount to find objects. While an old technology, it works very well. Use a small tablet and a free planetary program to provide real time AZ &ALT readings and you can fairly easy point the scope at deep space objects.

    Again, welcome to the forum.
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