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    Default Meade Adventure Scope 80



    My new scope arrived today. It is the Meade Adventure Scope 80. It is marketed as a grab & go scope and comes with vixen dovetail, diagonal, 2 cheap eyepieces (11 & 6 mm), RDF and camera tripod. The scope and tripod all fit into the supplied backpack. From my first inspection it seems to be well built. Specs are 80mm - f/5 - 400mm focal length. The price of $99 was easy to take as well. The plan is to have some fun with it now and use it as a guide scope in the future. No first light yet because the new scope curse is in full effect with rain. Will let you know more about this scope when I get to put it through its paces.

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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Congrats on the new scope! Those little 80mm f/5 scopes are super fun. Prepare to be surprised when you get it out to a dark site. Great little solar scope too. I also like that it is very easy to do a few DIY mods that really improve the scope's performance.
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Congratulations it looks like a nice fun scope. That will make quite the widefield guide scope!
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Nice little scope, Mark! Very cool.

    I'm really enjoying my newly acquired (well, about a month ago) ST80 (same specs as yours), so I know you'll enjoy this new scope quite a bit.

    Working my way through the Messier Catalog with mine, when the clouds aren't in the way.
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Hi Pitter,

    The optical tube you have, with the Adventure 80 is exactly the same that I have with my Infinity 80. I have optimized mine and is what I am using in my efforts to find the Messier List. So far, I have found 82 of them. If you are interested in what I have done to mine, let me know.

    I am interested in what you think about the mount and tripod. I am thinking about buying some of Adventure 80s going through them and giving them to my grandkids.
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Interesting. I wonder how it compares to the Orion ST80. Price is definitely more attractive since you only get bare OTA for $100 from Orion.
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Quote Originally Posted by MistrBadgr View Post
    Hi Pitter,

    The optical tube you have, with the Adventure 80 is exactly the same that I have with my Infinity 80. I have optimized mine and is what I am using in my efforts to find the Messier List. So far, I have found 82 of them. If you are interested in what I have done to mine, let me know.

    I am interested in what you think about the mount and tripod. I am thinking about buying some of Adventure 80s going through them and giving them to my grandkids.
    Hi Bill
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    The things I did to my Infinity 80 OTA....same as what Pitter bought except for the outside paint job.

    1. Took an "angle finder" and used it to get both ends truly square, using a fine flat file to file down the high spots. (almost all entry level scopes need this)(makes a big difference in resolution in this f/5 refractor which is very sensitive to objective centering and collimation)
    2. Blackened the edges of the objective, including the bevels with the side of a cone tipped black sharpie.
    3. Even though the inside of the scope, including the dew shield, has a nice flat black paint job, I laid down black flocking everywhere, including both sides of the baffle.
    4. There is a bit of extra clearance around the objective that I did not like and the crown was a bit smaller in diameter than the flint. Took a thin strip of paper, blackened it with the sharpie, and slid it in around the objective when the objective was already installed in the cell. I then took a second strip, just 3/16 inch wide, blackened it, and slid it in around the crown along with the wider piece that went around both lenses. The lenses could wobble around a bit much and would not center on each other except by chance. Doing this cut out a lot of reflections when looking at Jupiter.
    5. Due to a little too much clearance in the focuser body and draw tube that allowed the draw tube to sag a bit. Did some counter filing on the end of the main tube to offset the sag rather than mess with the inside of the focuser. This works for Alt/AZ scopes only.
    6. The ID of the main tube is exactly one mm larger than the metal of the focuser flange. The holes in the focuser and the tube were off just enough that it caused the tube to bulge a little. Filed out the tube holes a little. I made the flocking come completely to the rear edge of the main tube. This helped with focuser centering by taking up some of the extra clearance.
    7. Made a plain paper target with a black dot in the center to set over the objective. Made sure the red dot of my Howie Glatter lazer hit the middle dot. Used that to calibrate my other laser collimator to make sure the red dot reflection coming back to this second laser was reasonably centered in the ground glass screen.

    Everything is now spot on and contrast is very good, even in heavy light pollution.
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Quote Originally Posted by MistrBadgr View Post
    Hi Pitter,

    The optical tube you have, with the Adventure 80 is exactly the same that I have with my Infinity 80. I have optimized mine and is what I am using in my efforts to find the Messier List. So far, I have found 82 of them. If you are interested in what I have done to mine, let me know.

    I am interested in what you think about the mount and tripod. I am thinking about buying some of Adventure 80s going through them and giving them to my grandkids.
    Ok Bill. Here is my take after a quick first light tonight. The scope itself is A-1. Didn't even pick up any CA on the moon. I prefer optical finderscopes, but the RDF that came with the scope is actually very good. This has been money well spent. I am the king of used scopes, so I am glad my first new telescope was not a bust. The same cannot be said for the mount. It is el-cheapo with plastic mounting parts that render any precise movement impossible. I am pretty sure the mount would break quite easily in the field. I put the scope on my good camera tripod and it performed flawlessly. Even so, $99 for the scope alone was a good deal. You can always buy a better camera tripod.
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    Default Re: Meade Adventure Scope 80

    Quote Originally Posted by Pitter View Post
    Ok Bill. Here is my take after a quick first light tonight. The scope itself is A-1. Didn't even pick up any CA on the moon. I prefer optical finderscopes, but the RDF that came with the scope is actually very good. This has been money well spent. I am the king of used scopes, so I am glad my first new telescope was not a bust. The same cannot be said for the mount. It is el-cheapo with plastic mounting parts that render any precise movement impossible. I am pretty sure the mount would break quite easily in the field. I put the scope on my good camera tripod and it performed flawlessly. Even so, $99 for the scope alone was a good deal. You can always buy a better camera tripod.
    Thanks, Pitter! That is what I needed to know. I really like the little scopes. I think, since the scope is so short, the red dot finder is a workable situation. I am able to go down on one knee and pretty much use it overhead, so not too bad of a deal. For the most part, I have settled on Orion 6X30 RACI Finders for my little scopes. I have not switched to one on this scope simply because I have not had any real problems.

    I know I want a second of these little jewels mounted in the finder position on my LX 70 M6 Mak, when mounted on a LX 80 mount. I have a bracket already bought for that, so the Adventure 80 is the scope for that spot. The Infinity 80 will stay as my travel buddy, along with some other travel buddies for various trips and for quick stuff in the back yard when I do not want to open up my POD. If I am only going to observe for an hour, I normally would rather walk out with a smaller scope by itself.

    For the grandkids, I will look at the cost of a better tripod and an Adventure 80 and compared to the cost of the Infinity 80 with its existing mount and tripod. No matter which way I go, I will most likely put Plossles with the scopes, even though there is nothing really wrong with the MA eyepieces that come with the Infinity 80. They are just fine, except that I would like to give the kids a little wider field.
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