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    Default Scored a pair of free Meade orthos. Please tell me about them.



    Hi folks:

    I scored a couple of free Meade orthos the other day: a 10.5 and a 16.8. I can't seem to find much about these on the net — can someone tell me about these?

    The back story is that someone put up an ad on Craigslist wanting a tripod for a C8. I thought that was rather odd since C8s don't often float around without tripods. I've also seen some older Celestron tripods with broken leg clamps and the like and I thought this person might be looking for a replacement because of such a problem. I've got a fairly decent garage machine shop and previously repaired a Celestron pod with just this problem, so I contacted the guy and told him that if that was the reason he was looking, contact me and I'd see if I could fix it, and at no charge. I just like to do this kind of stuff (and the fix isn't all that hard when you have the right tools).

    Sure enough, I got an email several days later with a photo of the broken part. Looked to me like a five-minute repair by tapping a hole and running an 8-32 screw into it. So he came over and in about five minutes his tripod was back in working order. He also brought along the C8, which is an old one with the orange wrinkle finish, thick diecast rear cap, and a sticker on it that says "Special Coatings." The focus knob was so much smoother than anything else I've tried. He also had the wedge mount and 110 volt power supply, which was in an old metal case that looked like the electronics project boxes we used to get some 30 years ago.

    The guy didn't seem very mechanical nor knowledgable about astronomy — he kept referring to eyepieces as "lenses," and he didn't seem to know how to operate the mount — a dual-fork on a wedge with variable speed motors. He said he bought the scope years ago but rarely used it and hadn't had it out for years. I suspect he jumped into something he wasn't ready for. So we hooked up the mount and found that the motors were working.

    He had a plastic box containing four of these orthos, the 16.8, the 10.5, a 7 and a 4, the foam in the box being completely rotten and gooey. I said we needed to get these out of the box right away, and pulled them and scraped the foam gunk off the barrels with my fingernail. I tossed the remains of the gooey foam.

    As we were wrapping things back up, I said if he ever thought about selling the 16.8 and the 10.5, to let me know. The 7 and the 4 are way too short for my 8-inch SCT. He told me to just take the two as thanks for taking my time to fix him up. I offered to pay, but he said no, that it was his way of saying thanks.

    Unfortunately these eyepieces look to have some slight scratching of the type that would be caused by improper cleaning, but I think they are still useable.

    I know about orthos and have one already, but I don't know anything about Meade's. Below is a photo of the pair. In the black anodizing at the bottom of the upper tube is engraved, "Japan MOP."

    So what's the history of these? Quality level? Anything else? THANKS!


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    Default Re: Scored a pair of free Meade orthos. Please tell me about them.

    Sorry, I know less about them than do you.

    I just want to thank you for helping the guy.
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    Default Re: Scored a pair of free Meade orthos. Please tell me about them.

    "Japan"...I think that's a good sign! If they are the Research Grade orthos, I think you have a pair of keepers...I don't know anything either.
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    Default Re: Scored a pair of free Meade orthos. Please tell me about them.

    Good karma coming your way gregl. Super nice of you.
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    Default Re: Scored a pair of free Meade orthos. Please tell me about them.

    Way to go Greg. What a nice thing for you to do! Looks like a nice pair of Orthos to me. Two good things, the name and made in Japan.
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    Default Re: Scored a pair of free Meade orthos. Please tell me about them.

    Thanks for the links, guys. Looks like these are good quality glass. I haven't had time to clean them to see if they are damaged or not. I used to work in a camera repair shop and I know how to do this safely, and as soon as I get a round tuit, I'll clean them up and try them out. Perhaps next Saturday when we go out to the lake and set up for the campers.
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    Default Re: Scored a pair of free Meade orthos. Please tell me about them.

    Well, I decided to quit wasting time on the net and clean these oculars. And they are perfect. What I saw was just eyelash grease. The bottom retaining ring was loose on the 10.5, a curious situation, but not a problem to tighten carefully. Inspection under magnification also revealed some tiny bits of the gooey case foam around the eye lens retaining ring on the 10.5, but it came off with a little work.

    Now all I need is some time to get out there and take a look through these. I've been scrambling in my other hobby, live steam railroading, to get ready for the Train Mountain Triennial. Train Mountain, just north of Klamath Falls, Oregon, is orders of magnitude larger than anything else on the planet and has over 30 miles of 7 1/2-inch gauge track. This shindig comes up only every three years and will see about 350 trains and about 900 railroaders. Too much fun.
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