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erbarmauhump

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"SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:33:53 PM »
Yes, here I am with the other Craigslist advertisement I discovered...

All I know is what I have seen from two photos in the advertisement.  It has "SATURN BY MEADE" on the telescope, also it comes with a small tripod, seems to be maybe a 6" tube, And it's a reflector.

That's all I can tell from the photos, without knowing that a model number or anything else printed on the telescope.  I'm going to ask the proprietor if there's any other advice on the telescope that they can tell me

However, I needed to run this scope beyond everyone here only to receive your initial thoughts on this brand/model....  I understand if you want more info to provide an opinion.

Thanks.



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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 08:14:37 AM »
I believe that the first step may be a hyperlink to the ad, specifically to the photographs.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2017, 06:38:36 PM »
Yeah, sorry.  Pictures would help...

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2017, 10:17:27 AM »
I have a meade 130mm reflector i got on ebay.
The owner said it was only used twice yet both mirrors were not good when I got it.
The primary appears "foggy". The seller and I got into an argument and I got some money back.
Since then I have seen several other meade reflectors with the listing stating fogged or hazy mirror. So now I believe that these mirrors may have some issues with the overcoatings.

I think mine was marketed as a deep space, but I think these are generally the same scopes
with minor tweaks to the mount, and accessories. I checked my tube and it does not have
a model it just says meade 130mm f/7.8

I see from this pic that one of the screws holding the focuser has some rust. It may be a sign
that the scope was stored in a humid place. So you may want to check for other areas of corrosion.

I would ask the seller to photograph both mirrors, and send you the pics before you buy. I bought mine for $50.00 with shipping so don't over pay either. Maybe some of these mirrors are ok and others are not.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2017, 11:21:01 AM »
I had one that someone gave me. It is a piece of junk. Avoid it.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 05:26:12 PM »
The mount looks to be equivalent to an EQ-2. The optical-tube is a 4.5", rather than a 6". If I had it, I'd disassemble the entire mount, clean and re-grease it, then put it all back together again, and perhaps make some improvements along the way. I suppose I could get a mirror set and focusser to replace the existing ones, if needed. It's a tinkerer's paradise, and parts are readily available at a reasonable cost.

If you don't have the time for all that, I'd pass it by.

Here's Google's feedback for additional images of the kit, and of others similar to it...

https://www.google.c...E&dpr=1#imgrc=_

I see an older one at the top, and with a mount I wouldn't mind having myself...

http://media.liveauc...8CF747657BB1290

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 04:15:08 AM »
HI Dave,

 How much are they asking for it? I'd be wary of that telescope because if nothing else, the tripod alone is probably going to be extremely wobbly. An unusable tripod / mount equals worthless telescope. A friend of mine got one nearly identical from Celestron and the tube shakes so much on the mount from anything it's almost impossible to even focus, let alone use much. It also never stays in its current position. Once you point it where you want, it always falls a little, no mattter how much you tighten it. So you end up having to point it up a little higher at the object, and letting it fall into place.

 I'm all about budget scopes and buying them used. One thing withh telescopes / mounts though, you truly do get what you pay for. I read in your original post your budget is under $500. You can get some decent, new scopes for that price, especially if you're just looking for something basic. Definitely keep us posted on any others you may find, but I think I would pass on this one. I hope this helps.

Eric

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2018, 10:59:53 AM »
This one would wobble less, and the Newtonian comes with a parabolic mirror for sharper images...

http://www.telescope.../341/p/9007.uts

The mount can be motorised, for automatic hands-free tracking.

For the same price, a 6" Dobsonian can be had...

http://www.telescope...yCategoryId=398

This one has a better focusser, but the primary mirror-cell is better on the Orion...

https://www.astronom...tor_p20339.aspx

There's also this grab-and-go refractor to consider... https://www.bhphotov...2,&Q=&A=details

Fall weather is almost upon us, with that and spring being the best times to observe, temperature-wise; fall especially, with winter's sprites just coming into view.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 04:40:03 PM »
Thanks everyone for your input.

They are asking $50 for the telescope, but it sounds like it's something I should just avoid after reading your helpful comments above.

I'll check out the links provided.

Thanks again.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 06:06:23 PM »
Decent dob telescopes are best bang for the buck. Perhaps not the choice for everyone, always enjoyed mine.

Sometimes used ones show, I have the XT seies.

Etx90, 4SE
Xt8i, xt10
Meade 12 lightbridge
PST Solar

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2018, 04:56:52 PM »

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2018, 09:28:18 PM »
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I had one that someone gave me. It is a piece of junk. Avoid it.

It is good to call things what they are.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 01:58:29 AM »
You should be looking for one of these. Then you'll know if you have the right stuff for amateur astronomy. Don't ever buy a telescope from someone that has it pointed upside down unless the tube pointed wrong side up says something like Takahashi or Astro-physics. Then go there and offer fifty or a hundred bucks.

I swear to He Who is on High, either everyone on Craigslist with a junk scope is using the same photograph, or there is an epidemic of wrong-way-pointy-ness in the Craigs list pages.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 02:10:17 AM »
$500 is a good budget.  You can buy a 10" dob or get an 8" and an extra eyepiece and Telrad.  Look for a used one for a week or two then get a new one if an obvious deal does not appear.

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Re: "SATURN by Meade" telescope?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 08:34:19 AM »
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FYI Read this:

http://www.scopereviews.com/begin.html

I love his commentary about astrophotography.