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2 years 9 months ago #100940 by olympusstar
Hi all,
I'm new to the forum and astronomy. I just bought a used meade lxd75 goto and there seems to be a bit of play on mount around the worm gear Assembly. Is there a place where I can get the mount serviced ?
Thanks
Gary

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2 years 9 months ago #100941 by martinus
Hi Gary

Welcome to IFAS and to astronomy in general. :)

The LXD75 is an older Meade mount, I don't want to sound too pessimistic but I'm unsure if they will still service it. Many of us (I own one) use online documentation to service our mounts - assuming there is not some serious issue. Given you seem to be looking for an 'official' service the only thing I can suggest is to take a look at Meade's local dealer list:

www.meade.com/dealerlocator/#


* I don't think there's an Irish Meade site.

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2 years 9 months ago #100943 by carlobeirnes
Hi There,

If you want you can pop the scope into us. I can have our engineer to have a look at it for you; the meshing in the gears could need adjusting if so it will be a very quick fix.

Carl.

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2 years 9 months ago #100952 by olympusstar
Hi Carl ,
Thanks I really appreciate that. Would you mind if I dropped in on Friday morning and would you mind if I stayed and watch so I would know how to do it myself next time ?
Thanks so much,
Gary

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2 years 9 months ago #100953 by dave_lillis
good thing you didn't bother with Meade customer service,
From what I hear, you'd have to ship the mount to their factory in Mexico to have it fixed.
Is that one of the lidl scopes from a few years ago ?, if so then you were one of the lucky ones, I've heard of them blowing up straight out of the box new.

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2 years 9 months ago #100954 by olympusstar
not sure if its from lidl . I just bought it second hand a couple of days ago , fingers crossed it doesn't still.

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2 years 9 months ago #100955 by dave_lillis
Well given that the problem is too much play in the mount, it sounds like an easy fix tbh

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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #100959 by carlobeirnes

olympusstar wrote: Hi Carl ,
Thanks I really appreciate that. Would you mind if I dropped in on Friday morning and would you mind if I stayed and watch so I would know how to do it myself next time ?
Thanks so much,
Gary


Hi Gary,

It's no problem at all.

Dave are you messing regarding having to send the scopes back to Mexico. Could you imagine the shipping cost :-)).

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2 years 9 months ago #100960 by carlobeirnes

olympusstar wrote: Hi Carl ,
Thanks I really appreciate that. Would you mind if I dropped in on Friday morning and would you mind if I stayed and watch so I would know how to do it myself next time ?
Thanks so much,
Gary


Hi Gary,

It's no problem at all.

Dave are you messing regarding having to send the scopes back to Mexico. Could you imagine the shipping cost :-)).

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Swords, Co Dublin,
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1 year 2 months ago #105299 by bilboo969
Hi Lads,

Happy New Year to every one! Lots of luck, all the best and lots great sightings and meteor showers and stuff for 2016!! :-)

Am new to the whole Astronomy so please be very patience with me but thought I clink myself into this old post here as I have a similar issue with mine!

Got a Bresser Skylux EL 70/700 (lidl) Telescope from my kids for Christmas and am really enjoying it so far - had a few very good looks at the moon to start me off!

I know it is also not the most expensive / good one but read lots of comment, that it is a good one to start off with!

My problem is with DEC axis mount fixation - hope using the right terms here! When trying to fine adjust or if you touch to hard with your face onto the eye piece, the telescope keeps on moving / not staying fixed on the spot.

Does not matter how tight I make it, it very easily moves up and down and of course - you know what they say: after very tight comes very loose - I managed to damaged the thread of the DEC fixation screw last night :( .

Any worth into looking to get it fixed or better contact support & hope for an exchange fro the same or should i may even consider trying to get slightly better model/version?

Your help and reconsiderations would be much appreciated!
Thanks am ill in advance
Best regards
Andre

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1 year 2 months ago #105322 by Seanie_Morris
Hi Andre,

I had an earlier edition - by about 10 years - of the Skylux, and it also had a slight problem on the EQ2 mount whereby one of the axes had a little bit of play, even with the fixing screw fastened securely. Over time, I decided to disassemble it myself and clean it, finding out that I had to re-adjust something in the housing for the fixing screw to grab properly. That then kept the mount in a solid, locked position.

I still have the mount today and use it from time to time (I even added and EQ2 declination motor to it for tracking), but I can't remember the exact component I 'fixed'. If I am remembering it correctly, there's a chunky plastic collar inside the housing that just needs to have the orientation turned a little before putting the pieces back together.

I know there were a few other visitors to this site over the years that had similar problems on certain years the Skylux was available.

Leaving the mount problem aside, the Skylux is a great little scope, a fantastic entry level refractor with quite an easy-to-use equatorial mount. On a really clear night (and depending on how close Earth is to the planet in question) you should see 2 cloud belts on Jupiter, the phases of Venus, the Rings of Saturn as a single band around the disk, and excellent views of the Moon. The only sound piece of advice I can give is ditch the poor quality eyepieces that came with it, and pick up 2 Celestron Plossl eyepieces (which you'll get very cheaply, get a 26mm and 12mm) that will serve you just fine.

Clear Skies!

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1 year 2 months ago #105324 by bilboo969
Hi Seanie,

thanks so much for your reply / and tips. Once I get the broken thread fixation screw fixed - contacted Lidl customer servcies already and hope it wont be taking too long!! :) - I will check that out! But unfortunately it is not the thread of the screw - which would be easily replaced - that broke!!

I was actuality looking at getting one additional Celestron eye piece already I had seen been recommended somewhere, where I also read that the 4 mm one included is no good! Think the 20mm one seems to be ok but that might be just my novice option :) .

A Celestron 1.25" 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece!? Do you know them / do you or anyone else have any experience with them?

Clear Skies!
Andre

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1 year 2 months ago #105328 by lunartic
Hi Andre

I have a Celestron E-Lux 25mm eyepiece that you can have if you want, I'm not using it and I would like someone to use it.

Paul

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1 year 2 months ago #105367 by bilboo969
Hi there and tnx for the offer, Paul. Sorry only after seeing your reply! Did not receive and automatic reply notification fro your reply although I did for Seanie's one!???

I would happily like to try it - tnx again. How much would you be looking / you want for it and are you located in Dublin/Kildare area?

Still waiting on my new "replacement" telescope mount from Bresser - hope this one does not have the same DEC axis fixation problem as the broken one. :| Well at least I have one to trail open up first and see how to fix it ;)

Do you or does anyone else have any experience with /knowledge of/comments on with the Celestron Zoom Eyepieces and is there really a massive difference between the "Zoom" and "Deluxe Zoom" (beside the massive price difference and the small difference in "Filed of View")??

Both down as, 8-24mm, fully multi-coated, "zoom" is suppose to have Angular Field of View 40-60 & Eye Relief 15 mm - 18 mm and the "Deluxe Zoom" an Angular Field of View 43-66 & Eye relief: 15 - 20mm.

So to me (the novice!!!) almost similar / nearly the same or is that a big difference!?

Cheers and clear skies!
Andre

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1 year 2 months ago - 1 year 2 months ago #105368 by lunartic
Hi Andre

I don't want any money for it, it is just lying around not being used, glad to see it get some use.
I don't know anything about zoom eyepieces, I have read good things about the Baader zoom, what about one of those?
I live in the Dun Laoghaire area.

Paul

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1 year 2 months ago #105382 by bilboo969
Hi Paul,

Tnx so much again for the offer! Really appreciate it!

Do you live and work in Dun Laoghaire area or do you for example work in town or so?

Checked the Baader zoom one - bit over "a new starters" budget I think. Son't get me wrong am really enjoying it but will see first if I stick to / really get more into it! ;)

Can get Celestron Zoom Eyepieces or the VITE 8-24mm 1.25'' Zoom Eyepiece (also a 8-24, four element, fully multi-coated, 15-18mm relief & 40-60degrees ) for around 60-70 EUR. This should do to start off with!

But will try your 25mm first. If it suits will try to pick it up next week at some stage if still available / offer still counts then!

Regards
Andre

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1 year 2 months ago #105383 by lunartic
I work in Stillorgan and live in Dun Laoghaire. I plan to be down at Sandymount on Friday evening if that suits.

Paul

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1 year 2 months ago #105398 by bilboo969
Hi Paul,

Tnx for your reply but am in Galway prob until Wednesday!

Might try on Thu or Fri to swing around if that suits you!

Best regards & clear skies
Andre

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1 year 2 months ago #105408 by lunartic
Hi Andre

Whatever suits you best, I'm around any time after 6.

Paul

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1 year 2 months ago #105422 by bilboo969
Hi Paul,

in Sandyford tomorrow afternoon and could pop around to Stillorgan some stage after lunch if that suits by any chance??

Still have not received my replacement mount from Bresser yet and few really good nice clear nights out there - killing me :(

Is there a way of sending a p.m. here to exchange e-mail address / mobile no or other contact details or so?
clear skies :)
Andre

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1 year 2 months ago #105423 by lunartic
Hi Andre

Just sent a message, when you log on check your private messages, the link is below the main menu on the left side of the page under user menu.

Paul

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