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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Mounts - Alt Az > Classified #964844

For Sale: Modified Meade 390 Alt/Az Mount & Tripod

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Significantly modified/upgraded Meade 390 Alt/Az mount and tripod as shown. Goes from a jiggly sloppy tripod and mount to a much sturdier and usable set. Still not the equal of a $300+ mount/tripod but much better than the original.Weighs 12lbs, when you pick it up it no longer rattles and shakes.

Mods include:

Addition of large 16" pizza pan with foam lining as an accessory tray, incorporating the original EP tray. Helps to stiffen the tripod.

Tightening of the hinges of the tray supports, also stiffens the tripod.

Addition of a Vixen saddle over an adapter bar. Securely bolted on. The original saddle is propriatary Meade (actually Vixen), not too usable. Unfortunately the saddle will not accept any of the Vixen dovetail bars I've tried on it from the side, they only goe in by sliding the dovetail from the end. As this mount/tripod is for light/small telescopes this wasn't a problem for me.

Optimizing of both the alt and az axis by reducing internal slop. Still not perfect but much better than the original.

Addition of a balance spring to the saddle, helps when you have a long refractor pointed nearly vertical.
Effectiveness of the spring varies with scope, you might need a different spring for your OTA.

$100, buyer pays shipping from Zipcode 95926, PayPal preferred but not required, no fee.

Tom Duncan

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