This sound a bit obscene but I promise that no animals, people or telescopes were harmed in the process.
The Meade SCT in question is an 8″ 2080 model that I purchased around 1992. I used it quite a bit for a number of years until my interest turned to astrophotography. The specific model do not have a dec motor and the RA motor is running off 240VAC.
Over time I build an invertor that could work from AC or 12VDC and allowed me to vary the frequency around the nominal 50Hz and I could therefore do some manual guiding in RA with a set of buttons and with the existing fine controls on the DEC. It worked a treat for a while but anybody that has guided long exposures manually will know that its a very tedious exercise with unpredictable results.
Well, now everything has changed. The new Skywatcher EQ6-R can easily carry the 8″ OTA (Optical Tube Assembly) as well as my ED 80mm and new opportunities becomes available.
I had to de-fork the OTA out of the Meade fork mount to allow me to fit a Losmandy plate to allow for the OTA to be fitted to the EQ6-R. There are a lot of guidance on the web for how to do this but I used the following site:
Its remarkable easy and took no time at all.
Loosen two bolts on one of the arms first.
Then remove three small bolts from each side of the tube. Take care to work on a soft surface and have someone assist you to make sure you don’t scratch the tube surface.
And its off!
Now to mount the Losmandy DM8 kit into the existing holes on the OTA.
10 minutes later…
And now the amazing Meade 8″ OTA can be used on a very capable and accurate mount. A big change for me and there should be some new images soon.
With my luck it will probably be cloudy and rainy for a month now ….