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.
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.