Hi Ted -
I am scared to change setups. My old mount was a real keeper, and the OTA had a great mirror.
It was very nerve-racking to sell what I know to be a good setup.
But I really needed a smaller rig, as I have to drive 2 hours away to do my imaging and observing,
so I threw caution to the wind and put this together.
The good news is that both of the refractors are fantastic. The bad news is that the mount has to go
back to Meade. It has a very large amount of slop in the RA axis, which does not seem to stem from the
worm gear adjustment. Having had several Meade products, I am not suprised - every Meade mount I have
owned had to go back to the factory at least once to get it to work right. I really wish Meade would start
doing a better quality check on their gear - it certainly would save the consumer alot of hassle, and save Meade
some expense of shipping/fixing things. I think that with Meade, you get a good product, you just have to send
it back to them a few times first.
Oh well - guess it will be another month until I can test this rig out for photography.