Meade #1401 Tube Balance Weight System for 8" Fork-Mounted SCT's

  • Includes Three Counterweights (1, 2, and 3 lbs)
  • Includes counterweight bar and mounting hardware required
  • Attaches to the underside of any Meade 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • Non-Compatible with German Equatorial Mounts (GEM's)
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Meade #1401 Tube Balance Weight System for 8" Fork-Mounted SCT's

The Meade #1401 Tube Balance Weight System permits the balancing of heavy or long-lever-arm accessories attached to the eyepiece end of the telescope. Each weight assembly attaches to factory-threaded holes provided on the underside every Meade 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Three differing weights (1, 2, & 3 lb) are supplied with each Meade #1401 Tube Balance Weight System, permitting considerable variation in the total weight available for balancing. Includes counterweight bar and mounting hardware. Because this accessory mounts to the underside of the tube assembly, it is not for use with German equatorial mounts.

OPT Product Number: ME-07304


Counterweights(1) 1 lbs (1) 2 lbs (1) 3 lbs
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  • Counterweight bar for Meade 8" OTA
  • One pound counterweight
  • Two pound counterweight
  • Three pound counterweight
  • Mounting hardware
  • Manufacturer Warranty
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David S.
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Balancing System for LX90 ACF 8"

If one does the research it becomes apparent quickly that a good balancing system is imperative to exceptional telescope performance. The OPT system had one issue in that the thumb screws used to mount the slide rail were the wrong size (too Large and improper thread count). There were no directions for mounting which I would recommend and also detailed instruction on a balancing procedure for forked mount without equatorial wedge. It was somewhat difficult to find a good one. Also not sure I would use large weights as much as some smaller ones that can add up to larger weight. I only had to use the smallest weight to create and maintain balance of the scope