Meade #1403 Tube Balance Weight System for Meade 12" Fork-Mounted SCT's
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Meade #1403 Tube Balance Weight System for Meade 12" Fork-Mounted SCT'sThe Meade #1403 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 12" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Three differing weights (1, 2, & 3 lb) are supplied with each Meade #1403 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-07319
|Counterweights||(1) 1 lbs (1) 2 lbs (1) 3 lbs|
|Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
- Meade Counterweight bar for 12" OTA
- (1) One pound counterweight
- (1) Two pound counterweight
- (1) Three pound counterweight
- Mounting hardware
- Manufacturer Warranty
It seems to do the trick!
At this time (2/28/18) I can't say anything regarding the use of the counter weight system as the skies have been completely uncooperative. The weight system itself was very easy to install. I have mounted on the top side of my Meade 12" an 80mm William Optics refractor weighing in about 6 lbs. After I slid the individual weights onto the mount it was quite easy to find a good balance by simple experimentation. I found I am able to reliably slew my telescope to perhaps a degree or two past zenith without losing balance. After bit more of experimentation, I was able to adjust the weights until slewing sounded smooth and effortless. I would definitely recommend this set to anyone needing a good, low profile counterweight for their Meade 12".