The parts for the telescope have arrived and I have to say I’m kind of excited. As you can see I have a Meade 4000 Super Plössl 9.7mm eyepiece and a 2″ to 1.25″ eyepiece adapter. My telescope came with a 12.5mm Huygenian eyepiece and I’m happy with the 93x magnification it produces. The 9.7mm eyepiece will create more magnified image, but really hope the resolution is better. I want to be able to see more that just one of Jupiter’s cloud bands.
I would like to say thanks to website First Telescope. That is where I purchased the parts for this project. Instructions for installing the new equipment can found after the break
The steps for installing the eyepiece adapter are really simple.
Step 1: Unscrew the current 2″ to 0.965″ adapter from the focuser.
Step 2: Screw on the 2″ adapter ring that came with the telescope.
Step 3: Insert the 2″ to 1.25″ adapter into the focuser and secure using the thumbscrews.
Step 4: Insert the 1.25″ eyepiece into the focuser and secure using the thumbscrew.
Thoughts: Previously I mentioned my telescope wasn’t of the highest build quality and the focuser really shows that. Everything except maybe the focus knob shafts is made of plastic. I don’t think it will take very long to strip the threads off the focuser if I switch between 1.25″ and 0.965″ eyepieces. Oh well, if things do break then I will have more of an excuse to upgrade to new telescope.]]>
I knew I didn’t have the best telescope on the market, but after reading online and checking out some real telescopes I discovered I was working with some pretty low quality equipment. Here is a run down:
So what to do? A new telescope would cost at least $400-$500 dollars and that is something I’m not ready to commit to. Instead I think I can improve the current scope I have and get in a position to have better equipment for the future.
How? Replace the one piece that is easiest: the eyepieces. Switching to better eyepieces should, in my theory, improve the image quality of my telescope and allow me to see more detail. The only problem is my eyepiece mount only accepts 0.965″ eyepieces. Meade was nice enough to provide a 2” adapter ring with the telescope so I can use 2” eyepieces. Though the 2” eyepieces are more common, they can be considerably more expensive and therefore are still not ideal.
The plan? Install the 2” adapter ring into my telescope and then use a 2″ to 1.25″ adapter. That should allow me to use eyepieces like the Meade 4000 Super Plössl series. In the coming day’s I’ll see if my gamble to buy adapters and new eyepieces pays off.]]>