Jan Owen wrote:
> <cboscari@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
> > Jan Owen wrote:
> >> <cboscari@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
> >> news:1163541463.025095.147510@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> >I have a Meade LX3 that I think needs to have this done. Can anyone
> >> > recommend a company in the Los Angeles area, or a company elsewhere
> >> > that I can send the OTA to that will do the disassembly of the
> >> > corrector plate and send it back? Someone recommended online that I
> >> > find someone to do this for me, but I don't know anyone. Another
> >> > suggestion was to contact my local astronomy club, but I would be
> >> > embarrassed contacting the one in my area (Los Angeles) since I am not
> >> > a member. Are there any companies that do this for SCT's? One company I
> >> > called, Galaxy Optics, will do Newtonians, but said they couldn't help
> >> > me with an SCT because they needed an optical bench.
> >> > Help?
> >> > Chris Boscarino
> >> >
> >> Are you the original owner of this scope???
> >> Some of the Meade scopes of this era had lifetime warranties on the
> >> optical
> >> coatings, to the original owners.
> >> And, no matter what your answer is to the above, have you contacted Meade
> >> about this?
> >> My original 10" LX-3 (which has since morphed into an LX-5) had the MCSO
> >> group (silver coated high-transmission secondary, with multicoatings to
> >> protect against tarnishing), whose multicoatings failed after several
> >> years,
> >> resulting in the secondary's silver coating tarnishing, and, since I
> >> bought
> >> the scope new, with the lifetime warranty, Meade replaced the optics free
> >> of
> >> charge, several years ago.
> >> And the BEST part of THAT was that the new set of optics were better than
> >> the first... So the 10" that I now own is better than the one I
> >> originally
> >> BOUGHT, even though it is still essentially the same scope...
> >> If you bought this scope used, then the lifetime warranty doesn't apply,
> >> as
> >> I understand it, but Meade STILL may be the best source of resolving your
> >> problem...
> >> --
> >> Jan Owen
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> >> address...
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> > Yes, I did contact Meade, and they want $450 to do this, since I can
> > not provide the original receipt from 20 years ago when I bought it. I
> > was trying to repair this for less than that.
> No intent to pass judgment, but... Receipts are good things to hang onto...
> In your case, depending on the situation, it might mean having the whole job
> done for free, and better yet, with a complete set of hand-matched optics,
> which MIGHT be better, overall, than the originals (like MINE were), versus
> just having your secondary stripped and re-coated by someone else...
> BEST case, it will be as good (or NEARLY as good) as it was originally,
> during the Halley period, where not-so-great optics were more the norm than
> the exception...
> While the Meade option may SEEM expensive, it STILL may be your best
> Your choice entirely, of course...
> Jan Owen
Nonsense. That is commercial rape any way you cut it.