Meade DS-10


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Brand and Model:Meade DS-10
Price ($USD):
Type:Newtonian
Attributes: un-checked Go-To un-checked PEC
Aperture:254mm (10")
f Ratio:f/4.5
Focal Length:1143mm
Finder:60mm guidescope
Electric Power:RA motor
Mount:EQ
Tripod:Pedestal
Weight (lbs):a lot lbs.
Dimensions (w/h/d):
Description:This older baby-blue scope is a real light bucket. I got mine for $350 locally from the first owner who'd carried it all over the west since new. The only complaint I have about the scope is the inability to rotate the tube.



I'll have more of a report later, but my plans for this scope include a new hardwood (red oak) mount and a new guide scope to replace the old Deitz the

previous owner had on it.



Great clarity, sharpness and width of field.

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Meade DS-10
Original owner - good optics, basic EQ mount. Low height often awkward, but very sturdy. Fits easily in most cars . Weird 2-vane spider is weakness in getting optics well aligned. When properly collimated it really performs. Best with very high quality eyepieces due to f/4.5 optics.

Overall Rating: No Vote
Optics:8 Mount:6 Ease of Use:5 Value:7
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.228.129)
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Meade DS-10
Nice optics, ok focuser, almost impossible to adjust easily mount, mount does move very smoothly and easily after lubrication.
Very easy to setup. Think of it as a Dob that tracks. Too low to
the ground, tho it is stable. No tube rings make observing a hands and knees affair. Still, quite nice optics...

I got mine for $250 8-)

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:8 Mount:5 Ease of Use:7
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.215.218)
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Meade DS-10
My star tests have shown a bit of spherical abberation which places a fairly significant restraint on high-power operation (no more than 300 - 350x). Of course, that's not what this scope was designed for. With regard to its designed purpose, deep sky and wide field viewing are excellent. There is a fair amount of slop in the clock drive, but with a little practice, getting objects centered for tracking is pretty simple at low to medium powers. Mount is stable but not easily levelled. Overall a good scope and a decent value.

Overall Rating: 7
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.1.251)
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Meade DS-10
The Meade DS-10 is my first "real" telescope. I bought it used about 2 years ago for $500. The striking quality of the scope is it's weight. I have since added tube rings to allow the tube to rotate (BIG improvement!), a two-inch focuser, a telrad and an 9x60 right-angle finder. The mount was in fair condition and I had to jam a couple of washers into the fixed altitude adjustment to firm it up. However, once I did that, the mount improved incredibly. As far as the optics, once cleaned, they were quite nice. Although I do not have alot to compare it to, I am pleased with the scope. Every night I take it out I get a little better at alignment, tracking, etc.

Pros are LARGE aperture, solid mount (with modification), and fairly easy collimation. Cons are weight & portability, the AC drive which must be plugged into the wall (!) and the stock focuser and finder.

Overall, a great piece of equipment for the price

Overall Rating: 8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.128.99)
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>The Meade DS-10 is my first "real" telescope.  I bought it used about 2 years ago for $500.  The striking quality of the scope is it's weight.  I have since added tube rings to allow the tube to rotate (BIG improvement!), a two-inch focuser, a telrad and an 9x60 right-angle finder.  The mount was in fair condition and I had to jam a couple of washers into the fixed altitude adjustment to firm it up.  However, once I did that, the mount improved incredibly.  As far as the optics, once cleaned, they were quite nice.  Although I do not have alot to compare it to, I am pleased with the scope.  Every night I take it out I get a little better at alignment, tracking, etc.  
>
>Pros are LARGE aperture, solid mount (with modification), and fairly easy collimation.  Cons are weight & portability, the AC drive which must be plugged into the wall (!) and the stock focuser and finder.
>
>Overall, a great piece of equipment for the price

Meade DS-10
My listing above. If I could rotate the tube, it'd be a 10. The OTA can be packed in the cab of my 4-door Ranger, the EQ is easily lifted into the bed, and
viewing is facilitated by the low profile on the pedestal mount.

Overall Rating: 8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.111.24)
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