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16028RE: [RCX400] Re: A New Guy With Spares

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  • Steve C. Mitchell, Sr., O.D.
    Mar 21, 2014

      Hey Curt,

      I agree with Dr Clay here, I don’t believe it makes one bit of difference as to which motor goes where, they are interchangeable. In my testing to be sure just what was wrong with my scope I cross wired the motors and two worked fine no matter where they were plugged in and the one wouldn’t work properly no matter where it was plugged in. So I concluded the motor itself was the problem and not the motor controller card, etc. As long as it is a focus motor (and perhaps the little encoder wheel on the back would be nice too) they will work in any position.

      If Meade comes through with the proper motor for me in the next week or so, I may be good to go. I’ll let you know here through the group and if someone else wants the motor you can let them have it after that. I appreciate the offer none the less! Your generosity to the group is to be commended in my opinion!



      Stephen C Mitchell Sr OD

      Eye Center of Girard

      From: RCX400@yahoogroups.com [mailto:RCX400@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of P. Clay Sherrod
      Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:20 PM
      To: RCX400@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [RCX400] Re: A New Guy With Spares




      The sequence of the motors does matter in terms of the collimation, but the actual motors are identical for all three....same will all hardware.  The designation are for testing and assembly and factory collimation methods.


      Dr. Clay


      Arkansas Sky Observatories
      ASO Petit Jean Mountain /MPC H41
      ASO Petit Jean Mountain South /MPC H45
      ASO West Conway /MPC H43
      .......serving astronomy since 1971

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      Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:09 PM

      Subject: RE: [RCX400] Re: A New Guy With Spares


      Hi Steve,

      Sorry about the timing!  I actually went to your website after reading your post with an intent to contact you privately about the motors but couldn't locate any contact information.  Probably my oversight?  At any rate, that's when I went ahead and posted to the group - assuming that you would see the post and contact me.  Which you did,  But to late to save some $$. Nevertheless, I have one set aside for you.


      A more general question.  The focus drive motors are all labeled "A", "B" and "C".  I can see no physical difference or any other labeling differences between them.   I am, therefore assuming that the label might be due to mounting hardware and Meades inventory control.  Any reason to think that "A" won't work at position "B"? 

      At this point in time, as no one has requested a motor specific to a location, I am not concerning myself with which motor I will ship to the requestor.  Anyone think that I should?


      Finally, to those who have requested parts, pardon me for a slight delay in the completion of my intentions here.  I took a bit of a spill on my bicycle a couple of days ago and cracked a couple of ribs.  So I'm a bit behind on "making good" in several areas right now.  Don't give up on me........    I will be in touch regarding shipping soon.   :)



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