Tonight’s sunset was really nice, but was not very encouraging for stargazing this evening. I thought it would be a good idea to work on a project that I’ve been working on sort of on and off for a couple weeks. I purchased a Meade 1244 Electric Focuser which is not designed to work with my telescope (there isn’t one for my telescope). I knew I could make it work with the right bracket and I wound up fabricating one this evening out of supplies I’d bought a while back.
Here’s the bracket:
It wound up much simpler than I had feared – it was actually a lot harder to make the shaft extender, but I was able to do that using a brass rod and my tap set. It worked great and here’s the final assembly:
It seemed to work well, but the proof would need to come while stargazing so I peeked my head out and while still somewhat cloudy, the stars and Moon were mostly visible. I would try it out tonight!
Unfortunately, by the time I got set up, the Moon was behind some clouds, so I couldn’t really focus very well:
It worked okay, but I’ll need to try something else.