3 Collimating knobs | Meade 16" LX200 with six screw secondary

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These no-tool collimation knobs fit recent Meade 16" LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and current 16" LX200R Advanced Ritchey-Chrétien telescopes with a 6-screw secondary . . .
Our Product #: BKM16S
Bob's Knobs Product #: M16-6

Product Description

These knobs make it easy to collimate your Meade 16" LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain or current Meade 16" LX200R Advanced Ritchey-Chrétien telescope for optimum image quality. Recent and current 16" Meade scopes (not the RCX400) have six screws in their secondary mirror holder. The inner set of three screws is used for collimating. They are replaced by these no-tool knobs. The outer set of three hold the secondary housing in place and should not be touched.

Once these knobs are installed, you don't need any tools to collimate your scope, so you never have to worry about losing a tiny Allen wrench or screwdriver in the grass in the dark. While it may be a long reach for some people (unless you're a basketball player), you can adjust the collimation yourself while looking through the eyepiece, so there's instant feedback about how your optics are performing. Installation of the knobs is a snap with the included instructions, and you can undo the modification at any time.

This knob set works only with recent 16" Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and current Meade 16" LX200R Advanced Ritchey-Chrétien telescopes that have a six-screw secondary mirror holder. Older Meade 16" Schmidt-Cassegrains have three screws in their secondary mirror housing, as shown in the feature image below. These scopes require Bob's Knobs set #BKM16 instead of this set. Do not use the #BKM16 three-screw secondary set of knobs on a current scope that has a six-screw secondary. The screws of the three-screw knob set are too long to work with a recent or current six-screw scope.

The Bob's Knobs collimating screws themselves are made of stainless steel. Their knobs are also stainless steel, 19 mm (3/4") in diameter. The factory dust cover will fit on the scope normally with the collimation knobs installed.

The three collimation screws hold the secondary mirror and its mounting plate to the secondary housing. The mirror mounting plate pivots on a tang or spring at its center, and the collimation screws, which are threaded into the plate, adjust the mirror tilt (or collimation). Do not remove more than one of the original collimation screws at a time when installing Bob's Knobs, as the secondary mirror might fall off (if all three screws are removed at the same time), or the secondary can pivot inside the tube, scratching the corrector plate (if two screws are removed simultaneously). By removing only one factory collimation screw at a time, replacing it with a knob, and repeating this process for the other two collimation screws, there's no danger of dropping the secondary mirror. The instructions also recommend pointing the optical tube assembly slightly downward during the installation of the knobs for an added safety measure.

Tech Details

Weight 1.6 oz.
Warranty No Warranty


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