These knobs make it easy to collimate your Meade 10” f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain for optimum image quality. You don’t need any tools, so you never have to worry about losing a tiny Allen wrench or screwdriver in the grass in the dark. While it is may be a long reach for some people, you can probably still 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 with all pre-2005 10” f/10 Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes that have three collimating screws in their secondary mirror housing, such as the 2120, LX5, LX6, Premier, LX100, LX200, etc. Some of these scopes were also available in a faster focal ratio f/6.3 version. These particular knobs work only with the f/10 versions of these scopes, and are not for the f/6.3 models, which require knob set #BKM1063. Current Meade 10” scopes have six screws in their secondary housing. These six-screw versions need knob set #BKM1010S instead of this set. The Bob’s Knobs collimating screws themselves are made of black anodized aluminum alloy. Their knobs are black plastic, 16 mm (5/8”) 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.
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