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A sad loss indeed. I remember Dudley from the early 1970’s at his shop/workshop in Finchley Road, Golders Green, North London. He sold me my first “proper” telescope a 21cm (no, let’s call it by it’s real name…. 8.5 inch!) reflector on a Mark111 mount. I still have the instrument but have now cuccumb to using Chinese made, pretending to be American, Meade and Celestron telescopes. Dudley always gave good advice and did not encourage you to buy what he believed was beyond your sensible budget.
The massive 8 inch Cooke refractor referred to above was indeed bought by a rich arab and set up next to his floodlit swimming pool just to show and impress his guests with views of the Moon! I seem to recall that Dudley came across the telescope when it was in a poor state being stored in a dusty shed. All the brass work had been painted over matt black! Although thankfully the optics were in perfect condition. Dudley and his team spent many hours refurbishing it to its former glory. I wonder where it is now.
I finally found a thumb screw to fit my PST eyepiece holder. A friend had an cheap old Japanese refractor that he bought through a newspaper advert many years ago. The telescope is rubbish but the thumb screw fits!!! Perhaps there is a moral here….never throw away any astro bits. 🙂
Thanks to all those who submitted suggestions
Hi Callum and thanks for reply.
For some unknown reason it seems that the thread used on the PST is a different one to that used on all other Meade telescopes and accessories.
This lack of help from Meade would never have happened in Dudley’s day. lol
Thanks again Len. I’ll persevere!
Of course your right, but I thought members might like to hear of my experience of Meade’s support and customer care.
I’ve emailed Scopestuff twice but with no reply. Perhaps their customer care to the UK is about as good as Meade (Coronado)!
Thanks Len. I’ll give it a go