Farpoint Dovetail Plate - Meade 8 Inch SCT
As others have said, as of March 2022, the radius block holes do not quite align on the optical tube threaded holes. They are off by about 1/4". I drilled out the holes with a 1/4" drill bit and that gives them enough room to thread in, though I may want to get washers and longer screws because the heads of the cap screws don't have much to hold onto now. Apart from that, really nice plate and hardware. Well made, well finished. Better price than the alternatives, too.
Hello, this is a known issue with the Meade 8 Inch LX200 f/10 SCT hole tolerances being vastly different between manufacturing runs. We have machined a special version of the radius blocks with higher slop should you have alignment issues. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the part free of charge. Thank you!
The dovetail plate is CNC'ed aluminum and has a nice finish, but the holes in the adapter blocks that attached it to the scope didn't line up with the holes in the scope. I have drill press and some machine shop experience, so I was able to drill the holes out enough to make it fit. Suffice it to say that shouldn't have been necessary.
The issue you complained of is a known issue with the Meade 8” LX200 f/10 SCT. The hole tolerances for that telescope can be vastly different between manufacturing runs. As you can imagine, engineering an after market accessory for a product that is not consistently made by its manufacturer is a challenge. To solve that, we machined a special version of the radius block with higher slop when hole alignment issues arise. Had you contacted our customer service department, they would have sent you the specially machined version as a replacement.
Since you resolved the issue yourself and it cost you more money, and since we would have sent you the special version of the product, I want to offer a $50 credit towards your next purchase of an item made by Optical Structures Inc. (Farpointastro, Astrodon, Lumicon, JMI). I will ask my customer service team to send you a coupon code that you can use on your next purchase.
I had to drill the holes out a little to fit, but this dies exactly what I was looking for. Even with the item being delayed in transit it still arrived in under axweej from the time I placed the order. 👍👍👍