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HELP! The red dot scope/finder for manual telescopes

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#1 FrankSpartacus



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Posted 20 January 2011 - 06:36 PM

The red dot on the viewfinder doesn't work anymore, 'cause I left it on two nights ago. I do not see where a battery cell would go on the scope. It doesn't say anything about it in the Meade guide booklet.

I cannot do any stargazing without it.

(It won't restore itself automatically will it, since it is now turned off?)


#2 Philip Pugh

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:37 AM

I wasn't able to remove the battery on mine nor find a replacement battery. I bought a 9x50 right angle finderscope and haven't looked back.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 03:50 PM

If yours is like one I just looked at, the battery is a little silver dime sized disk on the under side of the tube on the end away from your eye.  There is a little steel finger that holds the battery in place.

Hope this helps,

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#4 FrankSpartacus



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Posted 21 January 2011 - 03:54 PM


I did find and remove the battery. It wasn't quite that clear what to do, or easy to do without needle nose pliers and an ice pick...and a gentle, patient touch.  (Thanks Bill)

Haven't replaced it yet, but found the Lithium CR2032 on the internet for less than $3. I will look tomorrow around my area so as not to wait for a mail order delivery.

I especially wanted a Meade (have a 114mm. equatorial mount, reflecting telescope) for the ease of a red dot finder, and do really love it, but I might also look into your "right angle" pick for a replacement. (Thanks Phillip).

Thanks for your responses.

"Newbie" Spartacus...Frank :)

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 05:02 AM

You can also use any two watch batteries that walmart sells, as long as they are the same diameter and thickness.
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#6 FrankSpartacus



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Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:16 PM

Thanks, everyone who answered my query/plea.

The battery was easy to find, super cheap at "Fryes Electronics" ($3 for a pack of 2 lithium cells), and so easy to put back in..."a caveman could do it."

I didn't skip a beat, didn't miss out on a beautiful night...didn't even have to do much readjustment with the scope...for/with Jupiter, Betelguese, Orion's belt w/the Great Nebula, Aldebaran, Aur/Capella, etc.

Ciao Bella,
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