Achieving Prime Focus with Meade’s 130mm Polaris Reflector Telescope

I purchased Meade’s 130mm reflector telescope as my first reflector. While I enjoyed using it, I became annoyed by the fact that I could not achieve prime focus with my Canon XS. Instead of posting step-by-step instructions, I figured I would just post my results with this particular scope. There are plenty of helpful instructions out there.

One of the easiest ways to fix this common problem is to cut a few inches off the telescope tube where the primary mirror cell is located. This was an easy fix. If you decide to do it yourself, you will probably use a different tool. I used a hacksaw!

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Here is what the scope looks like with ~2 inches cut off the bottom…

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Not too bad! Here is the first (unprocessed) image of the moon I got with my Canon XS after this mod. I am sure my mirror alignment was slightly off, but it works!

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As you can see, this free mod definitely works with Meade’s 130mm polaris reflector telescope. Just be careful before you do it yourself! Thanks for reading!

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