Peterson Engineering EZ Focus Kit
The EZ Focus™ Kit is used to modify the Meade focus system - it does not replace it. By substituting precision thrust bearings for the existing nylon washers, this kit greatly reduces the need for separate costly, bulky backplate-mounted focusers and motorized focus controls. (Or in the case of the LX200GPS, the need to waste time in switching over to using Meade's Microfocuser.)
The procedure is simple, and the instruction sheet contains detailed step by step instructions, accompanied by pictures. The only tool you need supply is a simple pair of pliers.
This extremely effective approach to improving focuser action was developed by Michael Hart. Mr. Hart's basic design is posted in the MAPUG archives. The EZ Focus™ Kit significantly improves on the basic design and modification procedure. In addition to the very detailed instructions and step by step photographs that anyone can follow, the kit contains a collection of difficult to obtain items - 2 precision miniature thrust bearings, a custom stamped stainless steel thrust washer, an Allen wrench, a mirror cell retaining bolt, and a packet of the same grease used by Meade for lubricating all of the telescope's internal workings.
Peterson Engineering Product Number: EZFOCUS
- Peterson Engineering EZ Focus Kit
- Thrust Bearings
- Trust Washer
- Allen Wrench
- Mirror Cell Retaining Bolt
- Does work Review by Rickter
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
In the end you still have back lash in the focus screw and pin that the focus slides over, this kit does eliminate the Nylon washers and back lash associated with them. So, it will reduce one area of play. I question if it's worth installing since it only eliminates a small portion of play in one of several areas. It is relatively inexpensive. I gave it 4.5 stars because it is and inexpensive improvement that DOES eliminate some play and has excellent instructions.
(Posted on 4/10/11)