The Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge made of die cast aluminum, is neccessary for long-exposure astrophotography and allows precise polar alignment of the telescope in the equatorial mode. For less than (about) 5-minutes short exposure images, the wedge is not required.
The Meade 8 inch Equatorial Wedge comes with a deluxe latitude adjuster and azimuth fine adjuster for precise polar alignment. Requires no tool knobs, for easy assembly of the Wedge to the tripod and the scope to the wedge, It includes a compass for faster aligning on the pole.
Reviewed by 1 customers
Meade's Instructions are for an older or other version Wedge with different Altitude adjuster. There are no instructions for how to do a Polar Alignment with this and the ones that come with your telescope are horrible. Had to do considerable research on the Internet to figure out what "Polar Home Position" should look like. Placing the scope onto the wedge is now a two person job and the threaded holes in the bottom of the scope are aluminum threads easily damaged by repeat use. The main/top clamping knob is what holds the expensive scope to the Wedge. It has a plastic (subject to cracking and breaking head/knob) and if it breaks while setting scope on mount could cost you a telescope. I bought a threaded steel stud with Stainless fender washer and steel wing-nut so as to have no possibility of this breaking during setup. Don't loose/break any parts - Meade does not carry replacement parts for most of the Wedge.