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EQ mount for a Meade LX90 10" OTA

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#1 HoustonNewton



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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:49 AM

will the meade LXD75 hold her up? I got a really good deal on the10" LX90 OTA that I couldnt pass up and now I need a decent mount. budget is under $1k

any recommendations?

#2 orlyandico


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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:56 AM

According to this web site

The Meade 10" ACF is 25 - 26 lb.

The LXD75 is about equal to a CG-5, which is often bundled with the C9.25 (20 lb). So the LXD75 should marginally-ok visually for the Meade 10". A bigger mount (Atlas/EQ-6, Celestron CGEM) would be better though. Personally I find that using a mount close to its limits makes life bad (vibration takes ages to damp out).

Both Atlas and CHEM are $1400 new, but I think you can get them under $1000 used.

#3 mega256


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Posted 03 August 2010 - 01:16 AM

I know that $$ are hard to part with..But if you can find a used Atlas/Eq6 you will be very happy...Iv had an lxd75 and its a nice mount,but no autoguider input,you can pulse guide,but the direct mode is better..
The atlas can be rebuilt,improved apon and is just good right out of the box!
i got a 2 year old one in great shape for 750...about 1k is normal..The mount is quite and smooth to use!
scopes will come and go,but that mount will stay awhile..
I just bought a 2nd one for travel..It will handle the 10" much better...

#4 bob midiri

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:22 AM

Yes either an Atlas or the Celestron CGEM would be a very good match. Bob

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