Meade LXD75 set-up HELP!
Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:12 PM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:18 PM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:32 PM
Posted 14 February 2011 - 01:13 AM
Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:59 PM
Posted 16 February 2011 - 07:07 AM
But why would putting the DEC on the east side make it more likely to hit? Wouldn't it be about 50-50 which side would hit?
Posted 17 February 2011 - 11:27 AM
Actually, I'm surprised your mount had adhesive stickers. My LXD-55 had such stickers, which did fall off and were replaced with red tape. However, both my LXD-75 mounts had raised arrows on the metal of the mount and could not fall off. They were the same color as the mount and were really difficult to see in the dark. They did align as shown inside the manual.
Mine is also cast into the metal of the mount - it cannot "fall off"...
Posted 17 February 2011 - 11:57 AM
Posted 27 February 2011 - 06:24 PM
What your are saying is true for mass produced items like cars or TV's etc.
In my opinion, astro mount is a totally different animal, where cost is driven more by research and development and tooling expenses. Looking at LXD75 in front of me, I would say it should cost around $100 or even less to manufacture it somewhere in China, so remaining $500 is used to amortize R&D and tooling as well as to have some revenue. Since this mount is already quite a few years on the market, I would say that most likely the initial expenses have been already amortized, thus it is possible that they actually MAY improve it without increasing price and even with decreasing the price.
I think this also explains why LXD75 is cheaper than CG5: LXD75 and LXD55 are much older products than CG5 so it is much easier for Meade to have lower prices because they already amortized start up costs.
Going back to original subject: It is definitely a good idea to have dec motor on the West: I had collisions couple of times with it on East. I even permanent marked an arrow pointing to north inside the saddle so I always mount scope into it with gears on the correct side.