Posted 30 March 2011 - 06:11 PM
Posted 30 March 2011 - 08:19 PM
The LXD650 was designed for the Meade 5" refractors. The unit I had worked extremely well and very sturdy and had very long tripod extension. I'm sure you'll like it, much better mount than the LXD75.
Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:01 AM
That being said, I would not buy one.
The reason is that it is a ticking time bomb. There are no parts available for this mount. If ANYTHING goes wrong (handset, motors, etc), you have an expensive pile of junk.
Every time I set up my LX-750, I pray that it will turn on.
Had I thought about this before I got it, I probably would not have done the deal.
It might last for 100 years though, but my bet is that it won't.
So, unless soneone is selling it pretty cheap, I would go with a new mount like a CG5 ASGT or one of the new mid-weights. Costs more, but you can get service/parts if the need should arise.
Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:54 AM
Posted 31 March 2011 - 10:23 AM
But I also wouldnt recommend the LXD650 for the reasons already mentioned....I have one that croaked on me.....parts are HARD to get.
Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:41 PM
I think the CG5 would be ok for a 4" refractor if the OP went to a half pier. I have used a Vixen 140mm refractor on a CG5 before. It was a bit over the limit, but that was a much heavier scope than a 4" f/15 refractor.
But... I if it were me personally, I would go with one of the new Mid-size mounts in the Atlas class.
More mount is almost ALWAYS perferable to me than less mount. My 6" APO rides on an LXD-750, and one of the reasons I like the LXD-750 is that it is even more stable than the CGE.
The LXD-650 is probaby closer to the Atlas than the CG5 (and I think the Atlas itself shows a VERY strong design similarity to the LXD-650), so again, I agree, a mid-sized mount might be a better choice.
Posted 31 March 2011 - 07:24 PM
Posted 31 March 2011 - 08:26 PM
At that price, it would be worth it, but not for $1000.
In fact, I saw and LXD-650 for sale a year or so ago and the guy was asking $700 if I recall. Even at that price, I felt like it was too much for a backup parts mount.
But $600 and I would do it.
Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:10 AM
Posted 02 April 2011 - 04:25 PM
Whether or not it's worth getting one today is debatable. For one, the LXD650 and LXD750 mounts and Meade's late 90's era apochromat refractors were a bit notorious for having problems. My LXD650, purchased new directly from Meade as one of their last in production had problems when new. The fittings weren't that good in the RA motions, so the whole thing tended to jiggle badly. Meade did fix it at no cost since it was new, but if buying a used one you could end-up with some expensive repairs.
If I were on the market for a substantial mount, I'd personally go for a Losmandy unit, AP unit, or Takahashi, even if it meant saving money for awhile. An Atlas would be a good choice, to me, if living on a tighter budget depending on how much your f15 refractor weighs.
Posted 02 April 2011 - 04:41 PM
Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:21 PM
ADM even has the dual saddle (Vixen & Losmandy) that will bolt on with an adapter. Much nicer than Ken's saddles.
Posted 05 April 2011 - 06:49 AM