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#1 Astronomics

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:14 PM

THE NEW LX80 MULTI-MOUNT EASILY TRANSITIONS BETWEEN GERMAN EQUATORIAL, ALT-AZ AND DUAL OTA CONFIGURATIONS TO HANDLE ALL YOUR ASTRONOMICAL NEEDS.

Now you no longer have to make the difficult decision between the ease of setup and operation of an altazimuth mount or the versatility and long duration imaging capability of a German Equatorial Mount. Meade's new LX80 is the only mount that gives you both plus one more - three computerized GoTo mounts for the price of one.

The mounts start at $799 with complete scopes starting at $1199.

THE NEW LX800™ WITH STARLOCK™. DESIGNED FROM THE GROUND UP TO BE THE IDEAL ASTRO-IMAGING PLATFORM.

Meade Instruments introduces the latest in a long line of advanced astronomical products - the LX800™. Using revolutionary new technology, every aspect of this system has been designed to deliver the new standard in astrophotographic and visual performance.

FASTER, SHARPER OPTICAL SYSTEM
Meade's all NEW optical system completes the LX800 system:

• Fast, f/8 Advance Coma-Free® optical system available in 10", 12" and 14" apertures.

• Unique internal Crayford-style, ZERO image-shift focusing system with a two-speed 7:1 control. This focusing system rigidly holds the primary mirror and eliminates the need for a mirror lock.

• Optional large-format, three-element f/5 focal reducer/field flattener. This delivers even wider fields, faster exposures and a photographically flat field even with larger sensors.

• Also available: Series 6000 3 element air-space apochromatic refractor (Optional field flattener available).

PRECISION MACHINED, SOLID GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT

Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum, the LX800 mount presents a rock-solid platform:

• Supports 90 pounds of instruments. That's not including the counterweights.

• Precision roller bearings are employed on both RA and DEC axis.

• Robust 0.68" diameter brass worm and a 5.8" diameter, 225 tooth aluminum gears.

• Utilizes a 1.75" stainless steel threaded counterweight shaft.

• Fully computerized GoTo German Equatorial Mount with GPS and 144,000-object database.

• All-new super-stable tripod.

STARLOCK - FULL-TIME AUTOMATIC GUIDING

The LX800 is the first FULL-TIME AUTOMATIC GUIDING SYSTEM on the market incorporating Meade's all new StarLock™ technology:

• A 80mm f/5 optic operating in tandem with a super wide-angle lens creates a two camera system that automatically finds your target in high precision.

• Guides to an incredible accuracy of one arc second and can lock on stars as dim as 11th magnitude. Focusing the StarLock optics is not required nor is there a need to select a guide star.

• Eliminates the need for a computer or separate guide scope.

• Automatically programs periodic error correction, corrects for errors down to virtually zero and then guides.

• Provides computer-assisted polar alignment using drift method for extreme precision.

Pricing for the mount is $5999 and complete scopes start at $7999

We will have more info as it becomes available.

Clear Skies,

Mike/astronomics

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:06 PM

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Meade will be proudly displaying and featuring the all NEW LX800 and LX80 Telescope Systems at PATS 2011, Saturday and Sunday September 17th and 18th, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena California. This will be the first showing of the newest addition to our product line.

For more information about the PATS Show go to: http://www.rtmcastro...po.org/PATS.htm

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:21 PM

Nice! :cool:

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:36 PM

Nice looking mounts!

Whats the weight capacity on the LX80?

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:40 PM

The LX80 carries a total payload of up to 40 pounds in EQ/Alt-Az modes and 75 pounds in dual OTA modes.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:53 PM

The LX80 carries a total payload of up to 40 pounds in EQ/Alt-Az modes and 75 pounds in dual OTA modes.


Impressive. Interesting. Intriguing...

HOWEVER...this one has to be right...ala the LX200 Classic and LX90 introductions. Too many people still remember the RCX. :bawling:

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:07 PM

Wow! Is this the start of a new Meade - or it is too little too late with all the other options now available? Hoping for the former as my CAT is 10 years young this year...

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:14 PM

Cool. This may explain the end of the LXD75. Congratultions to Meade for bringing a new product to the market!

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:34 PM

Do you know if the new optically designed f/8 scopes will be available separately or only with a mount?

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:37 PM

New product release shows only the scopes on a mount at present. Since the complete scopes themselves will not be available until November, I would suspect 1st quarter of next year at the earliest for OTAs alone, since they would have to fill the complete scope pipeline first.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:18 PM

A wireless hand control and it would be the cats meow.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:26 PM

I might be selling an lxd 75 soon. I want the lx 80.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:47 PM

Thanks for the detailed specs on the LX800.

Can you provide similar specs for the LX80?
e.g., weight of the EQ head for example?
It will be interesting to see if it can be a lighter alternative to the Atlas/ EQ6, with the same carrying capacity . . .. maybe competitive with the iEQ45 in that regard.

I'll also wonder how quiet it is - quiet like a Skywatcher, or noisy like a Celestron?

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:12 AM

Sweet!!!!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:45 AM

Meade Instrument Corp
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September 15, 2011

Meade will be proudly displaying and featuring the all NEW LX800 and LX80 Telescope Systems at PATS 2011, Saturday and Sunday September 17th and 18th, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena California. This will be the first showing of the newest addition to our product line.

For more information about the PATS Show go to: http://www.rtmcastro...po.org/PATS.htm

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:cool: :jump: :jump: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: How soon before we hear of EMEA launches - for us poor souls over in the UK? :praying: :praying: :praying: :praying:

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:46 AM

Meade will be proudly displaying and featuring the all NEW LX800 and LX80 Telescope Systems at PATS 2011, Saturday and Sunday September 17th and 18th, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena California. This will be the first showing of the newest addition to our product line.

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This is a very nice looking design...very Transformer-ish. :rainbow: Hope it works as well as it looks. :cool:

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 08:29 AM

Very sleek looking designs! Reviews from the PATS show next week will be interesting to say the least!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:10 AM

Mike, Fred,

When are the LX80 mounts by themselves available? I want one.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:16 AM

They are hoping for November as well.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:28 AM

Do you have any specs on the f/8 OTA's yet, namely what size the secondary mirror obstruction will be? Since they are an f/8 scope optimised for imaging, would the CO be similar to the AT RC'c CO around 40-45%? I assume that when the OTA's are offered seperately, they will probably cost more than the current f/10 scopes? Thanks..

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:29 AM

Unfortunately what we have posted is all the info we have at the moment.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:47 AM

Well now .... for the LX800, that's the most useless spot to store the handcontroller I've ever seen on any scope. However, it does work well if I'm going to spend all my time observing Polaris! What ever happened to the engineering creed: "Form follows Function." C'mon Meade ... wake up!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:48 AM

Do you have any specs on the f/8 OTA's yet, namely what size the secondary mirror obstruction will be? Since they are an f/8 scope optimised for imaging, would the CO be similar to the AT RC'c CO around 40-45%? I assume that when the OTA's are offered seperately, they will probably cost more than the current f/10 scopes? Thanks..

Bill


According to preliminary specs, the secondary obstruction of the 10" is approximately 4.05" in diameter (20.95% by area). On the 12" it is approximately 4.36" in diameter (16.86% by area). The 14" is TBD. These specs are preliminary and should be not taken as gospel, as preliminary specs are always subject to change.

No pricing or part numbers on OTAs yet. I would think they would be further downstream than the estimated November shipping date on the scopes, as Meade would probably want to fill the pipeline with complete scopes before breaking out the OTAs separately.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:50 AM

Thanks for the detailed specs on the LX800.

Can you provide similar specs for the LX80?
e.g., weight of the EQ head for example?
It will be interesting to see if it can be a lighter alternative to the Atlas/ EQ6, with the same carrying capacity . . .. maybe competitive with the iEQ45 in that regard.

I'll also wonder how quiet it is - quiet like a Skywatcher, or noisy like a Celestron?


Mount head weighs 35 pounds. Tripod is 31.5 pounds. I'll get more details up over the weekend. We'll know how loud it is when they start shipping in November.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:20 AM

Very interesting. I look forward to seeing some field reports of the LX800 mounts.






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