LS-6 or LS-8 and ACF or SCT
Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:05 AM
Seeking any input on the pros/cons of LS-8 versus LS-6. So far my check list has the LS-6 with a cost advantage and the LS-8 with a light grasp advantage. Other than that are there any other considerations? Or it simply cost and light grasp that need weighed in purchase?
Also have to decide ACF or not. Have read on this forum that ACF may improve resale (if I ever sell), but does it improve the view? Does it limit coma at the edges when using a visually?
Thanks in advance for your input and thoughts...
Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:26 PM
PS the built in camera is just for alignment and nothing else.
Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:52 PM
Look at the LX90 like AntMan1 suggested.
Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:00 PM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 02:00 PM
If you go to telescopes.com there are a lot of reviews from customers who bought LS scopes. There is also two very good reviews for both sizes by a CN member, John Kramer who owned both. Go to the CN review section.
I have become lazy over the years and did not want to fuss with imputing date, time, location in a goto telescope, so the Meade LS caught my eye when they came out. I take mine out about an hour before observing in my backyard, plug it in and flip the switch and in 5 min. I'm observing objects. It is expensive, but it's pretty cool!
Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:27 AM
The LS mounts work great (when they work)
The ACF optics are honestly (to me) worth maybe an extra 20 dollars as a visual observer the slight coma along the edge of the FOV is quite acceptable if I even notice it at all..
That said I agree completely that the Lx90 is a much much munch (get the idea) better mount)..
Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:55 PM
I have decided to go with the ACF.
Now I just need to work out the size. One item I see is there are a reasonable number of LS 6 that have been sold used and very few LS 8s. Maybe folks are keeping the 8s more than the 6s? Maybe folks just brought less of them because they are expensive?
Although the stability issue bothers me.
Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:06 PM
The LS-8 gathers 1.75 times as much light, too, for way less than the extra cost - as Bob indicated earlier!
Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:31 PM
All Meade would have to do is put the same tripod that's on the lx-90 and the LS-8 would be so much better. but i guess the cost would go up a lot.
1 thing that is very important is that if you think you will ever get into astrophotography , there is no wedge for the ls series. I know it was already posted but just throwing it out there again.
After just being a visual observer off and on for several years I am getting the itch! It's a shame that we cant see with our eyes those beautiful pics taken with a ccd. We need to upgrade our eyeball rt sd only for me
Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:21 PM
Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:25 PM
Now for the 8 vs. the 6. As others have said before, the 8 light grasp is nice, but the 6 I owned previously was more stable. Aperture is always a nice thing to have, but not everything. If you think you can handle the shakes just long enough to tweak focus, then go for the 8.
One thing, if your interested in astrophotography (limited, but look at what rigel123 has done!) the 6 would be better since its a bit more stable, has more room at the tail end for cameras and such for clearing the base.
Hope this helps.
Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:02 PM
I plan to try imaging Jupiter again with it now that I have a new DMK31 that I got for Solar images. Not the largest aperture but I think I can have fun with it.
My LS6 images are on my Astrobin site, just look at the ones taken in 2010, those were all with the LS6 and an Antares 6.3 focal reducer and a DSI III Mono.
Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:03 AM
I can't see using the Micro Focuser as the added length would cause the scope to hit the base.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:44 PM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:51 AM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:11 PM
If I was doing it again, I'd get the LX90 for the extra fork arm at the expense of about 10lbs.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:06 AM
My Celestron single armed bandit is rock solid IF the wind is not blowing AND I do not have to touch the darn thing... LOL
Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:32 PM
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:09 PM
Does the recent LS-6 still having these problems?
Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:13 PM
Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:41 PM
Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:56 PM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:09 PM
Its a grab n go setup, easy to carry in one piece to my concrete deck. focus vibration is pretty bad, so I tend not to switch eyepieces much.
I have read that the motor focus magnets cause a problem with GPS alignement, so I did'nt get it?
The GPS, auto leveling and North finder make set up quick, easy and accurate. I wish I had Acf optics, but really the regular SC seems good with little to no coma with quality eyepieces.