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#1 REC

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:27 PM

I'm considering upgrading my stock focuser on my LS-8. I read that these will reduce the mirror shift when focusing and allow better precision instead of going back and forth. The focusing knob on mine is really not bad and seems pretty tight, but if upgrading makes sense I would do it?

I see the Feather Touch that replaces the stock knob has the 10:1 fine focuser and cost $239. I also see that JMI had a MicroFine push-on with 10:1 and is also $239....I see it was just introduced last year for $200 and don't understand why they increased the price by 20% this year!

Anyway, can anyone who has used one of these on a similar Meade scope give me some recommendations on these?

Thanks!

Bob

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:09 PM

If the stock focuser works well, why would it make sense to upgrade it?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

If you have a LS your much better off with a Meade Zero Image Shift-Electronic Micro-Focuser plugs right into your ls and eliminates the vibration issues. plus you get to focus from you keypad.



Anyway, can anyone who has used one of these on a similar Meade scope give me some recommendations on these?

Thanks!

Bob [/quote]

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:41 PM

I replaced my stock LX200 focuser with the 10:1 Feathertouch. It's a remarkable difference.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

I added the Meade Zero Image Shift focuser to my LS-8 and I LOVE IT!!!! Vendors should bundle the scope with one. Only caveat is that a 2" diagonal plus the focuser won't get within about 10 degrees of zenith. I've never had sharper focus - owing to vibration, which this accessory dramatically eliminates.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

Could not agree more! I have one and it made my lx90 that much better... bedsides the dent in my wallet. But for an LS that has inherent vibration issues due to the tripod & 1 arm the OP may be better off with a Meade Zero Image Shift.

I replaced my stock LX200 focuser with the 10:1 Feathertouch. It's a remarkable difference.



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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:56 PM

Many many LX200 users upgrade the microfocuser to aftermarket ones (like Moonlite). There should be quite a few spare Meade focusers on the market cheap. I have one, but it's not mine to sell unfortunately - I'd give it away.






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