You can start speculating - New LX850 Announced
Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:41 AM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:07 AM
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:47 PM
I'm surprised this wasn't done for the LX80 first, that to me was much more of a launch disaster. The LX800's original issues didn't appear to be caused by a failure of the core product, rather more of the add on capabilities (although the raw PE numbers did seem a bit high for this class of mount). So I thought they would upgrade the autoguide/auto align hardware and software and carry on since the core product appeared sound.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:14 PM
What does that mean for all of the customers who (for about 6 months now) have been waiting for a "fixed" 800? Are they going to be replaced with a "new" 850?
How long before the LX80 becomes the LX85? And what happens to those unfortunate owners?
What about the long delayed LX600? Is that now going to be a 650?
And why the odd way of announcing this? There is little to no news about this a Meade.com? The next 10-Q form is due in the next couple of days... Interesting timing.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:03 PM
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:28 PM
The move to sell OTAs again probably reflects a need to raise cash as the buyers aren't there for the new mounts once the back orders are filled.
I find it interesting that Meade claims the advanced user products are more profitable than the department store stuff due to the high return rate.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:40 PM
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:41 PM
I feel sorry for Meade, I really wanted them to succeed. My brother is still using the LX200 8" I gave him in 2009, bought back when the LX200 first came out so its very old and not a single problem ever. Why can't they build them like that now?
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:25 PM
"Existing backorders will be converted to the new items." So, yes, whoever preordered (and paid, of course) for the LX800 should be getting LX850. This cannot be read differently - or they should fire their lawyers.
A pre-order is completely different then someone with a completed order that was subsequently recalled.
The note says nothing to people with 6 month old LX800's at Meade waiting to be repaired. Those are NOT "pre-orders"... those are completed orders.
It was nicely "lawyered" in my opinion. The recalled, are still in no-man's land as per that announcement.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:35 PM
I'm also interested in what they give as the tracking specs, now. When Jason was still talking to us, he was giving about 16 seconds peak to peak and 5-6 guided. Of course, if they shift the price point away from the Mach 1 GTO's, this would be less of a big deal.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:45 PM
There are almost always better percentage margins with high end equipment over Costco "toys" But chasing after the big bucks at the expense of the volume sellers is not without risk, especially when the high-end "money makers" are all in "indefinite" recall purgatory.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:56 PM
Just dropped in to check my PM's and saw this post. Just an FYI, Meade was supposed to announce them on the 15th but it looks like the cat is out of the bag.
I happen to have one that I got on the 4th and have been doing a little last minute testing. I am trying to find bugs that need to be addressed before it starts shipping back out.
I am heading out this weekend to some dark skies and put it through its paces.
Praying for great weather.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:37 PM
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:27 AM
I hope you will be posting some videos of your results. I will be buying a 12" version of the LX850 based on it's performance and from what I have read, it should be impressive. I wish you clear skies.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:11 AM
Pun aside, for once I would like Meade to release a product first and advertise later. Was a big advocate of LX800 when it was first announced; now it sends a chill down my spine.