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I have a Meade 6000 80mm ED APO on its way.

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#1 ahopp

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

So what should I expect from this scope, it will piggy-back on my 14" LX850?

Does anyone have this scope, what are your experiences?

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#2 KevH

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

Looks like a really nice scope. It should perform well being a fpl53 tripet. It's made by Kunming United so the mechanicals should be top notch as well. Looking forward to your impressions... I've had my eye on this scope for a while.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

Used the Meade 6000 80mm from my deck ~40 times. Ive been very happy with it's quality. Perfect color correction on all targets, absolutely no Purple fringe. Coatings look good.
The mechanics are excellent as well, nice tube finish, rotatable focuser, locking dew shield and metal threaded tube end cap.
Came with Meade 5000 diagonal(not the best diagonal out there-IMHO), decent case, 26mm EP, all metal Red dot finder, sturdy rings and short vixen dovetail. I do wish the dovetails was an couple of inches longer to balance my ES25-100 EP better.
I'm sure you will enjoy the FPL-53 optical quality, hope the 850 works well for you too !

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

Thanks KevH for the info on manufacturer.

jochsner, I did not realize it came with a red dot finder. It does not mention this on Meade's web site.

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#5 ahopp

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:51 AM

Was hoping that someone had experience with this scope.

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#6 ahopp

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:15 AM

Just got the tracking number, it will be here Wednesday the 6th, via UPS.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:59 PM

Yah that is what I'm going to do with the 5000 I just bought. I am going to try to mount it where the original starlock goes and the starlock up on the OTA.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:21 PM

Exactly, I am also going to piggy back my 90mm ETX, Meade love fest I guess.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:58 PM

Exactly, I am also going to piggy back my 90mm ETX, Meade love fest I guess.

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My concern is going to be balancing the OTA itself. The way the system works is if you have the starlock mounted on the side you have a sliding weight to counter it. If you put a heavy triplet there instead, I am not sure there is going.. well I am POSITIVE there is not going to be enough weight on the other side to counter it. I wonder if Meade has a heavier weight?

Also did you order an additional counter weight? On the 12" I am testing, with just a telrad, 50mm finder scope and another 50mm finder scope with a camera attached, I ended up with the counter weights all the way at the end of the shaft. With my heavy CCD camera I wish I had 10 more pounds.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:11 PM

I have 2 extra 22# weights. And, yes, may have an issue with balance for the 80mm, but, I figure I can fashion a weight for the plate if need be...

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:08 PM

Tracking says EOB Wednesday.

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#12 ahopp

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:36 PM

Any time now...

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

Tony you know we expect pictures... ;)

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

As soon as it gets here I will do an unboxing with pictures and comments.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:22 AM

Here is the shipping container/box it came in, looks good so far.


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#16 ahopp

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:24 AM

These are the inner boxes, they were packed well with bubble wrap:

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#17 ahopp

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:28 AM

These are the accessories, notice the finder, which was not listed as an accessory on Meade's site:

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#18 ahopp

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:34 AM

Here is a closeup of the finder, it is a battery powered red circle finder. It has three options: +, circle, and + with a smaller circle in the middle. Very awesome, I have never used one of these before. It seems well build, no manufacture marks on it that I can see:

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:36 AM

Here is the scope in its carry case. Very nice case, although, none of the foam is cute out for the accessories. Will need to do that myself:

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:42 AM

Well, here it is. The dew shield is retracted. This is a very well built scope, I am impressed. It has a rotating focuser for AP composition. It also has a screw/compression lock for the focuser draw tube, to lock focus. Focuser seems very smooth and well built. There is also a dove tail for the finder, although, I am struggling to figure out how it mounts to the scope. The pedestal for the finder does not seem to fit. Will play with it. Can not wait to get it mounted on my 14" LX850:

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

And here it is with the dew shield extended. Note the cover over the focuser nob, nice touch. The focuser is a 2 speed type, 10-to-1:

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:03 AM

Looks great! Congrats on the new scope.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:49 AM

Looks very nice. Hope you can first light it soon.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:34 PM

Hi Tony,

That new scope looks beautiful. Congratulations. :D

As for the finder, which seems to have been a bonus :), it appears to be exactly like the Astro Tech RDF (red dot finder). They are wonderful to use, I have at least 5 of them. I can't tell exactly from your picture what finder mounting shoe is on the scope. It looks like it might be what is sort of considered to be the default shoe for finders, ie; the vixen style shoe. If so, you could purchase a vixen style mounting stalk from Astronomics as a separate item. I'm not sure how to post a link but it can be found under the non-magnified finder section. Here is a picture of a vixen style shoe and of the vixen style stalk that can be purchased.

Best, Linda B.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:40 PM

And here is a picture of what it appears that you have. If you already have a vixen style shoe on your scope, you may be able to remove it and use one of the screw holes for the narrow shoe as shown. Mine is a 5mm screw but those can vary.

I hope this helps. And again, congratulations and have fun.

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