I have a Meade 6000 80mm ED APO on its way.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:41 PM
Does anyone have this scope, what are your experiences?
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:28 AM
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 !
Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:51 PM
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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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:58 PM
Exactly, I am also going to piggy back my 90mm ETX, Meade love fest I guess.
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 07 March 2013 - 05:34 PM
That new scope looks beautiful. Congratulations.
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.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:40 PM
I hope this helps. And again, congratulations and have fun.