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#1 jrcrilly

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

Has anyone seen the announcement of the updated LX600 models? They've made the optical tubes removable. Dunno whether it's on the Meade website, as my router has decided to block that site for reasons I haven't figured out yet.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

Here it is on their facebook and 4M forum:

https://www.facebook...=a.298728864...

http://www.meade4m.c...hable-fork-a...

Doesn't look like they've updated the LX600 webpage yet.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:04 PM

Yes, caught it too on FB. Very exciting news from Meade! Still, I am waiting for my 14" LX850 which should be in soon!

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:15 PM

I too am waiting on my 14", it is on a truck headed my way.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

Meade posted a couple more images showing the OTA detached.

http://www.meade4m.c...hable-fork-a...

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:32 AM

I can't see any of the images. I signed up with the group last week but I am still unable to post, comment, download, or view images.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:17 AM

What do you think these are for? I'm thinking a plug for the Starlock and microfocuser?

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

Yep, that is what it is. Very cool. The more I look at it the more I want one.

Just gorgeous!

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:15 PM

The 14" OTA bare is $5,999.00 The 14" version of the LX-600 WITH the x-wedge is $8,499.00. I don't understand how they can essentially be selling the entire mount with forks, xwedge, tripod and Starlock for only $2,500.00. Amazing.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:08 PM

That's the plug for the declination motors and encoders.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:23 PM

That's the plug for the declination motors and encoders.


Those connectors are on the "back" of the fork arms, and are symmetrical (one set on each fork arm). One pair is for the motor/encoder, the other is for the GPS. The lone connector on the front of one fork arm shown in the photo must be for Starlok, reticule illuminator, and focuser.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:47 AM

Very beautiful
The 16" XL200 had this feature IIRC

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:28 AM

Very beautiful
The 16" XL200 had this feature IIRC


Yes; it still does. They adopted the same scheme (similar hardware and cabling) for this new series. That was a great idea! Makes setup much easier.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:20 AM

I was torn between the 14" LX600 and the 14" LX850, just got the LX850 and it is awesome. But, the LX600 will be awesome too.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:53 AM

Tony,

I've been following your thread on the LX850. First congratulations! It looks like one beautiful scope. I too am considering the LX850 vs LX600. I'm looking forward to NEAF this year to see them upclose and in person before I make a decision.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:54 AM

I was torn between the 14" LX600 and the 14" LX850, just got the LX850 and it is awesome. But, the LX600 will be awesome too.

Tony


I am curious if the tripod top is the same. If so, the only thing we would need in order to have it both ways would be the forks, side rails and the ota counterweight system. If Meade would sell those items separately, those of us with the LX850 could have both!

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:21 AM

That would be cool, I'll ask.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:18 PM

That's the plug for the declination motors and encoders.


Those connectors are on the "back" of the fork arms, and are symmetrical (one set on each fork arm). One pair is for the motor/encoder, the other is for the GPS. The lone connector on the front of one fork arm shown in the photo must be for Starlok, reticule illuminator, and focuser.


Good point - I didn't look closely enough. Thanks for the clarification.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

I am curious if the tripod top is the same.


On previous heavy duty mounts (LXD650/750), they were, A tripod adaptor was bolted to the LX200 tripod head to accept the EQ mount. From photos, it appears that the same scheme is in use here. I hope so; I used the LXD750 tripod adaptor as a pier adaptor back in the day and if I can do the same here it'll again save me the cost of fabricating a pier adaptor.






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