Meade ACF Large CO.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:18 PM
seem to be quite large.
The Celestron secondaries seem to be noticeably smaller than the Meade.
Does this mean that the 14" celestron will deliver more contrast than the 14" Meade?
Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:54 PM
Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:28 PM
The best contrast I have experienced was with my 6" F9.5 dob. Of course, the views in my 12" Meade blow it away no matter the target in spite of having a much larger CO.
There is probably more variation between individual scopes of the same brand than between the two brands on average.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:50 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:10 AM
I have heard that Meade is planning on offering the ACF only in F8 when they run out of the F10.
For photography I would jump on the F8 OTA, especially if it gave good enough views.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:27 AM
Combined with the over sized mirror, optical design, coatings etc I think this will be a winner. People are already raving about it.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:06 AM
A data point of only one...
I have another such single data point. Had a 12" RCX set up next to a well-collimated 12" GPS model a few years ago. Using eyepieces of the same design but of different focal lengths we matched up the magnification and FOV and scanned the Double Cluster for quite a while. All present agreed that the RCX was showing a few more of the dimmest stars.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:55 AM
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:09 PM
Posted 01 April 2013 - 04:24 PM
for up to an hour, guiding..
I also walked in the snow to School. Up hill Both ways...
Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:52 PM
If you are looking at the new F8 OTAs, then yes it is bigger.
I noticed that at NEAF.
Another thing that surprised me was the pebbled finish didn't seem to bother me as much this year.
I think it was the MEADE INSTRUMENTS sticker that diverted my attention.
That looks kind of kool.
Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:37 PM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:45 AM
No, I didn't ask them, as I assume they are set on not making them anymore. In one of the other threads, you can see how Lenny's new scope looks a lot better with the decals. But as I sit here looking at my 12" glossy finish, I can't imagine having one of those textured jobs in my living room. It's just not as elegant. In the garage, okay...
I also dislike those goofy stars that they put on the forks. I was looking at them at NEAF and just wondering what Meade is thinking with these toy-like ETCHED emblems on serious scientific instruments that sell for thousands of dollars. It would actually prevent me from buying one.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:06 AM
I have had the blue glossy tube for a long time (10" LX200), however I like the new textured look of the LX850. I am fine with it in my living room, though (a) it is a bit huge for there, ( I would rather have it outside or in an observatory!
Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:53 AM
As long as it isn't a maintenance problem, I don't care what the paint looks like.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:54 AM
Keep in mind that they have other tubes that are painted smooth gloss but I wonder if those are done in Mexico or China.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:15 PM
Having said that, my opinion has changed over the years. Since the first thing you see when you open the box is the paint job, I can understand a disappointed reaction.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:51 PM
I can understand the, "It's just a telescope" way of thinking. For me though, I keep my equipment in my living room as a symbol of serious scientific research, or just observing for fun- The telescope symbolizes something much more important to me. As we all know, it is a time machine. How many folks have time machines in their living room? AND, I get real joy from it being around me when I am here. Just looking at it gives me a good feeling.
And while I am on the subject, what is Meade thinking when they DO NOT put a handle on the new 10" f.8s? How do you lift it out of a carrying bag, or mount it? And still no fans- or vents???
Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:23 PM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:41 PM
That is not true - the Meade 14" f/8 does have handle on it. I am getting pretty good now putting it on the mount on my own or with only a little help.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:50 PM
Then I just look out my window, see the panorama of the mountains with the dome just 30 yards away.
Mounting the OTA is pretty easy. When my son is helping, I grab the end where the ep goes, lifting by the handle, with my other hand/arm wrapped around the base of the tube. My son grabs the dove tail and tube front. We then bring it to the mount, and I just slide it on the LX850 mount and then tighten it up. Pretty easy.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:50 PM