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#1 tim57064

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:05 AM

I have used the scope 4 times now since getting it. I now have it mounted at a permanent location,Green Zone, at a friends house in an observatory we built ,and are still working on. Since getting the scope, I noticed that there aren't nearly the number of alignment stars that can be used as there are with my Nexstar 8SE. I was wondering what a person can do to remedy this? Is there a download of some kind to add alignment stars without spending a bundle on an upgrade? Thanks to all for any advice.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:55 PM

Not sure why you need more alignment stars - I've found
those 250 listed adequate

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:43 PM

A couple of nights ago I was attempting to do an alignment.In trying to find stars that were as far away from each other as possible,there were so many that were not in the hand controller,ie Caph and Shedir in Cassiopeia were 2 that I was attempting to use,neither are available. There are too many trees in the way to the north,northwest and the extreme west so only can choose from polaris to the east and then south and to the southwest is only visible to maybe 15 to 20 degrees above the horizon.I do not see 250 listed alignment stars that are available for any given night. At least not in the LX200 Classic scope hand controller.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:54 PM

I do not see 250 listed alignment stars that are available for any given night. At least not in the LX200 Classic scope hand controller.


Here's the list.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:58 PM

so only can choose from polaris to the east

Exactly when did Polaris move the the EAST? Why do I get the feeling that either you mounted the scope too low, or you built the observatory walls too high?

I'd really like to see some pictures of your setup....

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:03 PM

so only can choose from polaris to the east

Exactly when did Polaris move the the EAST?


I understood him to mean East of Polaris. Makes sense to me; I can only see West of Polaris in the Northern sky.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:11 PM

I do not see 250 listed alignment stars that are available for any given night. At least not in the LX200 Classic scope hand controller.

Use something like Stellarium and see which stars will be available when you plan to observe. Just keep in mind that what is available in the winter sky is not necessarily available in summer....

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:29 PM

Thanks John C, for the list link,much appreciated. Scope is 75 miles away and can't check out what is there.
Cliff because of farm building lights in the distance,we built the observatory walls to a height of 82" and also because of the full height entrance door. I do not have pictures of the setup yet it is a 9'x11' roll off roof observatory and the scope is situated in the center and the base of the mounts drive is 54" above the floor on a 16" diameter concrete pier. I will be back there on Sat, the 10th and will be taking pic's then. Another reason for the walls being so high,was for blocking the wind. My friend and I are both over 6'3" tall and viewing thru an eyepiece bent over is not what either of us enjoy.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:58 PM

Cliff,I am aware that what you see now is not what you see in the winter.I realize that you are not trying to be a smart aleck and trying to help. I have been into astronomy and been using and building scopes since the early 90's. I use google sky maps on my smart phone to help remember the star names as I have forgotten so much over the years due to age and being away from the hobby for a number of years.
I do want to thank you for the Stellarium link. I have The Sky X First Light edition and like it too. Stellarium looks to be more user friendly.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:49 AM

Tim:

I really wasn't trying to be a smart A$$. I don't like getting e-mails from the mods. :brick:

To be honest I was confused and I could not figure out what you were trying to say. Consequently, I just could not draw a mental picture of what you were dealing with.

Just hang with us. We'll help you get this sorted out..

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 12:23 PM

well when you do get a chance snap a few pics.
I love seeing new setups. and that is a great scope.
as you can see I loved my classics..

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 01:04 PM

Thanks Cliff I appreciate it.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 01:10 PM

I will be back down to the OBS in Iowa on the 10th and will get some shots of it then. We have a friend that lives a couple hours away in Minnesota that would like to see some images of it also so I have to get some taken.
There have been many times where I wish I had been able to build it much closer as it would be nice to spend more time then a couple weekends a month in it. Yet the wife didn't want it built in the backyard. It would have been finished way before now also.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:26 AM

southmike,Hello,I was just going thru my posts and realized I had not responded in a while on this thread. I had stated that I would be going down to friends house on the 10th back in August and would take some shots of my setup.

I am sorry that I have not posted on this topic since then.
I will say that I have yet to head back there,to Iowa, since as with the weather not cooperating.
Then having trouble with kidney stones in September and for the past month working on my OBservatory build in my backyard.
Now my friend said that he would bring the scope,LX200 10" f/6.3 Classic, to me this weekend,hopefully. If he does not, I will head down myself and get it as I want it here at home with me.
He has had the opportunity to use it practically as long as I have had it.
I think that it is my turn now. When it comes home, I will put up some pic's of it.
Again I am sorry for the late update.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:05 AM

well when you do get a chance snap a few pics.
I love seeing new setups. and that is a great scope.
as you can see I loved my classics..

souhtmike, Yesterday my newest child returned home to me as my friend from Iowa returned her to me.
He shut down his OBS for the year as he does not like to be out in it during the winter months.
So as promised,here is a shot of my LX200 10"f/6.3.
Now this scope started out as an LX6 2120 Classic and I had made a purchase of the LX200 Classic mount. There are a few things that I have been told I should take care of.
Since I have not had the scope in my possession for a few months,I have yet to replace the internal parts. I am racking my brain to remember what I was told yet the only thing I can think of is that I believe it was a couple of diodes that should be replaced.
I would appreciate any help with this, Thanks Tim

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:20 PM

Hi Tim, I have a similar scope to this one and the optics are very good. You may want to consider replacing the tantalum capacitors in the handcontroller, the electrolytic on the main control board and the battery there as well. There are many writeups on how do this on the MAPUG user group.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 07:23 AM

n1wvet,thanks for the info,yet when going to the site, I could not find any info on the subjects.I tried the search option and that did not work either.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 07:30 AM

I will say though that I had replaced the battery before I set it up in my friends OBS.
Since I have it back now for install in my OBS I would like to take care of any capacitors or any other thing in need of replacement before I turn the scope on this time around to ensure no problems arise from it.
I like the mount too much to lose it now to something I could have prevented.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:14 AM

n1wvet,thanks for the info,yet when going to the site, I could not find any info on the subjects.I tried the search option and that did not work either.


Try this link here on CN.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:31 AM

Here is the link for MAPUG. But you are right I couldn't find the capacitor info. I know I found a list of the caps somewhere. Anyway the tantalums re easy to spot - they are usually beige and are teardrop shaped with two leads out the bottom. I replaced all mine with 35V versions from digikey.

http://www.astronomy...mapug/index.htm






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