LX200 used vs. new
Posted 19 October 2013 - 12:56 PM
Thanks in advance and clear skies!
Posted 19 October 2013 - 03:28 PM
I have had my scope for 9 years and have not had a problem with it. There was a problem with some of the older classic versions which had an issue with some capacitors that needed to be changed out or they could damage the flex circuits.
The next question would be how do you plan on using the scope, visual or photography, permanent mount or portable, and I am sure there are others but they don't come to mind right now.
Posted 19 October 2013 - 11:27 PM
Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:29 AM
A 46lb ota and forks weighs a lot more than a 50lb bag of dog food. I am really glad I did not go bigger, I started out looking at the 12" and that would have been more than I could handle.
For ap, a very strong wedge is needed. I think mine weighs 35lb all by itself. This one was a hard one for me to swallow but as I learned more I finally realized it was necessary.
For ap a permanent or at least semi-permanent setup is needed. It takes me one evening just to get everything adjusted just right so I am happy before I ever add a camera.
If you don't have a camera yet, I suggest a Canon just for the software that is available. This is one area where I will never consider used again, but that is a long story. I am happy with my T3 so far, it is dedicated to the scope so I don't need all the automatic stuff that comes on all of them anyway.
For ap a focus aid is essential, I use a Bahtinov mask as it really makes things easier.
Start out on something brighter like M13, learn all you can about stacking and stretching before you go to fainter objects which require everything to work together.
Don't get in too much of a hurry, the learning curve is steep but is also half the fun.
This is a great hobby, sometimes very frustrating, but even more rewarding. At times you will need to take a step back and take a deep breath as ap is not easy, but remember this is supposed to be fun so don't push so hard that it is not.
Posted 20 October 2013 - 03:20 AM
I hope I don't end up steering my OP off-topic. I originally wanted to know if used LX200s were a worth-while investment vs. new (I know the new ones have ACF - but even these are showing up on the used market now - estate sales, move ups or folks that are getting out of the hobby for various reasons). I'm trying also to not get ahead of myself and what I can do to get started. I want to be able to do guiding at some point for longer exposures but I will probably be starting off with the DSLRs for imaging, so other questions like clearance under the base in alt mode come into play as well...
Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:35 PM
I have never used a derotator, but the wedge has an additional benefit. My gotos are pretty good in alt/az mode, but I need to use a low power eyepiece sometimes to spot the object I am looking for and then center it before going back to high power. With the wedge, at least so far, the objects are right dead center. I have only used it for ap but am thinking about using it for my next school outreach both as a discussion topic and the improved searches. Finally, the clearance issue with the forks is almost gone with the wedge.
Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:38 PM
Posted 22 October 2013 - 10:49 AM
Even with the added cost of the repairs the price of a new scope with the included accessories would have been more so I'm not totally upset. I do wish the seller would have been a little more up front with full disclosure however.
Again, don't let this discourage you from purchasing a used scope. This is the first time this has happened to me and I've purchased many used scopes.
This is just my 2 cents about buying used vs new.
Posted 22 October 2013 - 10:54 AM
I'm a 52 year old office worker and have no problem what so ever setting the scope up and operating it by myself. And the views, OMG - very nice
Posted 22 October 2013 - 04:52 PM
Posted 22 October 2013 - 10:24 PM
I do like the buy a larger used scope idea, I think in the end, you'll be happy.
Good luck and keep us in tune as to what you decide to do and how the scope works out, either way.
Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:22 PM
Both feels the same after session ends. Don't know why. May be the satisfaction out of the 12" outweighs the weight difference.
Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:04 AM
Posted 06 November 2013 - 05:26 PM
If you will be using it at home and can wheel it in / out of your house easily, consider buying one of the carts with wheels or make your own. Saves a lot of time with set-up not having to mount it to the tripod / wedge each time you use it. I made my own using a hand truck so I can just tip it back and roll it out.
Posted 08 November 2013 - 02:02 AM