Meade "Classic" LX200 12" worth/questions
Posted 22 April 2014 - 03:19 PM
I just wanted to know what some of the mojor diffrences are between the older and newer models. He says he still uses it regularly and everything is fine with it.
Are there any specific questions I should ask? I am very interested in the scope as an upgrade to a bigger SCT, but I dont want to make a huge mistake in overlooking something to regret it later and hear the dreaded "I told you so" from the wife.
Here is the link. It seems like a really good offer compared to the newer models... But I really dont want any hassle out of an older style.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:17 PM
Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:33 AM
A friend of mine owns an LX200 Classic in the 12" persuasion and he uses it as an astrophotography platform. One thing you'll likely find is that they're *VERY* heavy!
If it were me and I had the cash, I'd jump on it.
Posted 23 April 2014 - 06:39 AM
I would use this as a part visual/ mainly planetary imaging rig.
Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:50 AM
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:35 PM
I plan on selling 2 of my scopes anyways, so cut that 2500 down to $1300 and that makes it all the more enticing.
Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:07 PM
I bought a 10" emc for $1800 in nice shape......But after careful investigating I had the mirrors re coated at a cost of $175.That was money well spent.The new coating really brought the 10" lx200 to life.
I like the ease of use of the control and goto of the classic,it doesn't care about daylight savings,time or date or location.
You manually choose your alignments stars that's it.
with my autostar system if it was partly cloudy and I wanted to set up you have a certain time limit to align or align unsucessfull happens if a cloud blocks the stars the programed goto wants to use.
I'll never run an autostar again
Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:14 PM
even if the coatings look good being its aluminum it does have a shelf life due to corrosion.
I also had to go thru all my drives to clean and re grease,tighten all the loose screws on the lock plates/clutches.
Buying an old scope as I learned is a project.Not a ready for 20 more years of service.
Offer him $1000 cash
Its a good scope and with a lil effort it can be a great scope.Unless your a big dude portability will be an issue.
Im 5'11'' 165 lbs and pretty fit,My 10" is borderline portable in my opinion.
he does have dew control so that's a plus.
Id say $1500 is fair.I see them newer for about $1500-$2000 range
Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:18 PM
Also, 6'3 270#
It is a Kendrick, I already asked as soon as I saw "Dew control" on the listing.
Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:22 PM
Its been said coatings should last about 20 years.
if the scope was poorly taken care of like stored with an eyepiece left out(it happens a lot)or stored in a hot attic.Used where theres a higher moisture content then corrosion will happen sooner.
these people claim coatings can fail within 10 years
Posted 24 April 2014 - 12:59 AM
To echo Red from above, the 10 is borderline to lug by yourself. The 12, prolly not unless you are huge. Deforked on a GEM, it would be much more reasonable. BTW I have autostar upgrade on one of mine, and although I like it, I like the Classico much better. It is so precise and does not give you any *BLEEP*. Oh yeah it keeps time too!
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:43 PM
Sorry to make you wait. The 12 came tripod less, but it had a guidestar top scope mount with a generic refractor 80mm. On the bottom, Losmandy weight slide with weights. Scope was supercharged by Dr Clay about 10 yrs ago. Got good mirror reports, all the documentation. Got all the Autostar Upgrade documentation, flavor of Dudash(Google for help on that one, I don't wanna stick my foot in my mouth, 'here.) Got a TelrAD. Got a 50mm GSO and a 25mm Xcel. The hand controller, a 497. Xtra Long DEC cable, regular DEC cable. The upgrader link for the controller to PC hookup.And a partridge in a pear tree, no not that, 2 instruction manuals for the lx200, I think that is it. Ol' boy helped me load 'er up, I smacked a beer sticker on it, and we've been good buddies since. Got to see Venus that night, right on the ocean, I think in Westport, or Olala or something. We blew the mind of this cool dude who was walking his dog by. He stopped for a peek of the Moon and Venus. He was super stoked.
Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:58 AM
What part of Union?
Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:17 PM