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Quote:Wait, didn't the Meade LX80 come out fairly recently? Fortunately I am not in too much of a hurry since my last chance for a star party isn't going to work out for this year. So won't really need/want until May 2014, but I want to plan ahead.
Quote:Well, I will anxiously wait to hear about this new LX80 scope. On paper the original LX80 seemed perfect for me, minus the fact I really like how Celestron makes it seemingly easy to control the scope with a tablet or laptop software. That and the shaky ground Meade stands on. So Meade has new owners committed to making decent equipment, or just to mine the somewhat established "Meade" name?
Celestron EDGE 11/CGEM | Stellarvue SVR90T-25FT20MM ES100 | Televue 31MM Nagler T5 | Televue 11mm Nagler T6 | Televue 2X PowerMate Sky Safari 4 | SkyFi
Celestron EdgeHD 8 + AVX | Sky-Watcher Pro 100ED APO + Vixen Porta II + Oberwerk Tall | Celestron NexStar 6SE Fujinon Polaris 10x50 FMT-SX | Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD
Quote:Please keep in mind anything you hear about the future of Meade on Cloudy Nights is pure speculation. For example, what you are reading above. Don't rely on "insider info" from people who really don't know anything. The Meade acquisition by Sunny Ningbo (I don't think of it as a merger) was completed today. The Meade board was dissolved and the stock delisted. If anything positive happens with them it will be some time from now. And beyond that there is still quite a lot of doubt about quality to overcome, both from Meade and from their new owners.I don't think making a purchasing decision based on hearsay is at all wise. All we know right now is that Meade, as it was, is done. As there are multiple other mount options on the market from viable companies to choose from, I humbly suggest that considering one of them is in your best interest.----------------------------And directly to your question, the AVX would certainly run either of those two scopes very well. There are also iOptron mounts in the same class that would fit the bill.
Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:There has not been and is no direct data presented by Meade or Ningbo Sunny on any of these topics. All we know is Meade was bought and the management was replaced. The new owners are free to deploy its capabilities and assets at their discretion. What guiding purpose or plan they have is unknown.
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Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
Quote:Now that the buyout is done, we should know the direction the new owner is going soon. If the intent is to continue with business, resale value shouldn't be much different for Meade than for Celestron. The big factor on LX80 resale value is what Meade decides to do about the revisions that are already in the works. If the mount is upgraded resale value shouldn't be a problem.
Quote:Be careful of how you use your words, would hate to see another thread get locked by misunderstanding,,,,,Kasey
Quote:Quote:Now that the buyout is done, we should know the direction the new owner is going soon. If the intent is to continue with business, resale value shouldn't be much different for Meade than for Celestron. The big factor on LX80 resale value is what Meade decides to do about the revisions that are already in the works. If the mount is upgraded resale value shouldn't be a problem. Speculation Mike, as are my comments. IMO there's simply too much uncertainty surrounding Meade for the foreseeable future to make opinions regarding the company and its operations going forward anything more than pure guesswork. That uncertainly would factor into my purchasing decision if I were buying a mount, which is why I commented on it.
Quote:Apparently that's a practical joke at the forum's expense:
Based on that, I suggest withholding any judgement based on the narrative above.
C9.25 on CGEM
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Tried to buy a LX80, talked out of it by a Meade dealer!
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Quote:The fact is we don't know what that means... It could be a simple oversight by the new Meade Management. It could mean that the other products on that list are simply a higher priority
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