There's a candy bar in space, but I think that's a strange place. It seems they should have saved it for a little boy's face. My teacher says that it is stars, but I still go with candy bars...Me Age 8 C9.25, Skywatcher 200N, AT6RC, Nexstar 5SE and 102GT, ETX90, C80ED, WO ZS66SD, Orion 15 X 70s, EQ5P, Meade LX-80, Nexguide, Olympus E410, Modified Canon 300D
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http://www.astrobin.com/users/budman1961/ Meade LX3 8" OTA/IEQ45 Mallincam HyperPlus Color, QHY5L-II Mono Orion Mini Finder/Guider
Orion ED80 Lunt80 with DSII Lunt 152 AT 102EDF Celestron 6SE with HyperStar Celestron 6" f/8 Refractor 8" Newtonian/Cassegrain Byers 812 SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 Celestron 9.25" CPC 1100 with HyperStar 17.5" AstroSystems TeleKit ExploraDome II Life Member and ALCOR - PAS New Orleans ALCOR - PAS Mississippi Waning Moon II Observatory
Quote:But with my LX-80 costing 1/3 of the the price of the new Atlas, that pretty much made my decision for me.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:That's not what he is saying. He is saying that that's an out of the ballpark comparison. A better comparision would be the 700 - 800 dollar CG5, which doesn't have an alt-az mode, but which is far, far more stable and imaging capable than the poor LX80.
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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:Quote:That's not what he is saying. He is saying that that's an out of the ballpark comparison. A better comparision would be the 700 - 800 dollar CG5, which doesn't have an alt-az mode, but which is far, far more stable and imaging capable than the poor LX80. Well that's not how it came across. Why not just mention a Cg5 and not a multi-thousand dollar mount? I'm sorry if I misunderstood, but I stated that I already have an Eq5p that is exactly the same as a Cg5. I bought this because I wanted something that could possibly hold more and also is convertible.
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Quote:Mike, try using a hand cart with a piece of 2" angle iron/alum or wood platform bolted to the hand cart and tied down with a strap to move the LX80 around. I have seen it in a post in one of the LX80 threads. It makes moving a LX80 pretty easy. And if you mark the tripod leg positions where you usually set it up it would be a real easy set-up. Without a re-leveling every time. Just have to mount and orient the scope and off and observing after handset input.
Quote:Well that's not how it came across. Why not just mention a Cg5 and not a multi-thousand dollar mount? I'm sorry if I misunderstood, but I stated that I already have an Eq5p that is exactly the same as a Cg5. I bought this because I wanted something that could possibly hold more and also is convertible.
Quote:The evidence is overwhelming that every thread concerning the LX80 or LX800 is going to go off the rails. We've heard it all, gang. Meade's new mounts are having problems; IT'S OLD NEWS. LX80/800 threads have a real short leash. If you don't like the Meade mounts, fine. Write Meade a letter, but hijacking these threads with old news ain't cutting it. Get it on topic or it's gone. David
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:The hand cart tires have air in them so it will make rolling the mount over small terrain changes or even steps easily.
Quote:Rod,I got impatient with the LX80 and ordered a SkyWatcher AZ EQ-6 from KWTelescopes in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I will be doing side by side testing with the two and my MallinCams once it arrives and I recover enough from my latest surgery.Jack
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalms 19:1
Quote:Rod,The mount is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. It will be ready to use before me I am afraid. I had my gall bladder removed on Wednesday - had enough with those unscheduled attacks at the most inoppertune time.Jack
SVR90 Raptor QHY9C OSC Camera ZEQ25 EQ Mount Porta II Alt-Az