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Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
Scopes: Meade LS-8, Celestron 80mm ED refractor. Eyepieces: WO Binoviewer, 40 mm TMB Paragon, 30 mm GSO Superview, B-H MkII Zoom, 26 mm Meade Super Plossl, 14, 10, and 6 mm Televue Radians, 25 mm and 10 mm Celestron SMA. Accessories: Meade 2" Dielectric Diagonal, Orion 2x Shorty Barlow, VP Filters, JMI case, LG 8" Portable DVD/media Player for Astronomer Inside, Green Laser Pointer, Celestron Power Tank 17. Primary software: Stellarium.
Quote:ChapsThanks for your quick replies. I had a chance to witness the LS do its 'thing' recently, and was mightily impressed.I don't nearly get enough time to do astronomy, and when I do its not for long - the weather in the UK can be very Atlantic at times! Consequently an easy to setup scope, which tracks and achieves GOTOs with the minimum of fuss is ideal. I'm put off the LX90 as it appears to be a bigger brother of my ETX90 and could suffer from the same problems.Could I ask for your advice regarding the following:1. Do you often encounter much rubber-banding, or general problems with tracking/GOTOs?2. Is the Meade LCD display worth buying?: i. can it display 'live' imagery from the Eclipse camera? ii. can it display 'live' imagery from other CCDs? attached to the EP/scope?3. I don't believe the scope requires anti-vibration pads as the vibrations stem from the focusing: i. do you agree? ii. which additional focusing device would you recommend? (I'm considering the Meade Micro-Focuser, or a Revelation alternative) 4. I have been advised that the supplied diagonal should be replaced - any suggestions for a replacement?5. Are there any other accessories you would recommend?Thanks, MS
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Quote:ChapsThanks for your input - I am most grateful! The LS8 does appear to be a scope that puts the fun into astronomy, and should allow for more observing and less fussing.If I could interrogate you all a bit further..?1. I note the post regarding the use of the Mallincam. Has anyone else had much success using a 'live' video device with this scope, and what other devices have you used?2. Would switching to a 2" EP setup maximise the capabilities of this scope, or should I stick with my stock of 1.25" EPs?3. Lastly - sacrilege! - what do you not like most, or suffer from most, with this scope?Of course, if any other members have something to add to this thread, I'd be most interested to hear from you also.Thanks in advance, Matt S