Quote:I usually wear a small Brunton LR4 headlamp (great astro headlamp) when viewing and it slammed into the back of the Starlock mechanism everytime I tried to look through an eyepiece.
Quote:Ok...so I'm one of those people who bought a new Meade telescope not knowing if the company was going to be around much longer. I've had a 12-inch LX200R permanently mounted on a Pier-Tech2 pier in a small solar-powered observatory (SkyShed POD) for 6 years...and had a Celestron 11-inch scope for quite a few years before that. I bought the 12" LX600 mainly for the completely re-designed focusing mechanism. As the thread title hints, it's been a love/hate relationship to this point.I LOVE the re-designed focusing mechanism. It is, indeed, zero image shift. It alone was worth the price of the upgrade. I got tired of chasing the image around on the LX200R when focusing. The LX600 focusing knobs are a bit stiff causing some shake when focusing, but not much with the fine focus knob. Regardless, I added a JMI EV motorized microfocuser, which is absolutely wonderful...much better than Meade's microfocuser......Starlock seems to do its job. It centers everything perfectly in the eyepiece and does a good job of tracking. However, so did my LX200R without Starlock.Now for the "hate" part. The Starlock mechanism gets in the way. I usually wear a small Brunton LR4 headlamp (great astro headlamp) when viewing and it slammed into the back of the Starlock mechanism everytime I tried to look through an eyepiece. So I moved the Starlock tube forward in its sliding mount about 1.5 inches from where it is actually supposed to be. The back of the Starlock mechanism is now about flush with the back of the optical tube. I don't know if this created any problems with the function of Starlock. I plan to call Meade in the next few days.And I hate the incredibly bright red light on the back of the Starlock mechanism. What were they thinking? It's very close to the eyepiece and pollutes the view unless I hold my hand in front of it. I have not yet found a way to turn it off without turning off Starlock. Hopefully, it can be done. In the meantime, I will cover the light with a neutral density filter material...or perhaps block it altogether with something opaque. I live in one of the best dark-sky sites in the country (at an elevation of 6000 feet about 26 miles outside of Moab, Utah). I did not expect my new telescope to produce its own light pollution......Lastly, I have wondered if the wide field Starlock camera will run into problems inside the observatory. While the narrow-field Starlock camera covers a field of only 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes, the wide-field camera covers 14.72 x 11.78 degrees. The field of view of the wide-field camera will certainly include at least part of the POD dome at times. My concern is that it might render Starlock unusable when the dome is in that field of view.
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Quote:Panorama Point in Arches is a great place to set up a telescope. I did a session there for Arches rangers about 8 years ago. It's 12 miles or so inside the park and far enough off the main park road to not be bothered by passing headlights. It's a quick and easy place...maybe 20-25 minutes from downtown Moab. Any of the viewpoint parking lots in the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands would work also...though they are almost an hour away from Moab. Green River Overlook would be perfect...and it's close to the campground so you might get others who would like to see what you're staring at. You have to get farther and farther from Moab these days to avoid any light pollution. When I moved here in 1974, Moab was a sleepy little mining town...with dark skies in the middle of town because everything but the dimly lit bars closed by 6 p.m. That's not the case anymore now that it's a tourist town. I don't believe there are curfews in any of the national park parking lots...you just can't camp in them....
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:For the LED- put a small piece of black electrical tape with a pinhole in it over it and you should be much happier. Then again, I have no idea why it needs an LED at all.-Rich
Quote:You can't move the Starlock to the bottom of the tube. In the early versions of the LX850 code we were having PEC training problems due to pier flip not being compensated for. It's now fixed, Starlock needs to know the orientation. In the LX850 it now knows when it has been flipped, in the LX600 it is assuming it is mounted on the top of the scope.
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