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Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Quote:B... I don't think there have been any fixes on the mount since it was released. I have one that I'm very happy with but have not had a chance to use it since mid December due to weather. I think that if you; 1. want an AltAz mount with GEM capabilities, 2. don't plan on doing any astrophotography, 3. don't need to mount more than 25 pounds of equipment and 4. need to keep cost at $1000 or less, the LX80 is a good option. I've been fine with visual only with 30 pounds in AltAz and a bit less than that in Polar.There are a number of users here happy with their mounts but the members that have had problems are much more vocal. Are you looking at the 8 or 10" SCT? The 10" OTA may be pushing the mounts capabilities.You can get a much nicer AltAz/Polar mount for $2,500 but that wasn't an option for me and or can get nicer GEMs for under $1000. If I had $2,500 to spend or didn't want the AltAz capability I wouldn't have an LX80.
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | QHY5L-II | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Quote:I agree with Mike, for the price it is very versitile with Alt and EQ in one package. AP at under 30 seconds is possible. It is better than most of the comments here (of the 67 pages of comments only 10 are revelant), but not nearly as good as Meade wishes. I got mine for $799 which swayed me, if I had $1500 to spend I would probably look at other mounts. I am happy with mine at that price point and the time period it was purchased.
Homemade 14.5" f4.3 Truss Dobsonian
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Quote:but Meade probably was lied to by the manufacturer about the mounts capabilities and advertised it as being able to do more than it could. Forget polar mode. Stick with Alt/az mode. Don't put more than 25lbs of TOTAL instrument weight on it and you are golden.
Others may disagree. Your millage may vary. Void where prohibited by law.
Quote:Too bad we can't get the SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 for $1K instead of $2K+. It appears to be everything the LX80 is not.
Quote:I'm not sure what the attraction is for a dual AltAz or EQ mount. I can see the advantages of both but don't see any great benefit in being able to switch between them at a moment's notice.While I'd choose AltAz for a purely visual mount and equatorial for an imaging mount once I was equatorially mounted it wouldn't bother me to stay that way for visual observing.Chris