Quote:I'm an optimist... won't have to wait long to find out how it's going to play out.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:One can only hope so Unk. Problem I would not want to be left holding a brand new orphaned product. Of course the big 3 often "orphan" you as soon as the product exceeds it's warranty period anyway so it may not be any different. If the new management of Meade's properties fixes this problem it will be a huge boon to the consumer.
Quote:Quote:One can only hope so Unk. Problem I would not want to be left holding a brand new orphaned product. Of course the big 3 often "orphan" you as soon as the product exceeds it's warranty period anyway so it may not be any different. If the new management of Meade's properties fixes this problem it will be a huge boon to the consumer. Well, sure, I would be wary about buying a product that would be orphaned...but I really don't think there's too much danger of that.
World Explorer, Satellite Development, and all that...
LX850 & Astronomy blog: http://lx850.tumblr.com
Ok, equipment list…for reference purposes only!
…Missing my RV-6. Why oh why did I sell it?!?!?!?
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote:It is not certain that we are out of the picture as the current deal still must pass muster via the FTC regarding antitrust laws. I have a good deal of information but most is confidential. One public piece that can be shared is that the CEO of Synta sat on the board of directors for Ningbo Sunny until Jan 2013. It is obvious that Sunny and Synta are tied closely…the FTC twice blocked a Meade and Celestron (now owned by Synta) merger fearing an anti competitive SCT market…just hope they are as diligent now as then.I will keep in touch. If we do not get Meade, we will be manufacturing our own line of scopes and mounts.
Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8 WO 66mm APO 80mm f/7 refractor Sears 60mm refractor 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
Homemade 14.5" f4.3 Truss Dobsonian
"I'd like to remind you at four in the morning my world is very still, The air is fresh under diamond skies, makes me glad to be alive." Randy Bachmann "Blue Collar"
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” ― Frank Zappa
Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Quote: ES/Joya or other buyer will have to be open to spending $$ to possibly fix a dead mount or come up with some type of credit for the current un-happy owners, again it's up to the new owners.
Quote:Good point on the extended warranty. Did anyone receive a written extension for the time the mount was in Meades hands? Mine was there for at least 4 months. Mike, should we address this with your ES contact?
Quote:"Mike, The LX80 does not autoguide in Polar mode, at least mine doesn't."
This still intrigues me, as i can get the firmware to work with the old and new APM909 lumps, as well as serial controls, and it does respect the commands.
( I am using LX90 motor cards on a test bench tho. )
That said, if you are not polar one star ( or have PEC ON ), DEC guiding in Polar can be "woofy" with A3S4 firmware
as it behaves rather oddly now.
Andrew Johansen Melbourne Australia
Quote:A Sunny takeover still has to be approved by the FTC. As of the 17th Russ Tanton, from ES, told me that ES/JOC was not completely out. I don't think we'll know for sure what is happening until it happens.