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Tried to buy a LX80, talked out of it by a Meade dealer!
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Quote:Yeah, Joe... I hate to be a naysayer without having laid a hand on the mount... But recent events have given me that Star Wars thing: "I've got a bad feeling about this."
Quote:Have we confirmed that none of the LX80's work properly in polar mode? Or is this an isolated incident?Or in other words... Do they ALL have this problem?How is it possible that the mount can work perfectly and track fine in Alt/Az... (which is somewhat harder to do) and then fail miserably in Polar mode. This makes no sense. Meade has been developing and selling Goto systems since when? In theory this should just be a simple software port.
The primary dovetail is a single piece, but there's 4 bolts that can be seen on the bottom of the shoe. The assembly does not fit flush against the housing, so it can rotate freely with the DEC lock released. There's been mention that these bolts are used for alignment with a second OTA, but I have not seen that officially specified in the doc. My guess is that they are used to attach it to the cylinder. As yet, I have not attempted to loosen or remove them. FYI, the Meade tool does not fit them which is why I don't think they are for alignment purposes.
Quote: And, I'm holding out that Andrew will solve the mystery single-handed! Andrew?
Quote: I hope this info helps.
David M. Douglass - Tempe, Arizona - http://www.az-dahut.net/
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:It is interesting to read “it drifted out of my FOV (xxmm eyepiece) in x minutes”, but what was the FOV ???
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Quote:I agree Uncle Rod. As I posted in another thread, I think they should have put all their energy into this design and made it robust, and work super accurately. It could have been a game changer. Best, Joe
Quote:Quote:It is interesting to read “it drifted out of my FOV (xxmm eyepiece) in x minutes”, but what was the FOV ??? Even more important is the question, "In what axis was the drift?". If it's dec drift then the tracking rate has nothing to do with the issue; it's just polar misalignment.
Quote:I just tried polar mode for the first time and it tracks good on stars like Deneb and on Saturn but on Antares it will not track.
Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
Quote:As for Meade being "silent on the fix....", well, we need to consider a very important question. Has anyone reported it to them yet ?? I have not.
Quote:Quote:I just tried polar mode for the first time and it tracks good on stars like Deneb and on Saturn but on Antares it will not track.Deneb and Saturn both have a declination that's positive. Antares is negative. I wonder if that's the key???
Quote:Quote:Quote:I just tried polar mode for the first time and it tracks good on stars like Deneb and on Saturn but on Antares it will not track.Deneb and Saturn both have a declination that's positive. Antares is negative. I wonder if that's the key??? In polar mode you should be at sidereal rate and it shouldn't change. Ever.
Quote:I know, I know. SHOULD and ARE are not always the same thing, however.
Quote:We know that at least Lee Jay called Meade about an hour before you ...
Quote:Call me old fashion but I like the days when you got volunteers to beta test your products...