Quote:Re-issue a guider unit "at some stage"... that would be now!
Quote: LX80 may be good for entry level, casual visual observing. I just don’t see it used for any kind of advanced and/or astrophotographical work.
Quote:... and that now in polar, it uses the same mechanisms as AltAz tracking.I have tested this on my bench using a fake 2 star, with a lot of misalignment,and can see that even when polar, the scope now tracks using BOTH motors.
Quote:So, you're saying that a bad polar alignment will no longer cause dec-drift,
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Quote:for the price of a trabant.
Quote: Known in some countries by the name of soap-dish.
Quote:Does the intial alignment let ths mount know how far off the polar alignment is , and how much to compensate the drift for? Or are we talking guided?
Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Quote:Last night was not a total loss. I did get a couple of images. Keep in mind please, that my setup was Alt/AZ (where I live…). I still have a lot to learn about Polar. Anyway, for my target, I picked Yed Posterior in Oph (SAO 141086), as it is a very bright, identifiable star, with a good grouping of small background stars. The Fov for the 6”SC, with the SBIG ST8300M is about 40x30 Arc Min, and should produce a good “picture” of how steady the mount is… For those interested in Details, I did plate resolve the image (TheSkyX Pro), and here is the information.******** ASTROMETRIC SOLUTION RESULTS ********Center RA: 16h 18m 26.4sCenter Dec: -04° 39' 25.3"Scale: 1.44 arcseconds/pixelSize (pixels): 1676 x 1266Angular Size: 0° 40' 13" x 0° 30' 23"Position Angle: 264° 55' from NorthRMS: 0.69 (X: 0.42 Y: 0.55)Number of Stars Used in Solution: 97 (100%)FWHM: 4.08 pixels, 5.88 arcsecondsThis image is a 5 frame – 30sec/frame stack. To comply with CN guidelines, I have compressed the image, but the full image (4 Meg FIT file) is available is any “techies” out there would like to see it.I was VERY PLEASED with the exposure, looking at the smaller stars for shape and drift. Normally, when I image galaxies, and nebulae, I increase exposure out to 2 min (guided). For clusters (open), I usually expose for about 30-45 seconds, depending on detail.
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Quote:Are we getting close to suggesting that the LX80 is a worthy alternative to the Atlas or CGEM?
I just called Meade to thank them for fixing the polar drift problem on the LX80 mount. Then I asked them if they were going to fix the PEC. They told me they had no idea that it wasn't working correctly. I was told they need specifics as to what its doing or not doing when you try to use it before they would do anything. I do not know the specifics since I haven't tried to use it yet. They told me if people could call them and tell them exactly what its doing wrong they would fix it. Anybody who knows could you please call them and it usually takes more than one person calling before they realize its really broken and not just a user error. I told them its being discussed on this forum but they need complaints called in to take action.
Quote:The Atlas and CGEM aren't worthy alternatives to the LX80 since neither operates at all in alt-az mode.
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Quote: Then I asked them if they were going to fix the PEC. They told me they had no idea that it wasn't working correctly.
Quote:I spent hours this weekend trying to figure out why I couldn't get my PC to set the date on my LX80. I thought it was something I was doing wrong. Now I know why.
Quote:There are also a lot of other bugs that may affect users using serial control of the scope still in the firmware after a long while.ie you still cant set the date remotely
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Tried to buy a LX80, talked out of it by a Meade dealer!
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Quote:With the argument, that you are gonna want/need that cable anyway
Quote:A few Years back I bought my LXD75 SN10" and afterwards I couldn't understand why Meade would sell me that big 10" Schmidt Newtonian ota with that mount if it couldn't handle it set up as an imaging setup.Now I read the LX80 can handle 40lbs in polar mode and I see they are selling it with a 10" ota. I didn't think they would sell the mount with that big 10" ota if it couldn't handle it as an imaging setup. Do you see the pattern. I was getting ready to buy a CGEM but I believed in Meade. I will have to use Alt/Az if I want to use my 10"ota now. Does the CGEM have any problems handling a 10"ota?Neilson
Quote:I was at the OPT SCAE event last weekend and spoke with the Meade Rep's there. When the ST-4 guide port ship date came up, I was told it's not happening anytime soon. It seems that because of the different electronics in the LX80 and LX800 that Meade has put the LX80 guide port development on hold.
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