Quote:Glad to hear that you guys have worked out an alternative way to guide the LX80
Quote:I think I missed it- what was the PE?-Rich
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:(I think few of you folks need to call Meade to have them release APM for LX-80 (a needed accessory).)Probably not happening, My original reply got buried.I was at the OPT SCAE event last weekend and spoke with the Meade Rep's there. When the LX80 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.Plan on screaming really loud at Meade.
Quote:Then again, if this delay is due to Meade configuring the APM electronics to enable use of the Starlock autoguider on the LX80 then I'm all for it.
David M. Douglass - Tempe, Arizona - http://www.az-dahut.net/
Quote:We shall see how far I can go UNGUIDED.
Astro photo processing instructions here...
Dennis LXD55, AT6RC, Astrotech 80-EDT, AT-66, DSI pro, FLI-8300C, Pentax K5
8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
Quote:Last night we never had it jump out of the PHD guide box like David did. It just wasn't steady enough, it moved around in RA to the point I was't happy with any of the resulting 5 minute frames from the imaging camera. We run 5 minute guided frames consistently with the LXD55.
Quote:I am not sure about the German Equatorial (GEM) box... i did not have it checked on the first round, but i think it need to be checked also. Again.... Not Sure.
Robert The more I learn, The more there is to learn! Orange Zone Dark Site 3 Mounts 4 Imaging Cameras 3 Guide Cameras OTA's = yes
Quote:At least Meade could of asked me if I would be a BETA tester in advance. I would of said yes.
Quote:Quote:At least Meade could of asked me if I would be a BETA tester in advance. I would of said yes. Thanks Neilson for your detailed post; and sorry for your troubles. Among you (Neilson), David, Dennis/Kevin and shadowpdiggity (Patrick) we have four LX80s if my count is correct? It's been over a month LX80 testing has been going on, extensively on three of them. While testing continues, I think it would be worthwhile to reflect upon production readiness/worthiness (and not a critique per se) of LX80? It just can't be ignored in the name of hobby and how much we love it.
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
Pete Deierlein Homebuilt 18" Dob Meade RCX400 10" Meade SN10 on Atlas ES 152mm f4.8 Mak-Newt on CG5-ASGT Many achromatic and apochromatic refractors 50mm to 150mm, f/5 through f/15 Hyperstar C8 with Starlight Xpress H9C ETX 125 (best grab & go) NexStar 114 (to loan out) A quad of Tele-Vue EPs and many others Many binoculars Meade DSI 2 and Stellacam 2 mod'd Rebel XS (1000D) with T2, Pentax K and M42 adapters Pentax K1000 with many Pentax SLR lenses