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
Vixen Polarie with Canon 60D Coronado PST W.O. 66 APO TV 85 Meade ETX90, AR6 w LX 80 Mount Meade LX90 18" Obsession with ServoCat and Argo Navis iPad Mini w Sky Safari Pro and SkyFi
Quote:Is it made of plastic?
Quote:Wow...that blows. That is a weak design. I'm really considering using the lx90 field tripod as a substitute...with an adapter. Sorry for your trouble Mike.
Meade LX850 14" f/8 OTA
Atlas EQ-G Equatorial Mount
Televue Genesis sdf (f5.4)
WO Zenithstar 66
Mayflower 80mm f/15 refractor
A. Jaegers 6" f/5 RFT
A. Jaegers 6" f/10 refractor
Meade 8" f/10 LX200 SCT OTA
A 10 year old "Backyard Observatory"
Cliff Hipsher ICC USN (Ret.) '03 883 XLH Meade 2080/LXD75 (Big Blue) Meade DSI Color Meade DSI Pro TEC Cooled Celestron Neximage Celestron Radial Guider Star Guider Filter Wheel Vixen Flip Mirror Some Eyepieces Swift 7x50's Empty Wallet I.A.M.B.K. I ride. There fore I am...
David M. Douglass - Tempe, Arizona - http://www.az-dahut.net/
Quote:That is totally unsatisfactory. I was seriously considering saving for a LX80, but after seeing this, no way.....
Quote:I just need to ask.
Where is this unit made?
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Quote:Where was it designed? Probably the USA.Chris
Quote:I just need to ask.Where is this unit made?China ?USA ?
Quote:Mexico: Manufacturing Facility
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Quote:Quote:Where was it designed? Probably the USA.Chris Ya might wanna keep comments like that to yourself....
Quote:Quote:Quote:Where was it designed? Probably the USA.Chris Ya might wanna keep comments like that to yourself.... It looks like a poor design to me, for the reasons I stated, and so it seems just as relevant to consider where it was designed as well as where it was manufactured. If the location of either activity matters at all.It might take nothing more than a modification to the mould to fix it, radius the sharp edges.
Quote: I assumed that the design was done in the US because Meade is located here not because of the inferior quality of the design.
Quote:Cliff,I received a call late today from Jose at Meade. His supervisor decided that they should pay for the return shipping. I would much rather that the tripod did not fail but Meade has decided to take care of it the way they should have. I still think that it is a great mount for under $1000. If I'd had $2500 or more for a mount I guess I would have looked elsewhere.
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
There's a candy bar in space, but I think that's a strange place. It seems they should have saved it for a little boy's face. My teacher says that it is stars, but I still go with candy bars...Me Age 8 C9.25, Skywatcher 200N, AT6RC, Nexstar 5SE and 102GT, ETX90, C80ED, WO ZS66SD, Orion 15 X 70s, EQ5P, Meade LX-80, Nexguide, Olympus E410, Modified Canon 300D
Quote:I think that we all move our fully loaded units on occasion so you should not feel that you contributed to the problem in any way.
Quote:David,I had 2 80mm refractors a finder and a DSLR on it at the time. I don't think the load was over 20 pounds. That plus the 70 pounds of mount, tripod and 1 counterweight is a bit much for me to pick up and move. It wouldn't have been a problem 20 or 30 years ago!
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
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 might take nothing more than a modification to the mould to fix it, radius the sharp edges.
Quote:Mike, You are not at fault.-Rich
Quote:The mount is on $800 closeout sale at OPT. Change (=LX85?) coming ?
Quote:After looking at your picture again, and unless I am badly mistaken, mine is definitely different. I'm fairly sure that mine does not have a bubble level on the hub at all. I know mine has one on the side of the actual mount itself. I am not at home right now to take an actual look, but I am pretty sure this is one difference. I know the hub is still very thin, but I am hoping that the material it is made from has changed along with the color. I'll let you know more when I actually get home and can look at mine.
C9.25 on CGEM
OldSchool 6" Newt on ASGT
My Denk Binoviewer is worth more than my portable mount
Permanent backyard steel pier
Tried to buy a LX80, talked out of it by a Meade dealer!
Andrew buys mounts on based on my recommendations!
http://www.astrobin.com/users/budman1961/ Meade LX3 8" OTA/IEQ45 Mallincam HyperPlus Color, QHY5L-II Mono Orion Mini Finder/Guider