Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
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:If the prices are that high, then they can forget me. I paid $800 for the mount already, with the promises that it would hold my scopes and work for photography. If I had wanted to spend $1200, I would have gotten the tried and true Atlas, EQ6, or CGEM. I think we shouldn't speculate too much, but I hope the 'new' Meade makes it right for something a little less than that. I would suggest $50 for the tripod upgrade and maybe up to $200 (preferably less) for the complete one. I think that would be fair and just about my limits as to what I would want to invest and have to go through shipping mine back, getting a new one and hoping it is not damaged in shipping and that it actually works.
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
Quote:Rod... Come on now. I picked $1000 just because it was as stupid as the 80 cent figure! Why didn't you pick the 80 cent figure and say.. "wow, upgrade for 80 cents - couldn't ask for more than that"
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Quote:Quote:Rod... Come on now. I picked $1000 just because it was as stupid as the 80 cent figure! Why didn't you pick the 80 cent figure and say.. "wow, upgrade for 80 cents - couldn't ask for more than that"Because the 1000 dollar figure of yours is closer to reality, I suspect. AND...I am sorry to say, at this point the idea of any upgrade is nothing more than pie in the sky, anyhow.
Quote:Why isn't this being handled the same as the LX800 debacle? Generally, the same sort of situation, but Meade did a recall with that one. AFAIK, the early adopters did not have to pay for a fixed mount. Maybe I'm wrong on that, though - I didn't watch those marathon LX800 threads that closely.Jerry
Quote:I agree with you or even $99. for the mount work and $50 for the tripod but despite Meade saying they wont make any money on it. I don't believe them. I think they plan to.
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Quote:Quote:I agree with you or even $99. for the mount work and $50 for the tripod but despite Meade saying they wont make any money on it. I don't believe them. I think they plan to.Dunno what it would take to make a profit, but I know they'd be losing big at $99. I'd love to buy a pair of motors and gear sets for any mount for that kind of money but I've never come close. Celestron gets $129 for each motor (and no gears) for their low-end mounts and several hundred dollars for each motor/worm assembly on the larger ones. I've paid $300 for a used pair of Vixen motors (with one spur gear each). The last mount drive motor I bought was from Takahashi at $400 (for one!) and that didn't include any gears or encoders.
Quote:I am trying to understand what is my warranty. I have pdf file of my original order. Many months later the mount shipped, I still have the boxes and can see the date of shipment. Shall I ask Astronomics for a copy of the invoice reflecting the date of shipment ? I would be inside the one year warranty only if calculated on the date of shipment..
Quote:Jerry,The differences I see between this and the LX800 introduction is the quantity of mounts involved and the fact that there must be a lot of happy LX80 users out there.
Quote:Has anyone else experienced the same type of terrible turnaround? My 2 problems each took less than 2 weeks from shipp ng to getting it back.Mike
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!
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Quote:£We keep looking for all of these happy LX80 customers and yet we still can't find them...I think this has more to do with how vocal a customer is with a $700 mount that doesn't perform per the documented specifications vs a $7000 mount that doesn't perform per the documented specifications. It is now clear that Meade only had the capacity to fix one at a time (both financially and otherwise) It looks like Management simply choose to fix the LX800 first, and are now getting around to fixing the LX80. Again this looks like nothing more than a business decision. People who buy a $7000 mount are likely to hold that mount to the specs and return it if it is not working. People who pay $700 and discover the mount that they bought to hold up a 8" SCT and dabble in AP is only able to support a 4" refactor for visual use are WAY more likely to "soak it up". We actually see evidence of that every day on this forum. It is also more than a little curious that Meade's one year warranty for these mounts are all starting to expire... Just before the fix is released... hmmmm... coincidence?
Quote:I think that the inability to find happy users is because the CN members make up a small %age of buyers. The LX80 wasn't the complete and utter failure that the LX800 was. I'd have been much more unhappy if a $7000 purchase didn't work. The LX80 worked if you didn't press the specs which is probably the case with the majority of owners.The timing on the fix that is planned is probably more due to timing and cash available rather than some big conspiracy.I have not heard anything from Jerry Gonzales for a while now. Hope things in Mexico are going well with respect to the new management.Mike
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:I've been eagerly awaiting news from Sunny or anyone in the know on the upgrade path forward. Any news? Meade has not returned my calls on my warranty extension which was verbally promised.
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"
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Quote:Dui and Jim,Don't give up hope yet! I have not had any feedback for anyone with Meade in a while but from what I've heard elsewhere is that anyone at Meade can not discuss anything relating the mount until some things are sorted out internally due to the new management. I'm sure hat as soon as the involved party/parties at Meade can they will be talking again. While it is still possible the new management will kill everything relating to the LX80, I don't think that that will happen.Just hang in there a while longer...Mike
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Quote:I decided to take the warranty repair route. When I call, I am not given an RGA (Return Goods Authorization) number but a promise of a call back, "after checking with another department". Repeated contact leads to the same outcome, i.e. describe your problems and we will get back.