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Celestron Edge 8"
9/11- Never Forget.
Orion Apex 127 - Desert Sky DSV-1 Alt-Az on a surveyor's tripod. Ioptron SmartEQ Pro. Nikon D5000, Fujifilm IS Pro DSLR. A few Nikon lenses and a ProOptic 500mm reflex lens for fun.
14" Meade LX850 80mm Meade 6000 ED APO 90mm Meade ETX 60mm Focal (First Telescope) Orion MiniGiant 9x63 Mallincam Xtreme EXview HAD Canon 5D Mark II Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Canon 24-105mm f/4L
Warren - Stargazing since the 60's! Scopes: ETX-LS6, ED80T, AT6RC, Lunt LS60T, C9.25 Mounts: Atlas EQ-G, Vixen Portamount II Cameras: Atik 314L+,DMK31AU03,SSAG, ASI120MC Filters: Astrodon LRGB, Orion HA, SII, OIII Acc: Orion 5 place Filter wheels x 2, Flatman Primary Imaging site: Bortle Scale Class 6 Red Zone http://astrobin.com/users/rigel123/
Quote:It would be nice to get some good seeing in North Texas/SE Oklahoma, the seeing monitor of the Clear Sky Clock has been light blue to white for months.
Anyway, took the 14" LX850 to the TAS dark sky site last Wednesday. 100, 30, 30, 30 minutes LRGB, 10 minute subs.
A little soft but not too bad..
Quote:Since the LX850 is a Mach1GTO look-a-like, why not just buy a Mach1GTO? At least you KNOW what you are getting and how well it will perform.
Quote:Pak, Really? Jason has been pretty up front with what he's doing. He posted on Facebook that he used Starlock if that helps assuage your fears that he's just making things up.Honestly, do we know what people do to their final images anyways? Most people don't post their work flows, whether they shrunk the stars or used some type of morphological transformation to correct bad tracking. He produced a good image at a tough image scale from a new mount.
Quote:Quote:Since the LX850 is a Mach1GTO look-a-like, why not just buy a Mach1GTO? At least you KNOW what you are getting and how well it will perform.Right, you know that the Mach1GTO has no chance to carry a 14" scope and its accessories.
http://www.astrobin.com/users/budman1961/ Meade LX3 8" OTA/IEQ45 Mallincam HyperPlus Color, QHY5L-II Mono Orion Mini Finder/Guider
Metuchen N.J. C10ngt TV 85,102 2 cg5gts cube pro 13 ethos 27 pan 19 pan 24 pan Baader wedge,35 pan 6 radian 2xpowermat 4xpowermate 9 nagler jmi feathertouch 35 Panoptic pst Denk std Denk 2s&d21s+ Pst doublestack,SM40 12Nagler Questar hd pier DSI 2 color SBC 900NC Star seek module C 9.25 slt mount AT 80 apo IEQ 45
14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Quote:Right, you know that the Mach1GTO has no chance to carry a 14" scope and its accessories.
http://www.faintfuzzy.net Stuff C14, C8, Orion XX14i, Meade 8" ACF, AT6RC, AT102ED, Orion ED80, PST, AP1600GTO, CGE, CG5, ST10-XME/CFW8, QHY8PRO, Optec TCF-s, Microtouch Focuser, Pyxis LE, Hyperstar for C8.
Quote:Guys Pan-STARRS is not Hale Bopp. There is no space ship with the Meade logo coming to take you someplace better. The more people show up to blindly defend Meade the more my point is proven.
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:Quote:Guys Pan-STARRS is not Hale Bopp. There is no space ship with the Meade logo coming to take you someplace better. The more people show up to blindly defend Meade the more my point is proven.
What is it with Meade bashers?
My first two scopes were Celestrons. The first was so bad that it killed my interest in the hobby for 30 years. The second which I bought to replace the first was so bad I sent it back after a week. Then I bought my Meade and it was so great that it rekindled my love of the hobby. Does this make me a Celestron basher? Well I just sold my Meade to get something bigger and bought - you guessed it - a Celestron on a Skywatcher mount!
The point being that some past bad experiences with Meade (or other) equipment shouldn't make up your mind to be a basher of all of that company's equipment.
The fact is that this is a solid image of a not-so-easy target made with a Meade 14" scope on a Meade mount guided by a Meade guiding system.
Quote:Pak, I do not think that what you are saying is necessarily wrong. I think it is how you go about saying it.When I get my 14" I could post fake images that say how great the mount is, or, for attention, I could post images that show it to be a piece of junk. But, we have to trust each other. I trust Jason because he appears to be a profession chap with a real interest in sharing info. If he violated that trust then we can step on his neck.So, Pak, stay positive, even if you are skeptical. We will do the same...TonyP.S., Jason is not the only one who has posted great images with the LX850 mount. check out the link below:http://www.meade4m.com/index.php?/gallery/category/14-lx850-photography/
Quote:Pak, Jason has stated he doesn't have the pre-production mount anymore. He also stated (at least on Facebook) that he's using Starlock and some of the automated routines to good success.
Quote:How about we stop assuming the mount is a POS and assume the LX850 works?
Quote: I don't see your posts in the AVX thread where people thought the mount was going to be awesome and are now experiencing electrical issues and balance problems.
Quote:Ahopp sounds like he is almost full-up with his LX850. Hopefully, his analysis of the mount will be enough to quell your doubts.
Quote:Are you planning on buying one? Or just someone who had a bad experience with a Meade product?
Quote:And, you're right. 6k is nothing to sneeze about. I thought about getting one when it was still the LX800 but all the troubles moved me a different direction. Maybe when it's a little more mature. I still find it fascinating to watch a new mount be unveiled. It's cool to see where it was (in the LX800 threads) to where it is now (Jason's pictures).The only thing I wish I could see is a full setup/picture session. Like a Google+ hangout where someone has a camera setup and just goes through all the routines. I think of all those 'doh' moments when I was learning how to setup my CGEM and wonder if it's as easy as it seems it should be!
Quote:I did of course use pixy dust and a little help from some guy on a grassy knoll.
Quote:WWIN, I can't wait for that. Can you post the date/time in the #astrophotography forum? It'd be really cool to see.
Quote:Blueman, Jason posted in another thread that he no longer has the pre-production mount. He's using a factory model now.