Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:The SkyProdigy telescopes are toys with autoguiding piggybacked onto them. They're the same kind of telescopes you'd find at Costco or WalMart.The LSs are serious SCs. There's really no comparison.
Quote: Have a look at the 6-inch.
Quote:Quote: Have a look at the 6-inch. I have. Classic Meade optics. Decent telescope. What don't you like about it?Especially in comparison with any of the SkyProdigys?
Quote:The SkyProdigy 6 uses the same OTA as the 6SE, just has a different paint job.
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:From what I've heard, the early problems were with the GPS functions. The unit I looked at didn't have those problems. Aligned perfectly inside of two minutes, and an entire night of viewing without any hitches (this was three months ago). So, do you recommend the SkyProdigy, or just not have heard issues about it?
Quote:I am also looking for the assembled weight of the Meade LS6 and LS8 with tripods. I need to know what I will be carrying out into the fields from the van in weight. If the LS8 isn't too heavy I might opt for it. I am saving money for them now and just need to sell my scope.
Explore Scientific ED 127 Celestron CGEM DX Coronado SolarMax II
Scopes: Meade LS-8, Celestron 80mm ED refractor. Eyepieces: WO Binoviewer, 40 mm TMB Paragon, 30 mm GSO Superview, B-H MkII Zoom, 26 mm Meade Super Plossl, 14, 10, and 6 mm Televue Radians, 25 mm and 10 mm Celestron SMA. Accessories: Meade 2" Dielectric Diagonal, Orion 2x Shorty Barlow, VP Filters, JMI case, LG 8" Portable DVD/media Player for Astronomer Inside, Green Laser Pointer, Celestron Power Tank 17. Primary software: Stellarium.
Quote:I've had an LS-8 for about about 15 months now. Because of the onboard GPS, compass, and tilt meters, it has a distinct advantage over the older scopes. Lately, at star parties and public outreach events, I've been the first scope in operation.
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
Quote:i will second uncle rods suggestion about buying a nexstar 6. i have one and love it!! the mount is light, the goto is accurate and easy to set up. i have it on a table top.