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Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:Finally Meade has put the RCX optics in an OTA! This could be a serious game changer.
Meade 16" LX200GPS (Hitch 'n go) Meade 14" LX200R (in permanent ROR observatory) Meade 10" LX200GPS (Grab 'n go) 16" Dob with GSO optics (Fold 'n go) 12" F15 Cassegrain, Stellarvue AT-1010 Skywatcher 6" f5 refractor Towa 339 Too many bits 'n pieces to mention
Quote:What's that "Starlock" thingy parallel to the SCT? A new guiding system?Seems a whole new mount included in the mix......interesting.
Quote:I tell you this, Unca Rod is right...at $6000 no one had better be used as beta testers.
Quote:I was just looking at the HD scopes and this news has me hesitating. I am certainly interested in the OTA and like the new focuser concept. My RCX experience has me still gun shy of the the whole electronic - do everything - approach. I do miss the RCX optics, best I have ever had.
Quote:LXD75 going bye bye?
Quote:Can't say I'm a fan of the threaded CW shaft. Probably proprietary. Looks like Robin Casady will have a new product to make.
Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, and Plossl's. Also Pentax 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
Quote:At f/8, will these new Meade ACF OTA's have a larger secondary obstruction/mirror similar to the AT RC scopes..somewhere around 40-45%? Will the f/8 OTA's cost more than the current f/10 ACF OTA's?Bill
Big and small Questars; TMB and Astro-Tech prototypes and pre-production samples; toting privileges on all scopes set up at Astronomics.
Quote:What's that "Starlock" thingy parallel to the SCT? A new guiding system?
Seems a whole new mount included in the mix......interesting.
Quote:Alignment procedures 2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align,
StarLock assited drift align
StarLock Wide-field camera 25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees.
Narrow-field camera 80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
High-precision pointing +/- 1 arcminute
High-precision guiding +/- 1 arcsecond RMS (with good seeing. 1-4 second correction update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.
High-precision alignment Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ulta-precise polar alignment
Quote:At f/8, will these new Meade ACF OTA's have a larger secondary obstruction/mirror similar to the AT RC scopes..somewhere around 40-45%? Will the f/8 OTA's cost more than the current f/10 ACF OTA's?
Quote:Okay, I dig it! If the gizmos work, how about a conversion kit for the LX200?
Quote:I will say this: Very interesting...but...given what's gone on the last few years, they need to do everything in their power to make sure this is right _out the door_. No more early adopter-beta testers as with the RCX.
"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
AstroTech Ritchey Chretien 8"
Williams Optics Zenithstar 80
Orion Atlas Eq-G
SBIG St-8300M Fw5-8300 w/Astrodon 36mm LRGB & Ha Filters www.SgAstrophotography.com
Quote:I had thought of this as a feature myself and would be nice if one just would log how many turns each piece of equipment needed. Of course some easy to operate lock would be needed.
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personal website: www.wadsworthobservatory.com
Quote: Hmmmmm.., NOW I know why I like the looks of these mounts..,Anyone else see the resemblance Regards,skybsd
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote: Quote: Hmmmmm.., NOW I know why I like the looks of these mounts..,Anyone else see the resemblance Regards,skybsd I'm just sayin'Heeheehee!!!!! Regards,skybsdNow that you mention it...Clear skies!Thomas, Denmark
Quote:I actually think the threaded cw shaft may be a good feature. Cross meridian two turns up and slightly east heavy, cross back and 2 turns down and still slightly east heavy. makes balancing easier..31mm eyepiece 2 turns down..mallincam 4 turns down...DSLR 6 turns down
Quote:Anyone else see the resemblance Regards,skybsd