CPC1100 Nexstar 8i + GPS & Rays Brackets Denk S1 power switch Orion 100 mm Refractor Meade LXD 55 ...AR-5 127 mm Refractor Gerbring heated clothing in the winter Exploradome Observatory S.I.E. (Smiling Irish Eyes) 39*21'03" N 77*28'12" W The sky over my head....
12" LX200-ACF 9mm ES 100 degree 18mm Meade UWA 24mm Meade UWA
Quote:I too am thinking of the 12"LX90 like the original poster. I've read this thread and numerous reviews on line. I'm worried that I will spend $3100 and not be satisfied because of the mount (but spending over $4000 for the LX200 is a lot more money). I'm sure the optics will be great. So I'm really torn on this issue.Question: Is the 12" LX90 considered by some to be "undermounted" because (1) the thickness/robustness of the fork mount, and/or is it because (2) the field tripod is too thin/light? I have to admit the fork arms look a little thinner than those on the LX200. I have read though that the field tripod for the LX90 is the same as the LX200 -- so that should be beefy and sturdy, right? (BTW, is the field tripod for the 12 inch larger than the 8 and 10 inch model tripods -- I hope?). Finally, if I'm not interested in deep space astrophotography but really just observing and perhaps moon/planet imaging, should the LX90 perform well on nights with no wind? Looking forward to comments on this. Thank you!
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