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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: southmike]
      #376178 - 03/16/05 10:54 AM

Yeah your right. I just never thought about the 12" fitting all the way down. I had to test mine to make sure.

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Re: 12"LX200 GPS setup procedure new [Re: Posaunist]
      #390843 - 03/30/05 10:28 PM

Sir,

I just bought a 12" LX200 GPS SMT and I would like to see if you would mind send ing me an e-mail on how you start you evening observing. I have not had a chance to really use it yet and I would like to know where to start. It is mounted on a pier with the heavy duty wedge and an observatory almost like yours. I have centered Polaris using a illuminated eypiece while waiting for my power supply to get here. Now which way should my OTA be pointed before I apply the power and then take me through a simple way if you don't mind. Please e-mail me at starman@pacific.net

Thanks,

Gary


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #397083 - 04/06/05 12:06 AM Attachment (763 downloads)

And here's mine. I took it out again in Lucerne Valley, CA (just down the hill north of Big Bear Lake) last weekend with the wife. Gotta tell ya...M42 just made us faint! Never before did I see it actually FILL the field of view! GAWD...I have GOT to get 2" EPs and a bino viewer for this, my pride and joy! And to think, I spent all those years with a Dynamax 8" SCT!

Edited by Grizz (04/06/05 07:14 AM)


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: mtnmedic]
      #397125 - 04/06/05 12:53 AM Attachment (702 downloads)

Ok finally took a quick pic of
my Lx200 8", with orion 90 mm mak with a flip mirror and 201xt.


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: southmike]
      #397131 - 04/06/05 01:03 AM

Nice! Binos........even 1.25" would be nice. Somehow, the midnight or royal blue our scopes are painted in is just the RIGHT colour (for me, anyway).

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: mtnmedic]
      #397166 - 04/06/05 01:47 AM

Thanks , I am rather un-impressed with walmarts film to cd service....it is grainy as heck..

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: southmike]
      #397169 - 04/06/05 01:54 AM

Yeah, it IS a bit grainy. Well, that's Wally World for ya. I haven't been there in almost 6 months and before that about a year. Of course, the fact that it's about 10 miles away and Target is eight blocks away might have something to do it. Besides, it just seems to me that Wal-Mart has gotten, well...cheap and junky, lately. That's my opinion and it's probably somewhat biased. But it HAS changed over the last few years, not to mention its desire to conquer the world...

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: mtnmedic]
      #397765 - 04/06/05 03:23 PM

Hey were did you guys get the Due Shields for your Meade scopes? I have a *bleep* one I would like to upgrade.

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: ProfLemoi]
      #397797 - 04/06/05 03:44 PM

Got mine from Scope City. Most Meade dealers can get one for you. They're really nice but they're heavy, rigid, don't store easily and are kind of bulky to cart around. However, they're a snap to put on, as they fit very snugly around the end of the OTA. Heck, I don't even use the screws on mine.

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: mtnmedic]
      #397848 - 04/06/05 04:27 PM

Do you need any counter weight with that one Michael?

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: ProfLemoi]
      #397868 - 04/06/05 04:41 PM

Well, so far I haven't had the need for counterweighting...yet. It's heavy but not terribly so. It's heavy enough to tip the scope down when the DEC lock isn't on but doesn't appear to cause any significant strain on the DECK lock when it's engaged. However, counterweighting isn't a bad idea. I remember my old Dynamax 8" SCT having a really neat (homemade!) counterweighting system on it that kept it very nicely balanced to the point where I never even needed to engage the DEC lock.

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: ProfLemoi]
      #397873 - 04/06/05 04:44 PM

I got mine on astromart for about 75 bucks...I found that it really made the front heavy.even with the binoviewer
I had to add weights.

I also have a astrozap with built in heater..but once I added the guide rail and counterbalance it doesn't fit any more..so no convienent fold flat dew shield for me..


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: john]
      #401936 - 04/10/05 04:31 PM

MORE! Post more pictures! I love looking at these setups. I like to see how people are spending all their hard earned $$.

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: faltered]
      #425884 - 05/02/05 12:25 PM

My new baby:





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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: ]
      #425891 - 05/02/05 12:30 PM

NICE! Where in the world are those nice GREEN yards? I think you'll be surprised how stable the scope is with the standard field tripod. Mine has done wonderfully with it.

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: mtnmedic]
      #425919 - 05/02/05 12:48 PM

Iowa. No watering necessary.

I had it out for a very short amount of time the night I got it (Saturday. I was tired from the long drive to pick it up, plus it was cold as heck, so didn't feel like being out too long). But it seemed pretty stable. Didn't have a power cable for it yet so I just looked at Jupiter. It needs collimated badly. I didn't play with it that night (wish I had), so I've been trying to daylight collimate it. I think I got it significantly better but I'll have to wait for a clear night to find out and finish the job.

I took a really fuzzy, underexposed (and several overexposed) single exposure of Jupiter. I've got a Sony DSC-F717. It seems like people are getting really good results from stacking AVIs from webcams, would shooting 320x200 AVIs with the Sony and stacking them potentially be better than taking regular 5 megapixel photos? What about stacking full res photos?

Edited by Nicholas Loper (05/02/05 12:49 PM)


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: ]
      #425971 - 05/02/05 01:38 PM Attachment (664 downloads)

I got my LX200 12" in last week and finished my Skyshed. I put the scope on the Sunday. Now I need for it the clear up.

Brad


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: BradH]
      #425974 - 05/02/05 01:40 PM Attachment (676 downloads)

Here is one from inside

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: BradH]
      #426627 - 05/03/05 01:55 AM

brad with a permanent house for your scope that 12" LX is screeming for a wedge. oh and mount that little 80ed on your lx too they compliment each other really well.

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: ]
      #427029 - 05/03/05 01:36 PM

I may end up doing that one day. it something I have thought about.

Brad


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