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Don Allen
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Is the LXD-75...
      #4368488 - 02/06/11 08:13 PM

when compared to Orion mounts, in carrying capacity, equal to the Skyview Pro or the Sirius.

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hfjacinto
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: Don Allen]
      #4368493 - 02/06/11 08:16 PM

I have had a 9.25 on my LXD 75. Its fine visually but its much better with the 120MM EON.

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Don Allen
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #4368571 - 02/06/11 08:55 PM

I want to put my F15 on the Sirius if it works instead of buying the heavy, for my aging muscles, Atlas.

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hfjacinto
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: Don Allen]
      #4368622 - 02/06/11 09:15 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

This is the EON on the LXD 75, an F15 scope, may be too long.

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Don Allen
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #4368652 - 02/06/11 09:41 PM

I will say this, my lxd 75 was 84% capable of handling the F15, but it was a struggle.For me and the mount.

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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #4368664 - 02/06/11 09:50 PM

How does the EON120 ride on that? Pretty stable?

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hfjacinto
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: AlienRatDog]
      #4368705 - 02/06/11 10:20 PM

Abe,

LXD75 handles the EON fine. The EON is light.


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gustavo_sanchez
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #4369898 - 02/07/11 01:55 PM

I think that the LXD-75 is more comparable overall to the CG-5 ASGT. The Sirius has a similar loading capacity, but mechanically is more sturdy, and, on my opinion, better built.

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gdd
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: gustavo_sanchez]
      #4369965 - 02/07/11 02:20 PM

I believe the LXD-75 is supposed to be similar to both the CG-5 and the Orion SkyView Pro. All of these are clones of the Vixen GP.

Gale


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Don Allen
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: gdd]
      #4370292 - 02/07/11 04:31 PM

I am reading from these comments that the sirius would have more capacity then the LXD75 by a reasonable
percentage. Say 20-30%.


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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: Don Allen]
      #4370317 - 02/07/11 04:47 PM

I would agree with your statement.

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DaveE
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #4370327 - 02/07/11 04:50 PM

The Atlas is considered a "Step up" from the EQ-G by Orion (and $250 more), yet would you classify the Atlas and LXD75 as competitors and similar in capability? But the EQ-G has more weight capacity?

-Dave


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DaveE
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: DaveE]
      #4370333 - 02/07/11 04:53 PM

Actually, the EQ-G has a 30lb max load while the Atlas has a 40lb max load.

One day when I purchase only one mount, I always thought of myself as getting either an Atlas or CGEM to mount the EON 120 with an 80mm piggyback. I never thought to get the less expensive Sirius EQ-G... and yet Orion sells this exact combination as a kit:
http://www.telescope.com/control/telescopes/goto-and-computerized-telescopes/orion-sirius-eon-120ed-eq-g-computerized-goto-refractor-telescope

I'm wondering if this combination would handle the added weight of a piggybacked guidescope?

-Dave

Edited by DaveE (02/07/11 05:00 PM)


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bardo
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: DaveE]
      #4370429 - 02/07/11 05:32 PM

Quote:

yet would you classify the Atlas and LXD75 as competitors and similar in capability?
-Dave







...NO


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Don Allen
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: bardo]
      #4370672 - 02/07/11 07:19 PM

Well thanks all. I wanted to avoid getting the Atlas or the G-8 as this is the only refractor I am going to own so the Sirius is it.

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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: Don Allen]
      #4370804 - 02/07/11 08:11 PM

In my opinion, LXD should be better than CG5 because:
1.LXD75 has ball bearings on both RA and DEC, CG5 only on RA
2.LXD75 has reduced slew rate mode which is good for long tubes

I was able to run my 10" F5 #40 reflector on top of it for visual only. After balancing it was running very smoothly.
The only problems I had were:
1. EP too high so I had to stand
2. Goto errors of about 3degree in the worst case
Otherwise tracking and motors were running just fine.

At $475 shipped from Meade outlet, it is a killer deal.


Alex


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DaveE
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: bardo]
      #4372614 - 02/08/11 04:11 PM

Quote:

Quote:

yet would you classify the Atlas and LXD75 as competitors and similar in capability?
-Dave







...NO




I meant to ask if you believe the Sirius EQ-G and LXD75 are competitors and similar in capability?

-Dave


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Don Allen
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: DaveE]
      #4373000 - 02/08/11 07:25 PM

Considering the Sirius costs $350-400 more than the LXD, even on the used market, I would hope it has more capacity.

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avarakin
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Re: Is the LXD-75... new [Re: Don Allen]
      #4373075 - 02/08/11 08:05 PM

Quote:

Considering the Sirius costs $350-400 more than the LXD, even on the used market, I would hope it has more capacity.



Well, Sirius costs about twice the LXD75 costs (1150 vs 600). Do you get twice performance? I dont think so.


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Re: Is the LXD-75... [Re: avarakin]
      #4373827 - 02/09/11 06:02 AM

Quote:

2. Goto errors of about 3degree in the worst case
Otherwise tracking and motors were running just fine.

Alex




Three degrees doesn't constitute "better" in my book. My CG5 has placed objects on the small chip of my Stellacam since day one.


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