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Mkofski
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: Cameron McCarty]
      #5818046 - 04/23/13 05:27 PM

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I will chime in that as far as the legs detaching goes, I had the leg fall off of our LX80 scope just the other day. Luckily I was by my scope and able to catch it and Meade was able to replace it for free.




Cameron,

Did the top plate of the tripod break? I assume that's what you mean.


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ur7x
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: Mkofski]
      #5818455 - 04/23/13 07:14 PM

Very sad, how many is that now? 4? 5?

Interesting that no one has had an OTA die in the failure...


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JimMo
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: ur7x]
      #5818647 - 04/23/13 09:09 PM

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Very sad, how many is that now? 4? 5?

Interesting that no one has had an OTA die in the failure...




How do we really know if that has never happened? Not everyone posts online.


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Mkofski
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: DuiA1]
      #5820135 - 04/24/13 04:09 PM

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Does anyone on this forum have the lx80 autoguiding successfully? The module is on back order so how is one to test autoguiding before warranty expires?




I just checked again and the Autoguider Post Module is still back ordered on Meade's site.


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ur7x
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: JimMo]
      #5820156 - 04/24/13 04:20 PM

I stand corrected, based on forum reported LX80 tripod failures, no one has "lost" an OTA... yet...

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highertheflyer
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: JimMo]
      #5822730 - 04/25/13 06:12 PM

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Quote:

Very sad, how many is that now? 4? 5?

Interesting that no one has had an OTA die in the failure...




How do we really know if that has never happened? Not everyone posts online.




Are those legs breaking as a result of an owner wrongly tightening the upper leg bolts to pinch and to thus crack the ears of the base casing?
The ear bolts are adjusted properly on my mount, and I doubt the casting would fail EXCEPT by over-stressing caused by over-tightened leg attach points.


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rmollise
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: highertheflyer]
      #5822740 - 04/25/13 06:18 PM

There's no indication anybody has overtightened anything. One poster did NUDGE his tripod, but having a casting on a tripod head break for that reason is pretty strange and something _I've_ never heard of before the coming of the 80. Were I you, I'd keep a close eye on it.

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Mkofski
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: highertheflyer]
      #5822770 - 04/25/13 06:40 PM

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Quote:

Quote:

Very sad, how many is that now? 4? 5?

Interesting that no one has had an OTA die in the failure...




How do we really know if that has never happened? Not everyone posts online.




Are those legs breaking as a result of an owner wrongly tightening the upper leg bolts to pinch and to thus crack the ears of the base casing?
The ear bolts are adjusted properly on my mount, and I doubt the casting would fail EXCEPT by over-stressing caused by over-tightened leg attach points.




Mine broke because I tried to move the mount in azimuth on grass. The others that I've seen reason for were because of tightening the spreader. I think that either should be able to be done without failure. I wont be moving the replacement tripod without picking it up in the future.

Meade has been great about replacing failed tripods but what's going to happen after the warranty runs out.


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highertheflyer
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Re: Lx80 Multi-mount new [Re: Mkofski]
      #5823320 - 04/25/13 10:53 PM

As this new tripod is less than a week old I'll pay attention to the fellows suggestions and thanks.

It would be good to safety the top of each leg, perhaps with a loop of cable secured to the underside of the mount head. This so if the casting should fail, the cable would captured the released leg and the scope would not tumble.

I've used thin cables to safety the secondary's to spiders in the event the secondary lets go. Happened once years ago and I still have the chip dead center on the primary to remind me of that day!

Jim


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