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Jmax
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Reged: 09/28/10

Loc: Alabama
Re: One More Note (Tracking) and Picture new [Re: rmollise]
      #5628334 - 01/17/13 03:38 PM

Rod,

Of course I haven't seen another one, so I don't know about changes. I was just really shocked with mine, because I expected the worst. The only real play at all is in the RA axis. I was shocked by how accurate the gotos were. I've owned five goto mounts (Ioptron Cube, ETX90, two EQ5Ps, Nexstar 5), and this was by far the easiest to align and most accurate on the slews. Also, carrying the 30lb+ weight did not seem to be a problem at all. When it was moving, very rapidly I might add, to targets, the motors were quiet and smooth. It did have some 'bounce' in RA when it arrived, but as soon as it settled, I saw no shakes in the eyepiece. I also saw no problem with ratcheting the tripod brace tightly up against the legs. I don't think there is any chance at all of my hub breaking as has been reported before. Mine was apparently built very recently and in China (according to the box), if this makes any difference.


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brokenwave
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Reged: 05/10/11

Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Re: One More Note (Tracking) and Picture new [Re: Jmax]
      #5628506 - 01/17/13 05:23 PM

I have one of the first shipped and my experiences are similar to JMax's. The tripod is very beefy, the mount is not as beefy but does the job (Visually)well,
No AP as of yet.
Even with a 8" SCT it settles quickly. The best mount I have compared it to has been a 1 year old CGEM


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Starhawk
Space Ranger
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: One More Note (Tracking) and Picture new [Re: rmollise]
      #5628595 - 01/17/13 06:11 PM

I've had the experience of good and bad nights with the same mount. The real lay of the land is only apparent after you get some time with the equipment.

-Rich


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geminijk
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 04/03/08

Loc: TN
Re: One More Note (Tracking) and Picture new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5629203 - 01/18/13 12:33 AM

Impressive setup, glad to hear its working out.

John


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Jay Wise
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Reged: 11/21/08

Loc: Near Williamsburg VA
Re: LX-80 (Guess I got a good one) new [Re: Jmax]
      #5630176 - 01/18/13 04:04 PM

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Got upset about some of the negativity about my new mount, so I took a break from CN for awhile. During that time, my new LX-80 Multi-Mount arrived. I was able to test it with over 30lbs (my entire imaging setup) in equatorial mode. After a semi-accurate polar alignment, I hit 10 Messiers in an hour's time, and all were dead center. Vibration damping only took a second or so after slewing. There was no evident vibration at the eyepiece unless I really bumped it pretty hard. I was all geared up to put it in my observatory and try it photographically, and then the rains set in.




Hear, hear! I have had to do the same. The negativity against Meade and just in general forces me to take a break from CN sometimes. I have a CGEM that is giving me grief and a 8" LS-ACF that works great. So what does that prove. I have come to realize that one must consider that these goto and tracking scopes are extremely complicated and are made to sell to a very small population. They are, for the most part, a hobby item and to keep the price affordable the companies sometimes cut corners in the R&D and also in manufacturing. Computer control seems to turn out good optics on a regular basis but we are awaiting the same to be true in mounts. If you want to spend a ten to fifteen thousand up you can get extremely reliable mounts. The rest of us either can't or won't spend that much. As the saying goes, "it doesn't take a genius to build an automobile that can go 250,000 miles for $100,000, the genius is in doing it for $10,000." So enjoy your new mount and I expect you will get it going and have some real fun with it.

JayW


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cn register 5
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Reged: 12/26/12

Re: LX-80 (Guess I got a good one) new [Re: Jay Wise]
      #5630253 - 01/18/13 04:59 PM

I don't think it's just Meade, Celestron gets the same bashing from the CN commentards.

They concoct a specification and then complain that it isn't met. The fact that the specification only exists in the mind of the person who has generated it and will not have any effect seems to cut no ice. Evidence of performance doesn't matter.

I always thought that Astronomy was a science...

Chris


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JimMo
I'd Rather Do It Myself


Reged: 01/08/07

Loc: Under the SE Michigan lightdom...
Re: One More Note (Tracking) and Picture new [Re: Jmax]
      #5630577 - 01/18/13 09:00 PM

I'm glad to see someone who's as happy with their LX80 as I am. I've only really used it five times since August but every time out I've been impressed with it. My mount has none of the slop others have reported in the RA axis. So, I guess there are peaches and then there are lemons. So far mine's a peach and sounds like yours is too.

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mmalik
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Reged: 01/13/12

Loc: USA
Re: One More Note (Tracking) and Picture new [Re: JimMo]
      #5631048 - 01/19/13 04:52 AM

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So, I guess there are peaches and then there are lemons. So far mine's a peach and sounds like yours is too.




This very statement says it all; and one that's neither comforting to the customers nor assuring that the maker will survive with such variability.

On a side note, what really hasn't been tested successfully is the imaging in EQ with results of decent quality and with real world pay loads. Thx


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