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medieval1
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: dale wilson]
      #4496248 - 04/04/11 04:45 PM

Hi Dale,

That is actually quite an awesome pict. Love Orion in the sky background.


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Marwatso
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Reged: 10/13/10

Loc: Colorado Springs, CO
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: medieval1]
      #4663851 - 06/28/11 08:29 PM Attachment (204 downloads)

I still need a good table and chair. I use Tele Vue bags for my 76 and Eyepieces. I usually use the dust cover from the M12 for a tray for small stuff (red light, caps, etc.).

I just sent my M12 back to Meade, again. Sigh. At least they paid shipping this time.


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Bill Barlow
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Reged: 12/03/07

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Marwatso]
      #4665653 - 06/29/11 08:22 PM

Hi Mark..

Haven't seen you posting in the "CATS" forum for a while. Why did you have to send your Meade scope back? Do you like the views through the 12" ACF OTA? I am considering getting one to upgrade from my C11. I miss the ACF optics that I had with the Meade 10" scope I owned about a year ago. Hope you get your scope back soon. Take care..

Bill


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Marwatso
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Reged: 10/13/10

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #4666011 - 06/29/11 11:55 PM

Hey Bill,

Unfortunately I am the type of poster that only has the knowledge to ask questions rather than answer them. I often find I have nothing to input though I read the forum frequently.

I was hoping to post another "first light" report (which would have to be called "third light") once I got some good hours on the scope after the last repair. I had about 35 hours (6 nights) in when I had another failure. This time it was the "finding home" sensor. The scope would just spin around until it hit the RA brake when trying to align.

I got a hold of the Customer Service Manager at Meade (Carlos) and told him my story with emphasis on my frustration and long standing loyalty to Meade. He said they would make sure to get the scope in perfect working order as quickly as possible and they had UPS come pick it up the next day - free of cost to me. Repair lead time is 3-4 weeks but I plan to start nagging next week.

It figures, I was about 30 minutes away from getting to view M31 in the 12" for the first time. It is rising over my eastern trees at about 4:00am now. As for what I think of the optics - Well, I have owned a 2080 GEM from Meade for 24 years. I also have had a Pentax Refractor for longer. So compared to that experience the ACF 12" blows my mind. It is incredible. The views of my favorite objects are a stunning upgrade to say the least. Compared to the TV76 though the 12" loses to sharpness. BUT, the "faint fuzzies" are knock dead gorgeous in the 12 and sometimes make me question why I own a 3". That said, I find the star sharpness on the 12" to be excellent and the light gather to be an aperture-lovers dream. On a steady night, Saturn is breathtaking in the 12" with the 13 Ethos and hands down beats the 76 with the 3.7 Ethos.

I hope you get back to your Meade. Though I have had problems, I am still enjoying the ride and feel like they are standing behind me.

Mark


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Chris W
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Reged: 07/05/11

Loc: Essex, UK
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: dale wilson]
      #4679280 - 07/07/11 04:28 PM

I cannot compare with the beast, but my modest setup is giving me considerable fun. Bought used, I'm slowly adjusting, cleaning and upgrading all the moving bits.

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Chris W
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Reged: 07/05/11

Loc: Essex, UK
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Chris W]
      #4679288 - 07/07/11 04:35 PM Attachment (198 downloads)

It helps if I attach the images.

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Rat
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Loc: USA
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Chris W]
      #4680893 - 07/08/11 11:35 AM Attachment (196 downloads)

Here is my 14" Meade set up in the backyard.

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J Whitby
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Reged: 04/17/09

Loc: Colorado 9500 ft
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Rat]
      #4728871 - 08/03/11 08:14 PM Attachment (156 downloads)

Here's my LX200 10" with an 80mm APM riding on top

Edited by J Whitby (08/03/11 08:17 PM)


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budman1961
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: J Whitby]
      #4737838 - 08/08/11 10:34 PM Attachment (155 downloads)

Here is my LX200 Classic 10" f6.3. Superwedge, Canon 1000D in prime focus, and my "G-Guider" (Meade 8x50MM finder converted to finder/guider with DSI II camera)

Ready for a night out!

Andyu

Edited by Chris Erickson (09/20/11 01:57 PM)


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mtibor
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: budman1961]
      #4758167 - 08/20/11 04:03 AM Attachment (129 downloads)

here is my 8"lx200 gps,

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mtibor
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: mtibor]
      #4758168 - 08/20/11 04:08 AM Attachment (144 downloads)

hmmmm...no more room left to add anything else...

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atroder
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: mtibor]
      #4817233 - 09/19/11 10:51 PM Attachment (114 downloads)

8" LX200 Classic

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Kiwi Nick
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Martin Lyons]
      #4901979 - 11/07/11 03:21 AM

Quote:

protected from wind and stray light and ready to direct a whole bunch of very, very old photons onto my eagerly expectant retina.....I sure love this beastie...




I am loving that perimeter fence, brilliant idea.
I guess you need to get a fair distance out of Capetown to enjoy the skies away from the light pollution.
Excellent pics.


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Martin Lyons
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Reged: 10/06/08

Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Kiwi Nick]
      #4913447 - 11/13/11 10:18 AM

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I am loving that perimeter fence, brilliant idea.
I guess you need to get a fair distance out of Capetown to enjoy the skies away from the light pollution.
Excellent pics.




Yep, the Cape Town light pollution is getting worse.
Although I'm just on the outskirts where the skies are about mag 4.5 on a good night.

Thanks for the kind comments.

Martin


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Al Miller
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Martin Lyons]
      #4967677 - 12/15/11 10:23 AM Attachment (99 downloads)

My "Atlas 10". A de-forked LX200, 10" Classic in an Atlas EQ-G.

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rmcmast
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Reged: 09/11/11

Loc: Kansas City Area, MO
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Al Miller]
      #5099519 - 03/01/12 02:24 PM

Here is my setup. I've spent the last several months getting back into my 15 year old 10" LX200 Classic. Got the Wheeley Bars for Christmas, had to get a new battery for the Kendrick Power Pack, and just added the SkyWire to hook up the iPad and got the observing chair.

-- Rick



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DannyT
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Reged: 02/21/12

Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Anonymous]
      #5111755 - 03/08/12 01:39 PM

can you tell me what equatorial wedge you have there and how it is performing for you? Nice rig you have there! also is that a Meade dew shield?

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Matthew Ota
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Reged: 04/30/05

Loc: Los Angeles, California
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: DannyT]
      #5112632 - 03/08/12 11:39 PM

Me and my LX250 Frankenscope set up in Downtown Long Beach California at Linden ad First Street.


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IVM
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Reged: 01/07/08

Loc: Western New York
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #5173852 - 04/15/12 02:44 PM Attachment (95 downloads)

Post 1/3. Some absolutely stunning setups in this thread. Mine are minimalistic in comparison. My first LX200 is one of the last 7” Maks (GPS, UHTC, Christmas 2005). The “matching blue motorized case” (quoting from an earlier post) in the background is not mine – mine did not fit into the picture.

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IVM
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Reged: 01/07/08

Loc: Western New York
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: IVM]
      #5173868 - 04/15/12 02:55 PM Attachment (91 downloads)

Post 2/3. Last summer I picked up an old 12” LX200GPS from a club member at a very agreeable price. He had hardly used it. It has since been out to the remote dark site with me on average two times a month. Again, the setup is minimalistic but no effort is spared with regard to dew control. You can see that there are two overlapping heating strips for the corrector; not a solution I would suggest to everyone but it works. The tarp prevents the AC/DC converter from sinking into the snow. The scope is actually standing on a concrete pad, although I did not completely clear it from snow. The pad and the AC power are the amenities of the Cherry Springs Astronomy Field provided by the Pennsylvania State Parks. Here the tripod is in its lowest position because I was going for some far southern objects.

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