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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: Stew57]
      #5066555 - 02/11/12 01:05 AM

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The munt looks good, the specs are good, and I am sure it will be a capable mount in the right hands. The fly in the ointment is service and parts. I for one do not want to send the entire mount back because of a bad bearing, motor, controler etc. Losmandy, AP and others will sell you what you need and will send out parts under warranty when nedded. That is worth a lot in my book.




I recently had Scott Losmandy re-machine my Losmandy-made pier extension that wasn't even being used for a Losmandy mount (but had trouble fitting) at no charge. Just because of this experience, I'd be inclined toward Losmandy mounts before any others were I in the market.

Regards,

Tanveer.


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budman1961
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: budman1961]
      #5066586 - 02/11/12 01:34 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Looks like Jack Newton is one of their beta testers:

https://www.facebook.com/meadetelescopes#!/meadetelescopes




Ohhh yeah, I forgot...I got mine a while back.....forgot to tell you all!




What......no laughs?????


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DaveJ
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: budman1961]
      #5066735 - 02/11/12 07:46 AM

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Ohhh yeah, I forgot...I got mine a while back.....forgot to tell you all!




So...what version of Photoshop are you using!?


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Awesomelenny
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: budman1961]
      #5066770 - 02/11/12 08:32 AM

Too funny!!!

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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: budman1961]
      #5066771 - 02/11/12 08:33 AM

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Quote:

Looks like Jack Newton is one of their beta testers:

https://www.facebook.com/meadetelescopes#!/meadetelescopes




Ohhh yeah, I forgot...I got mine a while back.....forgot to tell you all!






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budman1961
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: rmollise]
      #5066920 - 02/11/12 10:31 AM

I thought this thread needed a little levity.......

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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: budman1961]
      #5067020 - 02/11/12 11:24 AM

We now return to our usual pointless speculation.

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Micheal
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: Stew57]
      #5067060 - 02/11/12 11:38 AM

Quote:

The munt looks good, the specs are good, and I am sure it will be a capable mount in the right hands. The fly in the ointment is service and parts. I for one do not want to send the entire mount back because of a bad bearing, motor, controler etc. Losmandy, AP and others will sell you what you need and will send out parts under warranty when nedded. That is worth a lot in my book.




The parts on the LX800 are modular. No need to ship the whole thing back.


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PatHolland
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: budman1961]
      #5068191 - 02/12/12 01:41 AM

I thought it was funny Andy...
P.S. Congrats on being the beta tester for Photoshop CS6


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mmalik
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: herrointment]
      #5068319 - 02/12/12 06:25 AM

Enough has already been speculated about resemblance between LX800 and Mach1GTO; following are some specs to look at which would make one think why they may ‘actually’ be the same mounts (in terms of raw materials I mean), difference only being certain beefier components (motors etc.) of LX800 that may account for bigger weight carrying capacity. So I guess it is a good thing…

Functional Similarities:
..........................................LX800.................................Mach1GTO
Main Gear-RA/Dec:................5.8”/225 tooth aluminum..........5.9”/225 tooth aluminum
Worm Gear-RA/Dec:...............0.68” brass..........................0.70” brass

Non-functional Differences:
............................................LX800..............................Mach1GTO
Mount body weight:.................55 lbs.............................32.1 lbs.
Mount capacity:.......................90 lbs.............................45 lbs.
Counterweight shaft diameter:.......1.75".............................1.125"


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Edited by rick rian (02/15/12 08:26 PM)


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skybsd
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: mmalik]
      #5068336 - 02/12/12 06:52 AM

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Enough has already been speculated about resemblance between LX800 and Mach1GTO; ...




Ummm.., of the resemblance, there IS no speculation - merely observation..,

If applicable, you may want to peruse the Yahoo AP-GT user groups for AP's own reaction and (rather) informed opinions on the matter..,

Regards,

skybsd


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barasits
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: herrointment]
      #5068653 - 02/12/12 11:19 AM

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We now return to our usual pointless speculation.



Just so. Now, how many LX800s can dance on the head of a pin?

Geoff


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rmollise
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: skybsd]
      #5068885 - 02/12/12 01:30 PM

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Ummm.., of the resemblance, there IS no speculation - merely observation..,






And I say the Mach 1 bears more than passing resemblance to the Criterion RV-6 GEM. Coincidence or CONSPIRACY?! Hmmm?


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alrosm
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: mmalik]
      #5069939 - 02/13/12 03:27 AM

We know now, that people at meade like AP designs a lot

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ion
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: alrosm]
      #5072337 - 02/14/12 03:49 PM

Why is the counterweight shaft threaded? It's hard to imagine a more tedious method of installing (and uninstalling) counterweights than having to screw them on to a long bolt. What's the point?



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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: ion]
      #5072525 - 02/14/12 06:08 PM

I can only assume it's a "safety measure." You can't accidentally drop a counterweight on your toe by not tightening the set screw and leaving off the toe saver if your counterweights are threaded. Never mind the fact that you are probably more likely to drop the counterweight on your toe while threading it onto the shaft in the first place...

Could by wrong. Perhaps someone else has an idea why one might set it up this way...


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jrcrillyAdministrator
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: Jared]
      #5072626 - 02/14/12 07:19 PM

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Perhaps someone else has an idea why one might set it up this way...




I like the fact that the weight can't accidentally be dropped while adjusting its position. I also like the ease and precision of adjusting the weights with one hand.


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Alph
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: ion]
      #5072697 - 02/14/12 08:10 PM

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Why is the counterweight shaft threaded? It's hard to imagine a more tedious method of installing (and uninstalling) counterweights than having to screw them on to a long bolt. What's the point?





For easy and precision balancing.

Oh forgot to mention. The CW has a button. When you push it in then you can slide the CW.

Edited by Alph (02/14/12 08:12 PM)


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ion
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Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: Alph]
      #5074202 - 02/15/12 06:00 PM

Thanks for explaining. I read the marketing brochure too but am not really buying it. In my experience counterweights don't fly off the shaft often enough to require screwing them on to a long bolt over 20 times to mount them (according to the stock photo) and another 20 spins to take off--every single setup. Also one spends so little time balancing that the extended setup and teardown don't seem worth any ease and precision gained in an already simple task.

My two cents...


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yweln
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Reged: 08/05/11

Re: Meade's new LX800... new [Re: ion]
      #5074212 - 02/15/12 06:04 PM

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In my experience counterweights don't fly off the shaft often enough to require screwing them on to a long bolt over 20 times to mount them (according to the stock photo) and another 20 spins to take off--every single setup.




There's a quick release button on the counterweights that allow you to slide them up and down the shafts quickly. The threading allows for small adjustments with one hand. There's already a safety cap that goes on the end of the shaft, so the "dropping it on your toe" issue is already addressed.

Personally I like the threaded shaft approach. Allows for very small adjustments without a lot of effort.

Edit: It's the same quick release button on the counterweights that Meade already uses with the Maxmount.

Edited by yweln (02/15/12 06:06 PM)


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