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Tank
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 07/27/09

Loc: Stoney Creek, Ontario, CANADA
What do you think? new
      #5362183 - 08/10/12 06:05 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Will this be a good setup or a bit unstable?
Meade 102 APO 14 lbs
SW 180 MAK 16 lbs
plus extras
on the LXD75
Just wondering i tested a bit in daytime but yet to test at night. I think it might be good!
What do you guys think?
Thanks for the feedback!


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Peter D.
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Reged: 02/09/12

Loc: Central New York
Re: What do you think? new [Re: Tank]
      #5362206 - 08/10/12 06:26 PM

It looks a trifle topheavy, but Meade originally sold it with a 30 lb 10" f/4 Schmidt-Newtonian and it's probably not any worse than that. It will be a little wiggly, but it might be tolerable for visual use as long as it's balanced. Try this: while maintaining a good grasp, tip it on the tripod and if you can move it a foot sidewise without it wanting to fall over, it will probably OK as long as the wind isn't blowing too hard. I doubt that it would be steady enough for high power astro-photography.

Good Luck,

Pete


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gillmj24
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Re: What do you think? new [Re: Peter D.]
      #5362240 - 08/10/12 07:05 PM

Visual should be fine but maybe a bit shaky... don't expect an easy road if you want to do astrophotography though.

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Cliff Hipsher
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Re: What do you think? new [Re: Tank]
      #5362255 - 08/10/12 07:15 PM

I think you need a 2nd mount.

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Nebhunter
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Reged: 10/04/03

Loc: Frostbite Falls
Re: What do you think? new [Re: Tank]
      #5362289 - 08/10/12 07:31 PM

For visual it might be OK - as long as there is no breeze. That's a lot of mass up there - and it looks like the CW's are maxed out on the shaft extension.

I might suggest doing a side by each setup. This would lower the centre of gravity and less CW required. Less wind resistance would also be a benefit. Just a thought.


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Tank
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 07/27/09

Loc: Stoney Creek, Ontario, CANADA
Re: What do you think? new [Re: Nebhunter]
      #5362338 - 08/10/12 07:46 PM

Peter
Its balanced there in the photo, thanks for the tips

gillmj24
not really going the astrophotograph way, just visual.

Cliff
If i got another mount it would be a Atlas or equivalet and i would get rid of the LXD75, the Tripod is a Super Meade Tripod with larger dia. legs than the original 1.5" legs.

Nebhumter
Yup its a extension on there and its maxed out
you might be right i might have to try out the side by side something like this

http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p5415_Starway-Parallelmontage-von-zwei-Optiken-auf-einer-Montierung.html


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orlyandico
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Re: What do you think? [Re: Tank]
      #5362342 - 08/10/12 07:47 PM

do note that the side-by-side (ADM sells one too - http://admaccessories.com/V_Series_SBS.htm) weighs a good bit too (5lb or so? the Losmandy side-by-side is 7lb).

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