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ahopp
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LX850 Poll
      #5712070 - 03/04/13 08:27 AM

I have a 14" LX850 on its way, should be here next week if all goes well with Meade production. However, the 10" and 12" models have been shipping for weeks now.

I would like to know who has received one and what size?

Tony


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Spacetravelerx
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5712629 - 03/04/13 02:21 PM

Are you on the recall list (ala LX800) or is yours a brand new order to begin with?

I was told to wait until May for my 14" LX850, but I am hearing it might be coming in much sooner. I am very curious how this post pans out.


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5713089 - 03/04/13 06:36 PM

I am one of the recall customers, I have been informed that I will be in the first 14" OTA lot.

Tony


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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5714633 - 03/05/13 02:53 PM

I've been told that my 14" is ready to go. I was asked to box up my beta unit and await the truck that will come to pick it up. I made it very clear that since this weekend is the Messier Marathon and my clubs site is expected to be really busy, I wanted to be SURE I'd have the new one by the weekend or I'd like to hang on to the one I have until next week.

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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5714726 - 03/05/13 03:46 PM

I too was informed that my 14" is on its way. I am in N.C. so i doubt I will see mine 'til next week, probably towards the end of the week.

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5716348 - 03/06/13 01:04 PM

Preparing my budget to get the LX 850 14".

Just called Meade distributor in Saudi about the availability of the scope.


was hesitating between LX850 14" VS CGE Pro 14" but settled on the first choice because of the mount,, read the new 1x850 using machined brass instead of aluminum to provide more stability.



Hoping to wake up my atik 383l+ soon


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Altayer]
      #5725359 - 03/11/13 08:31 AM

I received my 10" LX850 at the end of February, and have had two good nights with it so far (I have been traveling since then). It performed beautifully once I had it properly aligned. The first night out I wanted so badly to get an image that I badly aligned it (should have done an extra pass). The second night, I used my CCD to center object instead of the reticle, and I was able to do a much better job -- I didn't try the drift method yet -- that will happen when I get back to the scope. I plan to leave the mount up and cover it after that -- it is fairly heavy, and the only way you can store it in the original box is to set it back to 0-degrees.

For the second night, I was able to get my AO-8 into the mix -- the Starlock Guided so well that the guide star I used for my AO-8 stayed on the chip at the very edge of it's FOV and just the AO-8 miror was used for tilt -- not the guide motors.

Here are links to my two images from it. M81 was first light, M51 was the next night.
http://home.comcast.net/~gspie/astroweb/m81.html
http://home.comcast.net/~gspie/astroweb/m51.html


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: GlennS]
      #5730338 - 03/13/13 01:15 PM

My 14" will be here Tuesday, the 19th. It shipped via YRC Freight.

Tony


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5731809 - 03/14/13 09:01 AM

She just hit Albuquerque!!!

Tony


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DrOxygen
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5732103 - 03/14/13 11:49 AM

I'm almost as excited as you are and I don't even have one on order. Don't go and forget pictures with all the excitement.

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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: DrOxygen]
      #5732107 - 03/14/13 11:51 AM

Pictures and reports, promise...

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5734009 - 03/15/13 12:15 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5734019 - 03/15/13 12:21 PM

You are not the least bit excited are you?

Btw, it didn't start in Cali. Starts in Mexico.


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5734034 - 03/15/13 12:28 PM

Yes I am, and, according to Meade they tested and finished them in California, but, you are right, they were manufactured in Mexico.

Tony


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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5734056 - 03/15/13 12:41 PM

Oh? I had not heard that. Every discussion I've had with them these very many months have been that they are assembled and tested in Mexico and shipped direct. My original Lx800 came straight from Mexico as did my LX850 beta unit.

My most recent email with on of their VP's, when I asked about the status of my 14, was that he would contact the guys down in Mexico and find out about it.
If they are in deed shipping them to Irvine for a final test that would be great and most welcome in my opinion but it doesn't seem likely. I'll hopefully hear something today on it and I'll ask for clarification.

Irvine is a 45 minute drive from me. I would hand deliver their beta unit back to them and pick up my new one. This really has me curious about what is going on. I called their support earlier to ask about mine. They could not find my order. That doesn't bode well for me. I've left voice mails and emails that haven't been returned either. I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt that they are just really busy and my stuff is being handled but I am getting very frustrated.

Edited by Whichwayisnorth (03/15/13 12:45 PM)


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5734449 - 03/15/13 04:26 PM

Maybe I should restate, it was my impression that they came thru California, only because Carlos mentioned the broken 14" optical bench was in California. Maybe he meant to say Mexico.

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5735038 - 03/15/13 09:41 PM

Mine had a Chihuahua in the box

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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5735975 - 03/16/13 11:00 AM

I just confirmed with the freight company, the scope was picked up by them in San Diego. So, not sure how it got to San Diego from Mexico. Or, whether it went to Meade CA first.

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5736098 - 03/16/13 11:51 AM

San Diego is the stop over once it comes across the border and clears customs. They are then sent out from there.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5737253 - 03/16/13 08:58 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5739800 - 03/17/13 10:23 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Just about here:

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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5740950 - 03/18/13 03:22 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

And, now we are in the home stretch:

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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5740984 - 03/18/13 03:40 PM

I don't think Tony is going to get much sleep tonight or tomorrow night.

Very excited for you!


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5740999 - 03/18/13 03:49 PM

We boys never grow up, do we !

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cn register 5
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5741005 - 03/18/13 03:53 PM

All that happens is that our toys get more expensive

Chris


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: cn register 5]
      #5741044 - 03/18/13 04:08 PM

Indeed...

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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5741068 - 03/18/13 04:19 PM

Instead of a motorcycle I have a telescope. Much safer but then again there aren't many pretty girls hanging around the telescope fields. At least not any around here.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5741350 - 03/18/13 06:22 PM

Quote:

...but then again there aren't many pretty girls hanging around the telescope fields.



Good thing, I'd never hear the end of it if there were.


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Mantis707
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Mike7Mak]
      #5741542 - 03/18/13 07:43 PM

So cool! Thanks for the updates...I feel like I'm the one getting this package HAHA

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Mantis707]
      #5741594 - 03/18/13 08:04 PM

ahopp
You should do a unboxing video .


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: WYO100]
      #5741980 - 03/18/13 10:41 PM

I will definitely take photos. Not sure about a video, the camera does not love me...

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5742130 - 03/19/13 12:54 AM

That's okay photos are the next best thing.
Bet you can't wait for tomorrow! .
I'm still waiting for my 14 LX850 to ship:(


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: WYO100]
      #5742369 - 03/19/13 07:31 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

And finally, en-route to final destination:

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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5742767 - 03/19/13 11:54 AM

Tony you need to start preparing for whatever ritual keeps bad weather away. All of this new equipment all at once is sure to bring in a hurricane to North Carolina.

Edited by Whichwayisnorth (03/19/13 11:54 AM)


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5742998 - 03/19/13 01:42 PM

Yes, I do have some concern about that. Do not want to be blamed for death and destruction.

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5743145 - 03/19/13 02:51 PM

Quote:

Yes, I do have some concern about that. Do not want to be blamed for death and destruction.

Tony




I am just down the road from Tony and we had quite the mid March Thunderstorm last night. I think the intensity of bad weather when you buy new equipment varies exponentially with the size of the scope you bought. I predict that the first Hurricane of the year will be named Anthony and it will head straight up I-40 North-West and bound for the Triangle.

Just kidding. I am sure these clouds that suddenly appeared when Tony's scope hit NC will clear sometime next week or perhaps later this month.


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mpgxsvcd
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5743151 - 03/19/13 02:54 PM

Quote:

I will definitely take photos. Not sure about a video, the camera does not love me...

Tony




I will do the video if you provide the beer? The camera doesn't love me either. However, after a few beers I won't care.

Is there an online manual for the LX850? Sometimes it is easier to search through a digital manual rather than the paper manual.


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #5743198 - 03/19/13 03:13 PM

Travis, if you want to do a video, you will have to come over tomorrow at noon, when the scope is scheduled to arrive. Otherwise, I will have it all ripped open and splayed all over the ground.

And, yes, there is a PDF for the LX850:

http://www.meade.com/software-manuals/telescope-manuals/lx-series

Tony


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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5743236 - 03/19/13 03:29 PM

Tomorrow? I thought it was today(Tuesday). Sad feelings for you.

Mine *might* ship out tomorrow. If it does there is the smallest chance I might get it Friday or Monday. The way my luck has gone though I fully expect April.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5743314 - 03/19/13 04:00 PM

I just hope to be able to evaluate it in time for a meaningful conversation with Meade at NEAF about any issues...

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5743525 - 03/19/13 05:36 PM

Quote:

I just hope to be able to evaluate it in time for a meaningful conversation with Meade at NEAF about any issues...




John, When do you expect to get yours?


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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5743670 - 03/19/13 06:32 PM

I know, very frustrating. It did not make the local delivery truck this morning. It is sitting less than 30 minutes from my house. I asked if I could come get it and they said NO!

It will be here tomorrow at noon, she promised...

Glad to hear that you are getting traction on yours.

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5743775 - 03/19/13 07:06 PM

Quote:

John, When do you expect to get yours?




Dunno. I look every day for tracking info but nothing so far. I think the order is about 60 days old, so once the LX800 replacements are all delivered mine should be among the next up.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5744655 - 03/20/13 08:24 AM

She is out for delivery!!!

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5744665 - 03/20/13 08:31 AM



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ahopp
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5745263 - 03/20/13 02:24 PM

Driver just called, will be here in 20 minutes!!!

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5745375 - 03/20/13 03:17 PM

You know what they say about watching the tea kettle boil

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5745393 - 03/20/13 03:27 PM

Quote:

Driver just called, will be here in 20 minutes!!!




Hey, it's been over an hour now. Do you have it? You wouldn't be opening boxes or anything like that, would you?


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5745418 - 03/20/13 03:36 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Driver just called, will be here in 20 minutes!!!




Hey, it's been over an hour now. Do you have it? You wouldn't be opening boxes or anything like that, would you?




It would probably take me a week to unload two pallets and unpack 9 boxes!


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5745448 - 03/20/13 03:45 PM

Is that how many boxes the LX850 comes in or is there a hidden joke that my tired brain is having difficulty grasping?

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5745479 - 03/20/13 03:53 PM

Quote:

Is that how many boxes the LX850 comes in or is there a hidden joke that my tired brain is having difficulty grasping?




No first-hand knowledge here (yet), but that's how the shipment was described by another recipient. My personal record is 5 boxes (Meade 178ED/LXD750 combo). When I shipped the NJP, that took 5 boxes just for the mount, tripod, and accessories - but I didn't have factory boxes for that.

Edited by jrcrilly (03/20/13 03:54 PM)


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5745498 - 03/20/13 04:00 PM

1. ota 2. tripod 3. mount 4,5,6 counterweights, 7. counterweight shaft 8. eyepiece, diagonal, focuser etc 9. ac adapter.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5745506 - 03/20/13 04:05 PM

Quote:

1. ota 2. tripod 3. mount 4,5,6 counterweights, 7. counterweight shaft 8. eyepiece, diagonal, focuser etc 9. ac adapter.




Not to hijack the thread, but in what condition did the counterweights and shaft boxes arrive? I saw a salvage site offering some weights and shafts in damaged packing; must have been replaced by Meade. They still have the C/W shafts. Someone bought the weights.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5745511 - 03/20/13 04:08 PM

I did not take into account this was a complete system including OTA and focuser. Actually 2 OTAs now that I think about it.

Good luck all future owners. I get the feeling current beta testers were more diligent or Meade just plain listened to them more carefuly. If you like to gamble now is the time to buy Meade stock.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5745754 - 03/20/13 05:40 PM

I'm afraid Anthony's 850 may have been the victim of one of those rogue drone airstrikes I've been reading about.

Rogue Drone Airstrikes

Mar

Edited by GooglyEyes (03/20/13 05:47 PM)


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: GooglyEyes]
      #5746128 - 03/20/13 08:12 PM Attachment (49 downloads)

OK, you asked for it:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746129 - 03/20/13 08:13 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

Mount box, Stormy is actual size:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746135 - 03/20/13 08:14 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

Mount box contents, did I mention Stormy is 6"1':

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746136 - 03/20/13 08:14 PM

so jealous

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Mantis707]
      #5746139 - 03/20/13 08:15 PM Attachment (49 downloads)

Accessories and parts:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746143 - 03/20/13 08:16 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

Mount w/counter weights:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746145 - 03/20/13 08:17 PM Attachment (77 downloads)

WOW!:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746149 - 03/20/13 08:18 PM Attachment (68 downloads)

She scares me a little:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746152 - 03/20/13 08:19 PM Attachment (70 downloads)

That extra knob is the mirror lock:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746197 - 03/20/13 08:36 PM

Including the serial and usb cable is new. I never got those.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746200 - 03/20/13 08:37 PM

Hey you figured out the "fish tool". I went through 3 test mounts before I figured out that you use that to fish the cables through the mount

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5746225 - 03/20/13 08:44 PM

Also, they did not pick up my counter weight shaft when they recalled the LX800. It has a much better end cap, so, I put that on the LX850 counter weight shaft.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5746235 - 03/20/13 08:45 PM

Tony great job and wish You the best of luck with the new stuff and hope all works well, stormy looks great too by the way.
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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746253 - 03/20/13 08:52 PM

Quote:

Also, they did not pick up my counter weight shaft when they recalled the LX800. It has a much better end cap, so, I put that on the LX850 counter weight shaft.

Tony




You lucky sob. I've been BEGGING for that old stainless cap. I am so jealous right now.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5746324 - 03/20/13 09:22 PM


That sure is a beautiful looking mount and 'scope. Thank you for the telescope porn.

I hope the 'scope/mount is everything you were looking for.

Mar


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: GooglyEyes]
      #5746519 - 03/20/13 10:45 PM

Thanks Mar, I hope so too.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5746528 - 03/20/13 10:51 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

Yes, BrokeAstronomer, I am a lucky S.O.B.

I am thinking about changing my signature to include the stainless steel shaft cap as a separate piece of gear, it is awesome, and, provides additional weight. Feels like about 5#s:

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746535 - 03/20/13 10:55 PM

Also, did you notice the 2 lock nuts on the shaft, they were not part of the LX800. I like them. You can lock the counter weights in one place. Not that I think they would have moved, nice touch. I think they are a very dense nylon. But, much harder than I have ever seen. Maybe some other material.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746574 - 03/20/13 11:12 PM

Yep, they keep the weights from shifting/rattling.

As to the stainless end cap:

When I had the lx800 I ended up putting one of those stick on pads, the kind that you put on the bottom of chair legs to keep them from scratching hardwood floors, down into the hole so that the cap would not tighten up so much as to get stuck. I've had it stuck on there a few times before I did that. Just a pro-tip for you.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5746585 - 03/20/13 11:19 PM

That's the same CW shaft cap they use on the max mount. Just tried out, yep, it fits.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5746702 - 03/21/13 12:28 AM

Congratulations. Looks good im sure it works good too.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5746824 - 03/21/13 02:26 AM

Congrats Tony! Looks like a winner!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: frozen.kryo]
      #5746893 - 03/21/13 04:52 AM

Congratulations Tony!

I am curious to know if you were able to sleep like a baby after all this unpacking and assembly or full awake all night for the sake of a first light instead

This is a beautiful rig indeed.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5746924 - 03/21/13 06:11 AM

it's true what they say!

the position of the RA and DEC motors, the position of the cables on the RA and DEC motors, and the logo on top of the RA motor....

all remind me of one particular mount.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5746976 - 03/21/13 07:09 AM

BrokeAstronomer, thanks for the tip, just put a furniture foot pad in the hole.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5746981 - 03/21/13 07:16 AM

Jason, that cap tip may be the one idea that I was ever able to give you, yet I will keep taking your sage advice for many years to come.

Question, does the ACF have a corrector in the baffle tub, I do not think it does, just wanted to make sure? I am having a custom CAT Cooler made and they were asking. I looked into both ends of the scope and do not see one, but, maybe it is just really clear glass.

Thanks again for all the info you have provided on the LX850 over that last few months.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5746985 - 03/21/13 07:20 AM

Sedat, slept like a baby, 'cuz I was exhausted. Have not wheeled it outside yet, will do that tonight for first light. Very excited...It will be clear with good transparency, seeing not so much, temperatures in the high 40s, I'll take it for first light...

Curse Brocken? I did slaughter a chicken before the scope arrived...(not really)

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5746988 - 03/21/13 07:21 AM

orlyandico, not sure I follow?

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5747020 - 03/21/13 07:48 AM

You deserved that sleep sir! After the tense and loong wait and all the assembly, it wouldn't be a good idea to stay awake last night.

I am sorry for the chicken but happy to hear you gonna have a nice clear sky tonite.

I can imagine you will go to your imaginary moon, jupiter etc all day long

Have fun!


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5747030 - 03/21/13 07:59 AM

Tony,
When the first photos of the LX800 prototype came out, there was much discussion on ap-ug about the many design similarities (in fact nearly identical) to the Mach1.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5747103 - 03/21/13 09:00 AM

I know this was mentioned earlier, but I forgot the answer so I will ask again. Is this mount cast or machined? I find cast parts heavier and more prone to breaking IF IMPROPERLY HANDLED. They are durable enough for normal use, but are less resistant to abuse.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5747153 - 03/21/13 09:18 AM

Hilmi, This mount is machined from aluminum and stainless steel. Quote from Meade site:

"German Equatorial Mount made from machined aluminum and stainless steel with large bearing surfaces and roller bearings in both axes for an extremely solid and stable platform."

They are not exaggerating, this mount is built like a tank...

I will conduct 'first light' tonight and report back.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5747684 - 03/21/13 01:53 PM

Tony, nothing in the baffle tube.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5747865 - 03/21/13 03:36 PM

Is it tonight yet? (Times zone difference and all that)

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5747918 - 03/21/13 04:01 PM

It's still a few hours off.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Griffin!]
      #5747987 - 03/21/13 04:26 PM

Sun sets here at 7:29pm, Chapel Hill N.C.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5748600 - 03/21/13 09:48 PM

Still waiting for my 14" LX850

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Awesomelenny]
      #5748806 - 03/21/13 11:52 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Quote:

Still waiting for my 14" LX850




Are you whining again, Len?

You aren't even going to put it on the right mount; you'll probably have issues with that brand-X mount carrying it.

I'm making progress here; no shipping info on the mount but I did pick up some extra counterweights to use if it does ever arrive...

Edited by jrcrilly (03/25/13 08:10 PM)


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5751758 - 03/23/13 12:15 PM

Very good John! Yea ... and you need to get that Tak back to your place to put it back on your setup with this LX850 mount!!!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5753439 - 03/24/13 09:22 AM

I didn't either -- I had to call about them. Both cables are mentioned in the manual (they were for the LX-800 too). the cables got to me about three days after asking for them.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: GlennS]
      #5754505 - 03/24/13 05:17 PM

Any new "news" on the LX850 performance, usage, etc?

I am on the proverbial waiting list also for the 14" LX850. However a dealer told me he was betting there would be still problems with the LX850 and not to count on getting one due to Meade's resulting demise.

So far I have seen folks get their LX850, but outside of the few beta user comments I have not heard a word about real use of the scope. How are the views visually? Everything working? How is the astrophotography going? How do you feel about the investment?

I am personally rooting for Meade and this telescope, and have read the user manual from cover to cover. It seems to match all my needs.

So how are things with the LX850?

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5754992 - 03/24/13 09:17 PM

Andrew, do a search on my posts, I have been discussing this for a few days now. My 14" scope is awesome, still learning.

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5755124 - 03/24/13 10:30 PM

Tony

Forgive me if you have already answerd these questions,
I did a search and couldn't find anything.
How is the mount performing?
Have you had a chance to take any pictures?

Thanks
Tim.

Edited by WYO100 (03/25/13 10:14 AM)


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: WYO100]
      #5755139 - 03/24/13 10:41 PM

Tony,

I am now seeing all the posts out there. Lots of good feedback - and some interesting BB drama - yikes!

I can't wait to get mine!


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5756339 - 03/25/13 02:53 PM

WYO100, Tim, they are in this very thread, simply look at previous pages, its all there.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5756851 - 03/25/13 07:21 PM

Quote:

WYO100, Tim, they are in this very thread, simply look at previous pages, its all there.





I too do not see anything about the mounts performance or if you have had a chance to get any data / images using the mount....I went through the thread....am I missing something? Sorry to bug you....I'm just curious about how the mount is performing, how starlock works, and your luck with imaging.


best of luck


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Mantis707]
      #5757704 - 03/26/13 08:45 AM

Sorry, misunderstood, I have not reported any mount performance data at this time, I have only had it out for one night. I was referring to optics(Stellar), mount fit and finish(beautiful and built like a tank), photos(you will see this thing is 'BIG') and support from Meade(quite good, in fact exceptional).

I am out of state right now, as soon as I get back and figure out the software that folks want data from, I will report the mount performance data too.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5763305 - 03/28/13 10:16 PM

I know I am going to jinx myself saying this out loud but... I got an email earlier from Meade indicating that my stuff is ready and will ship on Monday. Friday (tomorrow) customs is closed for the holiday or they would have shipped it then.

So if everything goes well I'll have it for the following weekend's club star party. I am looking forward to this and I'll be sure to post pictures etc.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5763659 - 03/29/13 05:27 AM

Look forward to your reviews; would you be relieved of your NDA obligations when you get it?

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: mmalik]
      #5764490 - 03/29/13 12:06 PM

Quote:

Look forward to your reviews; would you be relieved of your NDA obligations when you get it?




I would assume so. I will have to verify with my attorney. I would also assume that everything that transpired during the beta is still sealed but everything that happens after I get my production stuff isn't.

I'll host a google hangout with whomever wants to attend and I'll walk through every aspect from setup to imaging.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5764582 - 03/29/13 12:48 PM

Looking forward to the 'hangout'.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: ahopp]
      #5764624 - 03/29/13 01:01 PM

When I get it I am going to assemble it inside my house and do a fake alignment just to hear the motors run. Then I'll put together a complete list of everything I need to take with me out to the desert and then load up and go. I won't have time for the hangout until I get back. I'd love to do it at the site but the internet connection is limited and cell phone service is horrible. Lots of pictures though.

Tony I sent you a PM. Curious how you balanced your 80mm triplet in DEC. Did that sliding brick offer enough weight? I am currently searching for ideas.

I am thinking about ( this one ) and replacing the bolt with a longer one and maybe a big flat washer.

Edited by Whichwayisnorth (03/29/13 01:06 PM)


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5764703 - 03/29/13 01:30 PM

Quote:

When I get it I am going to assemble it inside my house and do a fake alignment just to hear the motors run.




That's prudent. I always do that before trying anything complicated with new gear, such as taking it to a remote site or dragging it up into the observatory. If there's an issue I want to catch it early!

Rumor has it that my mount will ship Monday. It'll probably take 7 days or more to make it to the wilds of Ohio, though. Might be another day or two before I can get it home (having it delivered to a friend's house because there's nobody here during the day to accept a freight shipment).


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5764857 - 03/29/13 02:21 PM

BrokeAstronomer,

I had no problems balancing the scopes. This is what I had on the mount:

14" ACF f/8
Starlock
8x50 Finder Scope
80mm Meade 6000 80mm Triplet APO
MallinCam Xtreme with cooling assembly

Here is how I balanced it:

14" scope 1/2" from being flush w/losmandy dove tail
Starlock on top of 14" flush with back of plate
Finder on 14"
80mm on Saddle plate next to 14" flush with back of plate
Starlock counter weight fully extended
3x26# counter weights 2 1/2" from bottom of counter weight shaft
Counter weight end cap (5#s)

Perfectly balance with zero motor strain...

Tony


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5765237 - 03/29/13 04:51 PM

I am very much looking forward to your review!

...I am pretty sure that a bunch of people are looking forward to it, but I just wanted to say it. You have been very patient with Meade, and I am looking forward to seeing your results.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: WadeH237]
      #5774106 - 04/02/13 09:17 PM

Ah-HA! I just received confirmation from the transportation company that my stuff will be here tomorrow!! I had to back out of a family trip to the beach tomorrow so I could be home but at least this year long ordeal will finally be over.

I'll post pics/videos of the unboxing at some point. I'll also, depending on weather, be heading out to my clubs site Thursday - Sunday so I hope I'll have lots of great pictures to post.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5774219 - 04/02/13 09:47 PM

Congrats; look forward to your reviews. Good luck!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5774317 - 04/02/13 10:22 PM

I think you will have a lot of people looking forward to your videos.
I can't wait. Good luck with your tests.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: sphelps]
      #5774364 - 04/02/13 10:53 PM

I've been following your very patient wait for you're scope I hope the wait is justified and wish you the best. I'm looking forward to your review and pics. Mostly congratulations on your purchase. It looks like it will be a great scope. for me I'm waiting for reviews. I'm almost as excited as you are!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: DrOxygen]
      #5774411 - 04/02/13 11:16 PM

Best of luck, you're due!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: herrointment]
      #5774555 - 04/03/13 12:45 AM

congrats....looking forward to any reviews!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Mantis707]
      #5774629 - 04/03/13 02:17 AM

Great news!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5775932 - 04/03/13 04:27 PM

Had a little glitch in my Wednesday delivery. Seems that the transport service requires an appointment to be made to make sure someone is home to sign for it. I had called to get an update on when it would arrive but they had some trouble finding me as they have a new computer system. After about 45 minutes they finally found it and explained it would be tomorrow (Thursday) between 8am and 12noon PST.

I am disappointed that I canceled plans with my family to wait for it but I should have known better.




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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5775988 - 04/03/13 05:00 PM

Weird

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5779941 - 04/05/13 03:41 PM Attachment (47 downloads)

LX85014

White 80mm APO Trip (lower) and 50mm finder (upper) are items I previously owned. I like the white better anyways.

Too many clouds until next week so I canceled my plans for a star party. Hopefully I'll have it outside Monday-ish.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5779976 - 04/05/13 03:56 PM

I love those new tubes.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5779979 - 04/05/13 03:58 PM

Michael,

What a great looking setup! Look forward to your results.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5780343 - 04/05/13 07:00 PM

Congrats; look forward to your reviews. Regards

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: mmalik]
      #5781313 - 04/06/13 08:56 AM

Good things come to those who wait. Congrats on the new setup. Looks fabulous!

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5781782 - 04/06/13 12:36 PM

Looks like a lot of stuff on a little mount. How is it handling?

-Rich


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5781828 - 04/06/13 12:54 PM

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Looks like a lot of stuff on a little mount. How is it handling?

-Rich




I am concerned about it as well. I haven't been outside with it yet to test. Tony has pretty much the same setup as far as weight goes and hasn't had any issues that I know of. He is out this weekend so hopefully he will have something to say about it when he gets back next week. Clouds and high winds here in my area through the middle of next week so for now I am just testing software. Keep in mind that the weight capacity of the mount is 90lbs of instrument weight. The OTA bare is listed on Meade's site at 63 pounds. My bathroom scale showed 57.5 pounds. Then add on the refractor, finder, starlock, and cameras and we are pushing it. My side by side configuration isn't going to be used when I am solely imaging on the 14". Typically I'll do this when I am online broadcasting so I can show a widefield and narrow field view. I'll remove everything except Starlock when I get serious about long exposures with the 14. At least that's the plan. We'll see what is necessary and what isn't. Jason didn't seem to have issues with the 14" but he didn't overload it either. Glen also did just fine. We'll see later in the week.

Edit/Update: As I feared the three supplied counterweights are not enough with all these things on the mount. I just added my two cameras. While the DSLR and .8x flattener/reducer doesn't add much weight, the QSI camera does! I took off the plastic end cap and threaded the three weights as far as I felt I could and it is still OTA heavy. by a few pounds. Going by Tony's example I am hopeful that the stainless cap will in fact balance it.

Edit#2: I am also not using the Meade electric focuser. I may end up doing that but I'll probably go third party on it and keep the Meade focuser NIB.

Edited by Whichwayisnorth (04/06/13 03:00 PM)


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5782030 - 04/06/13 02:58 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Canon T1i, Astrotech .8x flat/reducer, Qsi 683, Baader Quicklock.

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5782083 - 04/06/13 03:51 PM

I am using three large and one of the smaller (22 lb?) weight and I dont have the weight of the extra refracted you do. The prototype mount I had saw a slight increase in PE with that much weight. The production mount seems unaffected. 7-8" raw.

Btw the latest version of starlock training PE soon to be released is as good as pempro if you do a train and a couple updates. Gets mine to 2" pp


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5782119 - 04/06/13 04:10 PM

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I am using three large and one of the smaller (22 lb?) weight and I dont have the weight of the extra refracted you do. The prototype mount I had saw a slight increase in PE with that much weight. The production mount seems unaffected. 7-8" raw.

Btw the latest version of starlock training PE soon to be released is as good as pempro if you do a train and a couple updates. Gets mine to 2" pp




Since I am no longer a beta tester I of course do not have access to that update. I look forward to its release.

If I may ask, why do you need 3x26lb + 1 22 pound? That seems like quite a bit. Is your imaging setup that heavy? I think I am close. I may need 5 or 6 more pounds to be balanced.


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5782219 - 04/06/13 05:15 PM

Focuser filter wheel and apogee camera. 3 almost gets it but not quite

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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: galaxy_jason]
      #5782488 - 04/06/13 07:35 PM

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Focuser filter wheel and apogee camera. 3 almost gets it but not quite




That is my feeling as well. 3 is close by no cigar. I'll re-evaluate my needs once the cap gets here. Again I don't plan to do any serious imaging with all of this on there. I will only shotgun he refractor when I am doing show and tell .


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5783115 - 04/07/13 04:48 AM

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Looks like a lot of stuff on a little mount.




Here... is Whichway's 12" setup; I felt the same at that time. I do feel this Mach1 style base makes things look quite disproportional. Let's see how it performs. Thx


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Re: LX850 Poll new [Re: mmalik]
      #5783655 - 04/07/13 12:01 PM

Well, the thing is, the Mach 1, whose design this is pretty obviously derived from, is rated at about half the capacity listed for the LX 850. And there's a reason why we've gotten used to seeing a certain size envelope in relation to mount size. Time will tell, I suppose. There definitely appears to be progress in the drive.

The price point is a barrier since it is so close to the Mach 1, and that seems to be what caused the ambitious capacity estimate, since it was conclusively shown there was no data to support that rating when it originally shipped. Where I'm coming from is that may end up being the root of needless problems. I see all these pictures of mounts dwarfed by their payloads and it looks like it may be trouble, and it's the mount which will get blamed.

-Rich


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