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Reged: 11/14/09

Loc: Florida
Re: LX80 tripod failure (another) new [Re: Mkofski]
      #5793696 - 04/12/13 01:36 AM

I don't work for Meade, don't own their stock and have very little invested in Meade products. I think you'd be hard pressed to call me a "fan boy".

We have evidence that two mount plates on a new product failed. We don't know how many have sold. We don't know if the manufacturing process had couple of random issues during startup that only came to light in use.

We do know that there are a lot of people here anxious to disparage American engineering, Meade for supposedly trying to supposedly save $1 on manufactured costs and wanting to give Meade no credit for replacing the damaged part under warranty at no cost to the customer.

If you read these forums long enough, and I have, you would never buy anything from Meade, never buy a CGEM or CGE, never buy a newer Vixen mount or an Ioptron.

The only thing to buy is a used CG5, oh wait, the periodic error is so huge and can't be corrected that its only good for visual, maybe.

That leaves only AP and, if you can't afford AP, well then you need a different hobby.

Its a lot of elitist nonsense.

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Re: LX80 tripod failure (another) [Re: jimb1001]
      #5794041 - 04/12/13 09:47 AM

That is true to some extent. If you take what you read here too seriously, you'd never buy anything but a Bisque or AP, and might be nervous then.

HOWEVER...sometimes smoke = fire, and in the case of the 80, I'm afraid it does. Not that it couldn't be improved fairly easily--Meade just has to choose to do that.

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