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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new
      #5820042 - 04/24/13 03:29 PM

It has been a journey! It started with a small, solid built spotting scope at 5 years old, Tasco 60mm at 10, Criterion RV-6 at 12 (A HUGE MOMENT IN MY LIFE), and as an adult Meade 8" Newtonian, 10" LX200 and ETX-125.

Now I am taking the next big step up. My 14" LX850 has been shipped! Woo hoo! Now like everyone else the thrill of tracking this puppy has kicked in!

I came close to getting the Celestron 14" CGE Pro, but Meade won me over based on the optics, the new mount, reviews, customer service (I have worked with Meade in the past and have been very pleased!), and Starlock and it's turnkey solution.

I am the class of user who is highly technical (I really am a rocket scientist and did not even stay at a Holiday Inn Express), likes to play around with technology, however I am so busy I don't have time to tinker with the guts and build my own solution. I want it to work out of the box, so to speak. My pleasure is in sharing the night sky, visual, video and AP - I don't want to spend time tinkering with the telescope to make it work nor use duct tape in a pinch.

So this big questions to be answered when it arrives:
* Is it really turnkey?
* I am NOT a pro with AP, but will the LX850 make it easier getting there (I do have a Canon 60Da).
* Quality? Workmanship?
* Will it consume all my time just maintaining this puppy? Or will it consume all my time because I am freaking observing all the time!?!?
* How portable is portable? Note - I do plan on putting this telescope in the soon to be release PodMax Dome.
* Will my wife be as excited as me? Or use this as an excuse to purchase another Horse, Horse Trailer, etc?

Yes, I know this potentially can become a religious discussion (Meade vs. Celestron, SCT vs. Refractor, etc), but hopefully this can become pleasant.

Also, Kudos to Woodland Hills Camera for their service and support!

I will likely write a review or do the blog thing if this gets too extensive. Also, curious as to other LX850 owner responses as they chime in. Needless to say I am very excited!


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Momerath
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Reged: 05/31/11

Loc: Upstate SC,
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5820731 - 04/24/13 08:07 PM

Its a BIG scope. How you enjoy it!!! Post some pics when it arrives, and congrats

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WesC
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Reged: 02/06/13

Loc: La Crescenta, CA
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Momerath]
      #5820756 - 04/24/13 08:29 PM

Congrats! I couldn't afford to go that big, I just got my shipping notification on my new CGEM 1100 HD. Yay new scopes!

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Bill Barlow
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Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5820791 - 04/24/13 08:50 PM

Andrew, I share your excitement when a new scope is on the way. I hope you enjoy it very much. I own both a Meade 8" and 12" ACF OTA's and both are great visual scopes. Let us know your impressions on this mount and OTA.

Bill


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budman1961
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Reged: 02/25/11

Loc: Springfield, MO
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #5821158 - 04/25/13 12:43 AM

Congratulation! I'm eagerly awaiting you first light report!

Andy


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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! [Re: budman1961]
      #5821210 - 04/25/13 02:00 AM

I now have the tracking information...the telescope has traveled from San Diego to Chula Vista. Yeah not to far! Projected delivery date - 4/29/13. THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS.

And yes I will post all the unpacking photos and goodies!

Weather forecast for all next week - warm, sunny and CLEAR. Very low humidity. I will get to test this baby right out of the box!

I will be unable to sleep for the next few days.


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Qwickdraw
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Reged: 03/03/12

Loc: Ann Arbor, MI
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5821982 - 04/25/13 12:40 PM

Gratz Andrew !

Enjoy


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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5826348 - 04/27/13 01:39 PM

The telescope is in Albuquerque, just 5 miles from me, BUT...will be delivered on Monday. More sleepless nights!

Still, time to clean the garage. And the forecast for next week looks quite good!


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shawnhar
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Reged: 06/25/10

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Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5826763 - 04/27/13 05:12 PM

Congrats! That is a MONSTER scope! I left the Astronomy magazine back page ad for that scope on my night stand for about 2 months, I would drool over it before I went to sleep each night. lol
I don't think I would call it "portable" though, the mount alone weighs 130 pounds!


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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: shawnhar]
      #5826794 - 04/27/13 05:39 PM

Yeah, fully loaded it is at LEAST a +270 lb kit, yikes!

I will be recruiting helpers assembling and disassembling lol.

However by August it will be going into an observatory at my home.


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jrcrillyAdministrator
Refractor wienie no more
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Reged: 04/30/03

Loc: NE Ohio
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: shawnhar]
      #5826797 - 04/27/13 05:39 PM

Quote:

I don't think I would call it "portable" though, the mount alone weighs 130 pounds!




It isn't THAT heavy; maybe 50 pounds. Might get to 130 pounds if you include the tripod and counterweights.


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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5826806 - 04/27/13 05:45 PM



OTA = 63 lbs
Starlock = 2.9 lbs
Tripod = 36 lbs
Mount = 60 lbs
Counterweight Shaft & Cap = 17.8 lbs
Counterweights = 78 lbs

Total weight...257.7 lbs, not including ep, cameras, other goodies..

Sounds rock solid. I will find out on Monday, yay!


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jrcrillyAdministrator
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Loc: NE Ohio
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5826820 - 04/27/13 05:49 PM Attachment (65 downloads)

Anyone wanna see a quickie test image from an AT12RC on an LX850 mount?

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jrcrillyAdministrator
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Reged: 04/30/03

Loc: NE Ohio
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5826834 - 04/27/13 05:57 PM

Quote:

* Is it really turnkey?




It does pretty well on its own. For an initial test last night, I used the assisted polar alignment, then let it do an automatic guider setup, then let it do an auto PEC training and update, then let it guide. No real operator input required. Did OK.


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WadeH237
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Reged: 02/24/07

Loc: Snohomish, WA
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5826864 - 04/27/13 06:15 PM

Very nice!



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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! [Re: WadeH237]
      #5830746 - 04/29/13 05:23 PM

THE LX850 is here! Epic unpacking and setting up has commenced!

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geminijk
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Reged: 04/03/08

Loc: TN
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5830751 - 04/29/13 05:25 PM

Congrats Spacetravelerx!

John


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WesC
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 02/06/13

Loc: La Crescenta, CA
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! [Re: geminijk]
      #5830774 - 04/29/13 05:37 PM

Sweet! Have fun!

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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! [Re: WesC]
      #5831101 - 04/29/13 08:59 PM

Folks I will have a more "detailed" review/comment later on, however I will say the LX850 is AMAZING.

Initial takes:
* MASSIVE. Pictures truly do not convey the size of this thing.
* Motors hum with POWER.
* ROCK SOLID!
* OTA is VERY well thought out.
* So far appears to be a complete solution!

Meade appears to be onto something with the LX850. My suspicion is Meade's new optics will put to shame the Celestron Edge HD system - at f/8 with a flat field, no coma and handles large CCD chips this will be very interesting. Plus they appear to have the mirror ship, flop all taken care of. Weather might cooperate tonight. Stay tuned!


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wolfman_4_ever
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 07/15/11

Loc: El Segundo, Ca, So. Cal
Re: LX850 Shipping! The next journey begins! [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5831194 - 04/29/13 10:00 PM

Quote:


Meade appears to be onto something with the LX850. My suspicion is Meade's new optics will put to shame the Celestron Edge HD system




They are on to something.. Hopefully not bankruptcy..

Do a search.. on ACF Vs. Edge. You will get a bunch of hits just here on CN about the ACF and Edge. Based on reviews, specification, etc The ACF (which is a few years old by the way.. not new at all) is no where near the quality of the Edge series.

Maybe for visual:

Quote:

I own both a Meade 8" and 12" ACF OTA's and both are great visual scopes.




And this is how information is skewed:

Quote:

at f/8 with a flat field, no coma and handles large CCD chips this will be very interesting.




Here, I'll help.

The ACF only corrects for coma.. The Edge corrects for coma and give a flat field to the edge..

Sorry to burst your bubble..

You'll need a flatner for full frame ccd work..

Here's one from astronomics (Our wonderful host/sponser will even give you a discount!) to take you to f5 and flatten the field

f/5 reducer/field flattener for Meade LX600/800ACF f/8 catadioptrics

Quote
"As far as the HD vs ACF goes, the HD approach is better according to everything I have read. Apparently you have to have a corrector lens, as celestron used, to properly correct for the various aberrations in an SCT. Just reshaping the secondary is not enough." As the ACF does.

"The Meade ACF addresses coma but does not produce a flat field. It manages to do this with just the traditional two mirrors and a corrector. The Celestron EdgeHD produces both a coma free field and a very flat field--good enough for a 42mm imaging circle. It does this with the inclusion of a field lens in the baffle tube. "

Oh.. and the edge can go to f2 with a hyperstar..

So break out the

I know you are excited and all (as I would be) but Ge-Bus Let's keep the facts to facts and BS on the side of BS... It appears you are an engineer.. I think you can appreciate that.

Oh.. Congrats on the new scope! Have fun. DON'T LOOK AT THE SUN! and use the new satellite safari!

Signed.. The Mad Meade Hatter


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