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LTE
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Tripod for a Meade LS8 new
      #6141091 - 10/16/13 02:57 PM

I have a Meade LS8, which works well except that the settling down time is long, 4-5 seconds. I think this might be alleviated by using a heavier tripod: the existing light one appears adequate for the 6in model, but the small extra weight of the 8in + dewshield, heater and heavier eyepiece pushes it too far. I have seen a Standard field tripod as for the LX90/200, Meade part 07011, advertised. Does the LS head fit on this tripod?

Thank you, Tom.


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Re: Tripod for a Meade LS8 new [Re: LTE]
      #6142760 - 10/17/13 11:47 AM

No, but an adapter shouldn't be that hard to make. The adapter plate should be setup to bolt to the base of the LS8 and be threaded to accept the tripod's 1/2"-13TPI center bolt. Got'ta make one myself.

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Re: Tripod for a Meade LS8 new [Re: Geo.]
      #6146120 - 10/19/13 06:56 AM

Thanks, George. I see now that the LS mounting arrangement starts off like the LX series with a center bolt but then
has an additional unit with three bolts to secure the fork
assembly, like the Celestron SE and GPS telescopes.

Tom.


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Re: Tripod for a Meade LS8 [Re: LTE]
      #6148371 - 10/20/13 12:49 PM

I was TRYING to organize things in the basement and picked up a Meade wedge to ETX adapter, which have been selling at the Meade store for $5 (http://store.meade.com/meade-model-889-wedge-adapter-for-etx-125.html). I noticed that it has a 1/2" threaded post in the center. Should be easy to drill the three holes for the LS base, attach the #889 and then mount the assembly to the tripod's center bolt.

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