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Ham Radio
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De-fork 10" LX-50 new
      #6220904 - 11/28/13 08:51 AM

I have been toying with the idea of de-forking my LX-50 10 " and wondering which goto mount would be able to handle it. Cost is a factor so I would consider an older model of whatever will work.

Thanks for any input and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Rod


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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: Ham Radio]
      #6220926 - 11/28/13 09:03 AM

Or should I just find a set of LX-200 forks and use them??

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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: Ham Radio]
      #6220954 - 11/28/13 09:18 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

That is what I did Rod. I had the LX6 2120 10" and found a used LX200 mount for it ,extremely reasonably priced and it works great.
Now I am in the process of replacing all the caps for protection.

Edited by tim57064 (11/28/13 09:22 AM)


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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: tim57064]
      #6221089 - 11/28/13 10:34 AM

Did you have to make any modifications to the LX-200 mount, or did the scope just fit right in?

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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: Ham Radio]
      #6221099 - 11/28/13 10:38 AM

I had no problems with changing it over.All the screws mounted in the same holes from the mount to the scope.By the way it was a Classic to Classic refit.

Edited by tim57064 (11/28/13 10:39 AM)


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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: tim57064]
      #6223613 - 11/29/13 03:13 PM

I'd avoid the LX200 and look for an LX200GPS. Parts are getting scare for the LX200 and possible repairs are getting pretty steep. OTOH the 2120 weighs about 30# with a proper dovetail. Add another 5# for good measure, so we're looking at a mount that will handle at least a 40# payload.

In the cheap area ($650-700) you're pretty much limited to the non-goto Orion Atlas (Synta HEQ-6) For about a grand there's the goto Atlas or Celestron CGEM. At $1500 there's the CGEM-DX, Losmandy G11 (not Gemini) and the iOptron Q45. The $800 Meade LX80 would have been a good choice it it wasn't such a disaster. There's talk of a LX85 coming, but I wouldn't want to be an early adopter. I have a LX80 I picked up for $100 with bad electronics that I'm playing with to give you an idea of the value of that investment.

I've got a push to Orion Atlas, a Losmandy G11 and probably enough parts to convert your LX50 mount to Autostar goto for sale. PM me if interested.


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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: Geo.]
      #6224184 - 11/29/13 08:52 PM

Hi Rod

For what its worth I de-forked my lx50 10in and mounted it on a CGEM.

Works like a charm now. This mount is up to the challenge if you decide to go that route.


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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 [Re: Tophat3]
      #6225311 - 11/30/13 02:28 PM

Deforked my LX50 a long time ago and put it on a CI-700

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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: bicparker]
      #6236425 - 12/05/13 11:37 PM

Rod, here are the steps I took to defork my 8" LX90 in case it might help:
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/6196078/page...

Good luck!

Richard


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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: exmedia]
      #6238552 - 12/07/13 06:10 AM

I deforked my LX50 and put it into LX200GPS forks in 2007. It works fine for me..

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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: Matthew Ota]
      #6239219 - 12/07/13 02:24 PM

Yep that is the way I am going to go. I am working with someone and I am getting a LX-200 setup from them.

I am sure it will work out great. The biggest problem is that here in Mn. it is downright COLD out there!!


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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: Ham Radio]
      #6239990 - 12/07/13 10:44 PM

I de-forked my 10" LX6 and put it on an Atlas.

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Re: De-fork 10" LX-50 new [Re: jgraham]
      #6244446 - 12/10/13 10:29 AM

I think you may find that one of the main reasons most people de-forked their LX-50 (and some LX-200's) is because the component weight of the scope and forks is quite a bit and not a great ergonometric design for taking on and taking off a tripod. Putting it on a GEM, for instance, changes a 50-60 lb. package to lift onto a tripod into two ~30 lb. components instead. That, plus getting a good and reliable go-to system were the two big reasons for me to de-fork. Secondary to that were the accuracy of the worm gears and the ability mount other scopes and accessories in a more flexible manner (i.e., with a side-by-side plate).

The biggest trade-off in going from a fork to GEM is, of course, that you end up needing to do a meridian flip at some point in the night with a GEM. This wasn't a big deal to me, but it might be to another person.

In any case, this is actually one of the easier things you can do with the LX-50... I am glad I did and never looked back.


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