What products are a must when I get a LX200?
Posted 10 August 2003 - 11:03 AM
I am going to get the LX200 10" and I would like you all to tell me what other products I will need (EX. carrying case, power supply, dew sheild, etc). Right now the only thing i have I can use on a LX200 10" is a Meade 3000 5mm possel that iv had for years.
So could yall post a list in order of most important with the products name (or company) and price(in your personal opinion)? Im picky just fliping through Sky & Tele. and certain dealer's website I dont really now what im looking for.
thanks for all of your help!
Posted 10 August 2003 - 12:56 PM
Something to consider.
Posted 10 August 2003 - 08:14 PM
well this may sound like a dumb reason, but since i was in the 5th grade (now graduated) I have wanted a Meade LX200 model. I feel that if i didnt get the meade after a while I think i would feel like i didnt buy the right thing. Its one of those weird mind games you play on yourself.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 06:19 PM
The most important accessories for an LX200, IMHO, are:
Dew Cap for scope and a dew zapper for wet nights.
2" diagonal from Televue, Astrophysics, or Williams.
Focal reducer lens from Celestron or Meade.
Wide field eyepieces from Meade, Televue (20-22mm, 13-15mm, 8-10mm, 6-7mm).
Deep Cycle RV battery for the field.
Adjustable chair (like the Televue Aircahir).
Anti vibration pads for tripod (important at high power).
Small observing table.
Uranometria 2000 Star Atlas, 2nd Edition.
Piece of black carpeting for under scope (saves the dropped eyepiece and gives darker peripheral vision).
longer cord for hand controller so you can enter coordinates while at your table.
Insulated boots from Sorels (Never have cold feet).
Hope this helps a bit.
Posted 09 September 2003 - 04:23 PM
Those should get you buy for a while
10" F/6 Discovery PDHQ
Posted 29 September 2003 - 04:08 PM
You can use the box for a while to carry the scope out. Mine lasted two years before finally getting unstable. I just bought a hard sided case on wheels from JMI for $379.00 and am very happy with it. Being able to roll the scope across the parking lot is a major improvement. The only drawback is the extra 28 pounds of weight when you are loading the scope into the back of the car. TC
Posted 29 September 2003 - 04:37 PM
Posted 09 October 2003 - 11:56 PM
And one hint: Highlight the section in your manual about how to choose an alternate alignment star in case the one it chooses automatically is behind a tree! Happy viewing.
Posted 16 November 2003 - 02:48 PM
I agree with the Telrad (or equivalent "red dot" type finder); my used scope came with an unused Telrad, and as soon as I mounted it I tossed the stock finder aside, expecting never to use it again.
But here's what you need to do while you're waiting. Get involved with an astronomy club or society in your neighborhood and volunteer to assist at public star parties. That, more than anything else, is how I learned what accessories are out there, how they apply to my own style of observation, how different brands compare, and what I need to buy to complete my own kit to my satisfaction. There's always "just one more thing" on the list, but at least the list has some basis in personal experience.