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Has Meade announced what "it" is yet?

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#51 rustynpp

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:20 PM

I'm in the same boat as you skm, had it not been for this thread I wouldnt have known a thing, now this is just annoying.

#52 Don W

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:24 PM

I hear it's a new GOTO system

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#53 rustynpp

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:32 PM

Really? Unless it's perfect how much better can it be? I wonder if they've found a way to make the tracking accuracy of their alt-az mounts so much better that medium length exposure photography is possible without the use of a wedge.

Where'd you hear it?

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:35 PM

It's not the new LX90-LNT is it? http://www.optcorp.c...18-500-420-4261

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:37 PM

Tomorrow the site will be updated:

"In 1992 Meade Introduced the LX200, and changed the face of astronomy. On January 4, 2005 Meade will do it again..."

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:41 PM

The next Meade press release will be about Meade's webmaster being fired over forgetting to publish updates to the Meade website...

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:42 PM

Tomorrow the site will be updated:

"In 1992 Meade Introduced the LX200, and changed the face of astronomy. On January 4, 2005 Meade will do it again..."

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:42 PM

I wonder if in the coronado buy out they told them we will pay you tomorrow,or the check is in the mail.

#59 Bluemeanie

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:43 PM

Hopefully their webmaster is also in charge of customer service... :p

#60 Michael Rapp

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:54 PM

Okay, I am pathetic now. I just realized that I've spent the past hour or so, refreshing the Meade main page about every 5-10 minutes or so. :)

This is rather odd . . . especially if you put a date on something and then don't deliver. Meade has always made me scratch my head from time to time. I like their products -- my reflector and ETX are both Meade scopes -- but they do some odd things advertising/hype-wise. (My favorite is measuring central obstruction as a function of area rather than diameter in their general catalog.)

#61 Rusty

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:54 PM

Scoop - One of the Meade's directors is nicknamed "Astronomy". In 1992, he had eyelid surgery. Today, 1/3/05, he's having Botox injections.

Mystery solved...

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:09 PM

Okay, I am pathetic now. I just realized that I've spent the past hour or so, refreshing the Meade main page about every 5-10 minutes or so. :)


Makes two of us now ;)

#63 John Jarosz

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:22 PM

So one of the Meade execs has a bet with a Celestron exec about how many hits they'll have on their websites today. Meade won.

John :lol: :roflmao: :lol: :roflmao: :lol:

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:26 PM

Scoop - One of the Meade's directors is nicknamed "Astronomy". In 1992, he had eyelid surgery. Today, 1/3/05, he's having Botox injections.

Mystery solved...


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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:32 PM

So one of the Meade execs has a bet with a Celestron exec about how many hits they'll have on their websites today. Meade won.

John :lol: :roflmao: :lol: :roflmao: :lol:



Or, the Meade webmaster is angling for a raise, and wanted to boost the hit numbers. :lol:

Tim

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:37 PM

Okay,

I went to Meade's European Web Site. It is much prettier! That site already had the Coronado announcement dating back to the end of October, so the Coronado buy out cannot be the reason for the "announcement that never was."

I ran the words for the announcement through a cypher decoder (you know the "Meade Code") and it came out as "sorry back ordered." :shocked:

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:42 PM

Okay:

The Meade German Language web site had quote:
"Steve Murdock, Meade Instruments' Präsident und CEO bezeichnete die Einigung als ein sehr vorteilhaftes Ergebnis für Meade: "Diese Einigung, so glauben wir, ist zugleich eine Bestätigung und eine Rechtfertigung für unsere langfristiges Engagement zum Schutz unserer immateriellen Rechte und damit dem Interesse unserer Aktionäre.""

That translates roughly to "while we are having a couple of cold brews there are hundreds of those "pain in the b---" guys on the Cloudy Nights Forum who are anxiously awaiting a major announcement from Meade. Our server had problems but the tech called in sick today. Stay tuned..."

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:44 PM

it's OUT!!! RCX-400...

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:45 PM

Tomorrow the site will be updated:

"In 1992 Meade Introduced the LX200, and changed the face of astronomy. On January 4, 2005 Meade will do it again..."


Looks like someone was right . . .

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:47 PM

It's up.

#71 yg1968

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:49 PM

The website has been updated. Here is the news:

On March 26, 2002 Meade’s engineers set out to design a telescope
with optical performance superior to any sold today. It would feature
the most sophisticated and technologically advanced mechanics and
electronics ever offered. In short, it would be an observatory-level
telescope for the serious astronomer and astrophotographer.

After carefully evaulating the merits of every telescope design, Meade engineers
concluded the Ritchey-Chrétien was the optimal design. A fast (f/8) RC design
produces a large, coma-free field of view from edge-to-edge, allowing astrophotographers
to use the latest in imaging technology to capture tack sharp images over a wider field.
Visual observers can view pinpoint stars and extended objects across the larger
field of view. In fact, almost every professional reflector telescope in the world's
observatories is a Ritchey-Chrétien, even the Hubble Space Telescope.

Although the Ritchey-Chrétien is a premier optical design, Meade engineers saw
opportunities for further improvement. Utilizing a precision polished and figured front
corrector lens, the engineers were able to create a superior RC optical system by
eliminating the typical secondary mirror support structure which causes diffraction
spikes that degrade image contrast and resolution. The corrector lens also
minimizes the astigmatism inherent in the traditional RC design. Performance
was further improved by incorporating computer- optimized baffling and
Meade's unsurpassed Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for
maximum image contrast and brightness.

In the hands of the serious astronomer or astrophotographer the new
Meade RCX400 is an instrument that will produce razor sharp star
images across the entire field of view on par with the best professional
observatories. The dream of owning the ultimate Advanced
Ritchey-Chrétien telescope is finally here.

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:50 PM

i want one already... can someone PLEASE put a test report up ASAP :)

#73 Don W

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:50 PM

It's there, and it is incredible. I hate to say it, but their ad is telling the truth.

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:51 PM

Wow,rcx 400 something else I cant afford!

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:52 PM

it's OUT!!! RCX-400...


I think I want one.


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