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#1 CigTech

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 12:29 AM

Hey all,

Need some help IDing this scope for a friend.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 12:33 AM

here is the hand controler.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 12:52 AM

One of the earlier Meade LX series, LX3 or LX5 is my guess??

John Crilly should know, ask him if he doesn't reply here.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 01:13 AM

Looks like a Meade LX5 to me. :jump:

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 01:22 AM

I just checked Rod Mollise's Used SCT Guide, I think the hand controller makes it the LX6, but am not 100% certain.

See the photo of the OTA and hand controller on page 23:http://skywatch.brai...CT rod mollise'

I had an 10" LX5 and just remembered it didn't have the display window this one has showing in your photo above.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 02:26 AM

Thanks Guys

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 06:41 AM

Yup. Looks like an 8" LX-6. The lettering on the duct tape is puzzling, though. 2500mm focal length? F/12? Most of the LX-6 scopes were F/6.3, the rest were F/10. Maybe they always used it with a Barlow?

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 06:46 AM

I may be wrong but i think ALL LX6's were f/6.3 (That's what the "6" stands for) The LX5's are all f/10's. Like I said I may be wrong but i think that's the only difference between the two scopes.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 06:57 AM

I may be wrong but i think ALL LX6's were f/6.3 (That's what the "6" stands for) The LX5's are all f/10's. Like I said I may be wrong but i think that's the only difference between the two scopes.


I've seen F/10 LX-6's. The fundamental difference is the Computer Aided Telescope option; the LX-6 was intended to be a high tech upgrade.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 07:49 AM

I'm getting my info from "The backyard Astronomer's Guide". Which, i guess, is not correct.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 01:44 PM

Wow, it is amazing how little the look has changed for meade in that last 20+ years.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:41 PM

I may be wrong but i think ALL LX6's were f/6.3 (That's what the "6" stands for) The LX5's are all f/10's. Like I said I may be wrong but i think that's the only difference between the two scopes.


I've seen F/10 LX-6's. The fundamental difference is the Computer Aided Telescope option; the LX-6 was intended to be a high tech upgrade.


Here is a quote directly from Rod Molise on the LX6:
What made the LX-6 different? Its focal length. Until this time, all
commercial Meade and Celestron SCTs had been offered in a focal ratio of f/10 only. The
new Meade was rated at f/6.3. It was only available in this focal ratio; there is no f/10
LX-6.
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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:59 PM

I may be wrong but i think ALL LX6's were f/6.3 (That's what the "6" stands for) The LX5's are all f/10's. Like I said I may be wrong but i think that's the only difference between the two scopes.


I've seen F/10 LX-6's. The fundamental difference is the Computer Aided Telescope option; the LX-6 was intended to be a high tech upgrade.


Here is a quote directly from Rod Molise on the LX6:
What made the LX-6 different? Its focal length. Until this time, all
commercial Meade and Celestron SCTs had been offered in a focal ratio of f/10 only. The
new Meade was rated at f/6.3. It was only available in this focal ratio; there is no f/10
LX-6.
:question:


The LX-6 was the "Premium" line; it had a different controller and could accept optional accessories that the other models could not. The "6" in LX-6 was just the next number in the series - there was an LX-2, an LX-3, and an LX-5 before the LX-6 was introduced (dunno what happened to "4").

I'm willing to believe that Uncle Rod has never seen an F/10 LX-6. I'm even willing to consider the possibility that I'm mistaken and that I've never seen one (though I'm pretty sure I have). The LX-6, however, was definitely not merely an LX-5 with an F/6 OTA. The control panels, handpaddles, and accessories were all different - and the price was much higher. Later models in which both F/10 and F/6 versions were offered differed only in the OTA - and both versions shared the same model numbers.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 01:05 PM

The LX6 as I gather had a few upgrades mechanically from the LX5 but maybe you are thinking of the "Premier" series which came out after the LX6. These had both f/6.3 and f/10 OTA's. Just a thought.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 01:31 PM

My first guess was a Premier series, heck call Meade and see what they say. Also are you sure its an 8in the ducttape saids 2500 FL at F/12....

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 02:24 PM


the large plugs make it look like an lx6
possibly even an 80xx type scope. in any event the ota's are the same in all the scopes only the fl changes ..and it wont have goto...just a motor drive...the hand controller
looks a little more fancy then the standard one but..nothing like a Magellan.

but it looks a lot like this f6 lx6
from herehttp://www.essential.../equipment.html

just to add confusion one of my lx200 8" is an f6.3 the other is a f10...so they probably offered them in either.

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