the meade 8" sct lxd75
Posted 14 June 2005 - 07:23 PM
Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:01 PM
As for me, I eventually decided that the GEM scopes aren't for me. Fork mounts are a lot simpler and easier to use. I'm looking at getting a Celestron CPC 800 XLT in a couple of weeks.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 06:44 PM
I'll second that. I've been very happy with my Meade LX90 after messing with several other similar scopes. It's only a few dollars more.
Posted 16 June 2005 - 05:57 PM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 07:04 PM
Posted 04 July 2005 - 12:09 PM
The mounts need some tuning when you get them. Mine is at Meade right now getting Go To accuracy fixed, but Meade has no problem paying shipping both ways and arranges UPS pickup. I think the 9-speed slewing is better than the Go To function as I like to scan around a lot. Save money and get the EC version if Go To is not a big issue with you. You need a Losmandy or CGE, etc., if extreme Go To accuracy and reliability is a big issue.
While forks are quickly intuitive, EQ mounts with setting circles still work if the Go To computer ever fails. EQ mount becomes intuitive if that's all you ever use, and it's a non-issue if the Go To function is used.
The reversing switching on the hand controller is program selected rather than separate switches on the controller, so it is slow to access. As long as you stay in a particular quadrant of the sky, you don't have to reset this feature.
If you can afford better, then I would go that route. This is really a beginner/backup rig. While the tweaking can get tedious, that is a learning process as well. There are nights and places where you don't want to risk a high dollar outfit.
Posted 05 July 2005 - 02:34 PM
the nexstar 8's are good too if your mostly visual...actually i like them better for visual because they are lighter....I also like celestrons or meades, gps series ,but i usally see better deals on the classic meades,