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Meade's 10" LX90-LNTs... HERE THEY COME!

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#1 D13x3

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 01:59 PM

Finally!

OptCorp has just announced on their website that they have the 10" LX90-LNTs in stock.

Should be receiving mine very soon!

(Ohmagawd! Always wanting/buying new scopes... will this NEVER end? :foreheadslap: :question: ?)

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 02:02 PM

Well tell us what you think of it when you get it!

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 02:10 PM

Preston,

Will do. I'm taking it to Mt. Locke (McDonald Observatory, TX) for the Mars approach.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 05:26 PM

I would take what OPT says with a grain of salt. I ordered an RCX from them in July. There site said, and still says RCX's in stock. Well, here it is Sept 16th and guess what. I am still waiting. Not to bring you down, but my excitement turned to frustration over the last few weeks. I actually thought of canceling my order. Here's the kicker. I paid for the thing and still have nothing to look through.
Good luck to you. I hope you don't end up in the same boat as me.

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:06 PM

Luke,

Everything arrived Thursday (9/15)... except the Autostar and its cord!

Of course, I e-mailed them immediately -- addressed it to Craig Weatherwax, (the CEO and founder) with copies to everyone in their organization whose e-mail address is listed in the "contact" section of their website.

I irritated them with my anger and frustration, but I don't care. That's like buying a new car and not getting a steering wheel along with it. They've promised to have it to me by Tuesday or Wednesday.

The part that really put me hot was that I paid them an extra 130 buck$ for their pre-delivery "PAT" inspection and testing service!

My blood pressure has been sky high.

Believe me, Luke, I can relate to your situation and mood.

Regards,

#6 Roger~E

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:46 PM

I think Weatherwax is too busy posing for those annoying magazine ads... :smirk:

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:54 PM

I bet If you talk to Craig on the phone, he will give you a refund on the PAT. He is good to work with and I don't want to sound like I'm bashing them. The internet sales person should not have processed my order and they are making it right. I am sorry you got the new "car" but no "keys". That has to really be a bummer! On the bright side, it will give you a chance to read the manual. Something no one does until after they run into trouble.

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 05:25 AM

Does anyone know what the LX90 weighs without the tripod?

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 09:17 AM

About 65 lbs, with finderscope and Smartfinder/LNT module. this is a guess, based on lifting it almost nightly this week.

#10 D13x3

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 02:54 PM

10" LX90-LNT Weight...

Don't know -- I just got mine, and haven't weighed it.

But, I can tell you this... it's a lot easier to handle, including mounting on the tripod, than the 10" LXD55-SNT or the C11; both of which, I sold a couple of months ago.

Also, if you get a wedge for it, you don't have to wrestle with 30(+) pounds of counterweights!

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 04:15 PM

Does your 65lb weight estimate include the tripod?
I thought the 10" LX200GPS weighed 62lbs (without tripod) and the 10" LX90 would be lighter?

Is it easier to handle than the Nexstar 11?

Thanks,
Jeff

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 06:22 PM

Jeff,

I didn't have a Nexstar 11. Mine was the C11 AS-GT (German Equatorial Mount).

I know that some would not have a problem handling its weight and bulkiness; but, for me, it was a bear!

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 11:03 PM

hmm if that is true..you may want to look into peterson's grips for meadeshttp://www.petersone.../get-a-grip.htm..they have kinda bad placements onn thier fork mounts ...which should be a lot more bulky then lifting a 11 ota ..my 10 is a little rough but plenty doable ..
but this pic of 65 year old pete peterson shows how those handles can make it better

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 06:24 AM

You can also use the "Sky hook" method for moving it around as I do. Just use two dog collars on either side of the ota forks and snap a strap to them to carry it around your neck for support. This still does not really help when lifting it from the ground but steadies it quite a bit when carrying it and mounting it.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 08:01 AM

Tripod was not included in 65 lbs estimate. I think I read that it weighed 20 lbs. So you can easily carry the tripod in one hand, with your eyepc case in the other hand.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 09:52 AM

I am surprised that the 10" LX90 weighs as much as the 10" LX200GPS. I thought it would be less as the 8" LX90 is less than the 8" LX200GPS.

I own an 8" LX200GPS and it weighs 46lbs without the tripod. The 8" LX90 is about 30lbs without the tripod so wouldn't the 10" LX90 weigh less than the 62lbs of the 10" LX200GPS?

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 10:24 AM

Well, remember I said "estimate". the literature I saw before I purchased was wrong, I remember thinking "How could this OTA weigh 30 lbs.?". As far as LX90 compared to LX200 with GPS: GPS circuitry may add an ounce of weight. You better actually weigh them if it is real important to know exactly. I know I would like better handles (or better locations for the handles if nothing else). :crazy:

#18 D13x3

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 11:59 AM

I have found that because of their placement (location), the handles on my new 10" LX90 are pretty much useless to me.

I've assembled and disassembled it 3 or 4 times now, and I have not used those handles at all. In my opinion, Meade's design engineers could have cut at least a few dollars off the cost to us by simply leaving them off altogether.


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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:09 PM

The only use for those handles is to lift the scope out of the shipping box... When I carry my scope I grape it from under the forkarm on one side and close to a handle on the other side of the fork. But to put the scope in and out of the box both handles are used. Now the question, how many times do you put the scope back in the original box? Not often in my case.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 06:34 PM

pber2025...

Thanks for the tip. It's valuable to me because I am going to have to transport my scope to darker skies quite often. In doing that, I'm going to use the styrofoam packing (top & bottom) placed in the back of my SUV to cradle the OTA/fork mount.

Although, I sure wish I could figure out an easy way to lift it in and out of my car. That is going to take some pondering.

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