Meade's 10" LX90-LNTs... HERE THEY COME!
Posted 15 September 2005 - 01:59 PM
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? ?)
Posted 15 September 2005 - 02:10 PM
Will do. I'm taking it to Mt. Locke (McDonald Observatory, TX) for the Mars approach.
Posted 16 September 2005 - 05:26 PM
Good luck to you. I hope you don't end up in the same boat as me.
Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:06 PM
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.
Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:46 PM
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Posted 19 September 2005 - 09:17 AM
Posted 19 September 2005 - 02:54 PM
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!
Posted 19 September 2005 - 04:15 PM
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?
Posted 19 September 2005 - 06:22 PM
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!
Posted 19 September 2005 - 11:03 PM
but this pic of 65 year old pete peterson shows how those handles can make it better
Posted 20 September 2005 - 06:24 AM
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 09:52 AM
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?
Posted 20 September 2005 - 10:24 AM
Posted 20 September 2005 - 11:59 AM
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.
Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:09 PM
Posted 20 September 2005 - 06:34 PM
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.