I have been lurking around in here regarding the recall of the LX80 Multi mount & LX800 equatorial mounts that took place some time ago before the old Meade company was bought out by Sunny.
Did the old and or new managed Meade company resolve everyone's mount issues? I really want to know.
I bought a LX80 Multi mount from someone brand new and it had the circuit board burnout issue that I know was happening. When I fired mine up, I was getting Motor Fault error message on my Audiostar. I took it upon myself to open up the mount cover on the declination axle and did see the circuit board burnt chip on that circuit board; however Meade did come through and sent me a new circuit board for that and the problem is solved. I love this mount now! It works so well. I have the LX80 OTA on it. In the Alt-Az mode, I aligned it using the Compass routine of starting up. It then proceeded to slew to Arcturus as the first alignment star. That was off about a degree. I centered it and pressed Enter. Then the mount was commanded to slew to Vega for the other alignment. I centered that star (about a 1/2 degree off). Then the Audiostar displayed Alignment Successful!
From that point on, no matter what object I slewed it to placed the object somewhere in the FOV of a 20mm eyepiece! I was very impressed. The tracking was very good for the rest of the evening. I was very happy with this setup now.
I used this a few more times subsequent nights all with the same excellent results!
I bought this setup for my college son who is really getting into this hobby for visual use. I like it so much that I am seriously thinking of getting a LX80 for myself.
I hope Meade comes out with a version of theis Multi-mount again soon. It's a great mount. Well built inside and the worm and gear are well made too. I want to have one of these for a dedicated solar rig in which I would use my Coronado 90mm filter on one side and another 102mm scope on the other side for a white light solar setup. This will be great for anytime use!
So now I wonder, how did all the other folks out here make out with the LX80 mount?
I know a friend of mine has the LX850 mount and is extremely happy with it. He uses the Starlock and that setup works just fantastic for his imaging routines.
Edited by Awesomelenny, 30 August 2014 - 09:41 AM.