Here is my home-made counter weight set for my LX200 F6.3 Astro rig, AMAZING scope!!!
Thanks to my Great Buddy of 34 years the FERTILE mind of Paul Rini had another of his ideas to make a silk purse from a Sow's ear.
The optics of this scope was bought by a Photographer that submitted Pictures to Meade for future advertisement, they were REJECTED!
The reason was sub-par sharpness and contest. He WALKED the scope back to Meade as he lived close by. 2 weeks later his new scope was ready and this time Emery was told extra work and further figuring was done by their best optician on the best tube that came down the line. They even hand polished the brass worms and drive gears! It easily beats any Meade SCT I have ever owned or looked through, It is sharper than the 7" Meade Mak I had so I sold the mak, which I was very happy with.
I have the parts to make one more set of these and I am tied between putting it on my beautiful old Cave 8" F7, or I came across a hand picked Celestron 6" F8 refractor. This cheap tube has 1/2 the color of ANY
of the 4 of them I have owned before it, also this tube gobbles magnification like only one of a million lucky tubes can do. This was ascually hand picked by a dealer who goes through every scope and field tests and evaluates every scope he sales. Quality to the point of returning (low average) scopes for exchange! He kept this tube for his personal use, and has been sorry he sold it every since haha!
By the way, thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart for supporting this topic, I started it during my recovery from the 3rd of my heart attacks, It was about all I could manage,to keep my love of the Sky going, except a quick look at the Moon with my bino's as my health allowed. Every new post really boosted my spirit. So you didn't know it at the time but all my friends here had a very big part of my recovery! MUCH more than you will ever know.
Bless you my friends,
Larry "Duane" Beach
Edited by orion61, Yesterday, 12:14 AM.