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If I only had $1800 to spend on a CAT

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#1 Tom L

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 08:23 PM

I would get this...

http://www.astromart....asp?cid=255578

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 08:42 PM

I can hear it calling your name from 'way over here.... :grin:

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 08:48 PM

I like the idea that it's Supercharged, but I'd want to confirm that it has the latest firmware. Last I heard, Meade wasn't selling the update proms anymore. He's a little confused; the firmware ISN'T in the handbox. It's on the motherboard in the base.

I see OPT has a used one with standard accessories and latest firmware for $1900.

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 08:59 PM

John, I'm only dreaming...

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 09:07 PM

John, I'm only dreaming...


There was a thread somewhere on here about scopes on eBay. I bought a 10" LX200 Classic there once for $1000! That was my portable scope for quite a while after I tore it down and cleaned the fingerprints off the inside of the corrector and put it together correctly. Wouldn't have been a very good deal for someone who wasn't willing to open 'er up, though. A local has it now and is having a ball with it.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 11:02 AM

I would get this...

http://www.astromart....asp?cid=255578


Meade 8" LX200 GPS Price: $1,949.00
Demo. This is a demo we've had in the front office for some time. It is a GPS scope, but not the current Smart Mount version. It has EMC multicoatings, tripod, hand control, electric focuser, 26mm Super Plössl, 1.25" star diagonal, etc. It still has a warranty card and qualifies for the Meade $99 eyepiece offer. Regularly $2495. Quantity 1. Our part #8210G/D.
http://www.astronomi...&w=1#Telescopes

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 11:35 AM

Meade 8" LX200 GPS Price: $1,949.00
Demo. This is a demo we've had in the front office for some time. It is a GPS scope, but not the current Smart Mount version. It has EMC multicoatings, tripod, hand control, electric focuser, 26mm Super Plössl, 1.25" star diagonal, etc. It still has a warranty card and qualifies for the Meade $99 eyepiece offer. Regularly $2495. Quantity 1. Our part #8210G/D.
http://www.astronomi...&w=1#Telescopes


Interesting. It would be nice if someone would come out and say for certain that that Meade's current "standard coatings" are NOT the earlier EMC multicoatings. I believe the current standard coatings are a single MgFl layer but I can't prove it. If so, this EMC model would be a better perfomer than a current standard model. If SMT is desired it's an easy $99 addon.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 01:09 PM

I don't put a whole lot of credit in the whole coating stuff. I think as long as they are coated and coated without flaws I think your set, anything extra is just fluff to add to the price...

Buts thats just my oppion...

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 01:15 PM

If I only had $1800 to spend on a CAT

So, you don't have a credit card? Dude, you've REALLY got to learn about those things... :yay:

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 01:41 PM

I don't put a whole lot of credit in the whole coating stuff. I think as long as they are coated and coated without flaws I think your set, anything extra is just fluff to add to the price...

Buts thats just my oppion...


Hi, Preston.

I dunno about the Starbright v. Starbright XLT or the EMC v. UHTC differences; I'd buy the enhanced coatings just to ptotect resale value.

I can say that I've owned plain MgFl C8's and Starbright C8's and I could see the difference. I have owned MCOG, EMC, and UHTC 10" Meades and couldn't see a difference, so I feel I can live with any of the multicoated setups. What concerns me is that Meade dropped the EMC label sometime after UHTC was introduced; I suspect the current choice is straight MgFl v. UHTC - if so, that's not much of a choice; I'm sure I'd see the difference.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 07:18 PM

I would toss a used C-11 on my Atlas !!! I can't find many objects, but the ones that I can would sure look good with that combo.

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Posted 11 March 2004 - 02:40 AM




I would go new...for $1699.


http://telescopes.ne..._4-sgt__ad.html





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Posted 11 March 2004 - 10:05 AM

I don't put a whole lot of credit in the whole coating stuff. I think as long as they are coated and coated without flaws I think your set, anything extra is just fluff to add to the price...

Buts thats just my oppion...


Hi, Preston.

I dunno about the Starbright v. Starbright XLT or the EMC v. UHTC differences; I'd buy the enhanced coatings just to ptotect resale value.

I can say that I've owned plain MgFl C8's and Starbright C8's and I could see the difference. I have owned MCOG, EMC, and UHTC 10" Meades and couldn't see a difference, so I feel I can live with any of the multicoated setups. What concerns me is that Meade dropped the EMC label sometime after UHTC was introduced; I suspect the current choice is straight MgFl v. UHTC - if so, that's not much of a choice; I'm sure I'd see the difference.


Your absolutely correct about resale... I shoulda mentioned that...

BUT Alan Dyer in his review of the LX200GPS for S&T stated that the visual observer would be hard pressed to see any difference in the coatings at the eyepiece... Being I'm visual observer, and I respect Dyers oppion, that was enough for me to hold off on the coatings... That and I had only $2100ish to spend LOL :bigshock:


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