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Mounting Meade 10" f/10

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#1 Augustus


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:51 PM

Looking at getting a 10" Meade LX200 tube from a friend for a very good price. I had a 10" LX6 which required being put on the wedge and I found it rather difficult to do, so I'm not sure if I want to put it on an older manual mount.


At the same time, LX200 forks seem to be very pricey and I'm wondering if I should just go with a GEM. Would a CG-5 (steel legs) hold it or do I really need an EQ6? What about a GM-8?


I'd have to store the scope at least partially dismantled - my shed can no longer be used really for storage and the garage is occupied - and it'd mainly be for travelling to dark skies or outreach, so there's that to consider too.


Or should I just forget this and stick with the orange fork-mounted C8 once I get it back (loaning it out right now)?




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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:21 PM

Losmandy G-11 is a good choice, IMHO
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:56 PM

If you're talking visual only the 10" weighs 26lbs.  An EQ5 is only rated for 30lbs so you'd be pushing it by the time you added anything else.  So opting for a 40lb class mount is the better choice.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:22 PM

I tried my 10' LX200 on my CG 5 mount.  It was too much for that mount, the motors were straining.  I bought a CGEM II mount, and it works great.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:21 PM

Can't afford a G11 or CGEM II. If I have to do an EQ6 it'd be a used one, maybe even an older manual Atlas.




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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:05 AM

I would suggest utilising your woodworking skills to make a Dob mount and equatorial platform for it.

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:27 AM



I agree with the advice you've gotten so far.  I know you said you can't afford one, but if the M10 weighs only 26 lb, it would be great on a G11.  I used a C11 and G11 for several years and they were good together.  The C11 weighs approximately 27 lb.


I think the HEQ-5 (Orion Sirius, etc.) would be straining with a M10.  The CG-5 mounts are rated to carry a little more than their Orion cousins, but my guess is it would also strain.  You could keep motor operation satisfactory with precise balancing (kind of a pain when you're setting up every time you want to observe).  But when my SkyView Pro was overloaded it cogged, meaning you could see each step the motors took as a little "tick" in the view.  Distracting.  That's why I upgraded to a Sirius for my twenty-two pound scope.


The GM-8 might be able to handle it, but the tripod would be the weak link.  


Your high-value option is an Atlas or EQ-6.  You might also look into one of I-Optron's medium size mounts.  They are available used now that they've been around for a while.  I've never used one, but those that have seem to like them.

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:29 AM



I have a 10" F10 Meade and it rides great on my Sirius (HEQ5). I image with it even, and the mount handles the weight. It's 26lbs naked. With a few bits and pieces, it adds up close to the 30lb mark, the max of the `5 class mounts. But, it all comes down to the legs. I use a pier, and it's solid. I use a vixen bar to reduce weight and it holds fine. I used to use rings, but they were overkill. On just some tripod legs, 1.5" to 2" steel, it would be ok, probably vibrate and wobble a lot. But it would be fine for visual. The EQ5/HEQ5/Sirius can handle it. The weak point is really the legs. Again, mine is pier mounted and behaves like a totally different mount with that stability. I used an extension shaft from ScopeStuff and it lets me balance it with 29lbs of counter weights. I also installed a SCT focuser to manage the fine focus and it's wonderful, and of course, Bob's Knobs.


It's solid on the HEQ5/Sirius and images great for solar system bodies.
















Very best,

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:47 AM

For visual I mount my carbon fiber C-11 on my Avx mount with 2” legs. The OTA weighs approx. 30# with 7x50 finder and 2” Televue diagonal. That setup works very well with 1-2 second damping times.

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:52 PM

For visual only a CG5 would be marginal if you watch the balance. It is fantastic for visual and imaging on an Atlas/EQ6. I have a 10" f/10 LX200 mounted on an Atlas via a Losmandy D rail and it is a joy to use.

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:19 PM

When I had mine I used it on a heavy duty UA Unistar Deluxe. The mount handled it fine but it was an Olympian feat to get it mounted. I tried it on my old Meade 826 GEM with 1” steel shafts but it was too much for it.


And yeah, with a 2” diagonal and 2” eyepiece, 8x50 finder and Telrad, radius blocks and a tube handle (which is a necessity considering is size), it was around 30#! I only used it a hand full of times. It was just too big!!!

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:27 PM

I put my 10" SCT on an LXD-75 mount (EQ-5 class) and it was barely adequate visually. Balance was critical to avoid gear complaints. But it did work - the GOTO was pretty sweet!


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:12 PM

I've used the 10" f/10 on an Atlas Pro mount. Works fine unless it's windy.

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