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#51 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 08:02 PM

Thanks for all of this............

 

 I have to say based on all of the above I would like to get one as well.

Simple ..  functional  ..  motors ..  great price point  ..nice looking  ..  what's not to like?

 

 

EDIT      Just pulled the trigger on it        happy to have one Thanks


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 11:17 PM

=) went back and grabbed an Exos Nano as well - not going to tie the LX70 up with my lil orange and black buddies.


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Posted 04 March 2019 - 10:09 AM

Just found this thread... thanks to the folks who ID'ed this deal. I'm getting one with motors for the SW 180 Mak. I have two other CG-5 variants, they're about the perfect weight/size/capacity for my needs, and tracking without goto is my preferred GEM setup. Cheers!


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 01:40 PM

Just got one with the motors and controller

I hope this is good for a beginner


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:38 PM

Just got one with the motors and controller

I hope this is good for a beginner

 

You have chosen... wisely...


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:19 PM

The companion dual axis drives and polar scope are also on sale now.


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 08:30 PM

Got mine today. An amazing bargain, IMO.

 

The drive motor gears are identical. I wonder if the motors are as well? If so, I'm tempted to set one aside (as a spare) and just use the RA drive.


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:52 PM

Got mine today. An amazing bargain, IMO.

 

The drive motor gears are identical. I wonder if the motors are as well? If so, I'm tempted to set one aside (as a spare) and just use the RA drive.

I only installed the RA drive on mine, and left the Dec drive in the box.

 

I felt a little silly not using everything that I paid for, but I prefer the slow-mo control over the hand controller for minor Dec adjustments, as I'm visual only.

 

Now if I can figure out how to simply get rid of that pesky extra cable for the unused Dec drive without using a pair of wire cutters. question.gif


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 09:08 PM

I only installed the RA drive on mine, and left the Dec drive in the box.

 

I felt a little silly not using everything that I paid for, but I prefer the slow-mo control over the hand controller for minor Dec adjustments, as I'm visual only.

 

Now if I can figure out how to simply get rid of that pesky extra cable for the unused Dec drive without using a pair of wire cutters. question.gif

 

Same here - I prefer the knob for minor Dec tweaks.

 

I intend to open the box and unsolder the dec cable. Then I'll have a spare for that, too  :)


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 09:22 PM

Same here - I prefer the knob for minor Dec tweaks.

 

I intend to open the box and unsolder the dec cable. Then I'll have a spare for that, too  smile.gif

Cool. If you would take a couple pics and post them, or PM me, I would appreciate some guidance in that operation. waytogo.gif


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 09:37 PM

Will do!


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 06:52 PM

Just got one with the motors and controller

I hope this is good for a beginner

I just got mine delivered by UPS today and setting up - already want a better power supply other than the 4 D-cell power box. Is there a 6 volt power supply for this mount? I only see a 12 volt "universal" on Meade's site.



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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:08 PM

Don't buy a supply from Meade; any 'ol 6V DC supply will do, linear or switcher. One rated at 1.5 to 2 amps will be fine. Just make sure it has the proper mating connector, which is standard issue. I use an old mil surplus Lambda recovered from the junk pile.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:16 PM

I just got mine delivered by UPS today and setting up - already want a better power supply other than the 4 D-cell power box. Is there a 6 volt power supply for this mount? I only see a 12 volt "universal" on Meade's site.

I used this, works fine with my LX70 and 12v DC power supply. I'm sure there are many options.

 

https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/B07BSFSW8N


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:37 PM

Comments and suggestions welcome.

 

Why not start a separate thread for your question? You'd get more and better answers.


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:34 PM

My LX70 with motors and polar scope arrived after a bit of a UPS delay due to weather and I assembled everything today -- all is good! grin.gif waytogo.gif This is a very nice deal -- thanks to all here for all the information!!!

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:10 PM

It's purrty. Mine is missing the blue polarscope cover.

 

Ooops, never mind... found it hiding in the bottom of one of the foam inserts.


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:23 AM

Here is the dual drive system of the LX70:


I should note that the knob on the RA slo-mo in this picture is from a Vixen GP mount I used to have. (They used to sell these knobs separately. I don’t know if they still do?). This allowed me to use the shorter of the two provided slo-mo cables that came with the LX-70 mount on the dec slo-mo. This combination works very nicely and eliminate the jiggles that sometimes occur due to longer cable vibration, as well as the twists that can occur in certain positions if the longer cables come into contact with each other.
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:52 AM

I like those knobs, too. I'd buy one or two if they were available. Mine has a cracked shaft, I need to find a teeny hose clamp to put it back into service. Thx for the reminder...


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 11:24 AM

I like those knobs, too. I'd buy one or two if they were available. Mine has a cracked shaft, I need to find a teeny hose clamp to put it back into service. Thx for the reminder...


They seem to have been replaced by these:

https://www.adorama....ource=adl-gbase
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:10 PM

They seem to have been replaced by these:

https://www.adorama....ource=adl-gbase

 

Thanks. Backordered, it says.

 

I wish these things had proper metal shafts, instead of plastic with thin metal D-shaped inserts. Sigh...



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 02:48 PM

I got to thinking that I had a set of ADM all metal knurled knobs for 6mm shafts stashed somewhere that I hadn't used...well, I found them! grin.gif   I put one on the RA which works great and now have a spare for the DEC if I decide to use it later with a SCT ota.  They were $29 + shipping but are so nice I decided I would need them sooner or later and am now glad I have them. grin.gif

https://www.admacces...-control-knobs/


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 10:01 AM

Though conditions weren't wonderful, my LX70 got first use last night, with the SW 180 Mak atop. This is a solid-feeling combo. Very smooth operation with no noticeable slop or play.

With the Mak, the long cable on the Dec was perfect, conveniently placing the knob right at the end of the OTA.

The only nitpicking detail I encountered is: the built-in bubble level isn't very sensitive. But it's good enough. I give 5 stars to everything else.


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 12:46 PM

Though conditions weren't wonderful, my LX70 got first use last night, with the SW 180 Mak atop. This is a solid-feeling combo. Very smooth operation with no noticeable slop or play.

With the Mak, the long cable on the Dec was perfect, conveniently placing the knob right at the end of the OTA.

The only nitpicking detail I encountered is: the built-in bubble level isn't very sensitive. But it's good enough. I give 5 stars to everything else.

That's good news regarding the 180 Mak (I have the Orion version) as I'll plan on using it with this mount also. grin.gif


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 01:27 PM

Cool. If you would take a couple pics and post them, or PM me, I would appreciate some guidance in that operation. waytogo.gif

 

Here's how to remove the Dec cable from the hand control box, in five (or so) easy steps.

 

1. Using a #1 Philips drive, remove the four screws from the top of the box, and the upper screw that secures the power jack.  (See yellow arrows in pic)

 

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