Picked up a Meade 2080 today (fork mounted 8" SCT), AC drive only, with a plate on the base saying "LX Drive System".
Original instruction manual is dated January of 1983 and none of its photos showing the base show the LX plate. Serial number 803553, lower than any on the Meade LX Registry if I understand it correctly.
It has another plate on the tube stating it has "High Transmission Coating" , not "MCOG" or "Multi-Coated-Optical-Group".
The Meade LX Registry has a detailed list of the models and their identifying features, very helpful. In the description of the original models they say "The original 2080 drive base (and the 2120 which was introduced in mid-1982) was upgraded with Long eXposure accuracy of improved drive gears in the LX Drive Base in the fall of 1983"...maybe that's what I have here. Anyone know what the improvement was?
So am I correct in thinking only the later 2080's with the "Long eXposure" feature but before the LX3 were known as just "LX"?
I've had a few 2080s in the past, none have had this plate.