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#1 George Methvin

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 07:56 AM

Ok if one were wanting to buy a fork mounted goto 8 inch sct for visual use which one of these two scope would you go with. The Meade LX-90 ACF8 coma free for $1,700.00 or the Celestron CPC gps xlt  8 inch sct for $2000.00 I was just wondering if one would be better then the other. 


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Posted 17 April 2019 - 08:25 AM

Ok if one were wanting to buy a fork mounted goto 8 inch sct for visual use which one of these two scope would you go with. The Meade LX-90 ACF8 coma free for $1,700.00 or the Celestron CPC gps xlt  8 inch sct for $2000.00 I was just wondering if one would be better then the other. 

Both are very good scopes, and are more alike than different. The CPC has a superior drive system, but, yes, it is more expensive. Yes, the optics on the Meade are better at the edge, but the mount/drive is not as good. Decide what is important to you feature-wise.


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#3 George Methvin

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 08:39 AM

Thanks Rod for the information I will pass it on. 



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 08:56 AM

You know the thing I miss about my old LX200 10 sct fork mount was the ease of viewing while setting down at all times.



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 09:20 AM

Less movement of the seat, too.   You can pan/move quite a ways before you have to get up an re-situate.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 09:37 AM

I have been using a 8" LX90ACF for more than a year and I am happy with the optics and drive system but its the only goto scope I have used so I cannot comment on the Celestron. 

For viewing a Az/Alt fork mount, for me is the best, I have recently also acquired a old 2120 SCT Meade on a LX6 polar mount and it can result in uncomfortable viewing positions!

I also miss the the ACF (Advanced Coma Free) system with flat focus to the edge.  


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Posted 17 April 2019 - 09:47 AM

Ok if one were wanting to buy a fork mounted goto 8 inch sct for visual use which one of these two scope would you go with. The Meade LX-90 ACF8 coma free for $1,700.00 or the Celestron CPC gps xlt  8 inch sct for $2000.00 I was just wondering if one would be better then the other. 

The Meade LX-90 AFC8, I believe the 8 means F8 at F8 the secondary mirror will be larger than the Celestron.  The Celestron is F10 and has a smaller secondary for better contrast 


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