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#1 Muppy

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 03:07 AM

Greetings All,
I have of a brand-new Meade X-Wedge for use with my Meade LX-200GPS 10” Alt/Az telescope.

I live in Lusaka, Zambia and my latitude is 15deg south.

I am able to use the X-Wedge at a latitude of 15deg. The instruction manual and wedge markings indicate that it can only be used with latitudes of 25deg to 57deg only.

Looks like I have made a very expensive mistake in buying the wedge 😫😤!!

Any ideas as to how I might be able to resolve this problem.

Thanking you in advance.

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M. Mwanakatwe

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 03:16 AM

At 15 degrees latitude the wedge would have to be tilted 90 - 15 = 75 degrees, which is possibly considered too much for a 10" 'scope.



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 09:21 AM

You could make a 10-degree wedge out of some sort of hardwood and place it underneath the Meade wedge-- this would get you over to 15-degrees.  The telescope would be leaning over pretty far at this point, but that is separate issue which may or may not cause problems.



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 10:13 AM

You could make a 10-degree wedge out of some sort of hardwood and place it underneath the Meade wedge-- this would get you over to 15-degrees.  The telescope would be leaning over pretty far at this point, but that is separate issue which may or may not cause problems.

 On a pier this would work. On a tripod? You'd be courting disaster, I'm afraid. 



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 05:17 PM

At 15 degrees latitude the wedge would have to be tilted 90 - 15 = 75 degrees, which is possibly considered too much for a 10" 'scope.

My Celestron NexStar wedge shows 0 degrees to 70 degrees on the scale, but at 0 degrees (on the equator) the mount would be tilted at 90 degrees, which sounds a bit extreme. The tilt looks a alarming enough at my latitude, 33.75 degrees.

 

By the way, is 57 degrees a typing error? Should I'd have been 75 degrees.

 

I am puzzled as to why they don't go to 90 degrees. I suppose it's because the bolts that secure the mount prevent the mount from folding to the flat position.




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