As I mentioned in another posting, I received the Meade LX65 mount back about 1 month ago and have used it mainly as my Solar observation and imaging station. However, I took it out with me to a favorite open sky location about 4 miles from my house. I set it up initially to operate with my Orion 120ST refractor and Astro-Tech 80ED telescope, but problems with focusing on the Orion 120 ST made me dismount that scope and use the AT80ED primarily instead.
I did the mundane two star alignment, which was successful. I then wanted to test the mounts accuracy, so I started hunting down messier objects visually. Well, because of my years of imaging, I really could not see much in the way of any messier's other than M13 and M81. The skies have become too light polluted. So, I took out my camera, an ASI294MC and started doing EAA imaging.
I should note that the field of view on my 80ED refractor was pretty wide, 1.96 degrees by 1.34 degrees, so ample room to grab whatever object I slewed to. The GoTo's were nearly dead nuts. The objects in question, about 19 messier objects, came nearly into the center of the FOV. I did not have to re-frame very many objects because the goto was so good. However, in multiple object frames, I did reposition the FOV to get two or more objects lined up in the frame. After 19 objects, the goto's started to drift, but all of them were in the FOV without having to look for the object. I would suspect that the LX65 mount would be a good mount for wide field refractors and newtonians, up to 15lbs in weight, but with narrow FOV, the goto's might not be so accurate. Having the wide FOV makes finding objects pretty good.
You can add a secondary telescope on the outside dovetail mount, but nothing over 7 lbs. My AT80ED weighs in at just 7 lbs with all the accessories and the Orion 120 ST weighed about 12 lbs. I plan on buying the Meade ACF 6" SCT soon to pair with the AT80ED for night time astronomy, but primarily use the AT80ED for CaK solar imaging along with my PST.
The only two CONS I have with this scope is a) the gears in the Alt and Az motors are very loud when slewing, anything over 64X speed and it starts to get annoying. Anything under 64X and it is silent when slewing manually. However, the tracking noises are silent, not one squeak while I am tracking.
The second CON is that the mounting interface between the mount and the tripod is atrocious. If you want to level the mount, you take off the mount and level the tripod, then reattach the mount to the tripod, but the interface is just too darn frustrating! You need to align the pyramid indentation, with the pyramid protrusion on the tripod and then align the hold down bolts to their respectable holes, but that is a test of futility if you ask me. I just leave the hole thing attached and just estimate the level before I starting aligning.