Guess I should ask this here...
Does anyone have experience with the LX85 Series - 115mm Apochromatic Refractor?
I'm coming back to astronomy, and I'm looking for a scope for good observing, and later, moving into imaging.
I owned a Meade 10" SCT back in the mid 90's and loved it.
Any insight is appreciated.
I share your liking for Meade's Schmidt-Cassegrain line. I have an original 8 inch LX2 that I have maintained, despite its age, and that includes recoating of the primary and secondary mirrors. It was a very productive telescope for me, and I saw roughly 150 deep sky objects, plus double stars, plus the planets using it. Then, like you, I left the hobby because of work, which went on at the rate of 60+ hours per week for the next 30 years. (I liked the work by the way, and I continue to like it.)
During that long time away, Meade diversified its offerings. In particular, it entered the refractor market in a very big way. The Series 6000 apochromatic refractors are the latest iteration of this effort. In searching for an 80 mm: take anywhere: high quality telescope, I found that the reasonably priced Meade version looked like the answer. But you know what they say: caveat emptor. And so I first read all the reviews of the Series 6000. I could not find a single negative review. Most important, I could not find any expression of buyer's remorse in the Cloudy Nights reviews. See Rob Molise's review in Sky and Telescope of the 115 mm model, where he pulls no punches.
The point is: these refractors are not an afterthought by Meade. They are a vital new line of business for the company, that appeals to buyers who want a more portable line of telescopes in the age of light pollution. I like the fact that I can handle this scope with ease and that it gives excellent views of the moon and planets, double stars, and brighter deep sky objects. I recently added a glass solar filter for solar observing. Once I have learned, it will be an excellent telescope for photography, given its 480 mm focal length.
No buyer's remorse here.
Edited by Upstate New Yorker, Today, 06:25 AM.