I just unpacked my new Meade LX-85. I hope it actually can manage more weight (rated for 33 lbs) than my Orion SkyView Pro (rated for 20 lbs). We'll see. It doesn't seem that much more robust. The SkyView Pro works very well but I have a C9.25 that once equipped is too heavy. But I digress.
Here's what confuses me. On My SkyView Pro there is are calibrated scales that would easily allow you to manually navigate from object to object. On the LX-85 there is a floating ring on the R/A axis (on the back where the polar scope would mount). It is not attached to anything. It just floats around and has no connection to anything. It surely can't be used like the scales on the SkyView which can be set and then rotate as the two axis are rotated. I'm baffled. How can this ring be used for anything? Doesn't have to be attached to the R/A axis in order to help you navigate? There is of course no mention of this ring in the manual. What the heck is it for and how could be useful for anything if it's not attached and just floats freely? Oh yeah - there's a set screw that holds it in place. Not sure how that helps anything.