I won’t be putting a classic scope on this mount anymore, (almost classic 20 y.o. Vixen ED102SS on Meade LX85). I just delivered it (the mount) to its new owner last night. The LX85 was my first, last, and only go-to mount. Like my LX70 mount pictured above, the LX85 is very capable CG-5 class mount, but with Meade AudioStar go-to built in. I bought it in April thinking I would use it while staying at home during the pandemic but I only used it a couple of times. After a lifetime of using atlases, setting circles, and binocular-guided star hopping it was something of an adjustment for me. Actually, something I found myself unwilling and unable to adjust to. The mount works very well, not only in finding, but also in tracking, but with my limited amount of backyard sky, my home is not the easiest place to find alignment stars and I bought this primarily for home use. The auto-align default was something of an ordeal for both the mount and myself, and it would continuously cycle through positions trying to find alignment stars, as it would want to point into my house, my neighbors house, trees, etc. trying to find them in the rather restricted backyard. Of course, the deck was a real challenge as it would be blocked on one side. Getting to the non-default and undocumented two-star or three star alignment routines was equally challenging given the obscure menu-tree structure. And of course, if I moved it from one location in the yard to another, I would have to go through all of that again. It would have done great if I were viewing in a large field or pasture but that is not my situation. Anywho, to say the least, I found it easier to continue to do things the old way with my driven but non go-to LX70 and CG4 mounts or my good old Edmund, Jaegers, and Zeiss GEMs, my atlases or Sky-Safari and my binoculars. Go-to done gone-and-went for me!
Edited by Terra Nova, 30 July 2020 - 07:55 AM.