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#26 kzar

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 04:02 AM

 

I've had my LX600 for about 10 years now, only recently mounted to get DSO serious. Unfortunately I've had nothing but problems with it, from physically broken boards, faulty GPS sensors and a recently failed Starlock (which is now sitting on the floor).

 

Meade were good to sort the original issues but weren't interested in the Starlock. This forced me into guiding like a normal person which has only served to expose the appalling gear accuracy. Bucks gears have helped with the crippling backlash slop but the raw variation is driving me crazy. It turns out that pouring money into the good gear doesn't overcome built in weaknesses (what a surprise!). 

 

If I time it right, I can get about 180s (guided) exposures that are useable. Exasperating!

 

 
 

 

 

Am I seeing right that you put your CCD like an "OAG ? Is this done to tackle the "clearance" issue that you might face (to avoid to touch the base of the scope) ? Would be happy to have you feedback.

 

Also, it freaking me out to read pretty much everywhere that people are experiencing issues with their Starlock, and also complaining about the gear accuracy. I am about to have my LX600 14" installed permanently on a pier (with the x-wedge). I hope I am not going to experience what you did. Otherwise, as I already mentioned on another thread, I will go the following road : defork it, get a solid mount, and then fully enjoy my imaging nights.

 

Currently, I am mainly doing AP with my ES 102 APO (and soon wi the TS optics quadruplet) in conjunction with APT tool and I am very happy. However, should I have tremendous issues with my Meade setup, I am not willing to spend months to figure it out... so disappointed to have so many negative feedbacks re Meade products

 

Thank you

Aygen


Edited by kzar, 07 May 2021 - 04:39 AM.


#27 SIG.OCT

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:03 AM

Hi,

It is how I got around the clearance issue - even the purple camera is too long to be installed when polar aligning - it is an on axis guider from (onag from innovations foresight).

 

Annoying that, Starlock seemed to work when I used it originally, but after a couple of years in between houses it never woke up again. Wouldn't hold it against the product in general though, people tend to not talk about how things are working perfectly for them ;)

 

Gears do seem to be a problem, there is no hiding from it. But there must be a workable solution though, and for DSO you can't beat the stability of the forks holding the OTA. 


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#28 kzar

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:13 AM

Thank you for your quick answer. I should also consider getting the same OAG than yours - never heard before. Would definitely make sense since I will be using also a Moonlite Focuser. But having such OAG, doesn't it affect the imaging quality ? 

 

Agree, it should have a solution to your problem, I am sure.

 

I just hope that I will be happy with my setup... I want to keep it as it is today, i.e. mounted on a wedge with the original fork design. I will keep this thread updated whenever I can (probably by end of this month).

 

My best regards from Switzerland,

Aygen


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#29 dallmon

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 10:08 AM

My LX600 had an electrical meltdown after 2 years and had to be shipped back to the factory. The only thing it would do was track and slew from the hand controller. Meade had it three months, sent it back, and everything worked but the GPS. Then I noticed that on half a dozen really interesting objects the Starlock wouldn't lock on any stars. Ultimately I stripped the Starlock off, added a GPS, guidescope, and Raspberry Pi, and went with Indi for automation. It's never been better. With guiding it tracks very good, compared to its performance with the Starlock. As much as the thing has cost me, I still love the scope.


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 02:15 PM

My lx600 14 has never worked right from the time I received it last September. I can at least use it manually but it won't auto align and the readout says motor failure.

Meade says they'll send me a replacement RA motor and encoder but they are on backorder now 

UPDATE

i just got my LX600 up and running properly. Patience has paid off.

Meade Customer service diagnosed a faulty RA encoder which turned out to be a big part of the problem. 

Garry Ingle with Meade Mods helped immensely with diagnosing the hitting hardstop issue which turned out being a very filthy home sensor and alloy plates. I thoroughly cleaned excess grease and foam like debris from inside the scope base.

Garry also replaced the encoder and swapped out the motor assy plus did the gear swap.

For the first time in over a year this telescope is working flawlessly! Thanks Garry!

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#31 dcaponeii

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 07:50 AM

UPDATE

i just got my LX600 up and running properly. Patience has paid off.

Meade Customer service diagnosed a faulty RA encoder which turned out to be a big part of the problem. 

Garry Ingle with Meade Mods helped immensely with diagnosing the hitting hardstop issue which turned out being a very filthy home sensor and alloy plates. I thoroughly cleaned excess grease and foam like debris from inside the scope base.

Garry also replaced the encoder and swapped out the motor assy plus did the gear swap.

For the first time in over a year this telescope is working flawlessly! Thanks Garry!

I had to replace my encoder last Spring and it's been flawless since then.  Did they replace your encoder with the same model that Meade is using?  It has a open endcap that lest crap get into the encoder.  US Digital makes the same model with a closed end cap that I used to replace mine with.  I'm hoping it will eliminate the problems in the future.  Time will tell as the first one lasted just over a year before it "failed".  Note:  The "bad" encoder was full of fluff that had gotten into the endcap opening. Looks like static electric charge is actually the culprit but that's my opinion only and not supported by any hard data.



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Posted 22 November 2021 - 02:35 PM

Quick question for LX600 owners.  I unboxed my new 14 inch over the weekend.  The user manual says that I need to remove a travel screw before using the focuser.  No travel screw.  There was a note on the back of the scope to unlock it before focusing, but there is no travel screw.  Am I missing something?

 

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Posted 22 November 2021 - 04:30 PM

It's a old error in the manual. LX600s don't have the shipping bolt


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