Hello all ...
Just ordered my first big Meade telescope. I have been using a smaller Newtonian (4") and a 8" Dob for the last year or so, and finally decided I wanted to get something bigger. I also want to start doing a bit more astrophotography. Here's what I bought, so far ...
1. Meade LX90 ACF 12" (with tripod) and the X-Wedge.
2. Meade Series 4000 Plossl Eyepieces in focal lengths of 6mm, 9mm, 13mm, 18mm, and 32mm (all 1.25") and six color filters: Light Red, Dark Yellow, Light Yellow, Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Green.
3. LXPS 18 PORTABLE POWER SUPPLY and the power adapter for the wall. I'll use the portable for dark sky spots near the Pawnee Grasslands, which are about 30 minutes from my house, or up in the Rockies north of Rocky Mountain National Park a bit over 40 minutes from my house.
I've already got a decent steel garden wagon that will haul 100+ lbs of goods, so it should haul all of my equipment when I'm treking in from the truck to the site. When working the backyard I'll just wheel the unit out on a tri-pod stability system that uses 6" pneumatic tires and allows me to sit it on a flat base I'm installing toward the back of the yard.
This is my first ACF/SCT and I['m really excited about using this beast. I've already received the wedge, and that thing weighs easily 35 lbs by itself. I'm already thinking of putting in a solid concrete base with a steel pole to replace the tripod for the backyard work. I can easily install a second poll, which can be lifted out of the ground as needed, where I can mount a small crane or lift system. That way I'm not trying to lift 100+ lbs of OTA, mount, and wedge onto the base.
I'm always interested in any good advise you good folks might have. I'm OK with the basic observation stuff, and the new LX90 will actually allow me to better track and get a lot more out of the observation sessions. And the AP will be a steep learning curve, but I'm ready for the task.