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8 inch LX10 for $250 - good deal?

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#1 tedkord1968

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 09:33 AM

Comes with two plossl eyepieces, tripod, wedge. I haven't looked at the glass yet, or tried any of the functions, but assuming everything is in good condition and works, is $250 a good price? I've got an 11 inch SCT, but I never use it anymore because my back hurts.

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 09:38 AM

I think the price is good, and your back will thank you.


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Posted 11 July 2021 - 09:38 AM

If the OTA is in good condition, and the optics are good.......yes this is a very good deal. If the mount works properly, even more so.

 

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 09:39 AM

I should add the seller said it's seen very little use, and none at all for quite a few years.

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 09:41 AM

Yeah that's a great deal - I'd jump on it even though I already have a scope that size. 


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Posted 11 July 2021 - 09:44 AM

Can I also ask, what if the slewing or tracking don't work? Still worth it, can I get it fixed? If the optics are messed up, I'm not buying it at any price.

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 01:59 PM

Can I also ask, what if the slewing or tracking don't work? Still worth it, can I get it fixed? If the optics are messed up, I'm not buying it at any price.

My first serious scope was and LX10.  A nice basic telescope for visual observing and quick imaging of planets/sun.  The LX10 uses a basic RA drive and a tangent arm DEC manual adjuster.  Not much to go wrong on them, and can run a while on a basic 9V battery.  

Optically it will be a reasonable performer, they just had standard coatings, not the UHTC, but not a huge deal really.  

The great thing is that they were simple and easy to operate.  

Long term you can defork the OTA if either the mount doesn't work or you want to use it on something more handy like a manual Alt-Az or LX65 or a 30lb class mount like a Sirius EQ-g 

In general any classic SCT 8" OTA is worth $300.  I've picked up 2 C8s for under $200 in the last couple years.  Latest still needs to be deforked and optics cleaned as some insects got inside.  
 


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Posted 17 July 2021 - 08:16 AM

I bought a used LX10 OTA here on CN for $315 and it has excellent optics...
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Posted 17 July 2021 - 08:20 AM

Comes with two plossl eyepieces, tripod, wedge. I haven't looked at the glass yet, or tried any of the functions, but assuming everything is in good condition and works, is $250 a good price? I've got an 11 inch SCT, but I never use it anymore because my back hurts.

 

It's a very reasonable price. Now, keep in mind this is a very basic, old telescope.

 

I like the LX10, however, and use the scopes with my university astronomy students. 20 years down the line all are doing well despite the tender mercies of the undergraduates. :)


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Posted 17 July 2021 - 12:04 PM

I have a used de-forked lx10 from around 1995. I have no complaints about its optical performance. The build quality is just nice and solid - metal objective cap, holds collimation very well. Love the deep purple coating! It did display noticeable image shift when focusing but a Crayford focuser fixed that issue.
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Posted 18 July 2021 - 08:27 PM

I think it depends on the condition.  Remember that now that Meade is a ghost company, it may not be possible to obtain parts.


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Posted 19 July 2021 - 05:48 AM

Test the optics first to make sure it is not a dud.


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Posted 19 July 2021 - 11:08 AM

Test the optics first to make sure it is not a dud.

 

We bought a dozen at the physics department here. Not a "dud" in the bunch. But, for 250, waddaya want? lol.gif


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Posted 21 July 2021 - 11:55 PM

LX10 was my first "serious" scope, bought new back in the day. It was a decent telescope, about the only thing to be aware of, the LX10 is useful for visual only. 

Astro-imaging you will want a more accurate drive mechanism, and a more stable mount. Regarding your Q - if the drive isn't functional, verify that it is electronics and not a mechanical issue. 

Edited to add - ask for the handcontroller also...

 

For the price, if the optics are good - you really can't go too far wrong.


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Posted 22 July 2021 - 05:57 AM

We bought a dozen at the physics department here. Not a "dud" in the bunch. But, for 250, waddaya want? lol.gif

I want what i had in that freaky, insane sharp 1984 C8 i got back around 1998 for like $400. Even you would have blown a fuse looking at Jupiter at 500x. That OTA was nuts.


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Posted 22 July 2021 - 09:25 AM

I want what i had in that freaky, insane sharp 1984 C8 i got back around 1998 for like $400. Even you would have blown a fuse looking at Jupiter at 500x. That OTA was nuts.

Sounds like my old Ultima 8 OTA. Or my NexStar 11 GPS (which I believe you did some observing with at Chiefland a long, long time ago). :)

 

Both sold and long gone now, alas. :(


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Posted 22 July 2021 - 04:15 PM

Definitely a good deal! If the mirrors and coating are in good condition its something to jump on ASAP. I would go a far as saying that even if the drive no longer works, its still something that can be de-forked and mounted on a GEM for just the cost of the mount


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Posted 22 July 2021 - 06:48 PM

Sounds like my old Ultima 8 OTA. Or my NexStar 11 GPS (which I believe you did some observing with at Chiefland a long, long time ago). smile.gif

 

Both sold and long gone now, alas. frown.gif

I remember you being there back around 1998?  I think the sky was very hazy if i remember right.


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Posted 22 July 2021 - 08:47 PM

Well, I paid $200 for my 8" Vega MakNewt in 1969...so what do you think?
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Posted 23 July 2021 - 06:18 AM

Well, I paid $200 for my 8" Vega MakNewt in 1969...so what do you think?

No way i could afford 200 back in 1969 at age 6.


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Posted 23 July 2021 - 03:55 PM

I remember you being there back around 1998?  I think the sky was very hazy if i remember right.

Must have been a few years after that. I didn't get the GPS C11 till...oh...2003, I think. I recall the sky was excellent the time I'm thinking about...but that it was just FREAKING HOT during the day. :)


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Posted 23 July 2021 - 06:06 PM

Must have been a few years after that. I didn't get the GPS C11 till...oh...2003, I think. I recall the sky was excellent the time I'm thinking about...but that it was just FREAKING HOT during the day. smile.gif

I was there in 2003 also. I remember 1998 started out super wet and then got super dry and we had smoke in the sky that year.


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Posted 24 July 2021 - 01:45 PM

I was there in 2003 also. I remember 1998 started out super wet and then got super dry and we had smoke in the sky that year.

 

 

I believe the HOT one I was thinking of was the Spring Picnic in May 2002, my first  time there with the 11 (not 03). It was frankly so hot that in retrospect, my decision to <choke! gasp! good lord!> tent camp was madness. I was a lot younger and dumber then, I guess. lol.gif

 

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 04:25 PM

I believe the HOT one I was thinking of was the Spring Picnic in May 2002, my first  time there with the 11 (not 03). It was frankly so hot that in retrospect, my decision to <choke! gasp! good lord!> tent camp was madness. I was a lot younger and dumber then, I guess. lol.gif

 

https://uncle-rods.b...-chiefland.html

Things have changed there since Tom was run out, Last time there was the picnic of 2016.
 


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Posted 24 July 2021 - 05:34 PM

Things have changed there since Tom was run out, Last time there was the picnic of 2016.
 

You said a mouthful, Chas. :(

 

The last time I was there was the 2015 Chiefland Star Party. 

 

Frankly, I was pretty much done with the place prior to that for reasons there's no point in dredging up years later.  But yeah, for me when Jeannie and Tom left for New Mexico skies,  the heart and soul of the place was gone. :(


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