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Lx200 16 ota vs lx600 16 ota

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#1 Astronomygeek

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 12:10 AM

Is lx200 ota better than lx600 the lx600 has better mirror locks but I've heard that.lx600 has less contrast but it has fast focal ratio I can use lx600 for all things if I want it for planet I can use a tele extender or without tele extender also but in lx200 I've saw mirror shift issues just asking not buying(I'm just window shopping) and what's the best mount for it.(except astrophysics mount and paramount mounts) it'll be in observatory



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Posted 05 August 2022 - 12:11 AM

Note: ONLY OTA ONLY



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Posted 05 August 2022 - 09:00 AM

Is lx200 ota better than lx600 the lx600 has better mirror locks but I've heard that.lx600 has less contrast but it has fast focal ratio I can use lx600 for all things if I want it for planet I can use a tele extender or without tele extender also but in lx200 I've saw mirror shift issues just asking not buying(I'm just window shopping) and what's the best mount for it.(except astrophysics mount and paramount mounts) it'll be in observatory

I have the LX200GPS 16" OTA pre-ACF,  the ACF between F/10(LX200) and F/8(LX600) does give you a bit wider field and faster imaging time.  The F/8 design is picky if the secondary is slightly misaligned which seems to account for the apparent contrast issue in my opinion.  

The 16" in my opinion is better as an F/10 versus F/8 IF you are buying the telescope for planetary imaging and if you want to use a reducer for wider fields.  The F/8 isn't as significant field improvement nor imaging time improvement given modern CMOS imager sensitivity.  And given the cost difference a reducer is well within the budget for the F/10 vs F/8.  

Now as to best mount?  Some will debate this, but if I had significant funds I'd opt for the Planewave L350 vs any German equatorial mount.  There isn't an advantage in design or versatility at the price point of mounts for heavy OTAs.  On the cheap end the EQ8 and CEM120 are capable of holding the heavy OTA, while an AP1600 and similar competitors like SBIG and other professional class mounts.  


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Posted 05 August 2022 - 09:04 AM

I'll just use it for visual and maybe sometimes do planetary astrophotography with it



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Posted 05 August 2022 - 09:06 AM

Is it better than c14 edge hd



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Posted 05 August 2022 - 10:43 AM

Alot more aperture, 2" outer diam. Means more resolving detail and the F/10 secondary is relatively smaller percentage on 16" vs Edge. Planetary has no advantages in Edge. If you wanted to do serious AP or EAA with a Hyperstar then the Edge can do it while Meade scopes cannot.

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 10:46 AM

Meade also has a similar thing as superstars saw it right here in cn



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Posted 05 August 2022 - 12:45 PM

I was at McDonald Observatory one nite during their public star parties a few years ago and they had their 16” LX200

pointed at M1. I couldn’t believe the detail I was seeing, the image looked like a photo. Lots of structure in the gas cloud, I was really impressed. I’d pick the f/10 version If I was in your shoes.



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Posted 05 August 2022 - 03:04 PM

My first target with my 16" was Jupiter. Best views I've ever had. Then watched the 2017 eclipse totality and saw tendrils off the edge in volume not seen in smaller apertures

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 05:23 AM

Or another option, a c14xlt  is it better than 16 lx200 ota but now on ap1200 or ap1600


Edited by Astronomygeek, 07 August 2022 - 05:28 AM.


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Posted 07 August 2022 - 05:25 AM

Pure visual and sometimes planetary astrophotography



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Posted 07 August 2022 - 05:26 AM

Meade 16 has a 6 inch more focal length and 2 inch more aperture but only a bit more money than c14 but it's worth it 


Edited by Astronomygeek, 07 August 2022 - 05:29 AM.


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Posted 07 August 2022 - 06:18 AM

Planetary and visual, the 16" will outperform the 14" on just aperture resolving detail and pulling in more light on fainter DSO.

Like I said b4, unless planning to use a Hyperstar I see no advantages in the Edge.

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 03:46 PM

Meade 16 has a 6 inch more focal length and 2 inch more aperture but only a bit more money than c14 but it's worth it 

With a C14 Edge OTA going for $7.5k while the M16 ACF OTA is $10.5k, that's a 40% difference. Not sure anyone would call that "only a bit more money" ....



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Posted 07 August 2022 - 04:03 PM

They were a lot closer pre pandemic

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 09:18 PM

In India it's just 500$ differences


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Posted 07 August 2022 - 09:22 PM

In India lx200 ota is cheaper the difference is 300$




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