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Can anyone identify this Meade 10” SCT?

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#1 1939Dodge

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Posted 27 June 2024 - 04:22 PM

Trying to identify. Thanks!

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#2 deepwoods1

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Posted 27 June 2024 - 04:42 PM

Looks very much like my 10" LX50. If the drive base was pictured, that would help.


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Posted 27 June 2024 - 05:14 PM

I was going to say LX50...but it plainly says "Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain" around the front!

 

Just joking...like "deepwood1" says, we need to get a look at the base front panel...



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Posted 27 June 2024 - 05:34 PM

This might give you further info:

 

http://www.anysllum....ManualLX502.htm



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Posted 27 June 2024 - 05:51 PM

LX200 or 50.



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Posted 27 June 2024 - 07:19 PM

Definetly not an LX200 as the tangent arm declination drive is visible. LX50 is my guess from the photograph. The fork arms and declination drive do not look right for an older LX series. 


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Posted 27 June 2024 - 07:22 PM

I'm thinking it's a Meade 2120 LX3, 10" SCT. The model that came out just before the LX5. Approx 1983 - 1986.

 

Clear skies and keep looking up!

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Posted 27 June 2024 - 09:25 PM

LX 50, see the dec gears, there was an update for different gear to change the ratio cause it was too fast for guiding. I had one and the optics were buttery soft.


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Posted 27 June 2024 - 09:45 PM

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LX 50, see the dec gears, there was an update for different gear to change the ratio cause it was too fast for guiding. I had one and the optics were buttery soft.



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Posted 28 June 2024 - 07:54 AM

Thanks all! 


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Posted 28 June 2024 - 09:50 AM

My guess is "Meade". Did I win?

 

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Posted 28 June 2024 - 11:33 AM

I’ll think about it
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Posted 28 June 2024 - 12:30 PM

LX 50, see the dec gears, there was an update for different gear to change the ratio cause it was too fast for guiding. I had one and the optics were buttery soft.

Ha! If only optics were as easy to fix as focusers :)

 

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Posted 02 July 2024 - 04:09 PM

I stay away from ALL Meade scopes except the EMC coated and later ones! everything else is a crap shoot!
The early ETX and the 2045"s in the Aluminum cases with A/C power are really good. 

 



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Posted 02 July 2024 - 06:10 PM

I stay away from ALL Meade scopes except the EMC coated and later ones! everything else is a crap shoot!
The early ETX and the 2045"s in the Aluminum cases with A/C power are really good. 

 

I had 5 2045's. One was a spotter version and was my number 2 best ever SCT.  3 astro versions were total mush bombs and one was good. So all over the board. Never had a bad ETX but did have some that were not in perfect collimation.  As for the pre 1993 Meade SCT's i never had one i would call super sharp but none were bad.  Had 8 LX200's and only one soft 12" LX200.  So Meade was on tops of it's game in the later 90's with SCT optics on avg.



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Posted 02 July 2024 - 06:16 PM

I stay away from ALL Meade scopes except the EMC coated and later ones! everything else is a crap shoot!
The early ETX and the 2045"s in the Aluminum cases with A/C power are really good. 

 

This has not been my experience. I've owned three pre-1992 Meade SCT's and all three had good optics. Not exactly a crap shoot.

 

My advice is to stay away from sweeping generalizations.

 

Clear skies!

 

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Posted 02 July 2024 - 07:19 PM

Trying to identify. Thanks!

LX50 10 inch.  Good scope, good optical tube, good drive system and a strong fork assembly (provided it's mounted on a better than standard wedge). 


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Posted 03 July 2024 - 05:51 AM

LX50 10 inch.  Good scope, good optical tube, good drive system and a strong fork assembly (provided it's mounted on a better than standard wedge). 

Some on here think the small wedge is fine. Nothing but shake city kitty on the two LX50's i had. Much better mounted like this.

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Posted 04 July 2024 - 05:52 PM

Soo...we don't get to see the front panel?


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