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#626 kirkwannabee

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 12:05 PM

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#627 Lord Beowulf

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 08:13 AM

Impressive.  The threaded counterweight rod is interesting.  I see some pros and cons there.

 

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#628 Matthew Ota

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 04:05 PM

10" LX 50.  Hopefully a good starter without breaking the bank. 

That brings back memories. I owned an identical 10 inch LX50 telescope from 1998 to 2007. Parted into my current frankenscope.



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Posted 22 December 2018 - 12:26 AM

Not as impressive as some of the scopes in this thread, but I like it. This is my stock 1994 LX-200 that I inherited from my father in law. It’s been in storage for a good 15 years, but I dusted it off this last summer and tried to put it to good use. I went through the manual 3 or 4 times minding all the warnings of what should be locked and what should not be locked, and after much puckering, I powered it up and this thing works beautifully.

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 09:25 PM

14" LX200 GPS.  After sitting idle for several years (kids!), it is almost ready for prime time again.  Kids are old enough now and I can get some sleep : ).   Upgraded with eye-opener, EZ-Clutch, and Buck's Gears.  The observatory had a dome on it before but was in need of major repair, so it was changed to a roll off roof for simplicity sake.  Swapped out my guide scope for a shorter 80mm.  There were a couple tweaks after this but I'm excited to start using it again!

 

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#631 Thrifty1

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 07:22 PM

I was not sure if I had shared my setup here before. I keep my 10” LX200R inside but it took too long to take it out in parts and set it up due to the weight - especially once I added a wedge.  I needed an easy way to wheel it in / out of the house through a standard doorway. 

 

I built a telescope “cart” out of a hand cart / dolly. I had a nice steel accessory tray between the tripod and wedge so I used that as a way to attach everything to the hand cart. I built some wood arms that secured to the cart and then extended out to the steel tray. The arms are clamped to the steel tray with some aluminum bars I fashioned. 

 

I simply tilt back the cart, push the legs in a bit, and roll it out onto the patio. When I get outside I spread the legs and I’m set up. 

 

I have an outlet strip attached to the cart with an extension cord. I run the cord over to an outlet and can then power everything right at the telescope (scope, dew heaters, computer, etc).  It’s not shown in these photos but I usually have a bag attached on the cart too that holds miscellaneous items. 

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#632 Lord Beowulf

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 07:16 AM

Pretty ingenious setup.  Pretty top heavy though, so if one were to have to travel over any rough terrain this might not be ideal (vs. a tripod cart that keeps the mass centered).  Still, sounds like it works great for you, and that's what matters!

 

Beo



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Posted 03 March 2019 - 07:17 AM

Impressive.  The threaded counterweight rod is interesting.  I see some pros and cons there.

 

Thanks,

 

Beo

I should have asked in my original post if the counterweights themselves were actually threaded, or just the locking nuts?  I'd assumed they were, but on looking back I wasn't so sure.  Still a pretty mount!

 

Beo



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:25 AM

Pretty ingenious setup.  Pretty top heavy though, so if one were to have to travel over any rough terrain this might not be ideal (vs. a tripod cart that keeps the mass centered).  Still, sounds like it works great for you, and that's what matters!

 

Beo

Definitely best for short distances over fairly smooth terrain. If I was going further I’d add 2 more wider wheels to tip it back on for stability.  But since my main goal is just to get it in / out of the house through a standard doorway it couldn’t be much wider than this. 

 

I have a 4 wheel mobility scooter that a relative had used. I’ve thought about trying to turn that into a motorized telescope transport cart of some sort.  Anyone seen something like that attempted?  



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:58 AM

I have a 4 wheel mobility scooter that a relative had used. I’ve thought about trying to turn that into a motorized telescope transport cart of some sort.  Anyone seen something like that attempted?  

Sounds like it'd be a fun project.  I suspect the challenge would be finding a way to add leg jacks to it to get off the wheels and level the tripod.  Of course under ideal circumstances (e.g. always having a level pad to move to) I'd probably dump the tripod for a pier mounted solidly to the base which should be very bottom heavy due to battery and motors.  The other option would be to just use it as a tractor to pull a more traditional tripod dolly to where you wanted it.  All sorts of fun possibilities!

 

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:22 PM

This is  my set up.

LX200 - ACF

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 11:34 AM

I own a Meade 10" LX200 GPS for about 15 years.  Just recently upgrade my

firmware to 4.2K.  I've added 20 custom programs to my menu in the "tours"

 

It sits on a Meade Tripod, that usually has a 14" on it.  Its their heavy-duty

version.  Couldn't pass on the deal - I got it for $75.

 

I also have the "Big Handles" on my scope, to make it easier to handle.

 

My focuser, is the Moonlight 2 speed.

 

And our club furnishes these 2ft orange cones, that light up, at our star parties

so the kids don't bump our tripod.

 

Wish I had a 12" or 14" LX200GPS, but can't afford the crane to put it on my tripod.

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 05:07 PM

I just got a new to me LX200 GPS 10".  

 

I can't seem to get the GPS to find "brightest stars".  I have 4.2G, but the GPS dates show up correctly.  I ordered the cables and will do an update (hopefully) before this weekend.

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 07:54 PM

 

I just got a new to me LX200 GPS 10".  

 

I can't seem to get the GPS to find "brightest stars".  I have 4.2G, but the GPS dates show up correctly.  I ordered the cables and will do an update (hopefully) before this weekend.

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Nick, That is a great scope. It may take some patience to master, but I think you'll be very happy with it.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 01:39 PM

I own a Meade 10" LX200 GPS for about 15 years.  Just recently upgrade my

firmware to 4.2K.  I've added 20 custom programs to my menu in the "tours"

 

It sits on a Meade Tripod, that usually has a 14" on it.  Its their heavy-duty

version.  Couldn't pass on the deal - I got it for $75.

 

I also have the "Big Handles" on my scope, to make it easier to handle.

 

My focuser, is the Moonlight 2 speed.

 

And our club furnishes these 2ft orange cones, that light up, at our star parties

so the kids don't bump our tripod.

 

Wish I had a 12" or 14" LX200GPS, but can't afford the crane to put it on my tripod.

Did you make your own tours?  Or download them?

Thanks



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Posted 24 November 2019 - 03:41 AM

My third (or something) hand 8" Lx90 GPS.
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Verstuurd vanaf mijn MI 8 met Tapatalk

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