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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.
I really like it. 89a82bdd0744dee356eee13cd106f154.jpg67852d413d3436a4c3999faad83d9056.jpg

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:23 AM

Brand new (to me) toy. This is my Meade 10" LX something. The basest of the base units as there is only a power jack and no other electronics. It did come with Bob's knobs, 2 Plossl (not the standard supplied Meade), a tragically cheap 3x barlow, moon filter, JMI motofocus, dew shield, 2x piggyback mounts, a bunch of bolts. 

I basically was looking for a 10" ota to try on a GEM; for starting astrophotography.

I also have a Nexstar 8se with starsense (still trying to get that wight) and a nexguide waiting for an autoguider

plus a 5Nexstar se and a Meade lx85 mount and a 120mm refractor.

 

I need to whittle down the equipment so some testing to be done.

 

I haven't had a chance to try this unit out under dark skies as weather has been uncooperative. I picked this up yesterday morning.

 

Comes with a few items I will be selling off 2x piggyback adapters, finder with ring and dovetail (but no base), probably a focuser...not certain about that, dew shield, some unwanted eyepieces (Orion 7.2-21.5 zoom, Hotech laser collimator, Celestron reducer), lower weight bar... so if you read something you would like, drop me a line before I post.

 

The fellow I bought this from did not seem to know alot about scopes, not that I am an expert; but when I asked him if the motor was working, he replied "this does not come with a motor". I knew better and there was a power cord in his box of stuff.

 

When I reviewed the bills he had kept (he bought this unit used from a shop I am familiar with), I noticed the purchase price in 2009, $2800+/- cdn. I also noticed that he was given an eyepiece package that noted "2x Plossl, 3x barlow". The Plossl he received were no-name items and the 3x barlow was the cheapest imaginable piece of plastic that would have come with bargain reflectors. Makes me think twice about the shop as that salesperson is still there.

 

As for the scope, after cleaning and checking for collimation, I hope to find a reasonably priced dovetail and mount on the LX85 (ota weight is rated at 26lbs and LX85 capacity is 15kg or 33lbs (may or may not include the 9lb weight included) so may be on the edge of its limit. 

 

Price I paid was $775 CDN (about $564 U.S.). 

 

I might have found  lower price for an OTA only but with this covid stuff, travelling is out of the question and shipping an OTA is always risky and probably $100-$120 over the border. 

 

The last 10" I did notice on local sites sold for $750 CDN without tripod or wedge. That may have been a more advanced LX model but the fork is not really what I wanted.

 

This is the 2nd Meade I have owned (except for ETX 125 models). The last being an 8" LX6 f6.3 that I simply could not collimate. Drove me crazy. I hope this is a better example of Meade optics as I read that the 10" are generally good scopes. 

 

Forgive any spelling errors. 

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#643 petersmeadelx6

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 10:27 PM

Ahhhh, funny thing. I put an ad in the wanted-accessory section for a dovetail for this scope. I also sent an email regarding a dovetail to a member of another forum. He got back to me and confirmed he was selling an AM bar for a Meade 10sct. 

As it turns out, he offered me the bar, the ota and a focus mask for $100 (cdn). The primary had a chip in it. No idea how it got there and there were some moisture marks on the inside of the corrector plate.

It's the same basic OTA but with the silver handle. 

I opened the tube, cemented the chipped portion back in place and cleaned up the corrector. No lasting damage. It seems that he had moved some mounting stuff around and put too long a screw into one of the holes that lined up with the mirror so when he tried to focus.... chip.

 

I had a look through the scope at the moon. Impressive detail but as it was stating to haze and cloud over, I couldn't tell if the slightly low contrast was due to conditions or possibly some haze on the secondary. 



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Posted 05 June 2020 - 04:00 PM

I guess I should add my big Meade to the list...

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 04:28 PM

My Meade 12" LX200 "Classic". It's been in my garage-top, ROR observatory for the past 19 years. It's been an imaging workhorse all that time.  

 

OrbitJet Observatory:

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 07:07 AM

I guess I should add my big Meade to the list...

Pains my scrotum just thinking of the weight of this thing, beautiful as it is.



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Posted 09 June 2020 - 04:39 PM

Pains my scrotum just thinking of the weight of this thing, beautiful as it is.

The hitch-hoist makes it all rather painless for one person to set up and take down.



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Posted 09 June 2020 - 06:29 PM

The hitch-hoist makes it all rather painless for one person to set up and take down.


Yeah I think when I was figuring out what to do with my 16 I saw one of your pictures and one somebody else had done with the Hoist and that's why I chose to mount mine on the electric wheelchair.

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 02:39 PM

Poor man's questar :

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 02:40 PM

Meade digital readout :

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