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#13 Meade 4M Community Forum Code of Conduct

Posted by Meade on 22 March 2007 - 09:20 AM

Code of Conduct for Meade 4M Community Forums:

1. This group is open to anyone interested in astronomy, without prejudice of previous experience or equipment used. While the main topics of discussion should be centered around astronomy and the Meade 4M community that has been created, many products and applications including; telescopes, cameras, mounts, filters, and imaging etc., will not only be allowed, but necessary as they are relevant to our hobby.

2. The Meade 4M Forums are not portals to Meade Instruments’ Sales, Marketing, or Customer Service departments. For questions to or service from Meade, please call (949) 451-1450 or visit www.meade.com/support.

3. Our goal is to learn and share with other members of the Meade 4M Community in the hope of advancement for all. If you wish to be helpful or provide a source of encouragement, please do so. It is better to push someone up the ladder of success than to stand on their head to elevate yourself. There are members here who are new to astronomy, so please speak in a way that can be understood by all.

4. The rules are simple. Think before you post a message or reply. It should go without saying that flaming, badmouthing or profanity will result in immediate action. Slanderous criticism of people, organizations, companies, or products will not be tolerated. Evaluation in the interest of comparison is allowed if in a helpful, constructive manner. Remember, there is a fine line between reason and slander.

5. The responsibility of the moderators is to keep things in order. The responsibility of the individual member is to keep them from having to. If something goes wrong, remember - we do have jobs and are sometimes slow to respond. If anyone decides to display undesirable actions, the individual will receive a warning. If the problem persists, their posts will be moderated. If all else has failed, they will be removed from the group. These unfortunate actions would be to preserve the integrity of the group.

6. Be aware of sensitive topics, and no posts of a political nature. Topics like global warming, taxes, religion, politics or lifestyles could be considered "hot button" topics depending on their content and perceived intent. This is a judgment call the moderators of the forum will make. Please exercise your best judgment before posting.

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#15537 Sun January 13th

Posted by Philip Pugh on 15 January 2013 - 06:44 AM

I had some clear sky for a change, so took some shots in hydrogen alpha light and "white light": http://sungazer127ma...nuary-13th.html

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#15696 LX850 Shipping!

Posted by Meade on 07 February 2013 - 03:37 PM

BIG NEWS: As of today the new LX850 is officially shipping! Those affected by the LX800 recall will be receiving units as early as next week, with dealers and new orders being handled immediately afterward.

For more information on the LX850, just go to the web site here: http://www.meade.com/lx850.
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#24748 Blast from the past . . .

Posted by SBacon on 08 November 2017 - 09:29 AM

Been too cloudy to shoot anything so I thought everybody might get a kick out of this.  A glimpse of the 1997 Meade General Catalog.



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#17048 Phil's Announcements

Posted by Philip Pugh on 01 May 2013 - 12:24 AM

The April thread is now complete: http://sungazer127ma...april-2013.html

You can also see the photos accompanied by "Space is deep", an old classic by Hawkwind:

I've just started the May thread, which will now be written latest first, so you don't have to scroll to the bottom to get the latest observations: http://sungazer127ma...5/may-2013.html

You can find a directory of interesting objects to view and photograph here: http://philippugh.co.../Directory.html

OR you can see them in a tour of the universe: http://philippugh.at.../Universe1.html

Finally, you can now see the latest Twitter and blog feeds on my Amazon home page: http://www.amazon.co...gh/e/B0034NTCJK

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#24563 2673 still activity

Posted by mariosi on 09 September 2017 - 06:59 AM

The AR 2673 is still activity!

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#23713 Messier Hunt with an Infinity 80, Targets 71 through 110

Posted by MistrBadgr on 09 December 2016 - 05:34 PM

I am going to try and put the last third of the Targets in this one string of posts.  I have no idea if they will come in large batches or if they will come just a couple at a time, like this morning.  Anyway, here goes:


December 9, 2016-Morning


The alarm went off at 5 AM and I was up like a shot.  Fifteen minutes later, I was outside, dressed properly (feet down the right pant legs, etc.) and encumbered with the correct clothing for 13 Deg F weather, telescope in place, and eyes trying to focus!  After some preliminary efforts at Jupiter, I decided I was prepared enough to try for M65 and M66

71-M66 and 72-M65:  The Leo Triplet of galaxies are located about half way along a line from Theta to Iota Leonis.  Theta is in the position of the lower edge of the body of the lion and about where the bottom of the hip would be.  Iota is located southeast of Theta about five degrees in the position of the rear knee.  M65 is directly on the line in my atlas with M66 just to the east of it.  NGC 3628, the third galaxy is North of M66.  All three can be enclosed by a one degree circle.


Just to the west of the trio is a curved arrangement of stars that reminds me of a question mark.  The brightest star of that curving group is 73 Leonis, which shows in my regular atlas with its number.  There is roughly a tenth magnitude star to the east of 73 that forms the top left end of the question mark.  That star is almost between M65 and NGC 3628.

With my scope centered on where I thought the middle of the trio should be, at 16X, about a degree east of 73 Leonis, I waited for a while and could see a vague vertical spot of lighter grey, which I guessed was M66.  I switched eyepieces to 32X and waited.  The first spot was definitely there.  In a minute or so, a second vertical swatch of grey showed up.  The tenth magnitude star was above that swatch, so that much be M65.  Looking slightly above the star and a little to the left, I could see a vague lightening in the background that seems circular or nearly so to me.  This was in the spot where NGC 3628 is indicated in my atlas.


After that, I attempted to move on to a whole cluster of galaxies east of Beta Leonis, the lion’s tail star.  However, I started having trouble seeing things.  Both contrast was decreasing as well as the brightness of stars.  I looked to see if my objective was frosting up, but did not see anything.  Possibly, a thin cloud had moved in the way.  At that point, I noticed that my toes were getting past cold and were getting a bit numb, so I decided to call the session to an end.  I was out about 45 minutes all together, a little shorter than I would have liked, but successful for this quest, none the less.


Session Summary:

71-M66:  Located between Theta and Iota Leonis. Appeared and a vertically elongated grey patch east of 73 Leonis and just east of M65.  Spotted at 16x, best view at 32X. 12/9/2016 05:40 AM CST


72-M65:  Located between Theta and Iota Leonis. Appeared and a vertically elongated grey patch east of 73 Leonis and just west of M66.  Spotted and viewed at 32X. 12/9/2016 05:45AM CST

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#23708 Pleiades

Posted by SBacon on 06 December 2016 - 01:13 PM

Shot this a couple of weeks ago . . . 16 shots / 90 seconds each / ISO 3200 / 8" LX90 / Canon T5.

 I consider them God's Christmas ornaments because they appear around Christmas and they are so beautiful.



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#22666 M1, a 92*30sec LUM picture

Posted by nvcdk3061 on 05 January 2016 - 06:12 PM

Thanks Bill, right, the water get's stiff :) and I was freezing during the whole obs-session :)

I have old M1 data, I will make a picture that will show the nebula expansion, get back to you.

Here are the nebula expansion seen from 2011 until today,


Sadly to say, my 2011 M1 color picture isn't in the same quality as my latest picture :(

Kind regards Niels

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#25867 Jupiter

Posted by spiral on 01 May 2018 - 12:55 PM

I finally had some clear weather here last night so I was able to get the LX90 out for awhile..Over the winter I got a new ZWO ASI224 and it's a lot more to learn compared to the Neximage 5 I have been using.. So here is the first image of Jupiter with the ASI224 and the LX90 10" ACF.. This is 112 FPS, 1800 frames, 640x480, 70% stacked in DSS..Seeing wasn't all that great, it was a 7 out of 10..

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#24552 Sunspots 9-2-2017

Posted by SBacon on 03 September 2017 - 12:24 PM

Shot these yesterday with the 8" LX90 and the Canon T5. Looks like I need to do a little cleaning on the barlow. That pic is pretty nasty! :)



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#24079 Wide Field Shot

Posted by SBacon on 19 July 2017 - 10:25 AM

Finally got some clear skies last night over northwest Alabama so I piggybacked the Canon onto the LX90 last night and took this wide field shot of the Trifid and Lagoon Nebula area.  The second pic consists of individual shots I made last year.  Still having fun with astronomy!! :D



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#23706 Sun on 4/12/14 H-a

Posted by mariosi on 05 December 2016 - 11:04 PM

Hello all after long time!
The Sun in H-a 4/12/16

Coronado 40mm P.S.T.MEADE
Explore Scientific 8.8 F.O.V.82°
Black pencils on white paper

Thanks for looking

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#23326 Meade 6.3 Focal Reducer on my 8" LX90

Posted by SBacon on 23 August 2016 - 11:39 AM

After 21 cloudy nights we finally got a beautiful sky last night in Northwest Alabama! I was anxious to try out the Meade focal reducer that had been setting on the scope for 2 weeks. I had heard both positive and negative comments about it but I must say, I am very pleased with it the first time out. Here's a shot of 52 Cygnus, the Western Veil.  It's only 7 shots stacked at 30 seconds each.



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#22913 NGC 7331 ans stephans quintet

Posted by Mark Sibole on 09 April 2016 - 11:23 AM

Dont know why I never published this image.Found it in a files folder


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#22841 Lunar craters: Schickard, Phocylides and Schiller.

Posted by Edison1000 on 24 March 2016 - 04:41 AM


Schickard: diameter 227 Km and depth 1.5 Km.

Phocylides: diameter 114 Km and depth 2.1 Km.

Schiller has an elongated shape: diameter 179 X 71 Km and depth 3.9 Km.

(Source Wikipedia)

Telescope reflector aperture 130mm (5.1"), focal length 650mm, eyepiece (1.25") 13mm and Barlow 2X. 

Date: Mar 20, 2016. Hour: 21:16 (01:46 UTC).

Thanks for looking


P.S. Schiller is L30 in Lunar 100.









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#22537 Infinity 102 Review by Bill Steen

Posted by MistrBadgr on 23 September 2015 - 05:47 PM

Attached is my review of the Infinity 102.


Bill Steen

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#21777 First images with my LX90 10"

Posted by spiral on 24 April 2015 - 09:10 PM

I have been using my LX90 a lot since I received it..It has worked flawlessly and go to is spot on..It is just a joy to use..Very happy with it..


Planets were looking a little washed out, so I did a bit of collimation with the Duncan mask method and wow what a difference it made on planetary detail..It may still be slightly off a little..


So I finally got around to ordering a planetary camera..We had clear skys lastnight so I decided to try out the camera..I have alot to learn about the processing of the images..But for my first go, I think they turned out good..


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#21063 It doesn't get any better! The moon and Messier 23 - together in one...

Posted by steve.rosenow on 01 October 2014 - 12:17 AM

I think I hit the jackpot, and quite possibly just composed my most favorite photo I've ever taken.
Not only that, I got *extremely* lucky. Not only did I capture the moon, I also managed to capture Messier 23 being occulted by the moon.
This is a ten-frame HDR composite.
The longest exposure is 20 seconds! Shortest? 1/400. All shot @ ISO100.

Captured using a Nikon D5100 mated to a Meade DS2090 OTA which is piggybacked onto a 10-inch f/6.3 LX200. :)

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#19845 M97, the owl nebula

Posted by nvcdk3061 on 11 April 2014 - 10:13 PM

a L,Ha,SII,OIII,RGB picture,


Scope used: LX200ACF 16" and camera Atik 460ex taken with Baader
LRGB,Ha,OIII, SII filters.
Exposure: RGB=10 min. each filter, in 1 min. subs.
L=40 min. in total, in 1/2 min. subs.
Ha=13*5 min, OIII=14*5 min, SII=19*5 min.
Thanks for looking.
Kind regards Niels

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