Meade LX80 and LX800 news, why isn't it here?
Posted 16 September 2011 - 02:24 PM
Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:02 PM
The new mounts can be alt/az, equitorial, or can be set up to handle two telescopes at the same time.
The LX-80 and the LX-800 can both be purchased seperately or with any number of different optical tubes on them.
The LX-80 runs about $800 list price for just the mount and the LX-800 is on up there.
I am intrigued by the concept of having one mount that can funtion in any of those capacities, but really have no details that have not already been posted on some vendor websites.
If anyone buys one, I would really like to hear what they think when they have had a chance to use it and learn about its strengths and weaknesses.
Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:33 PM
Posted 17 September 2011 - 05:07 PM
Since the amount of counterweights needed will depend on the scope and other equipment, the stand alone mount will probably not have counterweights built into the price. Keep the basic price low and let you add on only what you need.
I have exhausted my guesses from a vast field of ignorance on this subject.
Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:31 PM
Even with options, the LX80 will certainly price itself out very well.
Posted 22 September 2011 - 06:29 PM
The mount can support 40 lbs in AltAz or Eq modes and 70 lb in the dual scope mode.
The LX-80 comes as a mount only, with a 6", 8", or 10" SC or a couple different 6000 series refractors.
Runs on 8 AA batteries or it can use the 5A 12v Meade power supply, that is a seperate purchase.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:37 PM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:49 PM
Oh where , Oh where has my LX800 gone? Oh where oh Where can it be?
My appologies to all of the little doggies in the wold...
Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:53 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:48 PM
I decided to buy "Cs" GEM ($1499), because I got tired of waiting for my Pre-Ordered (December 3, 2011) LX80 mount....I'm still waiting too ..... I'll be comparing the two mounts , once the LX80 arrives. The best performer gets to stay, the other will find its way onto the used market. \
If you've heard anything different or more solid, please let us know.
Clears Dark Skies,
Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:40 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:40 AM
Any uipdates on LX800 avaialability?
Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:26 PM
Just the news of the 360 degree views of both. I sure do like the looks of them.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:51 AM
Already got my deposit down on an LX800 14" f/8 ACF, so would love to actually be able to pay off the remainder of the price and pick it up sooner rather than later.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:04 AM
After learning that the whole optical tube of the f/8 units is a different design from the f/10 units to the point that the focal reducer is not interchangable, I am very curious about the new ones.
When you get yours and have a chance to really give it a good workout, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:22 PM
Someone might end being able to do a review before me though, as it'll probably take a while to get to Australia. \
BTW: The pics of the focal reducer that they've put up on Astronomics and Optical Planet aren't correct. From what I remember seeing in pics (and comments) on the FB posts, the LX800 focal reducer seems to be an all aluminium affair.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:09 AM
WHen using both, should the MicroFocuser be attached to the rear cell of the scope, and then the Focal Reducer attached to the Micro Focuser,
or should it be the other way around?
I asked Meade Support that question, and got two different answers from two different techs.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:11 PM
Yeah I saw your question too, though I don't remember where now.
I'm wondering the same. I would not expect the techs yet to have a complete understanding, but given the info MistrBadgr found about the Focal Reducer, it might be back to front compared to the older LX200's and the like.
This could also explain the techs response. One gave you the correct response cos he's been trained on the product, The other assumed it'd just be the same as an LX200 so gave you that response.
I'm going to hit up my local distributor (mainly so I can update my order with some extra bits, and see if they have any more info), but I don't think they'll be able to give me any more detail. However at least if I let them know about the uncertainty regarding add-ons (eg: Focal Reducer/Micro Focuser order), then they'll have some heads up when they finally get my parts. Hopefully then I'll get all the right bits and not end up with an unworkable setup.
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