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#1 Scott Hinkle

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:22 PM

Hi, Ive had my LX80 for about a year or so now and have noticed a problem. My finder scope when put on my OTA is on the bottom left of the OTA instead of being on the top right , like all your pictures seem to show. For the life of me I can not figure out why. My guess is the finder scope bracket just got put on wrong from the factory.
Has anyone else had this issue? Anyone know how i could fix this?

Also just recently got a camera mount for my DSLR. I have no idea how to mount it to the OTA nor did it come with any instructions, which puzzles me?
Please help me........

#2 MistrBadgr

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:28 PM

Hi Scott, and welcome to the Forum!

What optical tube do you have on your LX 80? Let us start with that.

Once we have that piece of information, maybe some of the others with similar scopes can chime in.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:33 PM

Another question: Are you using it in equatorial mode or AltAzimuth?
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:19 AM

they seem to be in the lower left when using it in Altaz but when used in EQ it is in the upper left of the tube.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:30 AM

Im using the OTA that came with the scope. Its not the ACF, its the other one. Its also an 8 inch. Im using it in Alt/Azm mode , and I know my setup is right cause my alignments are always successful. The finder scope is just not very easy to use when its on the bottom like it is.

Also any ideas how to mount the piggyback bracket to the OTA?
Hopefully without having to drill holes in it.....

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:15 PM

I am wondering if the OTA can be moved to the other end of the shaft, where you might have a counterweight or another scope mounted. You might have to do a bit of adjustment to get the scope perfectly centered, but the mount is built, if I am remembering correctly, to handle a scope on either end of the shaft when in az/alt mode. That would put the finder on the upper right and not the lower left.

Disclaimer: I am going by what I have read about the mount and not from actual experience. I do not have one of those nor have I used one.

As far as the camera goes, I am wondering if it could be mounted on the opposite end of the shaft from the telescope. As for mounting it on the telescope, JMI makes a "shoe" that goes in place of the finder. It is specifically built with holes in the right place for Meade telescopes. They have two shoes for two different brands of conventional finder brackets. Possibly, there is a bracket out there that can be screwed into the mounting hole on the bottom of your camera.

These are just guesses on my part. Hope they help.

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:16 AM

What OTA's are the ones that you are using on the scope?
You say you did not get it with the ACF, did you get it with the APO or the SC?
And the 8" OTA is it a Meade or a different model?

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:18 AM

For the piggy back, those are mounted by removing some of the screws around the telescope and using those same screws.

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:10 AM

ed,

I believe he is using the Meade SC, 8 inch, which came with the mount.

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:53 AM

Agreed, since Meade doesnt seem to offer an 8" APO.

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#11 Scott Hinkle

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 06:02 AM

Thanks for all the support. Yes Im using the SC that came with the mount. Ive thought about moving the OTA to the side with the counter weights before, but I really dont want to. I just dont understand what the issue is. Should have finder scope on top right like every picture Ive seen of the LX80. Maybe meade just sent me the wrong OTA or something. Sigh............. oh well ill figure something out..

Thanks to everyone for their help.




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