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#1 Perthastro

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

I've taken the plunge and ordered a 12" LX-600. This will be my 4th large Meade SCT in the past 25 years.

I do have a favour to ask of any 12" LX-600 owner. Could you possibly measure up the base and the locations of the various mounting holes for me? (prefer metric measurement) as I am designing a specialised wedge for the scope and my machinest wants the dimensions ASAP.

Many thanks.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 02:52 AM

Here you go.. http://www.flickr.co...in/photostream/

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:43 AM

Here you go.. http://www.flickr.co...in/photostream/


Thank you so much quattroman. Do you have a 12" LX600? If you do and it's not too much trouble could I ask for the basic tube dimensions (length, diameter), fork dimensions (width, and distance from the centre of the DEC axis to the front of the tube will allow me to fine tune the new mount design.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:15 AM

No problem.. Got a 12" LX600 yes.

The width of the fork is: 525 mm. Fork height is: 600 mm. Distance from DEC axis to tube front is: 380 mm.

Length of main tube is: 570 mm. Diameter of tube is: 350 mm.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 05:45 PM

No problem.. Got a 12" LX600 yes.

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Thank you so very much Marius, this information is just what I need. If I may trouble you for a couple more dimensions, the height of the base from the bottom of the fork to the base mounting holes. Also do you have the genuine Meade dew shield? If you do it's length and your comments on it would be welcomed.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:24 AM

From underneath the bottom of the fork to the base bottom is: 105 mm.

Don't have the genuine dew shield. I made my own, think it will insulate better.
Width: 380 mm, length: 1140 mm.

http://www.flickr.co...462664/sizes/l/

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:40 PM

From underneath the bottom of the fork to the base bottom is: 105 mm.

http://www.flickr.co...462664/sizes/l/


Many thanks Marcus!!

I noted from the photo you have the LX in Alt-Az. Do you use the wedge or just store the scope that way? If you do use the scope in Alt-Az mode have you had any issues with alignment errors during the initial setup before observing?

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:49 AM

Hi!

Only had a couple of serious observing sessions. I use the scope in Alt-Az mode. The scope slews and lands a bit to the side of the alignment stars. I have calibrated sensors, but I will try that and other training possibilities. Need to get more acquainted with the scope also..
But after centering alignment stars, everything works spot on. No other issues.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:50 AM

Thanks for the info Marius.

One last question if I may, the aprrox dimensions (including stand-off) of the starlock unit. I know it's an impost on your time and I am very grateful as there is no Meade dealer closer than 4000km from where I live.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

I can't access this community at home, but it went fine at work. I'll measure and get back to you tomorrow..




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