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#1 bkmaynard

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 04:30 PM

I'm really interested in a lx600 for imaging. I've had the lx200 in the past with less than fair results. Does anyone have some images they'd like to share taken with this scope?

#2 Mark Sibole

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 04:31 PM

what issues have you had trying to image with the LX200???


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 04:46 PM

Mainly tracking/guiding issues, those dreaded "football" shaped stars from long exposure imaging. I've had great success with my Tak EM200 but had to sell it. Now that I'm ready to get back into imaging the star lock looks intriguing but I'm not up for the frustrating nights I had with past lx200s

#4 Mark Sibole

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 05:13 PM

Ahhhhhhh do you know if it was a guiding issue like flex issues?I imahe with a LX200 with no issues at all.I just trained and calibrated drives and took the time to find the sweet spot on the grars.I can image 30 minute sub frames all night long.Maybe something wasnt set right?

I use phd guide for guiding with a small selestron guide scope looks more like a finder scope and have had a ETX 125 piggybakcked on it as well as a 80 mm refractor and a 102 mm refractor.Maybe you didnt have a morror lock on it or didnt use the mirror lock???


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#5 Wolfgang

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 09:51 AM

Hi bkmaynard,

 

may help this link:

http://www.astrobin....4&camera_type=5
greeting
Wolfgang


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#6 cgordo5

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 09:52 AM

Meade used a couple of my images in their latest LX600 ad.   I have a 10" LX600 on an X-Wedge.  I have no problem getting 10 minute subs (haven't tried 30 minutes).

http://www.meade.com...x600-sale.html/

 

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#7 Mark Sibole

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 09:43 AM

all of these images were either captured on a meade lx200 acf or a scope piggybacked on the meade 10 inch LX200.Its the only imaging platform I use here.

I have had no issues with up to 30 minute sub frames but i did take the time to properly pec train the scope,Align and calibrate sencors and find the sweet spot on the main gear.

Images were captured with the meade LX200 mount and 10 inch ota.Meade series 5000 80 mm apo Meade ETX 125 and an Explore Scientific 102 mm apo.Guiding was done with PHD guide and guide scope was wither through an off axis guider or a celestron mini guide scope that looks identical to a meade finder scope.

http://astronomy.qte...est-Images.html


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#8 RickScofield

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 05:36 PM

Also a good time to consider an LX600 since there is $500 saving potential.
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#9 Mark Sibole

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Posted 05 September 2015 - 05:59 AM

The LX600 looks like a good scope and looks like a good design.BUT the only drawback I can see but havnt researched a lot and havnt had a chance to try one is it looks like there may be the lacl of space t add a losmandy plate or meade plate on top to piggyback another scope on it.

The star lock system looks good but if there is no place to add a plate and rings for another scope it will limit you to imaging strictly with the scope optics.This is not a bad thing if you own a very large chip camera but for us who cant aford a large chip camera it means a very narrow field of fiew or a lot of mosaics.Just my opinion so far...


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#10 Am33r

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 03:38 AM

Mark.  You can pretty much starlock with the PHD software it seems - And they recently released PHD2.

Can you tell us what you mean with "guide scope was wither through an off axis guider".  Are you not guiding the main Meade LX200? What is the process here!

 


Guiding was done with PHD guide and guide scope was wither through an off axis guider or a celestron mini guide scope that looks identical to a meade finder scope.


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Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:17 AM

The LX600 looks like a good scope and looks like a good design.BUT the only drawback I can see but havnt researched a lot and havnt had a chance to try one is it looks like there may be the lacl of space t add a losmandy plate or meade plate on top to piggyback another scope on it.

The star lock system looks good but if there is no place to add a plate and rings for another scope it will limit you to imaging strictly with the scope optics.This is not a bad thing if you own a very large chip camera but for us who cant aford a large chip camera it means a very narrow field of fiew or a lot of mosaics.Just my opinion so far...

Mark, have you found out anything regarding the Losmandy mounting plate?  I'm upgradibng from a classic 10" LX200 to the 12" LX600 and want to use a mounting plate on the top to piggyback a DSLR liike I did with the LX200.  Ther looks like there JUST might be enough room to the right of the Starlock tube.  I'd have to measure with the mounting braqckets form my old setup to see if there's a) enought width to fit the dovetail plate and B) the mounting holes line up.






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