Meade LX-50 10"


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Brand and Model:Meade LX-50 10"
Price ($USD):1695
Type:Schmidt-Cassegrain
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Aperture:254mm (10")
f Ratio:f/10
Focal Length:2500mm
Finder:8x50
Electric Power:12v / 6 AA batteries
Mount:st. eq wedge
Tripod:field tripod
Weight (lbs):60# lbs.
Dimensions (w/h/d):
Description:Meade's LX-50 Page

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Meade LX-50 10"
I have had my 10" LX50 for about two years, prior to that I had the 8" LX50. It should be noted that the LX50 line is no longer made. I have owned many scopes through the years and find the optics in this one to be extremely good. Collimation holds very well. Image shift is minimal although I have found image shift in SCT's varies quite a bit between all scopes. The tripod is rock solid (tripods were sold separate with this model) but the wedge has some flex in it but is ok for visual use. I have since upgraded my wedge to a Milburn and now my setup is rock solid. The four speed RA & DEC drives are great, I escpecially like the 32x speed for fast slews. The large manual setting circles are easy to read and usually I can place the object dead center in a mid to low power eyepiece using them. A Magellan II is also available although I elected to pass on that option. This is one of three scopes I currently own and this one has traveled with me to quite a few star parties and several thousand miles. I find the collimation holds excellent and the setup breaks down adequate enough to be transported in a small car. Be warned however this is a heavy scope. Compared to the 8" LX50 I used to have the difference in weight and bulk is substantial. I have had no electronic or mechanical problems with this scope or the 8" LX50 I owned before it. I find these scopes may not have all the gadgetry of the LX200 and some others but I find it to be a simple well made and reliable scope. All in all this is the best telescope I have ever owned and I don't ever plan on letting this one go.

Dennis

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:9 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
Date:
By: Dennis53121
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Meade LX-50 10"
Fine scope overall. Due to size I've put it on Wheelie Bars from JMI and leave it assembled in the garage now. Gets a lot more use than when I had to lug it out of the basement! Is even a great performer in polluted suburban skys.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Mount:9 Ease of Use:6 Value:10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.178.242)
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Meade LX-50 10"
I bought this scope used and was pleasantly suprised by
it's performance. The optics are really quite good, better
than my C-8 as far, in contrast and clarity, and almost as good
as my MN56 in contrast. The drive system needs a little work,
as has already been noted, but overall a very good system.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.204.177)
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Meade LX-50 10"
Ive had the scope for 4 years now and I havent had any problems with it other then the drive gears which had to be upgrade with the LX50 fix kit other then that this is a fine scope! Good job Meade!!!

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.167.9)
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Meade LX-50 10"
This is the best scope i have ever had but its huge but for me thats not a bad thing opics are a 10 the scope rocks get one

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.104.38)
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Meade LX-50 10"
Exellent optics but collimation is the key. Very good perfomance for the money

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.201.39)
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Meade LX-50 10"
Overall pleased with the quality of this scope, standard wedge and field tripod. Optics are very good. Several nice concentric round rings appear around a star when moving in and out of focus. Planetary images are sharp. Nice contrast on deep sky objects. There is a minimal amount of mirror shift when focusing in and out. The drive works properly. I shot a few long exposure astropics with it and the errors are acceptable although not the best. A couple of corrections per minute. I was able to reach focus with a 35mm erfle 2" eyepiece using a Lumicon diagonal and adapter as well as 6.3 focal reducer. The dampening time could be better. I improved it by making an aluminum plate to screw to the back of the wedge. This cut dampening times in half, now about 2 seconds. Also, if you are considering buying any 10" SCT, see one in person first. They are very large, about 60 to 70% larger than an 8". I owned an 8" SCT for a while and it is MUCH MORE PORTABLE!

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.197.136)
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Meade LX-50 10"
I can say that i'm happy with my LX-50. Much value for money. The optics are the best i've ever seen in 35 years of observation. The circumstances in my residence (Den Haag, Holland) are very difficult because there is a lot of unwanted light from urban light pollution. Mostly i use a broadband- or a narrowband filter during mij visual observations. The aperture of 10" makes me able to see stars upto a magnitude 12, while the theoretical visual magnitude is 14.5. The aligning on tripod is very easy and takes not more than ten minutes. The magellan computer corrector is a good working feature. In combination with a Super Wide Angle eye-piece is pointing an object a piece of cake.
The view performance is very sharp and the mechanic part is of good quality.
Anyhow, It is a very good and a solid telescope. Use of a superwedge in combination with a heavy tripod is necessary for a stable mount.
The only disadvantage is the weight of the tube assembly.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.106.216)
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Meade LX-50 10"
Good optic sharp views. Had this scope two years never had
any problem with it.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.58.1)
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Meade LX-50 10"
Wonderful working instrument if you take the time to align it and collminate the optics. The default eyepiece and diagnal aren't the world's greatest, but the optical tube assembly is very good, and once thermally cooled, delivers excellent images.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.1.11)
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