Meade LX200 GPS 14"


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Brand and Model:Meade LX200 GPS 14"
Price ($USD):$4295.00
Type:Schmidt-Cassegrain
Attributes: checked Go-To un-checked PEC
Aperture:355mm (14")
f Ratio:f/10
Focal Length:3556mm
Finder:8x50
Electric Power:12V (8C)
Mount:AltAz Fork
Tripod:Variable Height Field
Weight (lbs):?
Dimensions (w/h/d):
Description:Specifications: 14" Model LX200GPS—Includes 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly (D = 355mm, F = 3556mm, f/10) with MgF2 coatings on the correcting lens and standard aluminum coatings on the primary and secondary mirrors (Ultra-High Transmission Coatings available optionally); primary mirror lock; 4-speed Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser; heavy-duty fork mount, with 4"-diameter polar ball bearing, dual-axis 5.75" worm gears, and 7-port multi-function control panel, including two RS-232 serial interface ports; manual and electric slow-motion controls on both axes; setting circles in RA and Dec; Autostar II control system with 3.5-Megabyte flash memory, digital readout display, permanently-programmable Smart Drive and 185-speed drive controls on both axes, High-Precision Pointing, and 145,000-object onboard celestial software library; GPS alignment system with 16-channel GPS receiver, magnetic declination compensation, and true-level and North electronic sensors; 12v DC telescope power supplied from internal battery compartments accepting 8 (user-supplied) C-cells (optional 25 ft. cords are available for powering from auto cigarette lighter plug or from 115v AC); 8x50mm viewfinder; 2" diagonal mirror with 1.25" adapter; Series 4000 Super Plössl 26mm eyepiece; variable-height giant field tripod; operating instructions.

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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
Superior Optics! Using it permanently mounted so I can't complain about the weight. Mount is accurate and quieter then my LX200 10" Classic. A little bit of shakiness in the mount, but settles out fairly quickly. Overall, and excellent value. I was considering the 16", but with a $10K difference between 14" and 16", just couldn't justify it.
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Scott Baker
Vice President, New Member Mentor
San Diego Astronomy Association
http://www.sdaa.org
International Dark-Sky Association
http://www.darksky.org
Personal web page: http://www.starcrwzr.com

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:10 Mount:7 Ease of Use:8 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
Date:
By: scottb80
Link to this vote: http://www.excelsis.com/1.0/displayvote.php?voteid=297821

>Superior Optics!  Using it permanently mounted so I can't complain about the weight.  Mount is accurate and quieter then my LX200 10" Classic.  A little bit of shakiness in the mount, but settles out fairly quickly.  Overall, and excellent value.  I was considering the 16", but with a $10K difference between 14" and 16", just couldn't justify it.
>--
>Scott Baker
>Vice President, New Member Mentor
>San Diego Astronomy Association
>http://www.sdaa.org
>International Dark-Sky Association
>http://www.darksky.org
>Personal web page: http://www.starcrwzr.com

What about a WEDGE for the 14" - is there one???
>Superior Optics!  Using it permanently mounted so I can't complain about the weight.  Mount is accurate and quieter then my LX200 10" Classic.  A little bit of shakiness in the mount, but settles out fairly quickly.  Overall, and excellent value.  I was considering the 16", but with a $10K difference between 14" and 16", just couldn't justify it.
>--
>Scott Baker
>Vice President, New Member Mentor
>San Diego Astronomy Association
>http://www.sdaa.org
>International Dark-Sky Association
>http://www.darksky.org
>Personal web page: http://www.starcrwzr.com
Hello 
      what are you using  for a wedge,or are you using it in the alt/azm mode? thank you - Joe jsmacrie@netzero.net

Meade LX200 GPS 14"
I upgraded from an N11 GPS. At first I wasn't sure that I did the right thing. The optics were great, better than the N11, but the setup was a pain. I put it on the JMI wheely bars so the weight wasn't the problem. It was the getting the initial alignment each time I setup. The alignment stars are no where close to being in the finder scopes FOV. Quite a difference from th N11 which was very accurate. But I am use to it now and can align very quickly. The GoTo is dead on. 90% or more of the objects are in the FOV of a 20mm EP(close to the center). The evening viewing here has not been too good since I got the scope so I finally got up early at 4am to see waht this beast could do. WOW! Totally blew the N11 away. Sharp clear views... Saturn, M42, open clusters were spectacular. Even M82 showed me detail I had never seen before. This is a great scope. Get through the learning curve, figure out a way you don't have to mount it for each session and you won't be disappointed!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.55.170)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
excellent! overall! the best Telescope for the Price and Best optics i seen in a telescope. Outstanding!!!!!!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.248.87)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
This is one fine telescope. Very heavy, but necessarily so. I have only had it out 3 times; the views are astounding.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:9 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.204.244)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
What a scope. I couldn't have asked for anything better. I made my own permanent pier, so I can't vouch for the sturdiness of it on a tripod, but on my mount vibrations dampen out in a couple seconds. Optics are incredible. Resolutions is awesome.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.229.126)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
This is one heavy scope. Excellent defraction pattern. Very sharp view of Saturn at high power after Collimation. Manual could be better. Best scope for the price on the market.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.92.203)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
Fantastic telescope, Meade hit a home run with this one!!
Awesome optical performance as well as pointing
accuracy. No backlash or other drive bugaboos.

Just a steal!!!! Period!!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:9 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.102.67)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
Man OH! Man OH! this is an over all excellent SCOPE!

My Hat goes off for Meade on this one!!!!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.76.102)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
This IS AN OUTSTANDING TELESCOPE, and every part of the telescope. Optics or excellent, and as for the same the go to system. The only problem i see, it is to heavy, it is hard to transport. Other then that outstanding telescope. Thank you MEADE

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.66.47)
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Meade LX200 GPS 14"
Above average optics however the Scope is wedded to a fork which cannot be removed making setup cumbersome. Continued lack of attention to detail in fit & finish and use of plastics/weak gearing keep this new Meade entry in the mediocre category. No integrated thermal cooling, poor baffling will need some attention downstream.

Overall Rating: 6
Optics:7 Mount:5 Ease of Use:5 Value:6
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.198.208)
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