Meade LX200 10"


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Meade LX200 10"
Good Optics and mount. Great for CCD imaging

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.224.113)
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Meade LX200 10"
All this scope needs is better mirror support to stop mirror flop and a dec bearing mod for longer CCD & photographic exposure accuracy. In Alt/Az operation, this scope is a real gem.

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.90.183)
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Meade LX200 10"
Actually, and excellent instrument for the money and for the mass market. After a time though the lack of fine machinery begins to show. Thanks

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.126.39)
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Meade LX200 10"
Good optics, bulky, heavy, etc., due to lack of mechanical engineering sophistication. Control system OK, computed GOTO system quite good.

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.50.206)
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Meade LX200 10"
wonderful technology at an affordable price

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.166.193)
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Meade LX200 10"
Good pointing, easy to use. PEC training not easy!
Excellent optics and portability. Polar aliggnment could be easier.

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.55.46)
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Meade LX200 10"
Best combination of large aperture and portability.

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.24.87)
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Meade LX200 10"
Fantastic in all itens above!!

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.224.202)
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Meade LX200 10"
star test just good
brightness very good
tracking great, right on
mount very good

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.212.208)
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Meade LX200 10"
Optically I would rate this scope 9+
The Mount is excellent
I recommend using the super wedge
The pointing accuracy is below what is published
The mirror shift is a bit more than what I had hoped for, it's on the order of 40-50 arc-seconds over 5% of focus travel, but it is still good enough for CCD work.
I feel this is an area that can be improved with a vernier style focuser with some indication of particular focusing point.
Tracking is very good but polar alignment is a bit difficult and I haven't programmed in electronic compensation which should improve tracking.
The computerized base should communicate with my virtual sky program in extended coordinate mode, right now I have to set this mode manually in terminal mode, kind of a pain and only supported properly in The Sky version 5.
Probably the worst feature of this otherwise fine instrument is the cheap (worthless) finder scope. Even with computer pointing this is an essential accessory, It should support interchangable eyepieces and should at a minimum have glass etched crosshairs with a target circle at the center. This is the main reason I give an 8 rating instead of a 9. Also this site should allow the entry of tenths in the rating box.

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.23.62)
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Meade LX200 10"
Very good optics on my f/10 system; so good even lage aperture reflector observers have commented at times about the quality. Goto system works well and with care in set up/alignment can hit center eyepiece well. Finder scope is uncomfortable to use, replaced mine with a Telrad, which is more "user friendly". Have trouble with the mount at times, the image tends to shake, but not with every setup; making certain the spreader hits all three legs properly is important. This problem became enough of an issue that I purchased and use an auto focuser; this allows me to operate the telescope "hands off" and is important at high power.
Heavy, difficult to transport, but it's a one man set up and for the money the 10" is a bargain over the 8" model.
Good value for this type of instrument; a nice telescope.

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.90.237)
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Meade LX200 10"
Apart from the overall system being heavy, I have experienced few problems (most have been my own fault, and not that of the hardware).

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.190.15)
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Meade LX200 10"
Very well built telescope, seeing faint stars are great and fork mount is very stable. I love this scope!

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.197.39)
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Meade LX200 10"
I've used my 10" LX200 for over 5 years now and have never been disappointed with it's performance. The optics are excellent, as are pointing and tracking by the computer. I use it exclusively in the Alt-Az mode for visual observing and it is rock solid. It's an amazing scope that has impressed everyone who's looked through it. I've looked through 4 other scopes like it and all have had excellent optics.

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.149.154)
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Meade LX200 10"
Other than having problems with my Dec drive very inpressive system - Nice to be able to view almost all messier objects in one night!

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.250.144)
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Meade LX200 10"
Excellent computerized scope. Optics are very good. I have been able to split
sub-arcsecond doubles when the seeing is good. The goto function is very accurate if the scope is correctly adjusted. Easy to find objects, even in the daytime. Mount is very steady in alt-azimuth, not so steady with the Super Wedge. Polar alignment is also not too easy, so I prefer using it in alt-az mode for visual observation. Favorite eyepieces are the Panoptic 35MM, Plossl 26MM, Meade Superwide 18MM, and Plossl 10MM. Scope can go to 500x in good seeing. The 10" is significantly better than the 8" for detailed deep sky objects, like globular clusters. I would highly recommend this scope for anyone looking for an automated, computerized telescope.

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.193.148)
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Meade LX200 10"
Star test is excellent, 1/8+ p.t.v.
Confirmed by several double stars in the 0.4"-0.6" range. Clean split, with
almost textbook diffraction pattern. With superb seeing, it can go over 600x
in planetary obs. with no image breakdown. Very impressive.
Image brightness is also excellent. Under rare nights of 7 visual magnitude
limit, can see galaxies at 16.2-16.5 range, and stars just over 17.
Tracking is good, but with some tweaks can go to excellent also. With PEC,
just about 4" of periodic error.
Stability is superb in alt-az, good to fair in equatorial. But with some
SuperWedge mods., can be very good.

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.16.218)
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>Star test is excellent, 1/8+ p.t.v.
>Confirmed by several double stars in the 0.4"-0.6" range. Clean split, with
>almost textbook diffraction pattern. With superb seeing, it can go over 600x
>in planetary obs. with no image breakdown. Very impressive.
>Image brightness is also excellent. Under rare nights of 7 visual magnitude
>limit, can see galaxies at 16.2-16.5 range, and stars just over 17.
>Tracking is good, but with some tweaks can go to excellent also. With PEC, 
>just about 4" of periodic error.
>Stability is superb in alt-az, good to fair in equatorial. But with some 
>SuperWedge mods., can be very good.

A ten inch telescope cannot see stars of magnitude 17. Period. 

This simple fact, should, for reasonable people, invalidate your claims.

Meade LX200 10"
As I am reasonably new to astronomy and my previous scope was a Meade 2045D I may be cautiously reserved. This 10" is such a dramatic improvement over a 4" that I tend to over-react with its results possibly. I have no trouble resolving 12 mag doubles and the star test is pleasing and shows no mirror problems of any significance in my eyes. It tracks for hours on end, as one night I centered Spica and walked off. 3 hours later it was almost centered! The mount to me is plenty stable and it dampens in less than a second from a typical "in the dark" accidental bump.

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.197.56)
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Meade LX200 10"
meade 10 " lx200 optics are fine but the computer on mine stoped functioning after 2ys. way too loud!!

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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.10.204)
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Meade LX200 10"
fine opticaly but the computer in mine gave out after only 2ys. also its way too loud

Overall Rating: 5
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.10.204)
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