Meade LX200 10"


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.16.218
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.115.3)
Date: 06/05/2003 08:42:30 am PDT
>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.


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.16.218
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.208.172)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.115.3) (Original Message)
Date: 07/01/2003 09:36:24 am PDT
>A ten inch telescope cannot see stars of magnitude 17. Period.
>
>This simple fact, should, for reasonable people, invalidate your claims.

I own this scope and love it.. however I have to agree.. you can't see (visually) Mag 17 stars with a 10" scope. I believe I may have reached down to mag 14 or 14.5 visually, however I haven't been lucky enough to get to a 'truly' dark sky site to verify my maximum limit. With my CCD camera on the other hand, Mag 17 can be achieved without much fuss.


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