Meade LX200 12"


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.254.100
By: robertko2
Date: 12/25/2001 09:04:42 am PDT
>Have had the 12" lx200 for about 6 months and am happy to say I am very pleased with my choice. I am a long time newtonian owner and was ready for something different. Out of the box I had no problems. It was collumnated and while in the altz. mode was real easy to align and use the go-to on my first attempt. The scope is very "HEAVY" so if you dont plan on using it on a perminate mount buyer beware!! Optics a great and it is fun to use. After 30 plus years of star hopping its a real treat to go after the really hard stuff. With the wedge its a real strong tool for serious astrophotography. Hats off to Meade for supplying me with a awsome piece of equipment to explore the cosmos.


I ordered a 12" LX200 GPS about two months ago. I am on a waiting list, since they are still in production, but are supposed to be shipping them Dec. 27th. Can't wait. My first scope is a Tasco 11-TR 4.5" Reflector. I probably never got it collminated because everything but the moon is fuzzy. It's for sale if anyone is interested. The main purpose of this reply is: What do you mean by "With the Wedge..." I've heard the term before, but what is it? Someone please enlighten me. robertko2@yahoo.com


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.254.100
By: webmaster
In Reply to: robertko2 (Original Message)
Date: 12/26/2001 05:30:51 pm PDT
The point of a wedge is part of an equatorial mount that basically allows you to adjust for your viewing latitude. It's really important to have an equatorial system when doing astrophotography (as opposed to a alt-azimuth system)so that the stars don't rotate as time elapses.

There's a longer explanation here


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>I ordered a 12" LX200 GPS about two months ago. I am on a waiting list, since they are still in production, but are supposed to be shipping them Dec. 27th. Can't wait. My first scope is a Tasco 11-TR 4.5" Reflector. I probably never got it collminated because everything but the moon is fuzzy. It's for sale if anyone is interested. The main purpose of this reply is: What do you mean by "With the Wedge..." I've heard the term before, but what is it? Someone please enlighten me. robertko2@yahoo.com


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.254.100
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.45.134)
In Reply to: robertko2 (Original Message)
Date: 02/13/2002 10:27:19 am PDT
>>Have had the 12" lx200 for about 6 months and am happy to say I am very pleased with my choice. I am a long time newtonian owner and was ready for something different. Out of the box I had no problems. It was collumnated and while in the altz. mode was real easy to align and use the go-to on my first attempt. The scope is very "HEAVY" so if you dont plan on using it on a perminate mount buyer beware!! Optics a great and it is fun to use. After 30 plus years of star hopping its a real treat to go after the really hard stuff. With the wedge its a real strong tool for serious astrophotography. Hats off to Meade for supplying me with a awsome piece of equipment to explore the cosmos.
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>I ordered a 12" LX200 GPS about two months ago. I am on a waiting list, since they are still in production, but are supposed to be shipping them Dec. 27th. Can't wait. My first scope is a Tasco 11-TR 4.5" Reflector. I probably never got it collminated because everything but the moon is fuzzy. It's for sale if anyone is interested. The main purpose of this reply is: What do you mean by "With the Wedge..." I've heard the term before, but what is it? Someone please enlighten me. robertko2@yahoo.com


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Subject: LX200 12" GPS
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.45.134)
Date: 02/13/2002 10:32:03 am PDT
I just got off the phone with Meade, 02/13/02, as I had placed an order on one of these back in early December. Seems they are still working on getting the LX200 10" GPS out. They NOW expect to ship in a "few weeks". After I recieve my 12" 'Godot' and take it out for a few beat runs, I will post a review of the critter.

nagognog@space.com


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Subject: 12" Meade LX200 GPS
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.45.174)
Date: 04/19/2002 05:23:53 am PDT
I said I'd be back after putting this scope through it's paces - and here we go.

Optics are excellent. The now-standard micro-focuser works flawlessy. After the first time initializing the GPS system, which took about 10 minutes, GPS acquisition now takes approx. 30 secs. from my location (Vermont). Seldom do the stars from GPS targeting find their way into the F.O.V. of the eyepiece, but once centered all other targets are within specs.

The giant field tripod is quite adequate for the beast - but the vibration pads may be a good idea if one is considering astrophotography or CCD imaging.

This scope is very quiet while tracking. I hardly notice it at all. As regards the 147,000+ objects in the Autostar II database, the menus are clear and easy to maneuver. Interfacing this scope with programs such as The Sky works nicely. Though Meade wants around $60 for a 50' cable, if you hunt around on the net you can get the parts and build same for under $3.00. I did. That way you don't have to buy a laptop and a million batteries to run the scope. Nice for cold nights. Objects selected from an external PC are centered as well as those selected from the Autostar's database.

Only drawback is the weight. The OTA and base assembly weigh about 75lbs, and the tripod around 50lbs. Best to eat steak or take Tai Chi!

nagognog@space.com


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