Meade LX200 GPS 10"


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.197.76
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.197.76)
Date: 05/31/2002 05:25:20 pm PDT
>Great Scope once you get past learning curve like previous review said...I would incourge everyone to read as much of the manual as possible before tinkering with scope on your own...especially when setting up the GPS...once set up GOTO is dead on very fullfilling after my 4 to 6 hrs of trying to figure it out on my own...DO YOURSELF THE FAVOR AND READ BEFORE SETTING UP....OPTICS GREAT MOUNT GREAT!

ALSO FORGOT TO ADD THAT I DID PURCHASE THE UHTC COATINGS BUT COULD NOT NOTE ANY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE...WILL FOLLOW ON THIS AS SOON AS I GO TO MY ASTRONOMY CLUB AND COMPARE A NON-UHTC...


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.197.76
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.83.230)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.197.76) (Original Message)
Date: 06/10/2002 05:57:50 pm PDT
>>Great Scope once you get past learning curve like previous review said...I would incourge everyone to read as much of the manual as possible before tinkering with scope on your own...especially when setting up the GPS...once set up GOTO is dead on very fullfilling after my 4 to 6 hrs of trying to figure it out on my own...DO YOURSELF THE FAVOR AND READ BEFORE SETTING UP....OPTICS GREAT MOUNT GREAT!
>
>ALSO FORGOT TO ADD THAT I DID PURCHASE THE UHTC COATINGS BUT COULD NOT NOTE ANY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE...WILL FOLLOW ON THIS AS SOON AS I GO TO MY ASTRONOMY CLUB AND COMPARE A NON-UHTC...

So, How did it go on comparing it with a non-uhtc.
thank. love Gaby


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Subject: 8 vS. 10 INCHES
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.114.155)
Date: 08/21/2002 03:44:42 am PDT
I CURRENTLY OWN A 8" LX200GPS AND I'M WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY CONSENUS AMONG THOSE EXPERIENCED WITH A 8" SCT AND THEN MOVED ON TO A 10" SCT. WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS THE ADDITIONAL COST AND EXTRA WEIGHT WORTH THE SMALL IMPROVEMENT IN LIGHT GATHER POWER (ABOUT 55%).

ALSO, HAS ANYONE MADE A SISE BY SIDE COMPARISON BETWEEN SAME SIZE SCOPES WITH THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BEING THE UHTC COATINGS?

THANKS, PETER
PDILLON@CFL.RR.COM


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Subject: autostar
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.114.155)
Date: 08/22/2002 07:33:25 am PDT
I'M SURE YOU FOUND THAT YOU CAN BY-PASS THE ALIGNMENT STARS BY USING THE DOWN SCROLL BUTTON !

GUD LUC.


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Subject: Re: autostar
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.26.233)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.114.155) (Original Message)
Date: 10/21/2002 06:53:02 pm PDT
>I'M SURE YOU FOUND THAT YOU CAN BY-PASS THE ALIGNMENT STARS BY USING THE DOWN SCROLL BUTTON !
>
>GUD LUC.

the next day-hit me in the head!


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Subject: Re: 8 vS. 10 INCHES
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.26.233)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.114.155) (Original Message)
Date: 10/25/2002 10:59:16 am PDT
>I CURRENTLY OWN A 8" LX200GPS AND I'M WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY CONSENUS AMONG THOSE EXPERIENCED WITH A 8" SCT AND THEN MOVED ON TO A 10" SCT. WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS THE ADDITIONAL COST AND EXTRA WEIGHT WORTH THE SMALL IMPROVEMENT IN LIGHT GATHER POWER (ABOUT 55%).
>
>ALSO, HAS ANYONE MADE A SISE BY SIDE COMPARISON BETWEEN SAME SIZE SCOPES WITH THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BEING THE UHTC COATINGS?
>
>THANKS, PETER
>PDILLON@CFL.RR.COM

I don't use my 8 much any more. You sure get spoiled using a 10'' scope but "I" do not have any problems with the weight.I think that if you cannot set it by yourself you should look at a 12" & a friend to help (the 12 has handles on both sides) but what a difference between a 8 & 10. Planet detail is much better and a galaxy such as M-51 will show sprial arms where the 8 would not at the same site. At a semi-poor site the Veil nebula was also visible in the 10 and not in the 8. At a premium site with a 31 nagler, M-31 was un-real. My 10" has UHTC but my 8 dosent. Worth the price difference? If you can handle it YES.


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.207.196
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.41.164)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.207.196) (Original Vote)
Date: 02/29/2004 10:26:14 pm PDT
>I like this scope alot despite its weight.I bought the JMI case (almost a must) and a mounting assistant plate by peterson MFG ("A" MUST) plus the Meade super wedge for my CCD camera. Also get a good diagonal, I'm using a everbrght 2", but this is probably overkill for a SCT. I also purchased the "eye-opener" from
>peterson's that not only increases light and image quality, but allows me to pop on & off the focuser rather than screwing it on & off. I have a large selection of 1.25 eye pcs but last month I (finally) purchased a 31 nagler. I stopped by Lumicon and happened to find a 2x,2" powermate, teleview sent them to try. this is a prefect combo for this scope and about all Im using most of the time. Getting back to the scope the mirror lock is nice,& the quick hot keys are great,saving time by allowing you to go to caldwell/NGC/messier ect. very fast. The optics very good for a SCT(Jupiter and saturn looked great) and the new optical coatings seemed to make a substantial difference on galaxies(any body do a side by side test yet???)
>My scope is front HEAVY with the meade dew shield and you need the counter weights(or that 31 Nagler) but I also have a Losmandy dovetail on it which may add to the problem. I had problems with the dec knob slipping and the GPS lock but Meade repaired it and now it works great. As far as the GPS the reciever is fast but It seems if I am at a site thats far from the auto site its better to enter the true long/lat numbers.
>DOES ANYBODY KNOW A WAY TO SKIP THE COMPUTER SELECTED STARS AND SELECT YOUR OWN ALIGHNMENT STARS IN THE "AUTO" MODE? I live with a limited Earthly FOV in my back yard and the automatic mode is the only mode that self levels the scope. This sucks. You never know for sure where its going and if it slews into a tree or house your screwed , you have to shut down level the tripod and use the 2 star method, about a back breaking 15 min. proceedure vs setting the scope on the tripod and turning it on.



I have the same problem in my backyard with regards to alignment stars. When you computer has finished the GPS sync and displays an alignment star you can simply press the 1 of the two arrow buttons at the bottem of the hand controller. This is also handy when the computer choses a star that is surrounded by other stars.


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