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    I was planning on purchasing an LX200 10" scope when I read that the optics
    of the LDX75 10" are the same as the LX200 scope. I am not interested in
    doing any type of photography or imaging. Am I just as well off to purchase
    an LDX75 scope and save $1700 ? Or would I still be better off with an
    LX200 ?

    Thanks



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    TxTruck4x4 wrote:
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    Hi:

    There may be a bit of confusion here. AFAIK, Meade doesn't have a 10
    inch LXD 75 SCT. They do have a 10 inch SNT, but that is quite a
    different animal. A lot of folks are happy with the LXD 75, but if this
    is a scope you intend to keep for a while, I'd strongly suggest you go
    with the LX 200, even the 8, if you are not sure about spending for the
    10. It is much more versatile and able to take on tasks you might
    become interested in in the future.

    Peace,
    Rod Mollise
    Author of:_Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope_
    http://members.aol.com/RMOLLISE/index.html


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    Stephen Paul wrote:
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    Hi Stephen:

    Actually, that's not an odd choice at all. After all, in an SCT you get
    the ability to observe while sitting at a driven telescope, once which
    can be fitted with oodles of visual accessories...everything from
    spectrascopes to focal reducers...and which will reliably point at any
    object you choose.

    Peace,
    Rod Mollise
    Author of:_Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope_
    http://members.aol.com/RMOLLISE/index.html


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    Hi,

    I own a Meade 8" LX200GPS and a Televue NP101. I use both scopes
    strictly for visual use. If I could have only one? Without question,
    it would be the 8" sct as it is about equal to the NP101 on planets
    (some nights better, some nights worse) but is much, much better on
    deep sky.

    I truly believe that the 8" sct is the best all around scope.

    Clear skies,
    Jeff



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    Thanks Rod,

    Yes there seems to have been some confusion, I guess I didn't word the
    question very well. I am aware that the 10" LXD75 is a SNT and the LX200 is
    a SCT. I was just wondering if it was worth the $1700 more for the SCT when
    it would not be used for anything but visual. Since optically Meade's SCT
    and the SNT are suppose to be the same, I assume the difference in price is
    mostly because the LX200 drives are of higher quality, plus the SCT are
    built in the USA instead of China as is the case with Meade's SNT. I
    believe you are saying that going with the LX200 is better because I can
    always do imaging if I decide to. I am reasonably sure that I will not and
    can always buy an LX200 in a few years should I decide to. I have had
    several scopes in the past and have dabbled in photography but had no
    interests in pursuing it so I'm reasonably certain that visual is all I'm
    looking for. With that being the case, I was trying to asked (in my poorly
    worded post) if any advantage's of the LX200 justifies spending $1700 more
    when it's for visual use only.

    Thanks again for your help.





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    Hi,

    What you might want to consider is the LX90 or the Celestron Nexstar 8.
    Both of those are very good scopes and are much cheaper than the
    LX200.

    The 8" SCT is very easy to set-up and use.

    jeff


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    Jeffk1965 wrote:

    Including just two scopes isn't really an all inclusive comparison. :-)


    As with other things, I am a believer, become indifferent.

    Turns out there are alternatives that are equally the best. The trick is
    to figure out which is the best for you.

    Is the LX200 worth $1700 more for a visual scope. No eff'n way :-). But,
    as I said, in 10" apertures, you have no real alternative, except the
    easier to handle NX11GPS.

    Once you get down below 10", you have several options from both C and M.
    LX90, LX200, LXD-75, CG-5, Ni, and NXGPS come immediately to mind. Also,
    the 8" F5 Celestron reflector, and the 8" SNTs from Meade are usable on
    the associated GEMs.

    Extrapolating from my experience with the 8" F5 on CG-5, the 10" F5 Newt
    from Celestron is undoubtedly a bit too large for the mount, as would
    likely be the 10" F4 SNT from Meade.

    And then there are Dobs with DSCs and EQ Platform drives. Considered by
    many to be the best solution going.


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    Stephen Paul wrote:
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    Hi again,

    My opinion is not just based on the two scopes I own and use.

    I currently own a Televue NP101 and Meade 8" Lx200GPS and have also
    looked through all types of scopes at my local club and dark site,
    including Dobs in the range of 6 to 18", refractors from 3" to 6",
    Meade ETX scopes, and SCT's in sizes from 8, 10, 11, 12, and 14". The
    SCT's are very easy and quick to set-up. They are easier to use than
    the Meade 8" or 10" LXD55 or LXD75 mounts or the Celestron 6" refractor
    on the CG-5 goto mount. The SCT's offer all around good visual
    performance. I am the quickest to set-up at my club and the quickest
    to take down with my 8" LX200GPS.

    I would go for a Celestron Nexstar 8 or Meade 8" LX90 over any of the
    Celestron AS-GT scopes or the Meade LXD55/75 series. Just my opinion
    though..

    jeff


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    Jeffk1965 wrote:


    Thanks for clearing that up.


    Cool.

    Frankly I think it's kind of a waste of money. The CG-5GT is plenty
    accurate, costs less, and can be used with both your 8" SCT OTA and your
    NP101. Not only, but the money you save on the CG-5GT, can buy you a
    Universal Astronomics UniStar, which you can use for both OTAs in quick
    look mode as well.

    Even without the UniStar option, a GEM also can be used unpowered for
    visual astronomy. I've done this on numerous occasions. Simply plant the
    tripod, get a quick polar alignment through the polar bore scope, attach
    the scope, find something interesting to look at using the finder scope
    and the charts, lock the declination axis and nudge in RA.

    Furthermore, one can forego a GoTo alignment, and simply use the RA
    drive. With the GEM, you can release the clutches, slew the OTA on
    target and lock the clutches down. The RA drive will just keep right on
    humming along, obliviously.

    As the SCT is versatile, so too is the the GEM. I can think of nothing
    more versatile, than the 8" SCT on a GEM. ;-)

    Stephen Paul
    Shirley, MA

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    Hi Stepen,

    i understand what you are saying about the versatility of the Gem
    mount. I just recently sold my Celestron C6R and the Celestron AS-GT
    mount that came with it. I did use the AS-GT mount with my C6 and my
    NP101. The mount is very versatile and nice. I just find a SCT on a
    goto fork mount more convenient and a bit easier to use.

    Jeff


 

 
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