Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
Like Tree8Likes

Thread: New LX85 Mount?

  1. #1
    Eratosthenes's Avatar
    Eratosthenes is online now White Dwarf
    Points: 1,959, Level: 27
    Level completed: 59%, Points required for next Level: 41
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    44
    Points
    1,959
    Level
    27
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked 5x 4 Posts

    Default New LX85 Mount?



    Stats make it look similar to Celestron's Advanced VX ... but for $100 less.

    Thoughts, comments???

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    bladekeeper's Avatar
    bladekeeper is offline Super Moderator
    Points: 300,870, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 100.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Awards:
    Activity Award
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Lowell, Arkansas, USA
    Posts
    38,628
    Points
    300,870
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    29,030
    Thanked 17,588x 12,038 Posts

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    Here is a video of the mount:

    https://youtu.be/vWU_d-RoCB8

    I don't think I'd want to be one of the first folks to get one. I'd let it ride for a year or two to see what kind of bugs shake out of it.

    Nice looking mount though.
    bigjack and Gabby76 like this.
    Bryan

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    :
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; ES AR127 f/9.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; ES AR102 f/9.8;
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    MC90 f/13.3;
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    ST80A f/5; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Meade NG60 f/10
    Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    Eyepieces: GSO Super Plössl 40mm, 32mm, 15mm, 9mm; ES 82° Series; GSO Superview 30mm; Celestron Plössl 26mm, 20mm; ES 70° 25mm; ES Plössl 25mm; Vite Aspheric 23mm, 10mm, 4mm; Orion Expanse 20mm, 9mm; KK Ortho 18mm, 12.5mm; Bresser 70° 15mm; Coulter Optical 12.5mm; BCO 10mm; ES 62° 9mm; Zhumell Z Series 5mm
    Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    Galaxy Hunter's Creed - When you play whack-a-mole, sometimes you hit 'em on the head, sometimes you miss 'em. But its always fun to play, and if you don't play, you ain't gettin no moles! - KT4HX

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to bladekeeper For This Useful Post:

    bigjack (12-10-2018)

  4. #3
    Piet Le Roux's Avatar
    Piet Le Roux is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 2,617, Level: 33
    Level completed: 12%, Points required for next Level: 133
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Location
    Bloemfontein South Africa
    Posts
    299
    Points
    2,617
    Level
    33
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked 48x 46 Posts

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    It looks good, I have a LX90 and are starting to think about doing astrophotography. Converting my scope to a polar mount will be expensive and it will not be as well balance as this one. The unbelievable part of the LX85 is that they are considering to pair it with the AudioStar controller! A device witch is still totally incompatible with the AutoStar updater especially with the new A4S1 firmware which does not contain this new LX85 mount so I expect that this new mount would have to be shipped with even newer firmware which the AutoStar would also be unable to recognise. This would mean that, like every other product that they paired with the AudioStar, everything they claimed the AudioStar can do like being updated and downloading your own tours via AutoStar Updater, would again be false advising.
    But lets be positive : with the LX85 they will ship a new "AudioStar updater " that will solve all the problems !
    One year of astronomy and totally hooked!
    Equipment : 15" Obsession F4.5 Classic, Tele Vue 1.25" 7&13mm Nagler, Tele Vue 2" 27mm Panoptic, Tele Vue Big
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    , Tele Vue Paracorr II : 8" Meade LX90ACF with Meade 2.0" Enhanced Diagonal, Baarder Hyperion MK III 24-8mm zoom and 2" 40mm Astromania Kellner

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

  5. #4
    Gx8ES102's Avatar
    Gx8ES102 is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 3,784, Level: 40
    Level completed: 90%, Points required for next Level: 16
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!Ghost Achievement! Averaging 5+ posts a day!
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    space
    Posts
    530
    Points
    3,784
    Level
    40
    Thanks
    94
    Thanked 145x 105 Posts

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    Well I always thought the LXD75 got tainted by the 55. My 75 has run for a about 8 years now and when properly aligned (and its pretty easy to do if you center the aliment scope and do a couple of alignments following the alignment error messages). It handles my 102 triplet and C8 really well. Now that I am really only doing EAA I can put everything on the very small ZWO224 chip with the high precision alignment. Balance is very easy due to the bearing on both axis. Yep, some problems with the early ones, but by the time the ones with the 2" legs were shipping the set screws were holding.

    It will be interest to see how the 85 preforms. Keeping my 75 until it dies, but my piggy bank is getting fattened up for an iOptron 30 Product just for the sound reduction on slewing
    C90 (USA Rubberized, 1996), C8 (2000), ES 102 Triplet (2018), Orion ST 80 w/2" GSO focuser (2018), Starmaster 20 x 80 (2015), Eagle Optic Rangers 10 x 50 (2004), Sirius AZ-EQ G PRO (2018), LXD75 (2" legs, 2007), SLT (2008), Manfrotto 055 CF (2007) , ZWO224, Panasonic Gx8 (8 second live view, 4 shot stacking in camera)
    I tend to keep my Astro stuff Forever
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    Lots of software and other "Stuff".....

  6. #5
    UlteriorModem's Avatar
    UlteriorModem is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 84,068, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Awards:
    Most Threads Award
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Tallahasse Florida
    Posts
    16,756
    Points
    84,068
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    2,316
    Thanked 4,195x 3,546 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Here is a video of the mount:

    https://youtu.be/vWU_d-RoCB8

    I don't think I'd want to be one of the first folks to get one. I'd let it ride for a year or two to see what kind of bugs shake out of it.

    Nice looking mount though.
    As an early adaptor of the CGX-L mounts and the CGX mounts in general I have to whole heartedly agree with this!

    However someone has to find those bugs no?
    bladekeeper and smifx3 like this.
    Scopes: Orion 130mm APO Triplet, Orion 8" f4 astrograph, 10" RC Mount: Celestron CGX-L Guiding: Orion 60mm f4 scope, Starlight Loadstar, PHD2 software - Cams: Planetary: ASI120mc, DSO:Atik 383L+, SGPsoftware Processing : Regisax, Deep Sky Stacker, Star Tools, Pixinsight Assistant: One very large cat
    ~ Put your money where your mount is ~


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

  7. #6
    Eratosthenes's Avatar
    Eratosthenes is online now White Dwarf
    Points: 1,959, Level: 27
    Level completed: 59%, Points required for next Level: 41
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    44
    Points
    1,959
    Level
    27
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked 5x 4 Posts

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    It seems to me the consensus is don't sign up to be a Meade beta tester!

    I guess Meade is willing to pay you $100 to be beta test the LX85 as it seems to have a bit more weight capacity than the Celestron Advanced VX and similar features, but the AVX is going for $899, while the LX85 is only $799. I still don't have the money for that.

    Have Fun!
    My Equipment - Celestron 130SLT (6 inch)
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    reflector) and
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    SkyQuest XT8 (8 inch classic dob)
    Canon Rebel T3 (1100D)
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    Wife's
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    -
    Sky-Watcher 12” GoTo Collapsible
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

  8. #7
    JimB1's Avatar
    JimB1 is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 593, Level: 11
    Level completed: 86%, Points required for next Level: 7
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Location
    NJ, USA
    Posts
    26
    Points
    593
    Level
    11
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 2x 2 Posts

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    I am really interested in this one too but I’m going to wait for some first hand, real world reviews to start showing up. Apparently they just started shipping the first, limited run of units so hopefully we’ll get some info soon.
    I like what I see so far though... hope it lives up to the initial hype.
    -Jim
    Scopes: Meade 395 90mm f11 1000mm refractor with equitorial mount., Meade ETX-60at 60mm f5.8 refractor with computerized mount.
    Eyepieces: Meade ma25, ma10, ma4, Meade 2x. Barlow, Meade 8-24mm zoom, Televue 32mm plossl, Meade 5000 UWA 5.5mm

  9. #8
    JimB1's Avatar
    JimB1 is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 593, Level: 11
    Level completed: 86%, Points required for next Level: 7
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Location
    NJ, USA
    Posts
    26
    Points
    593
    Level
    11
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 2x 2 Posts

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    I have to say, I can’t believe how poorly Meade is handling this product release. From the initial ads released in the spring saying summer 2018, then pushed to October, now it’s mid December and still no one has any of the LX85 series in stock and there are no user reviews out there yet. Meade’s website still says shipping in October. Their Facebook page doesn’t have any news on them either. I found one person last week on Cloudyskies that has one but only because his local dealer was the Meade rep for a show and he got the show demo unit.

    I am probably looking to buy something in the March/April timeframe but was hoping to see some more real user reviews before then. It’s very disappointing... we’ll see if there’s any change going into the new year but I’ll be looking at all the other options I think.
    -Jim
    Scopes: Meade 395 90mm f11 1000mm refractor with equitorial mount., Meade ETX-60at 60mm f5.8 refractor with computerized mount.
    Eyepieces: Meade ma25, ma10, ma4, Meade 2x. Barlow, Meade 8-24mm zoom, Televue 32mm plossl, Meade 5000 UWA 5.5mm

  10. #9
    Gabby76's Avatar
    Gabby76 is offline Super Moderator
    Points: 80,932, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.8%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!Gallery Achievement!Album Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Awards:
    Activity & Post & Thread Master
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Live: Slovakia Work: Canada
    Posts
    18,738
    Points
    80,932
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    3,593
    Thanked 5,888x 4,938 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    This is fairly typical of the last few years for manufacturers.
    Tooling of parts, QA/QC specifications, programming issues can all lead to unexpected delays from original release dates.

    I would rather something be overdue than have it rushed into production so I can beta test it after I purchased it.
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
    Mounts: Celestron SLT w/ pier mod & EQ-3 tripod, Celestron hypertuned CG-5 w/ tracking motor & Argo Navis, Manfrotto 028B w/ Stellarvue M2C, Manfrotto 055PRO w/ 128RC, TAL-1 HD EQ, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 SXG & half pier Diagonals: 2" Astro-Physics MaxBright, 2" Zeiss/ Baader prism, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (Photo Version), 2"
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    Amici prism, 2" Stellarvue Dielectric, 2" TeleVue Everbrite Eyepieces: A-Z

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    The weakest link in the optical chain is the large nut located directly behind the
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    / camera. - Gabrielle

    Ya gotta keep this Apo/
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    thing in some balance of perspective. Apos are awesome, but long focus Achros aren't that far behind them - Siriusandthepup (CN)

    Refractors kick arse precisely because they don't hide behind excuses. That is, they have no obstructions to hide behind. - Jon Isaacs (CN)

  11. #10
    Pauls72's Avatar
    Pauls72 is online now HYPER GIANT
    Points: 18,453, Level: 93
    Level completed: 89%, Points required for next Level: 47
    Overall activity: 52.0%
    Achievements:
    First 1000 Experience Points365 Days+ Registered Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!3 Years + Achievement
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    LaPorte, IN USA
    Posts
    1,876
    Points
    18,453
    Level
    93
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 647x 499 Posts

    Default Re: New LX85 Mount?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    This is fairly typical of the last few years for manufacturers.
    Tooling of parts, QA/QC specifications, programming issues can all lead to unexpected delays from original release dates.

    I would rather something be overdue than have it rushed into production so I can beta test it after I purchased it.
    If you look at the LX80 and LX800 history, Meade failed on both ends. They where excessively late getting the mounts to market from when they promised them and then the quality wasn't there either.
    Gabby76 likes this.
    Mounts: EQ1, LXD55, Atlas EQ-G (one with Rowan belt mod, EQ6-Rail and one without)

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    :
    C11, 8" Reflector, 102mm MCT, ST80, W.O. FLT98, 6" RC, Lunt LS50THa/B400
    Cameras: Canon XTi, DSI-C, DSI, ST402, QHY8L, QHY183C, QHY163M, ASI120MC-S (Allsky)
    Some of my Pic's http://www.astrobin.com/users/Pauls72/

 

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-04-2017, 05:09 PM
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-14-2014, 06:56 AM
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-05-2013, 08:09 AM
  4. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-26-2012, 06:28 PM
  5. DIY Digital Point Shoot Pocket Camera Mount A Cheap Way to Mount!
    By Anotheryahoo in forum Astronomy Digital Cameras Forum
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 08-12-2011, 11:09 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Powered by vBulletin®
All times are GMT. The time now is 04:09 PM.