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    hi ,does any anybody actually have an ls 8 afc +if so how are the finding it? i am considering purchasing one, thanks

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    Nope I do not own one....and personally would not even consider owning one for at least another year ... Still Way too many bugs in these scopes and an astronomical number of faulty GPS units...

    The idea is great.. but Meade has not got it right yet...so give them a little more time...

    Until they lower the price dramatically I can't see paying more for even the 6" LS then for the competitions 8" which is a proven design...

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    i heard the issues have been addressed for the 8 ,but i will wait to at least fall to decide ,thanks

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    Hi MrFixall ...You could also think about a lx90GPS 8in SCT ..Walmart.com: Save money. Live better. has them for 1400 dollars US ...Not bad considering they were 1698....They are not the ACF models but a 8in. SCT is a awesome scope none the less ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327 View Post
    Nope I do not own one....and personally would not even consider owning one for at least another year ... Still Way too many bugs in these scopes and an astronomical number of faulty GPS units...

    The idea is great.. but Meade has not got it right yet...so give them a little more time...

    Until they lower the price dramatically I can't see paying more for even the 6" LS then for the competitions 8" which is a proven design...

    Just my opinion...

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    Bob - I note that your opion was in 2010 - do you think they are any less glitchy now??

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    Quote Originally Posted by batheyedoc View Post
    Bob - I note that your opion was in 2010 - do you think they are any less glitchy now??
    I've been at star parties lately with the LS 6" and 2 times the owners spent most of the night trying to get their equipment working while the rest of us observed.

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    I see that Celestron has new scope out no user input that self aligns, be interesting to see how that works out.

    From what I hear still many issues with the Meade one, I guess the light switch just was never turned on fully, I am surprised they released this to public with so many flaws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batheyedoc View Post
    Bob - I note that your opion was in 2010 - do you think they are any less glitchy now??
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    From what I understand yes they are less "glitchy" now..

    As far as I can tell from posts on other forums the majority now seem to work ...no idea on how reliable they are ..that will take a few more years...

    I still firmly believe they are WAY over priced however ...
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    Hi Bob , Murray here, i purchased a Meade LS8 ACF in june, i was somewhat hesiitant, there was no need to, i have a number of scopes, including a cpc11 , a cpc 8, dobs, neuts, etc. after a few days of adjusting to it, i only use this scope, its a total of 45 lbs , i switch it on ,go make a tea, bring it out, and am ready to rock +roll, i look in the eye piece and the star its chosen is almost dead center. i the install my mallincam ccd video csamera, +see wonderfull objects in real time on my monitor. like ring nebula , dumbell , galaxys , in colour . not just puffs of smoke, all with this ls8. amazing. meade has returned at last!

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    I bought the first generation LS6 - a year or more before the LS8 was available.

    I had buyers remorse for the longest time. It was a lemon!

    I paid full, top dollar value for a unit that was hot off the presses and that had a faulty GPS. Of course, dealing with Meade Customer Support wasn't fun. There was a plethora of problems with them. Once they actually agreed to repair the unit, that meant I had to ship it from Canada to Meade. Upon it's return I had to pay the brokerage fees to UPS (which was ridiculous).

    Once I got it back and after Meade has released numerous updated to their LightSwitch firmware (now running v1.6a) the scope is working pretty well.

    It still crashes at random which requires a re-flashing of the firmware (about 30+ minutes). I keep a copy the Firmware on a mini-SD card on-hand so that I can reinstall it with minimal effort. I think it keeps crashing at the same point in the media, so as long as I skip that part it hasn't crashed.

    Being completely new to Autostar and GoTo, I have struggled with the alignment because sometimes the auto alignment is so far off the object won't even be in a wide FOV. But I've since learned to turn on 'high-precision slews' and to manually sync a star or two before beginning.

    If I had the choice to buy the scope today, I probably would. When it's working it's an amazing experience. But buying the first generation was definitely a headache.
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