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  1. Or for Reload or Refined. Something like facelift at cars
  2. Expexted availability is October, Noverber. It will be a nice Christmas present . Lets hope all is OK with the new motors and design.
  3. Probably you know it already but for those that don't saw it here are the pictures and prices of the ES 3" eyepiece and diagonal: http://www.explorescientific.co.uk/en/Eyepieces/Explore-Scientific-100-Ar-Eyepiece-30mm-3-76-2mm.html http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p7392_Explore-Scientific-3--Diagonal-mirror.html
  4. If you have the original CD with the LPI camera in it there is a special driver for the LPI. Here is the quick install quide from the LPI manual: The following procedure is also found on the printed Quick Start Guide supplied with this product. Before you can operate the LPI camera, you must install the Autostar Suite software. 1. Do not plug the USB cable into your PC at this time. You will be asked to do so later in this installation. 2. Turn on your PC. Allow Windows to load. 3. Place the CD ROM into your PC's CD drive. 4. The Main Menu screen displays. Click "Install Autostar Suite." 5. You are prompted to choose a directory in which to install the driver. You may accept the default directory or create your own directory path. Click “Next” when done. 6. The “Select Components” window displays. This window allows you to choose whether or not to install the Guide Star Catalog. Note: This is an optional catalog that may be used by the Planetarium program and contains all of the locations of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Guide stars. This file is very large and takes up a large amount of memory. Only download if you have enough memory or wish to use this amount of memory of your hard drive. Memory totals for the file and your hard drive are displayed in this window. If you wish to install the catalog, check the GSC check box. If you do not wish to install the catalog, uncheck the GSC check box. Then click “Next.” 7. The “Start Installation” window displays. The program is now ready to install the Autostar Suite. Click "Next” to begin installation. 8. The “Microsoft Text to Speech Engine” window displays. Click "Yes” to agree to the terms and to continue with the installation. 9. The “Microsoft .Net Framework installation” window displays. You must click “Yes” for the LPI to operate. 10. Once .Net Framework installs, the .Net Framework agreement displays. Click “OK” to continue. 11. A window displays that allows you to install Adobe Acrobat Reader if you do not already have it installed on your PC. Click “Yes” or “No.” 12. The “InstallShield Wizard for the Meade LPI” displays. Click "Next.” 13. A window displays prompting you to do a complete or custom install of InstallShield Wizard. Click on the “Complete” button and then click “Install” to begin installation. 14. (XP versions only) “Windows Logo Test” window displays. Clicking “Continue Anyway” will install a driver that should operate with most PC configurations. 15. InstallShield Wizard completes installation. Click “Finish.” 16. A window displays that tells you that Autostar Suite has been installed. Click “Finish.”
  5. A lot of posts for 1 week which makes me happy. This new old 100 degree series of MEADE is telling me that somebody is working in the right directions now. As now MEADE is owner of China company and has all the access to China eyepiece making technology/manufacturers and China;s prices MEADE has to offer similar eyepieces as spec and price ot that of Explore Scientific. I don't think that at the moment they have the capacity to offer an eyepiece of the optical quality of Televue. As Alan has testes the 82 degrees ES eyepiece he is not very happy of if. But the price is really nice. So as usual you get whatyou paid for. Good think about MEADE being a China company will be that prices of good eyepieces and equipment (middle price range and quality) will go lower as three mayor China telescope manufacturer are competing in USA and the world - Synta, ES/Bresser/JOC and MEADE. As I told Alan - ES are preparing a 3" eyepiece and diagonal pushing further up the boundery. This means that they are intesting in the products that is good for all of us consumers. Before 5 years 100 degrees was like a dream. Now is standard and the new 110 and 120 degrees will become standard. This is good evolution taking into consideration the small market and how much is intested in astronomical optics. I also heard of a new technology of making the lens of the refractors - on CNC machines which if going massive the make the price of APOs plunge. I guess something similar in mass making of eyepieces is what is causing the boom in production of new types of eyepiece. Please excuse the long post.
  6. Alan, You can be sure that now that JOC offers directly the eyepieces to the end customer because ExSc USA and ExSc Europe are now their own subsidaries they can keep good margin and the additional old MEADE margin to be avoided. But it is very likely the design must be different because they are also water/fog proofed. Now they even got more aggresive with prices from May this year.
  7. This is why I couldn't get my counterweight bar . When the wedge arrive next week I will check it will work nicely also with Astrotrac.
  8. EQ5 will fit for visual with vibration. If more weight and money are not a problem than HEQ5 is the smarter choice. A mount in the middle of both is the new Bresser Exos-2 Goto that is better LXD-75 with larger LCD display and new ball-bearing. If you intend to use it in the future for astrophoto than it's better to get more stable mount.
  9. I just want to ask - do you think this mout can support 27kg load. In your setup with C11 and camera I guess it all weight around 14-15kg. I we keep the rule to load the mount for astrophoto around 70% in your opinion can this mount support 19-20kg for astrophoto? I am just worried if iOption have not just overstated the load capacity. My other very much likely option for now is AZ-EQ6. Reading the Cloudy Nighst topics for CEM60-EC beta testing it is obvious for me that making a good heavy load (20kg+) mount is really difficult taking into account the LX800 and EQ8 problems and the fact that EQ7 developement was stopped and started the new EQ8. For this reason ASA, Takahashi, 10Micron and AP cost much more.
  10. The other possibility is TS to have taken them from USA - not they are very much discounted in US from well know photo/camera store.
  11. Alan, You are very much welcome! I am astonished how much time and effort you put in this comparisons and how detailed they are! You are the eyepiece man! Clear skies!
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