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My Meade 8" LX5 with an Antares 80mm Finder...this Meade has EXCELLENT IMAGES...It is my Telescope when observing near town and Planets...I take my 12" DOB to the DARK SKY SITES...

Clear Skies....

Mark

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You don't see those Meade's very often! Nice looking gear - what year did that come out of?

I would guess you may have heard of Dr. Clay Sherrod? He's a worldwide-known expert in the Meade LX-series telescopes. In case you haven't, I'm tossing you a link. You need to join & await approval if you wish to post questions to him & the group. This is done to prevent 'spam-bots' from overrunning the place. He's often to be found answering questions in the LX-related Yahoo astronomy groups. Here's his site:

http://www.arksky.org/index.php

Glad to see your scopes. They look very well tended.

Clear skies,

Dave

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The Meade SCT makes for a nice visual scope, but do you really need such a large finder? If you do then I suggest you put a couterweight on the underside of the OTA towards the front - your motors will thank you for it :-)  Personally I found a 32mm Plossl offered a plenty wide field to act as a finder in the main scope. Anyway, enjoy it!

ChrisH

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A very nice older Meade Mark, I have it's brother. A good bit of original kit you have there by the look of it. Are the electronics still performing well?

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Thx Guys

the OTA is balanced .. I am a 40 yr plus observer... and the electronics work perfectly and the Optics are Immaculate. Cleanest that I have ever seen and thx for the LX5  link ..

clear skies

Mark

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