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Due to a telescope upgrade I now have available my LX90 and a lot of accessories to go with it. The OTA itself has been upgraded and improved a lot it has had the following upgrades:
Thrust bearing upgrade to smooth focusing
Screws replaced with stainless
Bob Knobs collimation knobs
Flocked tube to improve image contrast
The scope comes with all the standard accessories:
Meade 8x50 Finder Scope
Meade 26mm super plössl eyepiece
Meade 1.25" eyepieve connector
Meade #918A 1.25" Diagonal Prism
Meade Autostar hand controller and external control and update cables
Meade field tripod
Plus having used it for imaging and having de-forked the OTA to use it on a German Equatorial Mount it also comes with the following extras to allow a variety of options for both visual and imaging options:
ADM Counterweight and accessory rail for 8" SCT
ADM Losmandy Dovetail for 8" SCT
Star Sharp Bhatinov Mask
DewZap Dew Shield
JMI Electronic focus controller for Meade LX90
Celeston f6.3 focal reducer
Astro Engineering hand controller holder
Meade variable projection tele-extender
Astro Engineering Align Mate
Meade 07567 f3.3 focal reducer and variable T-Adaptor
1.25" Clear Sky CCD Filter
1.25" Light Polution Filter
1.25" OIII filter
Power supply for Meade LX90
Meade equatorial wedge with adaptor for the LX90
The scope has now been put back onto its forks and tested. If you want to see detailed photographs of everything then please have a look at:
there is even a short video showing the mount working there. As for the capabilities of the scope you can see a few examples of images taken with this scope at:
there are even more on my astrobin page:
Unfortunately due to the size and weight of the scope, the amount of kit I'm selling and lack of boxes, I can only do collection only.
I'm looking for offers around £1000 for everything. But I'm willing to consider splitting if you don't want it all, just let me know what you are interested in and we can work out a price. For just the scope and standard accessories, I'm looking for offers in the region of £700, so for just £300 extra you are getting a lot of options. A quick add up of what this has all cost me new comes out at around £2500.
I can accept payment via bank transfer, cash or pay-pal (buyer covers fees)
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
I am wondering if anyone can help me?
Just starting out imaging with a Meade LX90ACF 8". Whilst I am not new to this, I've changed my game from CCD to DSLR and am on the learning curve again! I am getting a strange reflection when I image anything bright, ie a star. Please can you have a look at the image and see if you have any tips to not get this crazy blue swirl... whilst it is pretty, it is clearly not anything in the sky and will always be on the image somewhere.
Lunar or planetary.. not a problem... just the bright stuff (whether a short or long exposure). I've tried a canon 350d and 1300d.. both the same! I am still playing with my alt/dec % so am still getting a little star trail on this 3 min exposure, not worried about that!
By Red Dwarfer
When I googled Vixen Porta II recently there were a couple of YouTube reviews but very little photographs of the mount , so I took these today after assembling the mount that arrived this morning .
Initial impressions are it is a great mount that is solidly built and very user friendly ...
My lovely 8" LX200 Classic has been de-mounted from my observatory pier and I'm selling a load of accessories that used to be used with it.
8" Bahtinov Mask - SOLD Astrozap 8" dew shield - SOLD Pair of 5" Asymetric mounting rings - £22 Astroengineering 3D counterbalance system with 2kg counterweight - £45 Baader SCT Crayford Focuser - SOLD All prices include postage to UK mainland
Both remaining items for £62 posted