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Rustang

Orion Optics LX200!?

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Quick question, has anyone heard of an Orion Optics 'LX200' I've seen an old 8 inch Newtonian pretty much exactly the same as my old Orion Optics Newtonian f6 (white and green) but Ive never seen one from research that was an 'LX200', the sticker lettering looks authentic but the only LX200 I know of is a Meade scope!?

 

A picture of mine for reference!!

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There is a VX200, perhaps someone spelt it incorrectly.       🙂

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10 minutes ago, Peter Drew said:

There is a VX200, perhaps someone spelt it incorrectly.       🙂

Lol 😄 the other thing is that the 'Orion' logo txt is white where as in all other pictures of these scope's, its black! Same font though!

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Is it Schmidt Newtonian by any chance? Orion Optics used to sell a 200mm f4 Schmidt Newt in the early 90s. They marketed it as the XSN200 which came on their own German eq Mount. If my memory serves me correctly, they also marketed the same tube on a Vixen GP Mount which they sold under a different model name.  Was there an XLX200? 

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34 minutes ago, Graham Darke said:

Is it Schmidt Newtonian by any chance? Orion Optics used to sell a 200mm f4 Schmidt Newt in the early 90s. They marketed it as the XSN200 which came on their own German eq Mount. If my memory serves me correctly, they also marketed the same tube on a Vixen GP Mount which they sold under a different model name.  Was there an XLX200? 

I dont think so, the secondary mirror looks exactly the same as mine! I would have thought that would be different if it was a Schmidt Newtonian - looking on google, I have found the Schmidt Newts, doesnt appear to be one of them, its a strange one!

 

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The Only thing i can think of, if its genuine, is maybe it was from Orion USA and a batch made for the US  market perhaps ? Might be worth dropping them a message on CN and see if they know anything.

John

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Or, it could belong to a boy racer astronomer, you know, the ones that used to stick RS turbo stickers on there 1100 cc escorts 😂😂😂

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10 minutes ago, johngm said:

Or, it could belong to a boy racer astronomer, you know, the ones that used to stick RS turbo stickers on there 1100 cc escorts 😂😂😂

Difficult because if that is the case they have done it really well!

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Definitely in OOUK livery rather than OOUS.  The length of the tube suggests that the "L" could stand for long focus.   🙂

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5 minutes ago, johninderby said:

ORION OPTICS XSN200 (8") SCHMIDT NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR

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Not one of these unfortunately I don't think as its got the same standard secondary mirror that mine has! 

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Could this be a bit of a Frankenscope? One that has been modified by someone and they have changed the designation to LX200? 

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I would say its the other way round in regards to the 'LX200' I would say that maybe that scope that was put together for someone, its got the same looking focuser as the Schmidt but the rest is the same as mine, Ive not seen that finder scope before either but its bracket is matching the same green paint finish as the rest of trim. Its an interesting one!

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