Last updated: 10 April 2004
Subject: My Answer to M Arsenault Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2004 09:05:52 From: ZygmoDean@aol.com I would like to comment on Mike's Post from March 7, 2004, about his new LXD 5in. Refractor. I recently purchased an LXD AR5 from scienceandhobby.com. (excellent service, by the way). The scope arrived in perfect condition. After spending a couple of afternoons practicing with the Autostar, I set the scope up on the night of March 27, 2004. I used a compass to roughly point north, and sighted through the empty scope mounting rings to aim at Polaris. Mounted the OTA, never used the polar alignment scope, and never trained the drives. The moon stayed centered in a 20mm eyepiece for several minutes without obvious drift. The moon through my Meade Plossls was perfect, without any of the color fringes that I have heard plague the cheaper Refractors. I have been using an old Edmund 4 1/4 Newtonian, and a Celestron 8SCT, and I can honestly say the view of the moon was considerably better in the AR5. The enclosed picture of the Moon was taken that night through a Kodak DX3500, on a Meade Universal Camera mount, through a Meade Plossl 20mm eyepiece. It is a composite of three pics, hand stitched together in Adobe Photoshop 7. This was my first night of Astrophotography through any scope.
I am VERY pleased with this telescope, and recommend it highly. Maybe Mike received a Lemon.
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