Last updated: 27 November 2007

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This page is for user comments and information of a general nature or items applicable to all LXD55 and LXD75 models. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks.

Subject:	DC cord for LXD75
Sent:	Saturday, November 24, 2007 08:28:25
From:	Paul Littlecoyote (ngc_7293@yahoo.com)
Do you know who makes a coiled cord for the LXD75 to connect to a
battery type power supply?
Mike here: Meade has a non-coiled one: #607 DC Power Cord - $25
I use one with my LXD75 and a Celestron Power Tank.
Subject:	Re: LXD75 mount troubles
Sent:	Tuesday, November 20, 2007 18:15:55
From:	Paul Littlecoyote (ngc_7293@yahoo.com)
I disassembled the dec gear housing and the worm was the problem, having
quite a bit of slop on either side. The slotted bushing could not be
turned, nor was I about to force it.

Subject:	LXD75 mount troubles
Sent:	Sunday, November 18, 2007 05:28:40
From:	Paul Littlecoyote (ngc_7293@yahoo.com)
I just bought a Meade LXD75 SCT and AR refractor. Both scopes seem to be
very good optically. Refractor mount has a great deal of slop in the dec
axis. Upon taking the drive cover off, I found that the worm gear axis
could be moved back and forth by turning the dec. How do I fix this or
do I need to send it back to Meade?
Mike here: If it is new it would be best to contact your dealer and try to get it exchanged. If they can't do that, contacting Meade would be the next best choice since it is under warranty. It sounds like the gear is loose; you could disassemble the DEC housing and try to fix it yourself. It may be easy to do if the securing bolts are loose BUT you could also damage something if you not are careful and therefore invalidate the warranty.
Subject:	my new website
Sent:	Wednesday, November 14, 2007 18:59:40
From:	Nikica Ignjatovic (starinsomniac@yahoo.com)
Hi, I had a 10" lxd55 telescope in the past which I have taken CCD
images with. I used meade's DSI camera with it and produced succesful


Now I have an lxd75 telescope which I use for astrophotography purposes.



Subject:	Using PHD Guiding with AutoStar mount
Sent:	Sunday, November 4, 2007 08:56:17
From:	Theodore Rafferty (raff650@verizon.net)
A few weeks ago I wrote about problems I was having with my LXD75 mount
using the auto guiding software PHD Guiding. I had thought the problems
waere with my mount and tried numerous things to correct it without any
luck. I recently found out that the problem was not with my mount but
with the ASCOM Meade driver needed to interface PHD Guiding to work with
my mount. A modified ASCOM Meade driver is available from the Stark Labs
web site:


Using this modified driver has corrected all the problems I was having.

Ted Rafferty

Subject:	"Mirror Problem"
Sent:	Friday, November 2, 2007 08:33:50
From:	marcel (marcel.king@ntlworld.com)
may i first say "thank you" for your excellent website i have learnt a
lot from the imformation you provide....

however i have a question please i have a snt lxd55 8" scope which i
have had for about 7 years i noticed the other day the mirror is filthy
with a layer of dust covering the whole mirror, which over the years i
would think condensation has caused this which must be cutting the light
down or refracting through the dust, my question is how do i clean the
mirror can you help me please.

many many thanks
Mike here: See Dr. Clay Sherrod's "brush" recommendation in the article "Cleaning Optics" on the Helpful Information: Buyer/New User Tips page on my ETX Site. Alternatively you might be able to just blow the dust off using a "bulb" style forced air cleaner; do NOT use a compressed air can as they can leave a residue on the mirror.
Subject:	review of the LXD  book...
Sent:	Tuesday, October 16, 2007 21:23:12
From:	richard seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
In http://www.weasner.com/lxd/reviews/2007/lxd-book.html
in the chapter 9 section, you say:
In the section on cloning one AutoStar to another, it also overlooks the
fact that a special "cloning" cable is required, which is different than
the #505 serial cable.

Actually, if you buy a "real" Meade 505 cable, the cloning cable
is part of the kit.  (at least it used to be)

have fun

Subject:	Container
Sent:	Sunday, October 7, 2007 13:54:51
From:	Frank Mraz (fjmraz@hotmail.com)
I am sending this to you as I know that you have more experience than
any of us out here.

I recently purchased a used LXD55 SN-10 WITHOUT the packing boxes. Do
you know where I can get some "plans" to build two (2) packing boxes for
this telescope ?

Thank you,

Frank J Mraz
Mike here: If your intent is to make some "cases" for storage and/or travel, check the Accessory Reviews: Cases page as well as the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page on my ETX Site for some ideas on making your own case. While these may be specific to ETX telescopes they may give you some ideas. Alternatively, if you want shipping boxes specific to your telescope, contact Meade; they may sell you the exact boxes.

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