Last updated: 27 November 2007
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 (email@example.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
Subject: Re: LXD75 mount troubles Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 18:15:55 From: Paul Littlecoyote (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 results. www.geocities.com/starinsomniac/index.htm. Now I have an lxd75 telescope which I use for astrophotography purposes. Sincerely, Nikica
Subject: Using PHD Guiding with AutoStar mount Sent: Sunday, November 4, 2007 08:56:17 From: Theodore Rafferty (email@example.com) 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: http://www.stark-labs.com/phdguiding.html 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 m.kingMike 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 (email@example.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 --dick
Subject: Container Sent: Sunday, October 7, 2007 13:54:51 From: Frank Mraz (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 MrazMike 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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