Meade 8" Equatorial wedge for LX200

$229.00

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This Meade equatorial wedge lets you use a Meade 8" SCT in a polar (equatorial) mode for long exposure astrophotography . . .
Our Product #: 2548
Meade Product #: 07002
 

Product Description

This Meade equatorial wedge allows you to mount an 8" LX200 (or earlier 8" Meade SCT) in a polar mode on your telescope tripod. This permits long exposure deep space 35mm and CCD astrophotography with exposures greater than five minutes in duration without star trailing when (which is otherwise not possible the scope in its default altazimuth mode). Using the scope in the polar mode allows you to use the PPEC (permanent periodic error correction) circuit in the scope's computer (which does not function when the scope is operate din the altazimuth mode). The wedge is not needed for short exposure lunar and planetary photography.

The wedge comes with a deluxe latitude adjuster and azimuth fine adjuster for precise polar alignment. It also includes no-tool knobs for easy assembly of the wedge to your tripod and your telescope to the wedge, plus a compass for faster aligning on the pole. Made of die cast aluminum, with stainless steel hardware.

Tech Details

Weight 10 lbs.
Warranty 1 year

Reviews

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I have used this wedge on my 8" lx 200 scope. It was rock-solid and well made. Scope was stable and secure. if you have an LX200 and want to mount it equatorially for AP this will work well. If you are looking to do AP, you will find that an EQ mount will be MUCH easier to polar align than a wedge mounted Alt -Az scope, but if that's not an option, I found this wedge gave me much more exposure time than I could previously with my LX200 in alt-az mode. I give it 5 stars because its well made and solid, improved my astrophotography, and does what is was designed to do at a reasonable price. For your 8 inch scope, you wont need a more expensive wedge. Its designed for use with an 8" scope and is solid as they come. (Posted on 10/28/2018)
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I have used this wedge with my 8" LX200 GPS scope. It was rock solid and had no issues keeping the scope locked in and stable. It works well if you want to use your current Alt-Az setup equatorially. If you're really into AP, I would suggest an equatorial mount as opposed to using a wedge if cost is not an issue. While the wedge mounted scope in EQ mode was better than alt -az for AP, I had a MUCH easier time aligning with an equatorial mount than with a wedge. I give it 5 stars because it is well made, does what it was designed to do and is reasonably priced. If you want to use your 8" LX200 for more serious AP than would otherwise be doable in alt az, the wedge will definitely allow you to move to the next level. (Posted on 10/28/2018)
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If you have an Meade 8" LX200 and you want to do Astrophotography with exposures beyond 2-3 minutes, you pretty much need to have an equatorial wedge in order to put the scope in Polar mode so that it can track the sky without field-rotation artifacts. In my experience, the Meade wedge is hard to beat for the price. It works. It has one design shortcoming that, although annoying, can easily be overcome: The top of the wedge where the telescope attaches has a slot that accepts the shaft of a bolt with a plastic knob that you screw in to the bottom of the telescope's base. In this configuration the threads on the bolt wear due to the rubbing against the metal in the slot. An easy fix is to slide a small length (1/2" - 3/4") of thin plastic PVC tubing over the threads. This protects the threads from rubbing directly against the metal in the slot. The plastic sleeve can be replaced as needed as it wears--and at a cost that is much cheaper than the cost of replacing the bolts with the plastic knobs. The Wedge mounts very solidly to the LX200 field tripod, and is easy to adjust in both Declination and Right Ascension. With a good Polar alignment, I've taken 10+ minute exposures with my DSLR camera. (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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