Meade Polar scope for LX70 mount and LX70 scopes

$49.95

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This Meade polar alignment finderscope lets you line up your Meade LX70 German equatorial mount or LX70 series scope precisely on the celestial pole for more accurate tracking and astrophotography.
Our Product #: LX70PS
Meade Product #: 670010
 

Product Description

This new non-illuminated Meade LX70PS 18mm polar alignment finderscope is an option for the Meade LX70 and LX70 series German equatorial mount scopes only. The finder contains a reticle with patterns for polar alignment in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. It threads into the rear of the polar axis of your LX70 mount.

Aligning the finder to your mount's axis of rotation is a one-time procedure that takes only a few minutes and is done during the day. Full instructions are included with the finder. The finder can be left installed in your mount permanently.

To use the polar finder in the northern hemisphere, first roughly align your mount on the north celestial pole. Rotate the scope in right ascension until the stars in either Cassiopeia or the Big Dipper line up with the constellation pattern etched into the finder reticle. Lock the mount's right ascension clutch firmly so your mount can't lose its orientation on the stars. 

Adjust the altitude and azimuth fine tuning controls while looking through the polar finder until Polaris falls into a small circle etched into the reticle. When Polaris is located within the circle, the axis of rotation of the mount is aligned on the north celestial pole (not just on Polaris) with enough accuracy to permit casual long exposure guided astrophotography for the evening.

A similar procedure is used in the southern hemisphere, except that the Constellation Octans is used instead of Cassiopeia or the Big Dipper. After rotating your mount until Octans lines up with its reticle pattern, the altitude and azimuth controls are adjusted until the stars in Octans fall into the appropriate circles in the Octans reticle pattern.

Tech Details

Weight 5 ounces
Warranty 1 year

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A decent economy polar scope. Works well enough but it's not a premium piece of equipment. (Posted on 10/31/2019)
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