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15 years 11 months ago #67101 by jeyjey
Dave --

The heater strip would certainly fit the C14 (it's got a velcro closure which grabs anywhere on the back of it). The ABS shield also have a velcro closure, but one side of it would probably need to be moved to fit the C14 (or a second strip added if you wanted it to fit either OTA). I had it shortened here in Ireland at an Irish dancing shoe manufacturer (it needs a hefty sewing machine to punch through the ABS). The heater strip is compatible with Kendrick, Thousand Oaks, DewBuster, etc.

The mirror lock is very effective at stopping the large flop -- I don't notice any pointing errors when crossing the meridian (and I do without the mirror lock on). However, I don't image, so I don't know if it controls flop 100% or not.

I'd say the OTA performs within 99% of a brand new one. There's a bit of dust on the corrector, but it's only 3 years old and has been observatory-housed since the beginning.

The Losmandy dovetails/radius blocks do allow flexure. I'd say they're adequate for visual but probably less so for photography. The Parallax rings control things much better -- they're well worth the cost differential.

The Losmandy dovetails clamp into AP's 16" dovetail saddle, while the rings attach to AP's 15" ribbed plate. I'd just as soon keep them (you never know what may come up), but I'm not actually using either one with the new Mak-Cass and so could probably be talked in to selling one of them.

Good luck with the lotto! ;)

-- Jeff.

Nikon 18x70s / UA Millennium                              Colorado:
Solarscope SF70 / TV Pronto / AP400QMD             Coronado SolarMax40 DS / Bogen 055+3130
APM MC1610 / Tak FC-125 / AP1200GTO               Tak Mewlon 250 / AP600EGTO

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15 years 11 months ago #67103 by dave_lillis
now thats interesting, I could strap it onto the obsessionator and use it as a finder scope :wink: :lol:

seriously though, thats a fine OTA and had the luck to see it in the flesh, its one big scope!!

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15 years 11 months ago #67130 by dogstar
Replied by dogstar on topic Re: 16" Meade LX200GPS OTA for sale

my 16" APM Mak-Cass arrived

Hey Jeff congratulations i'm glad to hear it arrived all
safe and sound i bet your all smiles,and good luck with
the sale ,great deal.Oh and sorry for no getting back to
you on meeting up i'm just to busy at the moment but
you can expect to see me soon :lol: :lol:

oh wise man why is the universe so perfect?ah because symmetry loves herself.

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various cameras,
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15 years 11 months ago #67134 by jeyjey
Sure, Declan, you were just waiting for the new scope to arrive weren't you? ;)

-- Jeff.

Nikon 18x70s / UA Millennium                              Colorado:
Solarscope SF70 / TV Pronto / AP400QMD             Coronado SolarMax40 DS / Bogen 055+3130
APM MC1610 / Tak FC-125 / AP1200GTO               Tak Mewlon 250 / AP600EGTO

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15 years 11 months ago #67135 by dogstar
Jeff, how could you even suggest such a thing :P :lol:

oh wise man why is the universe so perfect?ah because symmetry loves herself.

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Losmandy mount.

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15 years 11 months ago #67140 by DaveGrennan
I have to agree with all the guys here, that is an amazing offer. If I had the money, I'd bite yer hand off. Good luck with the sale, and congrats to the lucky recipient.

Regards and Clear Skies,

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