- Meade Equatorial Wedge for 7" & 8" LX200 Telescopes
- Latitude Adjuster
- Bubble level
Meade Equatorial Wedge for 7" & 8" LX200 & LX400 Telescopes
Meade's standard 8" equatorial wedge attaches to the Standard Field Tripod by means of a manual knob. It turns your 7" or 8" LX200 or LX400 alt-azimuth telescope into an equatorial model so that you can take long-exposure (over 5 minutes) photographs and record stars as pinpoints instead of streaks...an effect of field rotation. The addition of a properly aligned wedge aligns your telescope's axis of rotation to the earth's axis of rotation, which eliminates field rotation.
It comes with an azimuth adjustment to allow you to rotate the wedge without picking up the tripod, helping with polar alignment. Also included is a latitude adjuster. The latitude you set your wedge at will depend upon your location. The 8" equatorial wedge allows for adjustment from 15 degree to 64 degree. A bubble level is included to help make easy work of leveling your telescope, which is important for precise tracking. Features heavy duty cast aluminum construction and a compass to use the magnetic pole as a starting reference.
- Modifies an Alt-Azimuth mount to Equatorial performance
- Also includes latitude and azimuth adjustments
- Heavy duty cast aluminum construction
- Bubble level makes easy work of leveling out your telescope
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I like OPT and will buy from you again, but the Meade mount is very poor.
The included screws are metric when 8-32 screws are required, so a couple trips to the hardware store. The included bubble level comp[*** is useless and not what is described in the instructions. The mount has rough cast mating surfaces that bind frequently and is not made well so when you hand tighten the friction knobs the mount moves substantially.
Does what a Wedge needs to do.
This standard wedge from Meade is not too bad, considering the price and quality of the casting. I use this particular model wedge with my LX90 EMC 8" and it does in fact work as advertised. There is however a few CONS that my fellow star gazers should be aware of while using this wedge. This wedge is light weight, so using this with a LX90, LX200, 8" and up will introduce vibration or "the shakes". Not the fault of the wedge, Meade LX90's and LX200's are HEAVY be their design, so be prepared for it. Other than that, you will have no problems using this wedge. I recommend not using it for any LX90 or LX200 larger that 8 inches because the shake would be unbearable. Clear Skies!
Good for the price
I had some initial hiccups with the wedge assembly. The supplied assembly instructions did not match the product. OPT came through with the right instructions. When attaching the azimuth controller to the Meade Field Tripod, one of the screws broke. It was too long for the tripod. I found a replacement screw that worked fine. For the smaller telescopes for which it is designed, this wedge should work fine for basic astrophotography or visual use.