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Date: 12-2-2002
Price: approx $999.95
Design: Large Schmidt Newtonian telescope.
Description: 10-inch Schmidt Newtonian telescope that has optional computer controls and high quality coatings.

Review

My personal experience with this telescope, LXD-55 10"was a disaster.  After a much anticipated delivery, the mount on the scope gave out under the strain of the weight of the scope the first night. My dealer was kind enough to replace the mount for me immediately, the next outing, despite hours of trials (and I've had years of experience with Autostar alignments on other scopes) the Goto was completely inaccurate. The next night out, the ENTIRE OTA fell off the mount due to a faulty bolt, Meade said they couldn't guarantee replacement for months. The scope is made in China and obviously very poorly, the parts are crudely machined and the gears in the mount strain under the weight of the scope. After a jury-rigged mount repair by my dealer, the next time out the mount again gave out completely. I was only fortunate to have an amazingly understanding dealer who refunded all my money and sent this lemon back to Meade. Others may not be so lucky. Caveat Emptor! I have since saved my money and purchased an LX200 10"GPS and it's a dream

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