I have a permanent pier now for my LX-200, so the guide scope and auto guider are history. I kept them for several months while telling myself I would need them when I go out to the woods. Now I admit that the big dob will visit the darker skies elsewhere, but the LX-200 is just much easier to use right here at home. Who of you would mess up a good polar alignment?!?
This is the Meade Pictor 201XT CCD autoguider. It comes with everything shown: the manual, the 1-1/4 inch nosepiece, a really long 12-volt cigarette adapter cord, the cord to attach it to an LX-200's AutoGuider port, and the original box.
No I have to admit, I never would have bought this by itself. I had heard so much bad mouthing of this little guy that I was extremely ST-4 minded. But the $600 people want for their ST-4's was a little steep for my blood. So when I bought my LX-200 and this was included in the package price I was a bit skeptical. I even tried to get the guy to knock the price down a bit and sell this seperately. But I ended up with this as part of my LX-200 setup.
Now having said all that, I am not sure why people are knocking this little autoguider. It may not be an ST-4, but it seems to work just fine for me. The manual is straightforward and easy to follow. There is only one button and two digits on the LCD readout, so I wouldn't describe it as complex. You point it at a star, you press the button a couple of times and it locks on and guides the scope until the star is obscured by clouds, the sun comes up, or your car battery dies. 8^) What's not to get?
I am asking $225 and I will pay shipping and insurance. I prefer paypal, but I can do postal money orders, as well.
Thanks for looking!
P.S. I also have a 60mm guidescope with a set of 6-point rings for $50 in another ad, if you are interested.