I am active on a number of discussion boards, finding it necessary to find astronomy-related activities that can be enjoyed during the many cloudy nights we experience here. One such site is even named for that – Cloudy Nights (www.cloudynights.com). It is the premier astro discussion site on the planet, so far as I know, and I encourage all to have a look at it. It is not my site; it belongs to Astronomics, one of the many fine retail dealers we amateur astronomers have available to us.
BTW – although I won’t be acquiring an LX850 series optical tube, a local friend and imager is getting the 14″ tube so I’ll be able to offer some reports and images captured with that. Having previously owned both the 14″ and 16″ ACF tubes, he’s in a better position to evaluate the new OTA than I am. He’s more conservative than I am, though, so he’ll be using an AP1200 mount. Current plans are to mount my AT12RC and FSQ-106N on the LX850 mount for use here.
The equipment will be installed in Wadsworth Observatory, which was built into a dormer added to my pole barn in 2003. It can be seen in the background on this site, with a previous setup (Meade 178ED on Takahashi NJP mount). Current cameras are a QSI683WSG for deep sky and a NexImage 5 for planets. There’s a website for the observatory, but it hasn’t been updated for a few years.
disclaimer: I have no financial interest in Meade, Astronomics, CloudyNights.com, or any other business entity related to amateur astronomy. I am an amateur astronomer with a particular interest in the hardware we use.
another disclaimer: “Meade” and “LX850” are trademarks of Meade Instruments Corporation. It isn’t going to be possible to discuss this product without using those terms but I make no claim to any rights in those terms for myself by using them.