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Posts Made By: Rod Mollise

May 24, 2008 07:38 AM Forum: Celestron

Celestron and Skywatcher...USA!

Posted By Rod Mollise

You bubbas and bubbettes done heard this, aincha?


June 19, 2008 06:43 AM Forum: Meade

Meade Conference Call

Posted By Rod Mollise

For those of you who haven't heard the latest Meade investor teleconference (it is posted on their website under "Investor Relations"), here's the gist:

--Hope to break even next fiscal year.

--Guarded optimism.

--Worldwide workforce has been halved to 250.

--Need to get out of their "large building" (goodbye Irvine factory).

--All high end scope production is now in Mexico; ever'thing else is being made in China.

--New telescope product coming in the next few months. Sounds newbie oriented (will broaden market for scopes).

--New features to be added to MySky by Xmas. Lower price next year (maybe).

--No mention of LX400 (nee' RCX400).


June 27, 2008 07:25 AM Forum: Celestron

The New Celestrons...

Posted By Rod Mollise

Have y'all seen the new "Celestrons"?


June 27, 2008 07:27 AM Forum: Binoviewers

Whither Binoviewers

Posted By Rod Mollise

I recall not long ago this here forum was jumpin'. Dozens of new messages everytime I looked. What do y'all reckon happened? Was everything said that needed to be said? Were binoviewers themselves just a flash in the pan? What?


June 30, 2008 05:02 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Yo! Skywatch Fans!

Posted By Rod Mollise

The new issue of my little newsletter is up, it's still free, and while a little thin this time, I think it will make for some nice summer evenin' readin; especially if your skies are as cloudy as mine... ;-)


Rod Mollise
Author of Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope...and...
The Urban Astronomer's Guide

July 25, 2008 07:18 AM Forum: Meade

Whither the LX400

Posted By Rod Mollise

Latest RUMOR (I said R-U-M-O-R)?

Meade has decided the only LX400s (nee RCX-400) it will produce in the future will be the Max Mount 16 and 20. Hope it is not true, but that is what I have been told...

July 26, 2008 09:41 AM Forum: Meade

Re: Help! with LXD75 Alignment

Posted By Rod Mollise

Nick Dalby said:

:S [SIZE="Large"][/SIZE][COLOR="Red"][/COLOR]I have PROUDLY owned a Meade LXD 75 with a Celestron 8"SCT for the past three months. In that time I have only managed to align it perfectly just once!

Without knowing exactly what you are doing or not doing, it is impossible to give you specific advice...but the following may help:

Run off a good, strong, fully charged DC source like a jump start battery pack.

Calibrate motors.

Train drives.

When you are centering alignment stars, MAKE _SURE_ YOU ARE CENTERING THE CORRECT STARS.


December 16, 2008 06:19 AM Forum: Meade

How Low Will They Go

Posted By Rod Mollise

.08 low will it go?!

December 31, 2008 01:41 PM Forum: Meade

Re: New Meade ETX-LS

Posted By Rod Mollise

Andy Khula said:

Is this the forum for a related Meade product.
Meade ETX-LS 6" Telescope.
Anybody got one?
Or actually seen a production model yet?

I done seen the pitchers. The real deal? Still a ways off, I believe. ;-)

January 1, 2009 10:36 AM Forum: Celestron


Posted By Rod Mollise

Jus' in case any of you-all ain't noticed...