Meade LX85 Mount First Impressions

I’d been wanting to upgrade/update my old LXD75 mount for quite some time. The old horse has been tracking great, but I really want to take my imaging to the next level, and I had an opportunity for a package deal with an Meade 80mm triplet refractor that I couldn’t pass up. You can check out the video below, and/or read on for some first impressions.

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Is Astrophotragphy Getting Too Easy?

Everybody should be able to take pictures of space without having an astronomy degree, IT background, or having to take out a second mortgage. A lot of us like to think our little club is exclusive, but I think it should be more inclusive. I talk a lot about how hard and frustrating this hobby is on someone starting out, so I’m all for technology making things easier on us. But are these new phone image sensors and software all they’re advertised to be? And is an upcoming all-in-one scope, mount and imager misunderstood? Is imaging space getting too easy?

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Time to Step Up

Meade Brand Ambassadorship
Sometime in July, I filled out an application to become a Meade Brand Ambassador. Meade Telescopes is one of the largest telescope manufacturers selling telescopes ranging from backyard magnifiers to observatory-grade optics. When I hadn’t heard back, I figured my images weren’t good enough, or I didn’t have enough followers on Instagram, and I have a whole ONE YouTube video. I understood, as I’m still progressing in this hobby and so many others produce images that put mine to shame.

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Buying Your First Astrophotography Setup? Start Here… kind of

I often wonder if anybody in astronomy forums has had to struggle to figure out how to pay kids’ school fees and the mortgage in the same month, or forgo that pizza order to put gas in the car.

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