As you begin to unpack your telescope from its cartons, you will probably
be interested in setting it up right away. We certainly understand your
excitement, but please take a few minutes to read this page before doing
so. You should verify that you have all the proper equipment, and that it
has arrived to you undamaged.
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We strongly recommend that you keep your original packing materials.
If it should ever become necessary for you to return your telescope to the
Meade factory for servicing, these will help ensure that no shipping damage
Meade LX50 telescopes supplied to countries outside the U.S.A. are identical
to those offered domestically.
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1. Please Look Everything Over
Meade Instruments and your shipper have taken precautions to ensure that
no shipping damage will occur. But if your shipment has suffered severe
vibration or impact damage (whether or not the shipping cartons show damage)
then it is important that you retain all the original packing and contact
the shipper to arrange a formal inspection of the package(s). This procedure
is required prior to any warranty servicing by Meade Instruments.
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2. Inspecting the Optics: Note on the "Flashlight" Test
If a flashlight or other high-intensity light source is pointed down the
main telescope tube, you may at first be shocked at the appearance of the
optics. To the uninitiated, the view (depending on your line of sight and
the angle the light is coming from) may reveal what would appear to be scratches,
dark or bright spots, or just generally uneven coatings, giving the appearance
of poor surface quality. These effects are only seen when a high intensity
light is transmitted through lenses or reflected off the mirrors, and can
be seen on any high quality optical system, including the giant research
telescopes in use today. It should be pointed out, however, that optical
quality cannot be judged by this grossly misleading "test," but
through careful star testing. The Flashlight Test causes even the very best
optics to look "terrible."
As the high intensity light passes through the Schmidt corrector plate,
most (about 98%+) of it is transmitted through while the rest of the light
scatters through the glass. As the light hits the mirrored surfaces, most
(about 94%) of it is reflected back while the rest of it scatters across
the coatings. The total amount of scattered light will be significant, and
its effects allow you to see microscopic details that are normally invisible
to the unaided eye. These anomalous details are real, but their combined
effects will in no way impose limits on the optical performance, even under
the most demanding observing or imaging criteria.
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3. Caution: 10" LX50 Owners
Do not attempt to turn the focuser knob of the optical tube until you have
read this note!
Next to the base of the focuser you will see a red-colored slotted head
bolt. This bolt is used only for safety in shipment. Remove this bolt before
attempting to turn the focuser knob. In its place, insert the rubber plug
provided as a dust protector (this rubber plug is included with your hardware
Your focuser is now operational.
Warning! The 10" LX50 should never be commercially shipped without
this red-colored bolt in place. This is essential during commercial transport
where rough handling may occur. For your personal transport and storage,
you will never have to use this bolt again.
TO COMMERCIALLY RE-SHIP THE 10" LX50, BE SURE TO FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE:
1. Turn the focuser knob clockwise until it stops. This will bring the primary
mirror all the way back in the tube.
2. Remove the rubber plug and insert the red-headed bolt. Thread it in to
a firm snug feel. Do not overtighten. (If you have misplaced the red-headed
bolt, you may use any other bolt that is 1/4-20x1" long.
Please note that commercial shipment of the 10" LX50 Telescope without
the safety bolt in place and being packed in the original factory-supplied shipping
cartons, as described above, is done at the owner's risk and your warranty
may be voided if shipping damage results.