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X-Wedge Aluminum Wedge for 8 10 12 14 LX200 and LX600

£729.00

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The Meade X-Wedge Aluminum Wedge for 8 10 12 14 LX200 and LX600 is the latest and greatest in the long line of equatorial wedges that Meade has produced for their fork-mounted instruments. Designed to enable long exposure astrophotography and imaging with Meade LX200 and LX600 models. This very rugged and heavy duty wedge allows for safe and rigid mounting with excellent vibration damping charecteristics for the beffier Meade SC and ACF telescopes.

The Meade X-Wedge is a precision CNC machined affair which is constructed from ultra-stiff aircraft-grade aluminum with silky-smooth, incredibly fine altitude and azimuth adjustments. Meade quote the X-Wedge is "30% more stable than competing equatorial wedges, the X-Wedge sets a new standard for equatorial stability while allowing for tracking from horizon to horizon without need of any meridian flip such as required by German Equatorial Mounts."

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The Meade X-Wedge Aluminum Wedge for 8 10 12 14 LX200 and LX600 is the latest and greatest in the long line of equatorial wedges that Meade has produced for their fork-mounted instruments. Designed to enable long exposure astrophotography and imaging with Meade LX200 and LX600 models. This very rugged and heavy duty wedge allows for safe and rigid mounting with excellent vibration damping charecteristics for the beffier Meade SC and ACF telescopes.

The Meade X-Wedge is a precision CNC machined affair which is constructed from ultra-stiff aircraft-grade aluminum with silky-smooth, incredibly fine altitude and azimuth adjustments. Meade quote the X-Wedge is "30% more stable than competing equatorial wedges, the X-Wedge sets a new standard for equatorial stability while allowing for tracking from horizon to horizon without need of any meridian flip such as required by German Equatorial Mounts."

For use with the Meade field tripods as supplied with all compatible models including 10 through 14" diameter LX200 and LX600 telescopes. Also compatible with LX90 models and discontinued models LX50, LX200 "Classic" and RCX400. Wedge can also be pier mounted (hardware not included).

Equatorial mounting is required for astrophotography and imaging exposures longer than about 5 minutes. The Meade X-Wedge is mounted between a telescope and the tripod to accomplish the tilt of an equatorial type mount that matches the observer's latitude and permits precise polar alignment of your telescope. The wedge allows the astrophotographer to align the telescope's axis of rotation with the Earth's axis of rotation. This alignment eliminates stars in your long exposure photograph from appearing as a long arc, trail or streak due to an effect known as field rotation. For images under approximately 5 minutes a wedge is not necessary, the telescope may be mounted in the altitude-azimuth (alt-az) configuration normally used for visual observation.

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