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Meade 8.0" Equatorial Wedge for 8" LX 200 Series Telescopes

B&H # MEW Mfr # 07002
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The equatorial wedge is required for long-exposure astrophotography and permits precise polar alignment of the telescope in the equatorial mode. For short exposure images (less than about 5-minutes) the wedge is not required.

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Meade8" Equatorial Wedge
 
3.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astrophotography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Does What It's Supposed to Do

    By Dale the astronomer

    from Hill Country, Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Instructions Unclear

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Astrophotography

    Comments about Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge:

    This wedge fits the standard Meade field tripod. It is easy to put together and install. All the parts you need come with the wedge. It allows you to follow objects in the sky while in equatorial mode (be sure you change the setting on the Autostar II handbox to equatorial mode). The wedge includes fine adjustments for latitude and for azimuth. My wedge came with written directions that didn't match the parts supplied. However, a quick check of the Meade website produced the updated assembly manual. Overall, I am pleased with this purchase and the prompt service of B&H.

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    5.0

    Equatorial Wedges and Astrophotography

    By wishiniwasafishin

    from Flower Mound Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Strong Construction
    • Widely Compatible Adapter

    Cons

    • Lacks Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Astrophotography

    Comments about Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge:

    Always consider using Equatorial Wedge when taking long exposures over 5 minutes in Astrophotograhy. No wedge is required for exposure images less than about 5 minutes. This is due because the stars rotate around the celestial pole, so if you track them with an alt-azimuth mount the stars will rotate during your exposures, causing them to become streaks. It is highly recommended mounting your scope on an equatorial wedge to do any type of astrophotography. Using a wedge allows the telescope fork arms to be oriented facing the celestial pole. Wedges come equipped with adjustments for both latitude angle or elevation, and the azimuth or east-west orientation. Once the wedge and tripod are properly aligned, the telescope need only turn on one axis to track any object in the sky. Wedges are a "must have" accessory for serious astrophotography using fork mounted telescope systems.

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    3.0

    Works Well, Issues Still Remain

    By Brian

    from Virginia

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Holes Don't Always Align

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Astrophotography

    Comments about Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge:

    I recently bought this equatorial wedge for my LX200GPS telescope by Meade and had a little trouble setting it up due to a lack of updated instructions. This has been a common complaint, and upon calling Meade, they let me know that this issue is known but they haven't gotten around to updating their manuals to have accurate instructions.

    I used pictures around the internet to get an idea for how to set up the hardware. Meade said they would email me images of the product fully assembled, but I never received this email and spent about an hour tinkering with it.

    It is sturdy and has a compass and a level attachable or built into the piece, which works as intended.

    I would recommend this to others, but with the caveat that they should find some updated images for reference when building.

    The main issue is attaching the telescope to it sometimes. It is a bit difficult to do by oneself, as the holes don't always align perfectly for the 3 screws. It is doable by yourself with a bit of elbow grease.

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    3.0

    8" Equatorial wedge

    By philzybee

    from Stayton or

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge:

      I bought the Meade Equatorial Wedge for astrophotography, although I have not had the opportunity to use it for astrophotography; the wedge seems to be well built and quite stable with a Meade 8" LX200 SCT attached to it. The wedge does takes some assembling which is pretty easy, but is made much more difficult because of the poorly written instruction manual.

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