Wow! It's been almost 2 years since anyone's posted on the Meade Telescope forum! Hmm....Meade Telescope or the Skywatcher mount forum? Looks like Meade wins it!
I bought the EQ6-R Pro with 44 pound weight capability specifically for my Meade 10" Schmidt-Newtonian because it was way under-mounted on the original Meade LXD55 mount rated at 30 pounds max. (The OTA
by itself weighs 30+ pounds)
A few years ago, I pieced together an incomplete SkyQuest Dobson mount with plumbing parts to use with my scope until I could afford a more robust EQ
Last week, I bought the EQ6-R Pro mount, but before I could mount the scope, I needed to find the tube rings, Wilson-style rings, and dovetail bar. I couldn't find the bolts to attach the tube rings to the bar, so I bought new ones at Ace Hardware. Luckily, I had some extra counterweights to balance the scope because the EQ6-R Pro only came with two!
Can't wait for First Light to see how well this mount works!
Refractors: Meade AR-5 127mm f/9.3, Meade ST-80 f/5 and Meade 60mm f/11.7.
Classic Refractors: Jason 60mm f/15 #313, Jason f/11.7 #306 S7, Bushnell Sky Chief III 60mm f/15.
Reflectors/Catadioptrics: Meade 10" F/4 Schmidt-Newtonian, Galileo 120mm f/8.3 Newtonian, Meade 2045D 4" f/10 SCT, Meade ETX-90EC f/13.8 & Sarblue 60mm f/12.5 Maksutov-Cassegrains.
Mounts: Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro & Meade LXD55 Equatorial mounts, ES Twilight II and Meade 2102 ALT/AZ mounts, a modified 10" SkyQuest Dobsonian mount, various 60mm EQ mounts.
Misc: Celestron 20x80mm binoculars, Revolution II Imager/accessories, & lots of optical accessories/eyepieces.
Projects: 8" f/2.9 and 65mm f/10 reflectors, Dobson-style binocular mirror mount.