Wedges - Weights - Tripods - Piers


Precise polar alignment.

Wedges are 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.

Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge

Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge (SKU: 07002). Allows for polar alignment of Meade 8" LX90 and 8" LX200 ACF and SC as required for long exposure astrophotography and imaging.

Designed to be used with the following telescopes:

  • Meade LX90 8" models. The LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate (SKU: 07389) is also reuired.
  • Meade LX200 8" models.

The Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge fits between the fork mount and the Meade Standard Field Tripod (SKU: 07020) as supplied with the Meade LX90 8" and LX200 8" telescopes.

Note: For 10" telescopes or larger (LX90, LX200, LX600) the X-Wedge (SKU: 07028) should be used.

Equatorial alignment is required for astrophotography and imaging exposures longer than about 5 minutes. The Meade 8" 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 and the telescope can be set up in altitude-azimuth (alt-az) configuration as normally used for visual observation.

Features heavy duty cast aluminum construction with latitude and longitude fine adjustments and a compass to use the magnetic pole as a starting reference. For use with the Meade field tripods as supplied with all compatible models. Recommended for 8” telescopes. Compatible with Meade 8" LX90 and 8" LX200 SC and ACF models. Adapter plate required for use with 8" LX90 models, available separately (SKU: 07389).

Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.


Meade LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate

Meade LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate (SKU: 07389). Allows mounting of a Meade 8" LX90 to the Meade 8” Equatorial Wedge (SKU: 07002) allowing the LX90 to be polar aligned for long-exposure astrophotography. This adapter converts the standard three hole mounting pattern of the Meade 8” Wedge to the single central mounting bolt required by all LX90 models. Compatible with Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge (SKU: 07002).

Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.



Meade X-Wedge

Meade X-Wedge #07028. For long exposure astrophotography and imaging with Meade LX90, LX200 and LX600 for models between 10" and 14" in aperture. This extremely heavy duty wedge allows for secure and stable mounting with exceptional vibration damping of larger Meade SCT and ACF telescopes. This precision CNC machined wedge is constructed from ultra-rigid aircraft grade aluminium with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments. Thirty percent 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 LX90, 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. Product carries full one year Meade limited factory warranty.


Meade MAX Wedge

Meade MAX Wedge #07029. Converts a 16" LX600 from alt-azimuth to equatorial mounting, allowing long exposure astrophotography and imaging. This extremely heavy duty wedge allows for secure and stable mounting with exceptional vibration damping. This precision CNC machined wedge is constructed from ultra-rigid aircraft grade aluminium with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments while setting a new standard for equatorial stability. Allows uninterrupted tracking from horizon to horizon through the meridian. For use with the Meade MAX tripod as supplied with the 16" LX600. Wedge can also be pier mounted (hardware not included). The MAX Wedge can also be used with the 16" LX200 with the addition of an adapter plate (special order item). Product carries full one year Meade limited factory warranty.

Meade 16" Permanent Altazimuth Pier

Meade 16" Permanent Altazimuth Pier #07005. This steel pier offers an outstandingly rigid, permanently mounted installation engineered to minimize any vibration. Strong enough to carry the weight of the 16" LX200 with any and all accessories including piggybacked telescopes. This pier is a full 10" diameter and features 1/2" wall thickness for rock solid performance. Ideal for smaller domes or other observatories where there is a shortage of elbow room and an equatorial pier would require too much space. Can be utilized in an observatory dome as small as 2 metres (7') in diameter. The alt-az configuration also results in a easily accessible and convenient eyepiece orientation which changes less with telescope position than on an equatorially mounted scope. For permanent installations only- must be bolted to a solid foundation. Standard height is 32", custom height available. Additional charges may apply for increased height. Weight is approximately 225 pounds. Ships on pallet. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

LX850 Stainless Steel Counterweights

LX850 Stainless Steel Counterweights #07631 and #07632. Extra counterweights for use when adding additional equipment such as cameras or heavy accessories to your Meade LX850 series telescope or mount. Features stainless steel construction for ultimate durability, and is threaded for counterweight shaft on the mount. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Tube Balance Weight System #1401 for Meade 8" ACF/SCT

#1401 Tube Balance Weight System for Meade 8" ACF and Schmidt-Cassegrain models. Balance heavy accessories attached to the front or rear of the telescope with this handy tube weight that attaches easily to the factory-prepared tube of your telescope. Attaches in minutes using existing accessory mounting bolts on your scope. No drilling required. Each set includes a single three pound, single two pound and single one pound weight (total of six pounds) permitting considerable variation in the total weight available for balancing. Additional two pound weights available separately, see stock number 07300. For all 8" LX90 and LX200 models including ACF and older Schmidt-Cassegrain designs. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Tube Balance Weight System #1402 for Meade 10" ACF/SCT

#1402 Tube Balance Weight System #07305 for Meade 10" ACF and Schmidt-Cassegrain models. Balance heavy accessories attached to the front or rear of the telescope with this handy tube weight that attaches easily to the factory-prepared tube of your telescope. Attaches in minutes using existing accessory mounting bolts on your scope. No drilling required. Each set includes a single three pound, single two pound and single one pound weight (total of six pounds) permitting considerable variation in the total weight available for balancing. Additional two pound weights available separately, see stock number 07300. For all 10" LX90 and LX200 models including ACF and older Schmidt-Cassegrain designs. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Tube Balance Weight System #1403 for Meade 12" ACF/SCT

#1403 Tube Balance Weight System #07319 for Meade 12" ACF and Schmidt-Cassegrain models. Balance heavy accessories attached to the front or rear of the telescope with this handy tube weight that attaches easily to the factory-prepared tube of your telescope. Attaches in minutes using existing accessory mounting bolts on your scope. No drilling required. Each set includes a single three pound, single two pound and single one pound weight (total of six pounds) permitting considerable variation in the total weight available for balancing. Additional two pound weights available separately, see stock number 07300. For all 12" LX90 and LX200 models including ACF and older Schmidt-Cassegrain designs. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Tube Balance Weight System #1405 for Meade 14" ACF/SCT

#1405 Tube Balance Weight System for Meade 14" ACF and Schmidt-Cassegrain models. Balance heavy accessories attached to the front or rear of the telescope with this handy tube weight that attaches easily to the factory-prepared tube of your telescope. Attaches in minutes using existing accessory mounting bolts on your scope. No drilling required. Each set includes a single three pound, single two pound and single one pound weight (total of six pounds) permitting considerable variation in the total weight available for balancing. Additional two pound weights available separately #07300. For all 14" LX200 models including ACF and older Schmidt-Cassegrain designs. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Tube Balance Weight System #1404 for Meade 16" ACF/SCT

#1404 Tube Balance Weight System for Meade 16" ACF and Schmidt-Cassegrain models #07310. Balance heavy accessories attached to the front or rear of the telescope with this handy tube weight that attaches easily to the factory-prepared tube of your telescope. Attaches in minutes using existing accessory mounting bolts on your scope. No drilling required. Each set includes a single three pound, single two pound and single one pound weight (total of six pounds) permitting considerable variation in the total weight available for balancing. Additional two pound weights available separately, see stock number 07300. For all 16" LX200 models including ACF, GPS and older Schmidt-Cassegrain designs. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Meade Extra 2 lb. Weight for Meade Tube Balance Weight Systems

Meade Extra 2 lb. Weight #07300 counterweight for Meade Tube Balance Weight Systems. These factory available additional weights permit considerable variation in the total weight possible for balancing. For any Meade Tube Balance Weight System (sold separately) including models 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404 and 1405. Metal with black powder coat finish with locking thumbscrew. Contains one 2 lb. weight. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.


Product List

Product Code Product Description Retail Price inc. VAT Purchase at
Opticstar.com
07002 8" Equatorial Wedge for 8" LX90/LX200 £240.00
07389 LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate (use with 07002) £41.00
07028 X-Wedge for 10"-14" LX200/LX600 telescopes £779.00
07631 LX850 11.8 kg (26 lb) Stainless Steel Counterweight £370.00
07632 LX850 4.5 kg (10 lb) Stainless Steel Counterweight £225.00
07304 Tube Balance Weight System #1401 for Meade 8" ACF/SCT £196.00
07305 Tube Balance Weight System #1402 for Meade 10" ACF/SCT £196.00
07319 Tube Balance Weight System #1403 for Meade 12" ACF/SCT £196.00
07592 Tube Balance Weight System #1405 for Meade 14" ACF/SCT £208.00
07310 Tube Balance Weight System #1404 for Meade 16" ACF/SCT £208.00
07300 Extra 2 lb. Weight for Meade Tube Balance Weight Systems £48.00
07020 Standard Field Tripod for all LX90, LX200 8"-10" £340.00
07017 Giant Field Tripod for LX200 12"-14", LX600 10"-14" £839.00

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