Hi All, I belong to a Society that has a 30cm Meade on a LX200 Classic mount and we are thinking of buying a Skywatcher 17Ah power pack to power the drives. Some people say these will work and some say they won,t,is there anyone out there that uses these power packs with a LX200 successfully.
It will “work” but it won’t last for multiple nights, and depending on how much fast slewing you do around the sky vs finding one target and letting it track all night, it may run out of juice after 4 hours or so. If you plan to run anything else off this supply, like dew bands, lights, laptop, motorised focuser, CCD then you need to think again.
It will need recharging after every session, and I suspect you will discharge it quite deeply so over the coming year or two you may well notice it retains less and less charge.
Deep cycle batteries would be better if you are using dew bands and other stuff, but an old car battery in ok condition will last many years if taken care of. I’ve only just recycled the ones we used at our observatory, and apparently, they were obtained 12 years ago.