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  • Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope

Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope

$16,899.00
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MEA16087001N
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Summary

Meade Instruments is proud to announce the latest addition to our line of industry leading developments, the LX600, ready to take your visual and optical astronomy to the next level. The fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. Includes StarLock for full time guiding at one arc second precision and LightSwitch style auto-alignment, Crayford style zero shift focuser with reduction, AutoStar II GOTO system with over 145,000 object library, and much more.

This 16" LX600 has 16" diameter f/8 ACF optics (focal length 3251mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. The redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero image shift and includes an internal Crayford style focuser with two speed, 7:1 reduction control that allows for quick and easy adjustments.

The massive 16" LX600 dual fork mount features 11" main gears and boasts pointing accuracy of one arcminute or better in High Precision Mode. This rock solid platform is sure to exceed the need for the most demanding applications.

Includes StarLock- the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic.

The 16" LX600 Advanced Coma-Free comes fully equipped with AutoStar II keypad with 145,000 object library, Meade 2" Series 5000 diagonal, 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece and 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket.

Power panel includes the following ports: 12V input, 12V output, illuminated reticle, handbox, RS-232 x1, StarLock, Aux, and Focuser. Meade Microfocuser compatible, Microfocuser item #07080 sold separately.

What's in the Box

Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock
  • 16" Optical Tube Assembly
  • StarLock Assembly
  • Fork Mount with Drive Base
  • Series 5000 2" Diagonal
  • Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser
  • 26mm Series 4000 Eyepiece
  • Universal AC Adapter
  • One Year Limited Warranty
 

Features

16" Advanced Coma Free Optics
The fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. Flatter image fields and optimized color fidelity reward discerning astronomers and astrophotographers alike. Meade's patented ACF system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes found in most Ritchey-Chretien optical designs. Regardless of the celestial object viewed through the eyepiece, stargazers and astrophotographers will enjoy color faithful spectral reproduction with minimal color fringing and geometric optical distortion.
Optical Tube Construction
A lightweight durable aluminum chassis reduces payload on the mount and offers excellent thermal stabilization characteristics. To further maintain thermal equilibrium, the optical tube is equipped with a cooling fan and filtered exhaust vent.
Ultra High Transmission Coating
Ultra-High Transmission Coated borofloat glass delivers bright contrast-rich images, even through short focal length eyepieces that deliver extreme magnification.
StarLock
StarLock uses its two cameras to refine pointing to an accuracy of one arcminute, which ensures the selected object will end up on your imaging sensor, a must of those faint objects you cannot visually confirm. StarLock technology automatically centers alignment stars using a wide field and narrow field digital camera, taking the guesswork out of alignment. Once aligned, StarLock automatically guides the mount in real time, achieving a tracking accuracy of up to one arcsecond.
Fork Mount
The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axes. The motion on each axis is driven by durable 11" worm gears that transfer smooth movements via precision roller bearings. This fork mount minimizes periodic error, critical for long-exposure astrophotography. Additionally, this mount has a 180 degree range of motion that can move the optical tube from horizon to horizon without the meridian flip common in German equatorial mounts.
AutoStar II GoTo System
The 145,000 object database puts moons, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies at your fingertips. Simply push of the GoTo button and AutoStar II will align the optical tube with the celestial object of your interest.
Internal Microfocusing
The completely redesigned Crayford-style internal focusing mirror system achieves zero image shift, eliminating the need for a mirror lock and integrates a dual speed, 7:1 reduction control for quick and easy adjustments.

Specifications

Clear Aperture 16"
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical Coatings UHTC™
Focal Length 3251mm
Focal Ratio f/8
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) .285 arc seconds
OTA Cooling Fan Yes
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes
Mirror Lock Yes
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
Eyepiece(s) 26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl
Focuser Mechanism Internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift, dual speed 7:1 focuser
Diagonal Series 5000™ 2" Dielectric Diagonal
Mount Type Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine; removable
Hand Controller AutoStar® II
Object Database 145,000 objects
Pointing Precision (High-Precision Mode) 1 arc-minute (+/-)
Periodic Error Correction Both Axes
Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) Yes
StarLock™ Yes
Typical Guiding Performance with StarLock < 1 arc-second
Slow Motion Controls Mechanical & Electronic
Slew Speeds RA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 2°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments.
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Control Panel 12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
Power 12v DC, 5 amp Power Supply
GPS Receiver Yes
Time Chip Yes
Electronic Focuser Included
Smart Mount™ Yes
Smart Drive™ Yes
Anti-vibration Pads Built into tripod feet
Wedge Optional


 

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