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  •  Meade LX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope

Meade LX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope

$2,699.99
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MEA8106003
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Summary 

This 8" LX200-ACF has 8” diameter f/10 ACF optics (focal length 2000mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. Features the advanced LX200 AutoStar II computer system with 145,000 object library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability with sub arc-minute pointing accuracy, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction.

Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with Meade's level north technology alignment system incorporating a 16 channel GPS receiver. The Autostar II is flash-updatable via free downloads at Meade.com (optional cable required). The drive base of the telescope has multiple input and output ports including an RS-232 PC interface and jacks for a (user supplied) CCD Autoguider and illuminated reticle.

Mechanically loaded as well all LX200 models feature a primary mirror locking mechanism, which effectively prevents movement of the primary mirror during long exposure astrophotography or observing. Turn the lock knob located just above the telescopes main focus knob and the progressive-tension primary lock completely cancels any residual image shift due to mirror movement during visual, photographic, or imaging applications.

All LX200-ACF models feature the DC-servo driven super heavy duty double fork mount, the strongest and most rigid mount in its class. Fast slew speeds are from 1 to 8 degrees per second, and can be user selected at .1 degree per second increments, while fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments. The mount and all electronics are internally powered by 8 (user supplied) C-cell batteries which will typically operate the telescope for around 20 hours (optional Meade Universal AC adapter also available). The mount additionally has mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power.

The LX200-ACF comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal prism, Series 4000 26mm Plössl eyepiece, 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket and Meade AutoStar® Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC. Scope weight is 45 pounds with 19 pound tripod. Ships in 2 boxes.

Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty. 

Features

 

Advanced f/10.0 Optics
Advanced catadioptric optics perfect for demanding research and enthusiast imaging; renderings of stars remain tight circles from center to edge of field.
GPS Receiver Sensor
The LX200 features a Sony® GPS receiver sensor, which automatically inputs ultra-exact time, date & location values to help quickly align the telescope with remarkable (~1 arc minute) precision.
Smart Mount & Smart Drive Technology
By constantly refining the pointing accuracy each time an object is centered and updated, Meade's Smart Mount™ & Smart Drive™ technologies provide permanent periodic error corrections (PPEC) on both axes by learning and averaging errors over the course of one or more training periods, to minimize guiding corrections during long-exposure astrophotography.
Primary Mirror Lock
The LX200's primary mirror can be locked in place to benefit long-exposure astrophotography as well as focus retention while slewing.
UHTC Ultra High Transmission Coatings
UHTC Ultra High Transmission Coatings (employed upon all optical surfaces) yield a 20% decrease in light loss and dramatically-enhanced detail of deep space objects.
Extensive Imaging Capacity
Make shorter exposures immediately with a digiscoping adapter, SLR adapter, or piggyback camera adapter.  Longer professional exposures can be achieved with the #1220 Field De-Rotator, Wedge, or any of Meade's Deep Sky Imagers which feature field de-rotation software.
3 Power Options
Use 8 "C" batteries right out of the box, or instead adapt to AC power with the #07584 AC Adapter or to a vehicle's cigarette lighter port (or a Celestron Power Tank's port) with the #07043 DC Power Cord with Cigarette Lighter Adapter.

Specifications

 

Clear Aperture 8"
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical Coatings UHTC™
Focal Length 2,000mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) 0.570 arc-seconds
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes
Mirror Lock Yes
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
Eyepiece(s) 26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl
Focuser Mechanism Single Speed Focuser
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism
Mount Type Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
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
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, 2x computer connection ports (RS232), 1 Aux guide port
Tripod Standard Field Tripod
Power (Optional) 12v DC, 5 amp Meade Universal Power Supply
Batteries (User-Supplied) 8 x C cells
GPS Receiver Yes
True Level & North Sensors (LNT) Yes
Time Chip Yes
Electronic Focuser Optional
Smart Mount™ Yes
Smart Drive™ Yes
Anti-vibration Pads Optional
Wedge Optional

What's in the Box

  • Meade Field Tripod
  • 1.25' Diagonal Prism
  • 4000 Super Plossl 26mm Eyepiece
  • 8x50 viewfinder with Cross-Hair reticle. Meade AutoStar II Hand Controller w/145000 object database
  • Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC. Meade Warranty

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