The Meade LX200 ACF 8″ Telescope features an 8″ aperture, 2000mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio with Dual-Fork Mounting. Equipped with Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) and resolving power of 0.570 arc seconds for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes a Series 4000 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece (77x), viewfinder (8×50 optical with crosshair), and 1.25” Diagonal Mirror.
The Meade LX200 ACF 8″ features an 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 drive base of the telescope has multiple input/output ports including an RS-232 PC interface and jacks for a CCD Autoguider (user-supplied) 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 dual-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 0.1-degree per second increments, while fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments. Mount and electronics are internally powered by 8 C-cell (user-supplied) batteries which will typically operate the telescope for around 20 hours (optional Meade Universal AC Adapter also available). The mount also has mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if no power is available.
Meade’s LX200 is the most widely used, research-grade telescope system. And now, you can have one too.
Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.
Features of the LX200™ with ACF™ Optics
ADVANCED COMA-FREE OPTICS
The LX200-ACF comes in a complete line of OTA apertures, from 8-inch to 16-inch. All sizes come with the Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical systems. The Advanced Coma-Free optical system has brought the highest level of optical performance well within the reach of most amateurs. Using the Meade exclusive design, ACF optics achieve aplanatic performance — with a flatter field, reduced astigmatism and eliminated diffractions spikes — equal to Ritchy-Chrétien systems, at a fraction of the price. Meade’s LX200 also features Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™). UHTC™ are specialized multi-layered coatings that are precisely designed to improve the performance of your telescope’s optics. You’ll see brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and additional surface features on planets. Averaged over the entire visible spectrum, total light transmission to the focus increases by 15%.
Sitting atop an ultra-stable tripod and mount, the LX200 ACF™ combines an amazing array of features: Primary Mirror Lock to eliminate focus and mirror shift during long exposures; large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes to provide extraordinarily smooth movement, and; Smart Mount™ and Smart Drive™, delivering Permanent Periodic Error Correction (critical for long exposure astrophotography).
The LX200 ACF™ also comes with the AutoStar® II Handbox Controller which puts over 140,000 objects at your fingertips and delivers the fastest GoTo performance available. This simple-to-use handbox provides complete control over every aspect of the telescope’s operation. You can even control the system from an external computer with supplied or third- party software.
Meade’s LX200 is the most widely used advanced amateur telescope on Earth, and for good reason. It combines the most sophisticated optical system available with rock-solid mechanical and electronic elements to create the most versatile astronomical system available.
Optical Design: Advanced Coma Free
Clear Aperture: 203mm (8″)
Focal Length Focal Ratio: 2000mm f/10(8″)
Maximum Practical Visual Power: 600X (8″)
Telescope Mounting: Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
Primary Mirror Lock: Included (progressive tension) All models
Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser: Optional accessory. PN:07080
Eyepiece: Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl
Viewfinder: 8 x 50mm
GPS, True-level and North sensors: Included (16-channel GPS receiver) All models
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode: 1-arc min. All models
Autostar® II Hand Controller: Included (147,541 object database) All models
Batteries (user-supplied): 8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx.): 20 hrs
Slew Speed: RA and Dec: 0.01x to 1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 8°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments. All models
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates All models
Primary, Secondary Mirrors: Pyrex® glass
Correcting Plate/Lens: Water white glass
Total Net Telescope Weight: 33kg
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.): 43kg
Field Tripod Height all models: 30″ to 44″ variable
UHTC Coatings: Included