Meade LX200 ACF 8″ SCT Telescope Advanced Coma Free


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    Meade LX200 ACF 8″ SCT Telescope Advanced Coma Free

    The LX200-ACF is the perfect platform for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast with telescopes available in apertures of 8 inches, 10 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches, and 16 inches.

    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

    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

    Meade LX200 ACF Instruction Manual

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