Meade 12" LX600 ACF Telescope with Starlock

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  • Meade 12" LX600 ACF Telescope with Starlock

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    • Aperture: 12"
    • Focal Ratio: f/8
    • Focal Length: 2438mm
    • Optical Design: ACF Cassegrain

    Meade 12" LX600 ACF Telescope with Starlock

    The Meade LX600 is a simple to operate, portable package that makes taking great astrophotos as easy as focusing your
    camera and opening the shutter. The collection of features and technology integrated into the LX600 is unavailable from any other manufacturer and cannot be duplicated by just attaching a set of add-ons to another scope.

    Starlock: The LX600 integrates a unique star tracking and object finding system into the telescope mount. This integration allows the telescope to center your target perfectly in the field of view. Once centered, the star tracking system communicates directly with the motor drives to automatically assure your scope stays locked onto its target with arcsecond precision. The automated optical tracking system delivers long-exposure guiding with pinpoint stars on astroimages despite misalignments, atmospheric refraction, periodic or other mechanical errors. This level of precision is unobtainable with systems using high precision encoders, software pointing models, large gears or PEC training - and all without the need of an external computer.

    New f/8 Advanced Coma-Free Optical System: Meade has completely redesigned the OTAs with a new mirror mounting and focusing system to achieve zero image-shift and a two-speed microfocuser. The scope features faster f/8 ACF optics giving you pinpoint stars all the way across the field of view.

    Internal Crayford-style 7:1 Focuser: The completely redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero-image shift, eliminating the need for a mirror lock and integrates a two-speed microfocuser for quick and easy adjustments.

    Solid Fork Mount With Heavy Duty 5.75" Gears: Large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes provide smooth movements with low periodic error that are critical for long exposure astrophotography. Providing the freedom to go horizon to horizon without any meridian flip, unlike German Equatorial Mounts.

    Alt/Az Mode: In alt/az mode, the LX600 also makes for the best visual and short exposure experience possible. The LX600 performs LightSwitch fully-automated self alignment. StarLock will put every target dead center in the eyepiece and track with arcsecond accuracy so you can concentrate on the beautiful, wide fields of pinpoint stars created by the superb f/8 ACF optical system.

    Autostar II Controller: Puts over 145,000 objects at your fingertips with the fastest GoTo performance available (8 per second). Or you can control the system from an external computer.

    Giant Field Tripod: With 3" diameter chromed steel legs and cast aluminum tripod head - adjustable from 34" to 54" - the Giant Field Tripod provides a research-grade foundation for the LX600.

    Optional f/5 Focal Reducer/Field Flattener: The optional focal reducer, custom designed for the 10, 12 and 14 inch OTAs, makes your scope a full-frame, flat-field f/5 optical system at a fraction of the cost of an OTA only from other manufacturers.

    Optional New X-Wedge: Precision CNC-machined from ultra-ridged, aircraft-grade aluminum with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments. Thirty percent more stable than competing equatorial wedges, the X-Wedge is the essential
    accessory for long exposure astroimaging.

    Portability: While you can achieve remarkable visual and imaging results from a suburban backyard, the ease of transporting an LX600 to a remote site will make you anxious to see what you can achieve under truly dark sky conditions.

    Additional Information

    Finder Included8 x 50 Optical Finder
    Free ShippingYes
    Hand Controller IncludedAutoStar II
    Mount DesignAlt/ Azimuth
    Mount TypeComputerized GoTo
    Optical CoatingsMeade UHTC
    Optical DesignModified Schmidt Cassegrain
    Software IncludedAutoStar Suite
    Telescope Aperture305 mm (12")
    Telescope Focal Length2438mm
    Telescope Focal Ratiof/8
    Warranty1 Year Warranty
    • 12" LX600 ACF Telescope with Starlock Guide System
    • Autostar II Controller
    • 8x50 Finderscope w/ Bracket
    • Crayford 7:1 Focuser
    • Heavy Duty Fork Mount
    • Giant Field Tripod

    Questions & Answers

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    • Do the fork arms come apart so that the ota can be removed? If so, how much does the ota alone weigh?

      Technically yes, but we do not recommend this - it will misalign the OTA enough when re-attaching that the Starlock will lose accuracy unless carefully recalibrated, plus no one currently makes a dovetail system to fit this scope except Meade and they don

    • with the tripod removed, is the mounting base (the holes) the same as a classic 10" LX200?

      Yes, the LX200 Classic / GPS / R / ACF and the LX600 share the same hole patterns and can be used on the same compatible wedges or piers.

    • Can this scope be purchased without the tripod?

      Yes, the optical tube can be purchased separate from the mount. The part number for the OTA is ME-1208-80-00.

    • Do the LX600's come with an ac adapter standard? If not, what I'd the proper one to get?

      The AC power supply is not included with the LX600 telescopes. The correct power supply can be seen here:

    • Do the LX600's come with an ac adapter standard? If not, what I'd the proper one to get?

      The AC power supply is not included with the LX600 telescopes. The correct power supply can be seen here: