Meade 12" ACF LX850 Telescope
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Meade 12" ACF LX850 Telescope
The Meade LX-850 combines a fast f/8 ACF™ optical system with high-contrast baffling, a sturdy, fully-computerized GoTo German Equatorial Mount and the innovative StarLock technology, to bring you the smartest and most comprehensive Astro-Imaging equipment available!
Based on the award winning ACF (Advanced Coma-Free) optical design, Meade has made the LX850 optical tubes faster and shaper. At only f/8, exposure times are dramatically shortened. High contrast baffling yields crisp images from edge to edge. Adding to the crystal-clear view, an internal micro focuser offers two speeds of control at a 10:1 ratio and with an ultra-solid connection to the primary mirror the need for a mirror lock is eliminated.
With a 90-pound instrument load capacity, the Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount is constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum. This robust, top-grade mount is also equipped with a fully computerized GoTo system with included GPS and includes a database of over 144,000 celestial objects, taking you anywhere you wish to go!
- f/8 ACF™ Optical System- ensures crisp, pinpoint imaging to the very edge of the field. Also features an internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift focusing system with a two-speed, 7:1 control.
- StarLock Technology- centers your target 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 GoTo System- puts over 140,000 objects at your fingertips and delivers the fastest GoTo performance available.
- LX-850 German EQ Mount- A 1.75 in. stainless steel right accession shaft ensures extra durability while the brass worm gears and 225 tooth aluminum gears ensure smooth and precise torque. Also has the muscle to easily carry large OTA and heavy imaging systems.
- GPS- Built-in Sony GPS sensor determines your prices date, time and location for precise alignment.
Advanced Coma-Free Optics (ACF)
Building from a classic RC design, Meade created a new design with coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter field. The ACF design reduces astigmatism and eliminates dffraction spikes found in classical RCs. TheACF is the perfect plattfor for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast with telescopes available in aperture of 6-inches, 8-inches,10-inches, 12-inches, 14-inches, and 16-inches
AutoStar II equipped telescopes contain a database of over 144,000 night sky treasure and is by the larges collection of target in the commercial telescope industry. Telescope equiped with AutoStar II hand controller include features like GoTo Capability, GPS, Smart Mount, Flexure mapping, custome guided tours, and varios other advanced features.
Smart Drive, or permanent periodic error correction, permits a professional level of drive-trate precision. The significant value of the Smart Drive is immediately appreciated during long-exposure astrophotography, where the resultant lower periodic error of the system enables improved tracking while minimizing guide corrections"
Smart Mount improves the pointing accuracy of your telescope "GoTo: system. Despite Careful efforts to reduce mount flexure and improve pointing accuracy, telescopes may still fail to precisely center objects. Smart Mount allows your telescope to learn about, and then correct for, any systematic pointing errors, regardless of the cause. Smart mount is recommended for use with permanently mounted telescopes."
This revolutionary new technology Makes target acquisition and accurate guiding completely automatic. Provides computer assisted polar drift alignment using an f/5 80mm optic and two camera sensor system. Starlock automatically programs periodic error correction achieving guiding accuracy up to 1 arc-second and can guide on stars as faint as 11th magnitude
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Specialized Multi-layered coating that are preciesely designed to improve the performance of your telescopes optics. You'll see brighter star clusters, more fine details in nebulas, and more surface features on planets with UHTC than without. Averaged over the entire visible spectrum, total light transmission to the focus increases by 15%.
|Aperture||305 mm (12")|
|Controller Type||AutoStar II|
|Counterweights||(2) 22 lbs.|
|Diagonal Included||Yes/ 1.25" Star Diagonal|
|Exterior Color||Meade Crackle Blue Matte|
|Hand Controller included||Yes|
|Mount Type||Equatorial/ GoTo|
|Mount Weight||55 lbs.|
|Objects in Database||145000 objects|
|Optical Design||Modified SCT|
|OTA Mount Type||Losmandy/ Style Dovetail|
|Power Adapter Included||Meade Universal Power Supply|
|Telescope Series||Meade LX850|
|Tripod Type Included||Extra Large Heavy Duty|
|Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
- 12" ACF Optical Tube
- LX850 EQ Mount Head
- LX-600 Steel Tripod
- 30# Counterweight
- 22# Counterweight
- Ultra Wide Field Guide Camera - Built In
- 80mm Refractor with Built In Guide Camera