Meade 12" ACF LX850 Telescope

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  • Meade 12" ACF LX850 Telescope

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    • Aperture: 305 mm (12")
    • Focal Ratio: f/8
    • Focal Length: 2440 mm
    • Optical Design: ACF Cassegrain

    Meade 12" ACF LX850 Telescope

    Featuring revolutionary Starlock technology, the Meade LX850 is the quintessential full-package imaging platform. Drawing from 39 years of astronomy innovation and experience, Meade Instruments has put every feature the astrophotographer could want into one amazing bundle.

    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 assures 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.

    The Meade LX850 EQ is constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum. The rigorous machine quality, sturdy tripod and top grade mount materials provide a rock solid foundation. A 1.75 in. stainless steel right accession shaft ensures extra durability. Brass worm gears and 225 tooth aluminum gears ensure a smooth and precise ride.

    With a 90 pound instrument load capacity, the Meade LX850 mount has the muscle to easily carry large OTA and heavy imaging systems. The fully computerized GoTo system with included GPS includes a database of over 144,000 object, taking you anywhere you wish to go.

    At the heart of the LX850 is Meade's Starlock Technology. Starlock makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic! Starlock utilizes a dual camera system set side by side for the most accurate readings possible. The first camera is an unobtrusive super-wide field, the second is attached to a 80mm f/5 refractor. After the assisted alignment procedure is complete, slew to a desired object and these cameras start going to work immediately capturing the a single star by which to guide. While they can read stars as dim as 11th magnitude, the brighter the star the faster and more accurately the mount will be able to guide to an accuracy of 1 arc second. With this built in two camera system, there is no need for focusing, guide star selection, a separate computer or guider. Starlock will even program periodic error correction and correct for other errors automatically. For those in search of extreme tracking and guiding precision, Starlock will also provide a fully assisted drift-method polar alignment. 

    Additional Information

    Aperture305 mm (12")
    Autoguider PortYes
    Controller TypeAutoStar II
    Counterweights(2) 22 lbs.
    Diagonal IncludedYes/ 1.25" Star Diagonal
    Exterior ColorMeade Crackle Blue Matte
    Finder Included8 x 50 Optical Finder
    Focal Ratiof/8
    Free ShippingYes
    GPS includedYes
    Hand Controller includedYes
    Mount TypeEquatorial/ GoTo
    Mount Weight55 lbs.
    Objects in Database145000 objects
    Optical CoatingsMeade UHTC
    Optical DesignModified Cassegrain
    OTA Mount TypeLosmandy/ Style Dovetail
    Power Adapter IncludedMeade Universal Power Supply
    Telescope SeriesMeade LX850
    Tripod Type IncludedExtra Large Heavy Duty
    Warranty1 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

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    • Your initial description states 2" diagonal, but your additional information states 1.25" diagonal. Which is it. Should we assume 2" with an adaptor? And what adaptor size will work for this LX850 to accommodate a Canon T5i?

      Tim, The scope comes with a 2" diagonal and has a 1.25" adapter. That 1.25' diagonal mentioned in the additional items is a mistake. Thanks.