Meade 14" ACF LX850 Telescope

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  • Meade 14" ACF LX850 Telescope

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    • Aperture: 355 mm (14")
    • Focal Ratio: f/8
    • Focal Length: 2840 mm
    • Optical Design: ACF Cassegrain

    Meade 14" 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 basis of any great imaging set up, the German Equatorial mount. 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

    Aperture356 mm (14")
    Autoguider PortYes
    Case IncludedNo
    CD ROMs IncludedNone
    Controller TypeAutoStar II
    Counterweights(3) 22 lbs.
    Dew Shield IncludedNo Sold Separately
    Diagonal Included 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
    Highest Useful Magnification840x
    Limiting Stellar Magnitude15.2
    LNT IncludedNo
    Mount Type GoTo
    Mount Weight130.8 lbs.
    Objects in Database145000 objects
    Optical CoatingsMeade UHTC
    Optical DesignModified Cassegrain
    OTA Cooling FanNo
    OTA Mount TypeStyle Dovetail
    Power Adapter IncludedMeade Universal Power Supply
    Smart DriveNo
    Telescope SeriesMeade LX850
    Tripod Type IncludedExtra Large Heavy Duty
    Warranty1 Year Warranty
    • 14" ACF Optical Tube
    • LX850 EQ Mount Head
    • LX-600 Steel Tripod
    • 30# Counterweight
    • Ultra Wide Field Guide Camera - Built In
    • 80mm Refractor with Built In Guide Camera

    Questions & Answers

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    • I have read that it comes with a zero image shift electronic focuser it this true?

      Yes, Meade includes the electronic Zero Image Shift focuser with the LX850 14" package.

    • Celestron says the upper, RA/DEC portion of the CGE Pro weighs 45 lbs and latitude adjustment weighs 30 lbs. Owners on Cloudynights say it's 57 lbs for the RA/DEC and 18 lbs for the latitude. Can you confirm which is correct?

      The full head is 76 lbs according to my scale. If you remove the latitude adjustment screws (including the pivot screws and the tension lock screws) and pull the RA/Dec section out, I get 58 lbs with the base at 18 lbs - which is more in line with the Cl

    • Does this item ship to Australia and if so could you estimate shipping to Northern Territory 0810 please? Many thanks

      Hello, This Steve from Oceanside Photo and Telescope. I calculated the cost of shipping and with a $25 crating fee, the total shipping cost would be $297.90. You can contact me through my email at or reach us at 800-483-6287. Thanks

    • Does this scope have the ability to view the image thru the PC rather than thru the eye piece? The idea it so mount the telescope someplace and use the PC for control and viewing.

      This telescope certainly can be upgraded to this capability, but it does not have the ability to send images to a PC out of the box. You would need to also purchase an appropriate CCD camera, which would transmit image data from the telescope to your PC

    • Does this scope have the ability to view the image thru the PC rather than thru the eye piece? The idea it so mount the telescope someplace and use the PC for control and viewing.

      The mount can directly communicate with the PC through the serial/USB port. The telescope comes with a planetarium program that allows you to control it directly from a PC as well as from the hand paddle.

    • Can it use in 0° latitude area?

      It does not appear so. Even if you rotate the mount head so that the counterweight shaft falls between two legs on the tripod, the counterweights will hit the legs below about 10 degrees latitude.

    • Please , what is the size of the tube?

      The tube is approximately 16" in diameter by approximately 27" in length and weighs 63 lbs with the dovetail attached.