Meade LX200-ACF 16" UHTC OTA

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  • The Perfect Platform for the Demanding Researcher and Imaging Enthusiast.
  • Delivers a Coma-free, Flat Field of View via Hyperbolic Primary and Secondary Mirrors
  • Aperture: 406 mm (16 inches).
  • Focal Ratio: f/10.
  • Focal Length: 4064 mm.
  • Optical Design: ACF Cassegrain.
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Meade LX200-ACF 16" UHTC OTA

 

The Meade 16-inch LX200-ACF UHTC OTA brings Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics within reach of aspiring astronomers everywhere. Nearly every observatory reflector in the world uses an aplanatic (coma-free) optical system like the Ritchey Chretien (RC), including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Now you can own similar optics to what the professionals use. 

By combining a hyperbolic secondary mirror with a corrector-lens-and-spherical-primary-mirror it performs as one hyperbolic element. This ACF design produces a coma-free, flat field of view that rivals traditional RC telescopes at a fraction of the cost. The design even eliminates diffraction spikes and improves astigmatism, both of which are inherent in the traditional RC design.

Meade 16-inch LX200-ACF ACF Telescope Features

  • f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics: Reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes found in classical RCs. 
  • Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTCT): Increases total light transmission and image brightness by nearly 20% over Meade's standard coatings. Objects such as stars, galaxies, and nebulae will appear significantly brighter.
  • Zero Image-Shift Micro focuser: Allows you to obtain precise image focus with no image movement.
  • Primary Mirror Lock: Locks the mirror in place during long-exposure astrophotography.
  • Oversize Primary Mirror: Its diameters are greater than their listed aperture (e.g., the diameter of the 8-inch LX200-ACF is actually 8.25 inches). This additional 0.25-inch yields a wide, fully illuminated field-of-view.

 

Included Technology

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

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%.

SPECIFICATIONS

Aperture406 mm (16")
ConditionNew
Dawes Limit0.03 arcseconds
Exterior ColorMeade Crackle Blue Matte
Focal Length4064 mm
Focal Ratiof/10
Free ShippingYes
Highest Useful Magnification960x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude15.5
ManufacturerMeade
Optical DesignModified SCT
OTA Mount TypeDual Fork Arms
Tripod Type Included Sold Separately
Tube Weight67 lbs

INCLUDED ITEMS

  • Meade LX200-ACF 16-inch f/10 UHTC OTA.