Meade LX200 ACF Reflector Telescope 14" w/ UHTC 1410-60-03
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Manuf. No. Meade 1410-60-03
LX200-ACF The most widely used research telescope on earth now comes with the most advanced optical system in space. Meade's all new LX200-ACF brings Advanced Coma-Free optics within reach of aspiring astronomers everywhere. Now you can own a professional scope. The LX200-ACF includes all the field-proven features of the LX200 including GPS, Primary Mirror Lock, Oversized Primary Mirror, SmartDriveTM, Smart MountTM, AutoStar II and more. Plus, the LX200ACF comes with observatory-class optics crafted in Irvine, California, and a 26mm eyepiece. The new LX200-ACF. It's the biggest news in astronomy since, well, the LX200.
The "advanced" in Advanced Coma-Free.
A traditional Advanced Coma-Free is a type of reflector that delivers a coma-free, flat field of view via hyperbolic primary and secondary mirrors. Because the mirrors in these telescopes have always been very expensive to make, few amateur astronomers could enjoy them. Fortunately, Meade engineers developed a radical new Advanced Coma-Free design by combining a hyperbolic secondary mirror with a corrector-lens-and-spherical-primary-mirror combination that performs as one hyperbolic element. This Advanced version of the traditional SCT design produces a coma-free, flat field of view that rivals professional telescopes at a fraction of the cost. The design even eliminates diffraction spikes and improves astigmatism. When reviewing Meade's LX400 Advanced Coma-Free, Sky and Telescope magazine said, " The difference between the off-axis images (compared to a Schmidt-Cassegrain) was dramatic to say the least."
f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics: Building upon the classic SCT design Meade has created a design with coma free pinpoint star images and flatter field that discerning astrophotographers and most professional observatories have come to expect from classic SCT optics. Meade's Advanced Coma-Free system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffractions spikes found in classical cassegrains. The LX200-ACF is the perfect platform for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast with telescopes available in apertures of 8 inches, 10 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches, and 16 inches.
Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTCTM) increases total light tran+smission and image brightness by nearly 20% over Meade's standard coatings. Objects such as stars, galaxies and nebulae will appear significantly brighter.
Primary Mirror Lock locks the mirror in place during long-exposure astrophotography.
Oversize Primary Mirror diameters are greater than their listed aperture (e.g., the diameter of the 8" LX200-ACF is actually 8.25"). This additional 1/4" yields a wide, fully illuminated field-of-view.
Smart MountTM constantly refines pointing accuracy each time an object is centered and updated. Compatible with both equatorial and altazimuth mounts.
Smart DriveTM provides permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) on both axes by learning and averaging error over the course of one or more training periods, thereby minimizing guiding corrections during long-exposure photographs. PPEC is available on both axes and functions in both polar and altazimuth modes.
SonyGPS Receiver Sensor automatically inputs precise time, date, and geographical location to help quickly and precisely align the telescope.
AutoAlignTM- Telescopes with Meade's new AutoAlign come pre-aligned.They are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. AutoAlign picks two fail-proof alignment stars for you and places them right in your view-finder. Just center them to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe are at your fingertips.
AutoStar II controller features "Hot Keys" for quick access to a 145,000 celestial object database. AutoStar II can be updated with the latest software upgrades, guided tours and timely objects like comets free at meade.com. - All LX200-ACF telescopes are made at Meade's state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facility.
- Aperture: 14"
- Focal Length: 3556mm
- Focal Ratio: f/10.
- UHTC coatings
- Permanent Altazimuth Pier
- 1.25" Star Diagonal Mirror w/26mm eyepiece