Meade TELESCOPES, CATADIOPTRIC 10" SCHMIDT CASSEGRAIN ON LX80 MULTI-MOUNT 1010-08-01
Item No. 112-16010
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Manuf. No. Meade 1010-08-01
(arrives February 2012)
Meade LX80 AZ/EQ 10" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope with Multi-Mount, 1010-08-01
Meade's Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics give high performance for the astronomer looking to get the most from their financial outlay. Meade use water-white glass, with superior light transmission across the entire visible spectrum, as opposed to the inferior standard plate glass used by other telescope manufacturers. Combined with the industry-leading Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC), that boast 15% better light transmission than standard coatings, and oversized, thermally-stable Pyrex?primary mirrors for optimum light collection, you get a spectacular viewing experience not available on comparable competitors telescopes.
With the LX80, Meade, live up to their reputation as world leaders of innovation with the introduction of this exiting new astronomical Multi-Mount! Now you don't have to choose between the ease of setup, and operation, of an alt-azimuth mount and the long duration imaging capability of a German Equatorial. The unique LX80 Multi-Mount has several modes of operation; German Equatorial, Alt-Azimuth and Dual OTA configurations.
The LX80 is built around a solid aluminium structure with two large, tapered roller bearings that handle radial and thrust loads on each axis. This means, depending on the configuration, that it can handle equipment up to a total payload of 34.0kg (75lbs). Precision worm gear drives on both axis deliver both smooth and accurate motion that, coupled with Meade's proprietary SmartDrive?periodic error correction, delivers performance only previously available on much more expensive mounts.
The primary and secondary dovetail plates are industry-standard for maximum compatibility with your own OTA's. Even the rock-solid tripod gets the works with 2" stainless steel legs and, threaded leg level adjusters that make final levelling adjustment simple.
The LX80 AZ/EQ is complete with the Meade AudioStar computerised Goto, hand controller. Not only does this take the hardship out of finding the celestial wonders that you choose to view but you have the option of listening to the audio commentary for many of the objects you are looking at, as you view them through the eyepiece. The MeadeAstronomer Inside digital audio technology uses the built-in speaker to allow you, and everyone around the telescope, to listen to the interesting and educational information about 500 plus celestial objects contained in its database. This includes planets, nebula, star clusters, our Moon and much more with size, shape, history, origin, and distance from our planet as examples of what you will hear.
The Meade LX80 10" SC package includes a Meade Series 4000 26mm eyepiece, 8x50 viewfinder with quick release dovetail mount, a quality 1.25" Diagonal Prism, 11 pound steel counterweight, and Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomy software DVD. Compatible with all Meade and other brand 1.25?barrel size eyepieces including Series 4000 and Series 5000.
Specifications for Meade LX80 10" SC Telescope #1010-08-01
- Telescope 10" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain
- Mount Multi-Mount German EQ/Alt-Az
- Pointing Accuracy 10 arcminutes (5 arcminutes in High-Precision Mode)
- Latitude Range 25 to 90 degrees (German EQ Mode)
- Slew Speeds 1x sidereal to 6.5 degrees/second
- Power 12V DC
- Mount Capacity 40 pounds (German, single Alt-Az) 75 pounds (dual Alt-Az)