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Meade LS 8" ACF

Meade LS 8'' ACF
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Price:  £1,940.00(Inc. 20% VAT)
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Product Code:  M0810-03-10
Manufacturer:  Meade Instruments


Meade LS LightSwitch with ACF Optics

Award winning, packed with features.
This telescope is the most technologically advanced model available and is the easiest to use. With new LightSwitch technology and Advanced Coma Free optics "this changes everything". All models include the latest software revision.

Revolutionary LS LightSwitch Technology
Meade's revolutionary LS LightSwitch telescope uses advanced technologies like GPS, LNT and ECLIPS CCD imaging to do what no other consumer telescope has done before: take all the hassle out of using a telescope. Simply flip the switch and the LS automatically aligns itself. Astronomer Inside then takes you on a guided multimedia tour of the best objects in your sky. The new aluminum mount is lightweight and portable, yet has a rigid structure with precision worm-gear drives for the ultimate in tracking and pointing accuracy. All this combined with Meade's Advanced Coma-Free optical system provides the stargazer with the most sophisticated, yet easiest to use telescope ever.

On the Flip of the Switch
Meade takes out all the hassles and puts in all the fun with the all-new LS featuring LightSwitch technology. Now it's fast and easy to perform all start-up functions with just a flip of the switch. The revolutionary LightSwitch technology automatically delivers telescope location, time, date, orientation and alignment with the sky â__ all with a single touch. And thanks to Meade's exclusive Advanced Coma-Free optics, you see it all in stunning Ritchey-ChrăŞtien-like clarity. And with the Astronomer Inside comprehensive multi-media content, you experience the universe in a way you never have before. In short, the LS incorporates everything you've come to expect from Meade, the undisputed leader in innovation and quality.

Advanced Coma-Free Optics - Sharp, Clear, Brilliant
Meade's proprietary, Advanced Coma-Free optics will wow you at first sight. Distortion-free clarity. Sharp as-a-tack resolution. ACF's state-of-the-art optics are so good, you'll see more objects than you've ever thought possible. Just compare ACF to Ritchey-ChrăŞtien systems selling for much more, and ACF's quality will absolutely astound you.

Meade LS ACF LightSwitch Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC from 6" to 8".
Meade LS ACF LightSwitch telescope. This award-winning f/10 powerhouse telescope is feature packed. Meade's patented automatic self alignment system aligns with just one touch of the power switch. Just flip the switch and walk away. It aligns itself. It's that simple.

Meade's best Advanced-Coma Free optics deliver performance only seen previously in systems costing thousands of dollars more. With its standard Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) the LS gives you the sharpest, brightest optical system for its size available at any price.

The included AutoStar III GOTO keypad computer has an over 100,000 object library and guided tour functions. Includes Meade ECLIPS color CCD camera (640x480 resolution) which lets you capture images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real time on an external (user supplied) monitor or store them on a (user supplied) SD card so you can do CCD imaging your very first night out.

The included â__Astronomer Inside" feature delivers over four hours of fun and informational audio presentations which can be heard over the built in speaker, and 30 minutes of video presentations and animations plus hundreds of still images which can be watched over an external (user supplied) TV or monitor. Imagine being given a brief and entertaining video presentation on Saturn while viewing that planet and its fabulous rings for the very first time. This telescope truly does it all.

Eight (user supplied) C cell batteries will run the telescope for 3-5 hours, with a Meade Universal A/C power supply available separately for longer observing sessions. (See recommended accessories, below.) Includes a highly rigid single fork mount featuring aluminum construction with massive 4.875" precision worm-gears. Standard equipment also includes a sturdy, adjustable height tripod with steel legs for great stability and vibration damping and a Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece. Additional eyepieces available separately, compatible with all Meade and other brand 1.25" barrel size eyepieces.

Meade LightSwitch technology- bringing the fun back to Astronomy. This changes everything. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Specifications:
 
 LS 6" ACFLS 8" ACF
Clear Aperture6"8"
Optical DesignAdvanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical CoatingsUHTC - Ultra High Transmission
Focal Length1,524mm2,000mm
Focal Ratiof/10f/10
Resolving Power
(Dawes' Limit)
0.760 arc-seconds0.570 arc-seconds
Oversized Primary MirrorYesYes
Focuser MechanismSingle Speed Focuser
ViewfinderRed Dot FinderRed Dot Finder
Eyepiece(s)26mm Series 4000 Super Plă˘ssl26mm Series 4000 Super Plă˘ssl
Diagonal1.25" prism diagonal1.25" prism diagonal
Mount TypeRigid Cast-Aluminum Single-Arm
Hand ControllerAutoStarÂę IIIAutoStarÂę III
Object Database100,000 objects100,000 objects
Pointing Precision
(High-Precision)
1.5 arc-minute (+/-)1.5 arc-minute (+/-)
Slow Motion ControlsElectronicElectronic
Slew SpeedsRA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Tracking RatesSidereal, Lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Control Panel12v Power port, USB-A port, USB-B port, Video out, Audio out, Focuser port, Handbox port
TripodLS TripodLS Tripod
Power(optional) 12v DC, 5 amp power supply
Batteries (user supplied)8 x C cells8 x C cells
GPS ReceiverYesYes
True Level & North Sensors (LNT)YesYes
Time ChipYesYes
Electronic Focuseroptionaloptional
Astronomer InsideYesYes
Anti-vibration PadsOptionalOptional
Transit weight25 kg27 kg

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