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Meade LX600 12" ACF

Meade LX600 12'' ACF
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Price:  £6,850.00(Inc. 20% VAT)
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Product Code:  M1208-70-01
Manufacturer:  Meade Instruments


Meade LX600 ACF with StarLock

Easier to use. Easier to move. Smart. Only from Meade.
Meade's remarkable LX600 f/8 ACF with StarLock technology takes a giant leap forward by making astro-imaging much easier and making setup and transportation a breeze. The LX600 is a simple to operate, portable package that makes taking great astrophotos as easy as focusing your camera and opening the shutter. The collection of features and technology integrated into the LX600 is unavailable from any other manufacturer and its ease of use cannot be duplicated by just attaching a set of add-ons to another scope.

Faster, Sharper Optical System
The LX600 employs a fast f/8 ACF optical system with high-contrast baffling that assures crisp, pinpoint imaging to the very edge of the field. The all-new OTA features an internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift focusing system with a two-speed, 7:1 control.

Portability & Transportation
Need a telescope system that can be easily broken down and moved to a dark-sky site? Always wanted a bigger telescope, but were worried about the weight? With the LX600 Split Fork design, you can have both. The OTA can be quickly separated from the mount, reducing the total weight that must be lifted at one time by 35 lb. This allows for easy setup and transportation even with a 12" or 14" optical tube (OTA).

StarLock ƒ__ Full-Time Automatic Guiding
StarLock is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and a super wide-angle lens in a two camera system that automatically finds your target in high-precision, immediately captures a field star as dim as 11th magnitude and then guides to an accuracy of one arcsecond. There's no need for a separate guide or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection. StarLock automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero.

Product Description

Meade LX600-ACF (f/8) Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC from 10" to 16".
Meade Instruments is proud to announce the latest addition to our line of industry leading developments, the LX600, ready to take your visual and optical astronomy to the next level. The fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. Includes StarLock for full time guiding at one arc second precision and LightSwitch style auto-alignment, Crayford style zero shift focuser with reduction, AutoStar II GOTO system with over 145,000 object library, precision machined X-Wedge, and much more.

The LX600 series with f/8 ACF optics and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. The redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero image shift and includes an internal Crayford style focuser with two speed, 7:1 reduction control that allows for quick and easy adjustments.

Includes StarLock- the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic.

The LX600-ACF comes fully equipped with AutoStar II keypad with 145,000 object library, Meade 1.25" diagonal, 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece and 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket.

Power panel includes the following ports: 12V input, 12V output, illuminated reticle, handbox, RS-232 x1, StarLock, Aux, and Focuser. Meade Microfocuser compatible, Microfocuser item #07080 sold separately. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

X-Wedge
Optionally, the LX600-ACF may be purchased with an X-Wedge, precision CNC machined from ultra-rigid aircraft grade aluminum with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments. The X-Wedge sets a new standard for equatorial stability while allowing for tracking from horizon to horizon without need of any meridian flip such as required by German Equatorial Mounts.

MAX Tripod
The LX600 16" ACF models include the MAX Tripod as standard.

Specifications:
 
 LX600 10" ACFLX600 12" ACFLX600 14" ACFLX600 16" ACF
Recommended Retail Price
(without X-Wedge)
¶œ4,795.00¶œ5,795.00¶œ8,495.00¶œ21,995.00
Clear Aperture10"12"14"16"
Optical DesignAdvanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical CoatingsUHTC - Ultra High Transmission
Focal Length2032mm2438mm2845mm3251mm
Focal Ratiof/8f/8f/8f/8
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit)0.456 arc-seconds0.380 arc-seconds0.326 arc seconds0.285 arc seconds
Oversized Primary MirrorYesYesYesYes
Focuser MechanismInternal Crayford-style, zero image-shift, dual speed 7:1 focuser
Viewfinder8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
DovetailLosmandy¶©-style with ultra stable radius blocks
Eyepiece(s)26mm Series 4000 Super PlÇôssl
Diagonal1.25" diagonal prism1.25" diagonal prism1.25" diagonal prism1.25" diagonal prism
Mount TypeHeavy-duty fork type; double-tine; removable
Hand ControllerAutoStar¶© IIAutoStar¶© IIAutoStar¶© IIAutoStar¶© II
Object Database145,000 objects145,000 objects145,000 objects145,000 objects
Pointing Precision
(High-Precision)
1 arc-minute (+/-)1 arc-minute (+/-)1 arc-minute (+/-)1 arc-minute (+/-)
Periodic Error Correction
(PEC)
Both AxesBoth AxesBoth AxesBoth Axes
Permanent PEC
(PPEC)
YesYesYesYes
StarLockYesYesYesYes
Typical Guiding Performance< 1 arc-second< 1 arc-second< 1 arc-second< 1 arc-second
Slow Motion ControlsMechanical & ElectronicMechanical & ElectronicMechanical & ElectronicMechanical & Electronic
Slew Speeds RA and DecRA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal;
1¶ø/sec. to 2¶ø/sec., variable in 0.1¶ø increments
Tracking RatesSidereal, Lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Control Panel12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 
1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
TripodGiant Field TripodGiant Field TripodGiant Field TripodMAX Tripod
Power(optional) 12v DC, 5 amp Meade Universal Power Supply
Batteries (user supplied)8 x C cells8 x C cells8 x C cellsno
GPS ReceiverYesYesYesYes
Time ChipYesYesYesYes
Electronic FocuserOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
Smart MountYesYesYesYes
Smart DriveYesYesYesYes
Anti-vibration PadsIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Wedge (optional)X-Wedge (#07028)X-Wedge (#07028)X-Wedge (#07028)MAX Wedge (#07029)
Transit weight68 kg79 kg120 kg186 kg

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