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Meade LX600-ACF 12" f/8 Telescope (OTA Only)

Condition: Brand New in Original Packaging

SKU: 1208-70-01N

Features

  • 12" f/8 Advanced Coma Free Optics - 2438mm focal length
  • Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • Internal Crayford focuser - 2 speed, 7:1 control.
  • StarLock Automatic Guider - < 1 arc-second typical performance
  • AutoStar II GOTO System - 145,000 object library 
  • 8x50 refractor with cross hairs viewfinder
  • 26 mm Series 4000 Super Plössl eyepiece
  • Limited one year manufacturer warranty

Product Description

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.

StarLock - 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.

Alt/Az Mode

In alt/az mode, the LX600 also makes for the best visual and short exposure experience possible. StarLock will put every target dead center in the eyepiece and track with arcsecond accuracy so you can concentrate on the beautiful, wide fields of pinpoint stars created by the superb f/8 ACF optical system. 

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.

Autostar II Controller

Puts over 145,000 objects at your fingertips with the fastest GoTo performance available (8° per second - 10", 12" and 14" aperatures). Or you can control the system from an external computer. 

Portability and 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 the 12" or 14" OTA.

Solid Fork Mount

With Heavy Duty 5.75" Gears. Large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes provide smooth movements with low periodic error that are critical for long exposure astrophotography, that provides the freedom to go horizon to horizon without any meridian flip, unlike German Equatorial Mounts. 
 

Additional Features

  • 12" 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

 

What's in the Box

  • Meade  LX600-ACF 12" f/8 Telescope (OTA Only)
  • AutoStar II Hand Controller
  • StarLock System
  • Fork Mount with Drive Base
  • 1.25" Diagonal Prism
  • 26 mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket
  • Limited One-Year Warranty

Specifications

  • Optical design: Advanced Coma-Free
  • Clear aperture: 12"
  • Focal length focal ratio: 2438 mm, f/8
  • Optical coating: UHTC
  • Resolving power (Dawes limit): .38 arcseconds
  • Secondary obstruction (%):  16.86
  • AutoStar Controller: AutoStar II
  • Object Database: 145,000 objects
  • Viewfinder: 8x50 refractor with cross hairs
  • Eyepiece: 26mm Series 4000 Super Plössl
  • Diagonal: 1.25 inch diagonal prism
  • Focus system: Internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift primary mirror focus with dual speed 7:1 control
  • Primary mirror lock: Included on 12" and 16" OTA's only
  • Slew Speeds: RA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 2°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments.
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
  • Control Panel: 12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port Telescope Mounting
  • Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
  • Split Fork Arm: OTA and Telescope base can be separated for easier assembly and disassembly
  • Power supply: 8 "C" batteries (user supplied), or optional 12v DC 5A Meade Universal Power Supply

Materials

  • Primary mirror: Low-expansion borosilicate glass
  • Secondary mirror: Individually figured with primary mirror for maximum correction. Low-expansion borosilicate glass
  • Correcting plate/lens: Aspheric high-spectral transmission Borofl oat glass from Schott AG Germany
  • Optical tube: Aluminum

Weights and Dimensions

  • Shipping weight: 179 lbs

StarLock

  • Wide-field camera: 25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives fi eld of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees.
  • Narrow-field camera: 80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives fi eld of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
  • High-precision pointing: +/- 1 arcminute
  • High-precision guiding: +/- 1 arcsecond (with good seeing. 1-4 second correction update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.)
  • High-precision alignment: Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ultra-precise polar alignment
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds

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