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Meade 12" LX850 ACF Telescope with Starlock - 1208-85-01

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Meade 12" LX850 ACF Telescope with Starlock

  • Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount with 12" Advanced Coma Free f/8 optical tube for high contrast, tack sharp views across the entire field
  • Ultra high precision mount provides accuracy to 1 arc-second
  • Equipped with revolutionary Starlock technology to enable fully automated guiding
  • Ensuring extremely accurate guiding, Starlock automatically programs periodic error correction and corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero
  • Features computer-assisted polar alignment and a 90 lb. weight capacity

Setting a new standard in astrophotographic and visual performance, Meade proudly introduces the Meade 12" LX850. This fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free optical system generates a wider, flatter, coma-free field offering pinpoint star images favored by discriminating amateur astronomers, astrophotographers, and professional observers alike. Comes with Starlock dual imager integrated autoguider, Ultra Precision Pointing and Assisted Drift Alignment, 5.8" 225-tooth polished bronze worm/gear drives with low periodic error, internal cable routing, GPS receiver, AutoStar II GOTO system with an object library of more than 144,000, universal AC adapter, Meade Zero Image Shift Electronic Micro-Focuser, telescope to computer USB cable, and AutoStar Suite software. Mount weighs 55 lbs. Includes a heavy-duty Giant Field Tripod with 3" diameter stainless steel legs with fully adjustable height from 29" to 45". This tripod weighs 36 lbs and provides dependable performance.

The Meade 12" LX850 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope with 2845 mm focal length (f/8) features Advanced Coma Free (ACF) Optics and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) to provide maximum image brightness and contrast. This Meade Starlock telescope also incorporates an internal Crayford style zero image shift focusing system with dual-speed, 7:1 reduction control.

At the core of the LX850 is Meade's Starlock Technology. The revolutionary new technology of Meade Starlock telescopes completely automates target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures. Featuring Meade's exclusive LightSwitch technology, Starlock utilizes an 80 mm f/5 refractor optical tube with dual camera sensor system for computer assisted polar alignment using the drift method. Starlock will begin guiding the mount in real time once aligned, and will even automatically program periodic error corrections for guiding precision up to 1 arc-second in favorable seeing as well as the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.

The Meade 12" LX850 EQ forms the foundation of any great imaging set up. Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum, the Meade 12" LX850 is capable of accepting payloads of up to 90 lbs. for rock solid support for the most demanding applications with a pointing accuracy as good as 1 arc-minute. Durability is enhanced via precision roller bearings on both axes, a 1.75 stainless steel RA shaft, 5.8" main gears, fine manual adjustment controls on both axes, illuminated reticle output port, telescope to computer USB cable, and AutoStar Suite software. Mount weighs 55 lbs. Includes a heavy-duty Giant Field Tripod with 3" diameter stainless steel legs with fully adjustable height from 29" to 45". This tripod weighs 36 lbs and provides dependable performance for this Meade Starlock telescope. This Meade Starlock telescope package also includes two 26 lb. stainless steel counterweights. Additional counterweights are sold separately.

Additional accessories include Meade Series 5000 2" dielectric diagonal with enhanced 99% reflectivity, Series 5000 25 mm HD-60 eyepiece, and 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket. In addition, an extra bracket is also included for alternate OTA Starlock mounting if needed.

Meade LX850 Equatorial Mount & Giant Field Tripod Specifications

  • Mount Type: Equatorial
  • Mount Electronics: Computerized with GoTo
  • Payload Capacity: 90 lbs.
  • Hand Controller: AutoStar II
  • Objects in Database: 145,000
  • Pointing Precision (High Precision Mode): +/- 1 arc-minute
  • Periodic Error Correction: Both Axes
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC): Yes
  • Software: Meade Starlock
  • Typical Guiding Performance with Starlock: <1 arc-second
  • Built-In Camera or Autoguider: Yes
  • Slow Motion Controls: Electronic
  • Slew Speeds: RA and Dec: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x sidereal and 0.25°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, and 3°/sec (max)
  • 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
  • Mounting Style: Losmandy-style dovetail plate
  • Counterweights: 1 @ 26 lbs.
  • Tripod: LX850 Heavy-Duty Giant Field Tripod
  • Tripod Leg Material: Metal
  • Power Source: 12v DC, 5 amp Meade universal power supply
  • GPS Receiver: Yes
  • Time Chip: Yes
  • Smart Mount: Yes
  • Smart Drive: Yes
  • Anti-Vibration Pads: Included
  • Mount Weight: 55 lbs.