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Meade 6" ACF LightSwitch Computerized Telescope - 0610-03-10

SKU: MEA-0610-03-10
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 152.4mm (6")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$1,599.00
 

Meade 8" ACF Light Switch Computerized Telescope - 0810-03-10

SKU: MEA-0810-03-10
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$1,999.00
 

Meade 8" LX200 ACF Computerized Telescope - 0810-60-03

SKU: MEA-0810-60-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$2,699.00
 

Meade 8" LX90 ACF Computerized Telescope - 0810-90-03

SKU: MEA-0810-90-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$1,799.00
 

Meade 10" LX600-ACF (f/8) Telescope with StarLock - 1008-70-01

SKU: MEA-1008-70-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 254mm (10")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$4,699.00
 

Meade 10" LX850 ACF Telescope with Starlock - 1008-85-01

SKU: MEA-1008-85-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 254mm (10")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Equatorial
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$8,349.00
 

Meade 10" LX200 ACF Computerized Telescope - 1010-60-03

SKU: MEA-1010-60-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 254mm (10")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$3,499.00
 

Meade 10" LX90 ACF Computerized Telescope - 1010-90-03

SKU: MEA-1010-90-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 254mm (10")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$2,399.00
 

Meade 12" LX600 ACF (f/8) Telescope with StarLock - 1208-70-01

SKU: MEA-1208-70-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 305mm (12")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$5,599.00
 

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

SKU: MEA-1208-85-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 305mm (12")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Equatorial
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$9,099.00
 

Meade 12" LX200 ACF Computerized Telescope - 1210-60-03

SKU: MEA-1210-60-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 305mm (12")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$4,599.00
 
Meade 12" LX90 Telescope - Facing Right

Meade 12" LX90 ACF Computerized Telescope - 1210-90-03

SKU: MEA-1210-90-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 305mm (12")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$2,899.00
 

Meade 14" LX600 (f/8) ACF Telescope with StarLock & Tripod - 1408-70-01

SKU: MEA-1408-70-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 355.6mm (14")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$7,999.00
 

Meade 14" LX850 ACF Telescope with Starlock - 1408-85-01

SKU: MEA-1408-85-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 355.6mm (14")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Equatorial
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$10,249.00
 

Meade 14" LX200 ACF Computerized Telescope - 1410-60-03

SKU: MEA-1410-60-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 355.6mm (14")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$6,999.00
 

Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock & Super Giant Field Tripod - 1608-70-03

SKU: MEA-1608-70-03
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 406mm (16")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$18,999.00
 

Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock - No Tripod - 1608-70-01N

SKU: MEA-1608-70-01N
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 406mm (16")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$16,899.00
 

Meade 16" LX200 ACF Computerized Telescope - 1610-60-02

SKU: MEA-1610-60-02
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 406mm (16")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$15,999.00
 

Meade 16" LX200 ACF Computerized Telescope - No Tripod - 1610-60-02N

SKU: MEA-1610-60-02N
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 406mm (16")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$13,499.00
 

Meade 14" f/10 LX200 ACF OTA - 1410-60-01

SKU: MEA-1410-60-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 355.6mm (14")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: No Mount - OTA Only
  • Type of Electronics: OTA Only - No Electronics
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$4,949.00
 

Meade 16" f/10 LX200 ACF OTA - 1610-60-01

SKU: MEA-1610-60-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 406mm (16")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: No Mount - OTA Only
  • Type of Electronics: OTA Only - No Electronics
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$6,849.00
 
Meade 8" LX90 Telescope Bundle

Meade 8" LX90 Telescope Bundle - 0810-90-03-BUN1

SKU: MEA-0810-90-03-BUN1
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
  • Type of Electronics: Computerized GoTo
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$2,018.89 $1,849.95
 

Meade 10" f/8 ACF OTA with UHTC - 1008-80-01

SKU: MEA-1008-80-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 254mm (10")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: No Mount - OTA Only
  • Type of Electronics: OTA Only - No Electronics
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$2,299.00
 

Meade 12" f/8 ACF OTA with UHTC - 1208-80-01

SKU: MEA-1208-80-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 305mm (12")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: No Mount - OTA Only
  • Type of Electronics: OTA Only - No Electronics
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$3,359.00
 

Meade 14" f/8 ACF OTA with UHTC - 1408-80-01

SKU: MEA-1408-80-01
  • Optical Design: Meade ACF
  • Telescope Aperture: 355.6mm (14")
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Telescope Mount Type: No Mount - OTA Only
  • Type of Electronics: OTA Only - No Electronics
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$5,059.00
 

The LX600 Catadioptric telescope design uses a combination of mirrors and lenses to gather light and form a sharp image. There is a wide range of popular telescopes for amateur astronomers, such as Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes, that are of the catadioptric design. There are also catadioptric telescopes for sale that are designed primarily for astrophotography or imaging, like the Ritchey-Chretien (RC), Meade ACF, and Celestron EdgeHD.

The Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, or SCT, is the most popular design in the broader catadioptric telescope line-up. The Schmidt-Cassegrain has a folded optical system consisting of a primary mirror and a corrector plate with the secondary mirror right in the center. This design allows the telescope tube to be much more compact than a Newtonian reflector or a Refractor. The most popular Schmidt-Cassegrain has a large 8" diameter mirror and an optical tube that is about 18" long - a perfect combination of good light-gathering and easy-to-carry portability.

The Maksutov-Cassegrain, or Mak-Cass, catadioptric telescope looks very much like an SCT but has a longer focal length due to the way the light travels inside the tube. The Maksutov-Cassegrain really shines when used for terrestrial or astronomical viewing, especially when turned to the Moon or planets, but it isn't the best choice for deep-sky astrophotography due to its long focal length when compared other catadioptric designs.

Catadioptrics optimized for imaging are rising in popularity as more amateur astronomers fall under the spell of astrophotography. These telescopes have a wide, flat field that works nicely with today's larger format DSLR and dedicated astronomy cameras. While many catadioptric telescopes for sale can be used for both visual astronomy and imaging, amateur astronomers who prefer visual observations or have a camera with a smaller sensor don't necessarily require the edge-to-edge flatness that a larger sensor does.

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