The Meade LightSwitch
Ever wanted a telescope that aligns itself? It has been the unrelenting dream of many amateur astronomers over the world who are frustrated by the cumbersome aligning process they must complete every time they would want to observe the night sky. That's exactly what makes the Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch telescope exceptional. With a simple flip of the switch, the Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch telescope will align itself with you away so you only experience the enjoying parts of astronomical viewing. No more alignment processes, only the enjoyable stuff.
Advanced Coma-Free Optics
The Meade LightSwitch telescopes take advantage of Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics which puts a professional optical system within reach of aspiring astronomers everywhere. Nearly every observatory reflector in the world uses an aplanatic (coma-free) optical system like the Ritchey-Chrétien (RC), including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Now you can own optics similar to what the professionals use.
The super fast 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. All of which is greatly desired by discerning amateur astronomers, astro-photographers and professional observatories alike. This patented system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes found in classical RC designs.
AutoStar III GOTO with CCD Camera & Astronomer Inside
The Meade LightSwitch comes equipped with an AutoStar II GOTO keypad computer which contains information of iover 100,000 objects and guided tour functions. It also 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.
You can also be entertained with the “Astronomer Inside” feature which delivers over four hours of fun and informational audio presentations which can be heard over the built in speaker, 30 minutes of video presentations and animations and hundreds of still images which can be viewed on your TV or computer.
The Mount and Accessories
Powering this mount is also exceptionally easy. There are two simple ways to power this mount. You could use 8 (user supplied) C cell batteries will run the telescope for 3-5 hours or alternatively, you could purchase a Meade Universal A/C power supply if you want to use your scope for longer. Either way, it is very easy to keep your scope on and ready. The mount is also expertly constructed for optimum precision when tracking with its highly rigid single fork mount featuring aluminum construction with massive 4.875" precision worm-gears.
The LS6-ACF 8" LightSwitch Telescope w/UHTC also comes with a sturdy, adjustable height tripod with steel legs for great stability and vibration damping, a Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece (59X magnification) and the AutoStar III GOTO system with Astronomer Inside and 100,000 object library.
The Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch Telescope comes with a 3 years limited warranty.