The LX200 with ACF Optics
The release of Meade's LX200-ACF series was a groundbreaking moment in optics history for all the right reasons. Previously, Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics were found exclusively in observatory reflectors such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, worldwide. Now the general public can realise first-hand the superiority of the aplanatic performance that only Advanced Coma-Free optics can achieve by using telescopes similar to what the professionals use.
Designed to impress
This 8" LX200-ACF has 8” diameter f/10 ACF optics (focal length 2000mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. It also excels in precision and ease of use with its features of an advanced LX200 AutoStar II computer system with 145,000 object library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability with sub arc-minute pointing accuracy, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction.
Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with Meade's level north technology alignment system incorporating a 16 channel GPS receiver. The Autostar II is flash-updatable via free downloads at Meade.com (optional cable required). The drive base of the telescope has multiple input and output ports including an RS-232 PC interface and jacks for a (user supplied) CCD Autoguider and illuminated reticle.
Advanced Coma-Free Optics
The Meade LX200 Series features Advanced Coma-Free Optics, the magic behind deep sky observation with the highest level of optical performance available to amateur astronomers in the market today. Using the Meade exclusive design, ACF optics achieve aplanatic performance — with a flatter field, reduced astigmatism and eliminated diffractions spikes — equal to Ritchy-Chétien systems, at a fraction of the price. Coupled with Meade’s Ultra- High Transmission Coatings (standard on all LX200-ACF systems), you have the ultimate in premium optics.
All LX200 models feature a primary mirror locking mechanism that significantly prevents movement of the primary mirror during long exposure astrophotography or observing. This could be utilised by turning the lock knob located just above the telescopes main focus knob and the progressive-tension primary lock when you are engaging in viewing, photography, or imaging.
With such a powerful OTA, the mount also needs to compete in sturdiness, smooth controls and precise tracking. The LX200 Mount can do all that. All LX200-ACF models feature the DC-servo driven super heavy duty double fork mount, the strongest and most rigid mount in its class. Fast slew speeds are from 1 to 8 degrees per second, and can be user selected at .1 degree per second increments, while fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments.
Powering this mount could also not be any easier. The mount and all electronics may be internally powered using 8 C-cell batteries (operating time around 20 hours) or using a Meade Universal AC adapter (purchased separately). In the event that you are without power, the mount can also operate manually using mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis so you are good to go regardless!
The Complete Package
Meade are also meticulous but generous with their accessories and the curation of the LX200-ACF series reflects just that. Everything you need to get the best viewing experience from the get-go are included in this package. The LX200-ACF comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal prism, Series 4000 26mm Plössl eyepiece, 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket and Meade AutoStar® Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC.
Scope weight is 45 pounds (~20.4kg) with 19 pound (8.6kg) tripod. Ships in 2 boxes.
Product carries full three year Australian warranty.