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Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope

B&H # MELS6ACF Mfr # 0610-03-10
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Product Highlights
  • 1524mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • AutoStar III Go-To system
  • LightSwitch Automatic Self-Alignment
  • Built-In CCD Camera

Ushering in a new era of absurd ease of use in a telescope, the Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope is the world's first "GO-TO" scope which literally aligns itself!  Using a combination of a few sensors, a CCD camera, and some computerized intelligence, the LS-6ACF's LightSwitch technology is able to detect where it is and where it is pointing.  All you do is turn it on and get to the good stuff-the observing and imaging.  Combined with astronomer-class "Advanced Coma Free" optics and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings in a 6" aperture, it makes for an attractive offering for any serious amateur observer.

The LS-6ACF LightSwitch's optics are their own catadioptric creation, a unique hybrid of other Cassegrains which significantly reduces coma astigmatism.  It is bright enough for observing some deep space objects, and sharp enough to provide exceptional pictures.

After the scope aligns itself, use the included AutoStar III controller to guide you around the sky.  Simply tell it what you want to see and it goes and gets it for you. You can use the guided tours, tailored to your locale and the date, and it will show you the best of the evening's offerings.  There's a speaker on the body, an audio output for headphones, and a video output which can display reference pictures and graphics on your computer.

The LS-6ACF LightSwitch's rigid single-fork mount has 4.8" worm gears and enough clearance to use your SLR or CCD camera of choice.  Combine it with the simple T-adapter for shorter exposures, or use one of Meade's Deep Sky Imagers which can use their software to adjust for an altazimuth mount's field rotation over long exposures.

There's also a built-in CCD camera on the LightSwitch, primarily used to facilitate the self-alignment procedure, but also able to take 12° 640x480 VGA-resolution wide field images.

Incredibly fast, easy LightSwitch alignment; literally flip a switch and you're done (self-alignment takes app. 6-8 minutes)
Advanced Coma Free catadioptric optics nearly rival professional astronomical designs costing thousands
Bright 6" aperture allows viewing and imaging of deep space objects
Built-in CCD camera aids alignment and makes wide field images (to a user-supplied SD card)
Rigid single-fork altazimuth mount, with 4.8" all-metal worm gears, provides smooth movement and plenty of clearance for imaging accessories
Sophisticated AutoStar III hand controller with 100,000 objects of interest
Works in Northern and Southern hemisphere
Advanced multimedia output includes audio/video content (built-in speaker, audio output jack, and composite video output to external monitor) and guided tours customized to your location/time/date
Operates 3-5 hours from 8 "C" batteries, or use an optional AC adapter with wall socket or #607 DC cord from a Celestron Power Tank (or other 12V DC power source)
Optical Design Catadioptric
Optical Lens Diameter 6.0" (15.2 cm)
Focal Length 1524 mm
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 300x
Resolving Power 0.76
Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Mount Type Motorized altazimuth single-arm fork
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"-18
1.25" eyepiece adapter included
Finderscope SmartFinder™ LED
Tripod Adjustable-height steel
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible Yes
Power Source Eight 1.5-volt "C" batteries
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • SmartFinder Viewfinder
  • Eyepiece Holder (aka Visual Back) - for 1.25" Acc. on 2"-18 Rear Cell
  • #918A 90-Degree Prism Diagonal (1.25")
  • AutoStar III Controller
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • Tripod
  • Limited One-Year Warranty
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    MeadeLS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope
     
    3.0

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    4.0

    Great Optics for a 6" Scope...

    By Adrian Smales

    from Edinburgh, UK

    About Me Avid Adventurer

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    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

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    • Setup

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    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope:

    It's a great scope...

    However, there are a few glitches with the setup and alignment. GPS is a bit flakey.

    But, the images it can produce are fantastic...

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    2.0

    Better to buy another model

    By A.Al

    from CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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          Comments about Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope:

          It was a big disappointment, it never worked as advertised, first few times GPS did not work at all, upgraded the software to 1.2G and it works 1 of every 10 times , went with my kids twice to a dark location out of my city and it took more than one hour to get a successful alignment , and by that time my kids were already sleeping in the car ,
          Second time did not find the correct alignment at all , even with good GPS position, it is a disaster , I own a 12 LX200 it is much faster and much easy to user than this dead switch telescope.
          We all know it is a hard time for all company , and I paid this high price thinking we all have to stan up with meade in this time , but at least I should get something I can use , not something that works once every 10 times, even when it is align itself, it has a strange logic, in the guided tour in what is best tonight it always choose the next objects always on the far side of its location , you just waste your time slewing between them , I don't know why its computer choose what is closet first .

          It is a big mistake I recommend you buy LX200 or LX90 or ETX 125 , or buy a better Celestron 8 inch

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