Meade LX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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Meade LX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

B&H # MELX200ACF8 Mfr # 0810-60-03
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Product Highlights
  • 2000mm f/10 Catadioptric
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

Meade's LX200-ACF Telescope brings to market a sophisticated catadioptric optical design favored by research facilities worldwide, but at a price that many enthusiasts can afford.  Most professional applications are either this style of telescope or a gargantuan apochromatic refractor.  Meade's 8.0" LX200-ACF with UHTC multicoatings provides a deep space aperture in a size that can be transported within a typical vehicle by a single person, and gives all this in a complete package within reach of many an observer.

This is a premium 8" catadioptric scope in a robust twin-fork altazimuth mount meant for delightful observing, but is easily adapted to extended astrophotography by using either Meade's Deep Sky Imager (which eliminates field rotation via software), Field De-Rotator, or #07002 Equatorial Wedge.  Power is supplied by 8 "C" batteries, but via optional accessories you can also adapt to an AC wall unit or a vehicle's cigarette lighter (which can operate in the field off of a Celestron Power Tank).

For 2009, Meade has refined the delivery of the LX200-ACF models to meet the demands of the marketplace.  They now no longer include an electric focuser as standard equipment, and use a Series 4000 Super Plössl eyepiece instead of the Series 5000 version.

Advanced f/10.0 Optics
Advanced catadioptric optics perfect for demanding research and enthusiast imaging; renderings of stars remain tight circles from center to edge of field.
GPS Receiver Sensor
The LX200 features a Sony® GPS receiver sensor, which automatically inputs ultra-exact time, date & location values to help quickly align the telescope with remarkable (~1 arc minute) precision.
Smart Mount & Smart Drive Technology
By constantly refining the pointing accuracy each time an object is centered and updated, Meade's Smart Mount™ & Smart Drive™ technologies provide permanent periodic error corrections (PPEC) on both axes by learning and averaging errors over the course of one or more training periods, to minimize guiding corrections during long-exposure astrophotography.
Primary Mirror Lock
The LX200's primary mirror can be locked in place to benefit long-exposure astrophotography as well as focus retention while slewing.
UHTC Ultra High Transmission Coatings
UHTC Ultra High Transmission Coatings (employed upon all optical surfaces) yield a 20% decrease in light loss and dramatically-enhanced detail of deep space objects.
Extensive Imaging Capacity
Make shorter exposures immediately with a digiscoping adapter, SLR adapter, or piggyback camera adapter.  Longer professional exposures can be achieved with the #1220 Field De-Rotator, Wedge, or any of Meade's Deep Sky Imagers which feature field de-rotation software.
3 Power Options
Use 8 "C" batteries right out of the box, or instead adapt to AC power with the #07584 AC Adapter or to a vehicle's cigarette lighter port (or a Celestron Power Tank's port) with the #07043 DC Power Cord with Cigarette Lighter Adapter.
Optical Design Hybrid catadioptric
Optical Lens Diameter 8.0" (203mm)
Focal Length 2000mm
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 400x
Resolving Power 0.56
Optical Tube Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Mount Type Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"-18 (1.25" reducing adapter included)
Finderscope 8x50 Straight
Tripod Fullsize steel (30-44")
Motor Yes
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible Yes
Power Source 8 1.5-volt "C" batteries
Optional #547 AC adapter
Optional #607 Cigarette plug adapter
Weight 73.0 lbs (33.11kg)
Meade LX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • #828 Viewfinder 8x50mm Blue Tube with Bracket
  • Eyepiece Holder (aka Visual Back) - for 1.25" Acc. on 2"-18 Rear Cell
  • #918A 90-Degree Prism Diagonal (1.25")
  • AutoStar II Computerized Hand Controller
  • AutoStar Suite Software
  • Computerized Altazimuth Fork Mount
  • Standard Field Tripod
  • Internal "C" Cell Battery Chamber
  • 1-Year Warranty Against Manufacturer Defects
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    MeadeLX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
     
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    3.0

    Looks cheap but does the job

    By Gladiator

    from Vancouver,BC,Canada

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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        Comments about Meade LX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

        When you buy a [$]telescope,you expect a bit more than a decent computer guided optical tool.This product is a lot different than what the advertizing pictures show.There is no Logo on the OT like in the commercial pictures and the pressed OT mantle joint to the cast frames looks like those of an air duct at both ends ; the paint and the paint job on the OT would match better a tool box than a high precision/prestige/quality telescope ; the fork arms have cast pores and the paint job on it..,well I have seen better looking $200 ...Christmas present" telescopes ; the 1.25"90deg.diagonal prism is probably the cheapest made by Meade(injected plastic housing,no filter thread)and the metal konb-screws will for shure leave their signature on whatever you will insert in the tubes(how about pressure rings for this level of price); the finder scope is of poor quality as follows : crossthreading objective adjuster,excentric plastic-made focuser and eyepiece lens holder,coarse(made out of thick electric coil-wire ) crosshair,an erected image scope wold have been normal for this level of price ; at the control/connectors panel they used cheap plastic washers to mask the wrong diameter of the 3 jack-connector holes(if you take off the poliethylene washers,the mounting slit-nuts pass through the holes).If you can get over all these "cost reduction" aspects and you are opened to spend more money for better accessories ,this is a good telescope ; it does the job as advertised,it is easy to use and it will give you many hours of astronomical discovery and enjoyment.

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