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Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope

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Value $10.95
B&H # MELS8ACF Mfr # 0810-03-10
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You Pay: $1,799.00
Product Highlights
  • Advanced Coma Free Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Aperture: 8.0" / 203mm
  • Focal Length: 2000mm f/10.0
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • LS Field Tripod
  • Single Arm Altazimuth Mount
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • AutoStar III Hand Controller
  • ECLIPS CCD Camera
  • Red-Dot Finderscope

This LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope from Meade is a computer-controlled 2000mm f/10 catadioptric telescope with an 8.0"/203mm clear aperture. The ACF (Advanced Coma Free) optical system provides critically-sharp edge-to-edge clarity and distortion-free viewing.

The LightSwitch series of telescopes employ advanced technologies to eliminate the standard hassles of using a telescope. GPS, LNT, and ECLIPS CCD imaging systems allow the viewer to simply flip a switch to achieve instant alignment. Once the telescope is in position, The Astronomer Inside feature provides a guided multimedia tour of the sky's best objects.

The LS-8 ACF comes with an aluminum altazimuth mount that is lightweight, portable, and extremely rigid. It is configured with precision work-gear drives for enhanced viewing precision.

Note! Batteries not included - 8 'D' cell batteries are required to power up the AutoStar system.

LS-8 Advanced Coma Free Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • Aperture: 8.0"/203 mm
  • Focal length: 2000 mm, f/10
  • Pyrex glass primary and secondary mirrors
  • UHTC/Ultra-High Transmission Coatings for enhanced light throughput
  • ACF - Advanced Coma Free optics for system for edge-to-edge distortion-free imaging
AutoStar III Controller
  • On-board database of 100,000 objects
  • Go-To function: view celestial objects by just pushing a button
  • Provides full access to all of the Astronomer Inside multimedia features
Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • AFOV: 52°
  • Eye relief: 18 mm
  • 77x Magnification with LS-8
  • Fully multicoated lens elements
  • Comfortable bayonet-mount rubber eye cup
  • Sophisticated parfocal 4-element lens design
ECLIPS CCD Camera
  • Resolution: 640 x 480
  • Stores images to miniSD card
  • Allows telescope to align itself
  • Provides a wide field of view when attached to video monitor
Field Tripod
  • Steel construction
  • Weight: 9.0 lb / 4.0 kg
  • Height: 25.5-43.5" / 65-111 cm
Single Arm Altazimuth Mount
  • Aluminum, single arm altazimuth
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, lunar, custom
  • Precision worm drives with 4.875" gears in both axes
  • Slew speeds, RA & Dec: 1/2/8/16/64/128x sidereal. 1.5°/6.5°/sec.
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 8.0" / 203.2 mm
Focal Length 2000 mm
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Diagonal 45°
Finderscope Red-dot
Visual Back Included
Resolving Power 0.57 (Dawes)
Maximum Useful Magnification Not specified by manufacturer
Tripod Aluminum
Mount Type Single arm altazimuth
Power Source 8 C-cells
Optical Tube Dimensions 15.75 x 9.0" / 40 x 23.0 cm
Weight Assembled: 37 lb / 16.8 kg
Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope
  • Computerized Single Arm Mount
  • Steel Tripod
  • AutoStar III Hand Controller
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • Universal AC Adapter
  • Finderscope
  • Limited 1 Year Warranty

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MeadeLS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Accurate (8)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Quality lenses (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

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      5.0

      Amazing Scope w/ No hassle

      By GiGi2014

      from Princeton Junction NJ

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

        Flip the switch and it does it all. It levels itself, finds where it is and then will tell you everything in the sky worth looking at. Take pictures with the on board camera and many more pluses!!!

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Fantastic buy!

        By holotaps

        from Virginia Beach, VA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

          This is the 4th telescope I have owned. This scope has all of the features you possibly want which makes it a great scope for the amateur to enthusiast! Simple to use. Works great out of the box. I highly recommend this telescope.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great telescope!

          By Fiona

          from Germany

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy to Use
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

          So easy to use - switch it on and leave it to align for five minutes and it's ready to go. The Autostar computer is easy to use to find what you want to look at and there is a commentary that beginners will find useful (but that you can thankfully switch off!). All in all very user-friendly.

          It does eat batteries, so I need to get an alternative power source and the moon is way too bright - I should have ordered a filter along with the scope. And I know this is supposed to be a lightweight scope - but it's right at the limit of what I can carry (17 kg) and I won't be carrying it far!

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          • No

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Loving it

          By 1BigPig

          from South Texas

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy to Use
          • Self alignment

          Cons

          • Focusing long settle time
          • Lightweight tripod
          • No Astrophotography

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astronomy outreach
          • Beginning Astronomer

          Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

          I really like this telescope. Easy to setup and it self aligns even in my brightly lit neighborhood. I had an ETX-125 before I got the LS-8ACF and the two scopes are really night and day. No more trying to align stars (the LS-8 does it automatically) and it really does pull in a lot more light than the ETX-125, especially in a bright neighborhood like mine.

          Don't bother using the telescope with C-cell batteries. This thing eats batteries. Get the car power cord or if you are using it near your house, a 100ft power cord and a 12v wall wart.

          Also, ignore the problem reviews pre-2011. With firmware 1.6a, all the bugs and problems that people were having seem to have been fixed.

          If you are beginner, the built in commentary is pretty good. It is great for showing friends and family, who are not familiar with astronomy, what they are looking at through the eyepiece. Best of all, you can always turn it off, if it is not your thing.

          The LS-8 is lighter than a Celestron CPC800, but that lightness comes at a cost. When focusing, there is a long settler time. I have heard that the electronic focuser solves this problem. I can bearly lift a CPC800 and tripod combination, but the Meade LS-8 is a lot lighter. I do not have a problem lifting the LS-8 and tripod combination. The upside, is that I am more likely to take the LS-8 outside to actually use it. Don't get me wrong, the LS-8 is a lot heavier than an ETX-125, but not as heavy as a CPC800. For me, it strikes a really nice balance between telescope size and weight.

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          4.0

          Good, but with exceptions

          By LemmyChops

          from Las Vegas, Nevada

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy to Use
          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

            Overall this is a great telescope for a beginner, provided you are willing to spend a bit of money. The descriptive audio and the self alignment all make this a very user friendly product. On the other hand, if you already know your way around the stars, then the Meade LX-90 series has a more solid mount and a nicer viewfinder scope (and still has the auto alignment.) For people debating between ACF and SC, the ACF is well worth it for photographers and people looking for a relatively undistorted image at the edge of your view.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By Dan

            from Sydney , Australia

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

              Wow, I was a bit nervous spending the amount of money on something I may only ue every now and then but the first time I saw Saturn all my fears were gone. I have used it every night and day since I got it and my six year old follows me out the door every time I go to set it up. My only fear now is what to do if they make a better one. Just one thing I had to slow down the max slew rate as it had trouble slowing down for some objects. But once done it was fine.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Easy to use telescope

              By Aman

              from Bay Area, CA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

                For a beginner, this is a no brainer. This telescope uses its LightSwitch tech to position itself automatically. It eases you into telescopes rather than requiring you to know too much. One thing I do want to point out...you will want to buy a higher powered eye piece which lets you zoom in better. The standard eyepiece is good but I will be buying at least one more for now. Also, you WILL NEED some kind of filter to view the moon. It's way to bright to look at without a filter. So, plan ahead and get the filter (I'm looking into one myself).

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You need an open sky and your car at som

                By AlEndo

                from Greenwich, CT

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Great optics
                • Painless setup

                Cons

                • No wedge for photography

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Visual observing

                Comments about Meade LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope:

                The Meade LS-8 ACF lightswitch telescope performs exactly as advertised. Turn it on and once it "thinks" a while, it finds the guide stars and works like a charm. However, as mentioned in the manual, the scope needs to "see" the guide stars, The further apart they are in the sky, the better the accuracy (think about it). But if you set up too close to your car, it does impair the GPS. I don't know if you need a full 50 feet, but it works. You don't need to know the constellations. Note that since it's not an equatorial mount or use a wedge, it's not suitable for long-exposure astrophotography,

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                Required item: 8-C batt. (not included) are required, don't get caught in middle of a star party without power.

                Duracell -  C Alkaline Coppertop Battery (1.5V, 2 Pack)
                • You Pay: $3.99
                 

                Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

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                Eyepieces widely enhance your stargazing experience.

                Meade -  Series 5000 HD-60 4.5mm Eyepiece (1.25")
                • You Pay: $79.00
                 

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                Filters are a great enhancement for lunar and planet viewing.

                Meade -  Series 4000 Moon Filter ND96 (1.25") - For Viewing Brighter Moons
                • You Pay: $12.95
                 

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                Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                • You Pay: $4.99
                 

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                General Accessories

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                • You Pay: $35.43
                 
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