Ushering in a new era of absurd ease of use in a telescope, the Meade ETX-LS 6" ACF 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 ETX-LS'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 in a 6" aperture, it makes for an attractive offering for any serious amateur observer.
The ETX-LX'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, or 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 rigid single-fork mount of the ETX-LS 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 ETX-LS, primarily used to facilitate the self-alignment procedure, but also able to take 12° VGA-resolution (640 x 480 pixels) 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)