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

B&H # MELX200ACF8 MFR # 0810-60-03
Meade LX200-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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Product Highlights

  • 2000mm f/10 Catadioptric
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

Price: $2,699.00

Instant Savings: $200.00

You Pay: $2,499.00

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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.
UPC: 709942500905
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 90.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.0 x 26.0 x 23.0"
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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    Required item: 8 C batteries (not included) are required to power this device.

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    Cleaning and Anti Fog

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    Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

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    Alignment Aids

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    General Accessories

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