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Meade LX200-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

B&H # MELX200AC10Q MFR # 1010-60-03
Meade LX200-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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  • 2500mm f/10 Catadioptric
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

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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 10" LX200-ACF with UHTC multicoatings provides a serious deep space aperture in a size still ably transported within most vehicles by just a single person, and gives all this in a complete package within financial reach of many observers.  If you're used to 8" Schmidt-Cassegrains and their performance, this LX200-ACF 10" scope will be a notable step up in all optical parameters.

Although this premium 10" catadioptric scope is delivered in a robust twin-fork altazimuth mount that's meant for delightful observing, it is easily adapted to extended astrophotography by using either Meade's Deep Sky Imager (which eliminates field rotation via software), Field De-Rotator, or #07008 Equatorial Wedge.

Power for the LX200 12" is supplied by 8 "C" batteries, but via optional accessories you can also adapt the scope to operate from an AC wall unit or from DC power via the #607 Cigarette Lighter Adapter (the #607 can also operate in the field off of a Celestron Power Tank instead of from a vehicle's cigarette lighter port).

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-enhance 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 with the #607 DC Power Cord with Cigarette Lighter Adapter (catalog #07043).  The #607 DC Power Cord can also operate from the power supplied by a Celestron Power Tank in the field.
Optical Design Hybrid catadioptric
Optical Lens Diameter 10.0" (254mm)
Focal Length 2500mm
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 500x
Resolving Power 0.45
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 90.0 lbs (40.86kg)
Meade LX200-ACF 10"/254mm 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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    Power Supplies

    Required item: Power supply required.

    Celestron - AC Adapter - 5 Amp (CGEM, CGE Pro)
    • You Pay: $68.49
     
    Celestron - Power Tank 17 (12-Volt, 17-Ah Power Supply)
    • You Pay: $109.95
     

    Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

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    An eyepiece will greatly enhance your viewing experience.

    Celestron - Omni 2x Barlow Lens (1.25")
    • You Pay: $37.40
     
    Celestron - 45-Degree Erect Diagonal (1.25")
    • You Pay: $26.89
     

    Filters

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    Celestron - Oxygen III (OIII) Narrowband 48mm Filter (Fits 2" Eyepieces)
    • You Pay: $77.95
     
    Celestron - Eyepiece Filter Set (1.25")
    • You Pay: $29.89
     

    Navigation & Alignment

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    Celestron - SkySync GPS Accessory
    • You Pay: $189.95
     
    Celestron - 80mm Guidescope Package
    • Price: $199.95
     
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