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Meade Instrument's LX70 M6 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope is ideal for users who want a compact and powerful observation platform that is able to achieve high magnifications for detailed views of the moon and planets as well as the ability to reach out past our solar system to discover deep-sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies. The Maksutov-Cassegrain design corrects off-axis aberrations like comas and chromatic aberration to produce images with true color rendition through the use of a front corrector plate with a convex meniscus lens which not only eliminates the need for periodic collimation, but the nature of the lens requires a smaller secondary mirror which limits obstruction and increases contrast. The Mak-Cass optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt-Cass, but the optical benefits makes this an ideal scope for planetary and double-star observation.
It features a long 1800mm focal length and a wide 6" aperture with a relatively slow f/12 focal ratio. The scope is outfitted with an internal focusing mechanism which accepts the 2" observational accessories such as the included 90° star diagonal. Meade also includes a 1.25" adapter so you can use the more popular and readily-available smaller barrel diameter accessories, like the two included eyepieces. The LX70 M6 is offered here without a mount or tripod, but it does come with a a Vixen-style dovetail plate for use with compatible heads and platforms.
f/12.0 focal ratio
1800mm focal length
Front convex meniscus lens corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations, and comas (off-axis aberration) across the entire field of view
Smaller secondary mirror versus Schmidt-Cassegrains reduces obstructions and increases contrast
Resolving power of 0.760 arcsec
Requires user-supplied mount and tripod
Vixen-style dovetail plate
1.25" diameter barrel
9mm eyepiece yields 200x magnification
26mm eyepiece yields 69x magnification
2" diameter barrel
90° star diagonal provides a more comfortable viewing position
1.25" adapter for smaller diameter eyepieces and accessories