Meade LX600-ACF 14" f/8 Cassegrain GoTo Telescope with StarLock (OTA & Mount Only)

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Meade LX600-ACF 14" f/8 Cassegrain GoTo Telescope with StarLock (OTA & Mount Only)
Key Features
  • 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • 2845mm Focal Length, f/8 Focal Ratio
  • Ultra-High Transmission Optical Coatings
  • Advanced Coma-Free Optical System
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The extra-large aperture LX600-ACF 14" f/8 Cassegrain GoTo Telescope with StarLock from Meade is a technologically advanced Cassegrain telescope attached to a heavy-duty motorized and computer-controlled dual-tine fork mount. Its innovative optical design, combined with Meade's Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) and their Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system, ensures that images are bright and clear, with high contrast, superb resolution, and faithful color reproduction. The ACF system uses specially engineered corrector plates and mirrors that complement each other to improve the scope's resolution and its ability to split binary stars and allow you to observe fine details otherwise missed by other scopes of the same size. This version of the 14" LX600 ACF is offered here with the mount and optical tube assembly (OTA), but without a tripod for those who have a reliable and stable support system.
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Meade LX600-ACF Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3Advanced Technology
  • 4Mount
  • 5AutoStar II Computer Controller
  • 6Included Accessories

The extra-large aperture LX600-ACF 14" f/8 Cassegrain GoTo Telescope with StarLock from Meade is a technologically advanced Cassegrain telescope attached to a heavy-duty motorized and computer-controlled dual-tine fork mount. Its innovative optical design, combined with Meade's Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) and their Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system, ensures that images are bright and clear, with high contrast, superb resolution, and faithful color reproduction. The ACF system uses specially engineered corrector plates and mirrors that complement each other to improve the scope's resolution and its ability to split binary stars and allow you to observe fine details otherwise missed by other scopes of the same size. This version of the 14" LX600 ACF is offered here with the mount and optical tube assembly (OTA), but without a tripod for those who have a reliable and stable support system.

Multiple technologies work together to put this mounting system above the standard GoTo mount. Meade outfitted it with a built-in GPS receiver and a time chip, so the mount can automatically determine its location, date, and time when it's turned on. This information is sent to the StarLock system, which uses two digital cameras built into an 80mm f/5 refractor OTA that is piggybacked onto the main LX600 optical tube. The cameras take wide-field photos of the night sky and compare them to its internal database to automatically align the scope. During long observation or exposure imaging sessions, the StarLock system continuously checks its orientation and tracking and adjusts as needed, sending the data to the Smart Mount and Smart Drive systems, which learn the tracking errors and adjust for the future.

The brain of the mount is Meade's iconic AutoStar II computer controller. This handheld unit has an internal database of over 145,000 objects from the Moon and planets, to galaxies, nebulae, and constellations. Coupled with the StarLock system, the AutoStar's tracking accuracy is an impressive ±1 arcsec. It can calculate future events like sunrises and meteor showers and predict solar and lunar eclipses for the next 100 years. Once set up and running, the AutoStar II can take you on guided tours of the best objects visible above, including audio tours that can be heard from the internal speaker.

Optical Performance

  • Large 14" aperture
  • f/8 focal ratio
  • 2845mm focal length
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain optical path configuration
  • Advanced Coma-Free system:
    • Reduces off-axis comas
    • Aplanatic design produces flat, distortion-free images across the field of view, especially at the edges
    • Reduced astigmatism for sharper images
    • Eliminates diffraction spikes for better resolution
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC):
    • All corrector plate and mirror surfaces are fully multi-coated
    • Engineered to optimize visual, photographic, and CCD imaging
    • Improves light transmission through optical path across the entire visible spectrum
    • Corrector coatings: Multiple layers of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), titanium dioxide (TiO2), and magnesium fluoride (MgF2)
    • Mirror coatings: Aluminum with multi-layer coatings of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2)
  • Resolution: 0.326 arcsec, Dawes' Limit
  • Internal Crayford-style focuser
    • Dual speed with a 7:1 reduction ratio
    • Toothless friction system provides precision focusing without backlash or image shift
    • 1.25" visual back

Advanced Technology

  • StarLock system:
    • Dual digital cameras built into an 80mm f/5 refractor telescope
    • Integrated alignment and guiding system
    • Uses the GPS and time chip to determine where and when it is
    • Takes a picture of the night sky and compares it to internal database
    • Determines alignment by taking multiple pictures and aligning to multiple stars
    • During long observation or astrophotography sessions it continuously checks tracking and alignment and automatically corrects tracking errors
  • Smart Mount:
    • Improves the pointing accuracy of the computer controller
    • Enables the AutoStar II to automatically identify and correct systematic pointing errors
  • Smart Drive:
    • Works with Autostar to improve drive accuracy for better tracking and slewing over time

Mount

  • Motorized Alt-Az
  • Heavy-duty double-tine fork configuration
  • Dual-axis fine manual adjustment controls when not using motors
  • Internal GPS receiver and time chip
    • Automatically obtains position, day, date, and time
    • Requires no user input during setup
  • Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries, or optional 12 VDC power supply

AutoStar II Computer Controller

  • Full GoTo capabilities
  • Intuitive menu-driven interface
  • 145,000-object database:
    • Planets
    • Stars
    • Galaxies
    • Nebulae
    • Comets
    • Satellites
    • Common constellations
    • Moon features like landing points, mountains, craters, and lakes
    • User-defined objects
  • Tracking accuracy: ±1 arcsec
  • Periodic Error Correction (PEC) and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) train out tracking errors for more precision
  • Multiple slew speeds:
    • Variable from 0.1x to 1.0x
    • Variable in 0.01x increments
    • 1x
    • 2x
    • 8x
    • 16x
    • 64x
    • 128x, sidereal
    • 1°/sec
    • 2°/sec
    • Variable in 0.1° increments
  • Tracking Rates:
    • Sidereal
    • Lunar
    • Custom: Select from 2000 incremental rates
  • Calculate future dates and times for events like:
    • Sunrises and sunsets
    • Moonrises, moonsets, and Moon phases
    • Solar and lunar eclipses for the next 100 years
    • Meteor showers
    • Equinoxes and solstices
  • Guided tours available based on when and where it is set up
  • Guided audio tours via built-in speaker
  • Physical properties
    • Two-line display with red backlight
    • Red backlit control buttons
    • Built-in speaker

Included Accessories

  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plössl eyepiece
    • Produces 109x magnification
    • 52° apparent angle of view
    • 18mm eye relief
    • Fold-down rubber eyecup
    • Fully multi-coated to improve light transmission, color fidelity, and contrast
    • Textured rubber grip provides secure handling
  • Diagonal:
    • 1.25" diameter barrel and eyepiece holder
    • 90° angle provides a comfortable viewing position especially when OTA is aimed at the zenith
    • Star diagonal corrects image vertically
  • Large 8x50 finderscope with crosshair reticle
UPC: 709942502220

Meade LX600-ACF Specs

Optical DesignAdvanced coma-free (ACF) Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture14.0" / 356mm
Focal Length2845 mm
Focal Ratiof/8
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25"
Diagonal90° star
1.25" barrel diameter
Finderscope8 x 50 refractor with crosshairs
Focus SystemInternal dual speed Crayford-style
TripodNone
Mount TypeDouble-tine fork
Input / Output1 x 12 VDC input
1 x 12 VDC output
1 x Hand controller input
1 x RS232 computer connection input
1 x StarLock input
1 x Aux input
Power Requirement8 x C-cell batteries
12 VDC 5A Meade Universal Power Supply
Optical Tube DimensionsNot specified by manufacturer
WeightNot specified by manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight170 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)52 x 32 x 22.5"
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Unfortunately as this item is on backorder from the manufacturer, we cannot provide an ETA at the current time. I apologize for the inconvenience, however you can select to be informed when this product returns to our inventory by clicking on the Notify When in Stock icon on the product page.
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Date published: 2018-08-28

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Mount/OTA: 73.0 lb / 33.1 kg part of my reasoning in buying the LX 600 is the portability yet you say nothing about the this. does the lx600 mount break down into two parts and what is the weight of each part?
Asked by: ROBERT H.
I really like the LX 600, my son and I are new to this, we've only had it outside three times since we bought it. we don't break down the scope from the base, with two people it is manageable to carry. We lay the scope and mount on the couch carry out the tripod, level it, then my son and I carry the scope out.
Answered by: Darrell M.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Will you be able to see planets with this?
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Yes you will be able to see certain Planets and Constellations. It really does depend on your Sky and if there is Light Pollution where you live. A clear bright sky is the best to viewing with all Telescopes.
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Will this fit safely on the standard JMI universal Wheely Bar or does it require the large size with the cross bracing? I have the Celestron GPS 11 on the standard, but this might be a little heavier.
Asked by: Bill M.
You called Meade? You meant to say Celestron, right?
Answered by: Harvey S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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