Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope

Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope

Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope

B&H # MELS6ACF MFR # 0610-03-10
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Product Highlights

  • 1524mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • AutoStar III Go-To system
  • LightSwitch Automatic Self-Alignment
  • Built-In CCD Camera
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Ushering in a new era of absurd ease of use in a telescope, the Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric 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 LS-6ACF'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 and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings in a 6" aperture, it makes for an attractive offering for any serious amateur observer.

The LS-6ACF LightSwitch'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. 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 LS-6ACF LightSwitch's rigid single-fork mount 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 LightSwitch, primarily used to facilitate the self-alignment procedure, but also able to take 12° 640x480 VGA-resolution 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)
UPC: 709942353204
In the Box
Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • SmartFinder Viewfinder
  • Eyepiece Holder (aka Visual Back) - for 1.25" Acc. on 2"-18 Rear Cell
  • #918A 90-Degree Prism Diagonal (1.25")
  • AutoStar III Controller
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • Tripod
  • Limited One-Year Warranty
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    Specifications
    Optical Design Catadioptric
    Optical Lens Diameter 6.0" (15.2 cm)
    Focal Length 1524 mm
    Focal Ratio f/10.0
    Maximum Useful Magnification 300x
    Resolving Power 0.76
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Mount Type Motorized altazimuth single-arm fork
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"-18
    1.25" eyepiece adapter included
    Finderscope SmartFinder™ LED
    Tripod Adjustable-height steel
    GO-TO Capability Yes
    PC Compatible Yes
    Power Source Eight 1.5-volt "C" batteries
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 60.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 3.6 x 1.5"

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