Meade LS-6ACF LightSwitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope

Meade LS-6ACF LightSwitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope

Meade LS-6ACF LightSwitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 6" (152mm) Catadioptric OTA
  • 1524mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Advanced Coma-Free/UHTC Optical Systems
  • LightSwitch Automatic Alignment
  • Motorized Single-Arm Alt-Az Form Mount
  • AutoStar III Computer Hand Controller
  • 100,000+ Object Database with Tours
  • Astronomer Inside Multimedia System
  • 26mm Eyepiece, 90° Diagonal
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
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Aperture: 6" (152mm), f/10

6" (152mm), f/10 8" (203.2mm), f/10
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Meade LS-6ACF overview

  • 1Description

Ushering in a new era for amateur astronomers, the Meade LS-6ACF LightSwitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope aligns itself with virtually zero input from the user. The LightSwitch system first obtains the current day/time/location using an onboard GPS module, next the integrated CCD camera takes a series of pictures of the night sky overhead, then it references the relative positions of the objects in those pictures to the AutoStar III database to properly and accurately align itselfall in about 5 minutes. During long-exposure astrophotography, the LightSwitch system acts as an autoguider to monitor the tracking accuracy and correct any errors in real time.

Optically, Meade utilizes their Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) catadioptric light path to reduce color fringing and off-axis comas to enable it to clearly resolve dim deep-sky objects and easily split binary stars with tack-sharp clarity. Complementing the ACF system is their Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system, which improves light transmission through the entire light path across the whole visible spectrum. A combination of high-transmittance lens coatings and highly reflective mirror coatings boost image brightness, while minimizing internal and external light loss and diffraction.

An aluminum single-arm alt-az fork mount carries the optical tube assembly (OTA) and runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries for off-the-grid observation sessions, and supporting the entire system is an adjustable-height stainless steel tripod. To get you out and observing immediately, Meade includes a relatively low-power eyepiece, a 90° star diagonal, and a red-dot finderscope. Ideal for making detailed lunar and planetary observations with the capability of reaching far beyond our solar system or as a powerful astroimaging rig, this user-friendly, completely automatic, fully GoTo-equipped observational platform will reveal the wonders of the universe to new and experienced amateur astronomers alike.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 6" (152mm) aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 1524mm focal length
  • Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric design
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system
  • Resolution: 0.76 arcsec, Dawes' Limit
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 20.1%, by area
  • Single-speed internal focusing mechanism
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT) screw-in visual back accepts most 1.25" eyepieces and accessories
  • LightSwitch alignment system:
  • Automatically aligns scope in about 5 minutes and requires little assistance from user
  • Utilizes the AutoStar III database, integrated Eclips CCD imaging system, and onboard GPS module
  • GPS module tells it where and when it is being set up
  • AutoStar III database tells system what stars and planets are visible overhead
  • CCD camera takes a series of photos and compares the star field to the database information to properly align itself
  • During long-exposure astrophotography, the LightSwitch system acts as a real-time autoguider to maintain, and automatically correct, alignment as needed
  • Advanced Coma-Free system:
  • Reduces off-axis comas and astigmatism for sharper images
  • Eliminates diffraction spikes for better resolution
  • Aplanatic design produces flat, distortion-free images across the field of viewespecially at the edges
  • 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 across the entire visible spectrum through the optical path
  • Corrector plate coatings made up of multiple layers of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), titanium dioxide (TiO2), and magnesium fluoride (MgF2)
  • Mirror coatings consist of aluminum with multi-layer coatings of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2)
AutoStar III Computer Hand Controller
  • Full GoTo capabilities
  • Intuitive menu-driven interface
  • 100,000+ object database
  • Periodic Error Correction (PEC) and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) train out tracking errors for more precision
  • Multiple alignment procedures: Auto-Align, Easy, One star, Two star, Align on home
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 0.25°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 2°/sec, 4°/sec
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Custom; select from 2000 incremental rates
  • Tracking accuracy: ±1 arcsec
  • Multiple customized guided tours based on the specific date, time, and location the user is observing
  • 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 scope is set up
  • Database objects:
  • Solar system, including planets, asteroids, and comets
  • Constellations
  • Messier catalog
  • Caldwell catalog
  • NGC catalog
  • IC catalog
  • Galaxies
  • Nebulae
  • Planetary nebulae
  • Star clusters
  • Quasars
  • Black holes
  • Named stars
  • Hipparcos catalog
  • SAO catalog
  • HD catalog
  • HR catalog
  • Landolt
  • Gliese catalog
  • Double stars
  • Clusters
  • GCVS (Variables)
  • Stars with planets
  • Satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS)
Mount and Tripod
  • Mount:
  • Aluminum motorized single-arm alt-azimuth fork
  • Payload capacity: 60 pounds (27kg)
  • Integrated GPS module obtains accurate date, time, location information without requiring user input
  • Large 4.875" worm gears
  • Built-in ECLIPS CCD: Capture images and display them in real time on external monitors or save them to an SD card with no external computer needed
  • Connect and control another DSI CCD camera, view images on an external monitor, or save the images to the SD card or an external computer
  • Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries
  • Tripod:
  • Heavy-duty stainless steel legs provide a solid platform with limited vibrations
  • Adjustable height to accommodate a variety of users and viewing positions
  • Center tray holds accessories and eyepieces, while acting as a stabilizer for the legs to improve stability and limit vibrations
  • Spiked feet provide improved stability on soft or uneven ground
Astronomer Inside Multimedia
  • Composite video output port on mount supports optional external NTSC monitors
  • When connected, enjoy audio, video, still images, and text on 500 select objects
  • Learn facts, features, history, and mythology of key near- and deep-sky objects
  • Over 4 hours of audio commentary features the voice of Sandy Wood
  • 30 minutes of movies, animations
  • Hundreds of still images
Included Accessories
  • Eyepiece:
  • 1.25"-diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece produces 59x
  • 52° apparent angle of view
  • 18mm eye relief
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup
  • Diagonal:
  • 1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
  • 90° angle places head in a comfortable viewing position, especially when OTA is pointed at or near the zenith
  • Star configuration corrects images horizontally, but not vertically
  • Finderscope:
  • Unmagnified to ensure a wide field of view
  • Simple red aiming dot won't obstruct small or dim objects during alignment
  • Mounting bracket included
UPC: 709942353204
In the Box
Meade LS-6ACF LightSwitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • Red Dot Finder
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • AutoStar III Controller
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Meade LS-6ACF specs

    Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free Catadioptric
    Aperture 6.0" / 152mm
    Focal Length 1524mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star
    Finderscope Red dot finder
    Tripod Adjustable-height stainless steel
    Mount Type Single-arm motorized alt-azimuth fork
    GO-TO Capability AutoStar III hand controller
    Power Source 8 x C-cell batteries
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 60.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 3.6 x 1.5"

    Meade LS-6ACF reviews

    LS-6ACF LightSwitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better to buy another model It was a big disappointment, it never worked as advertised, first few times GPS did not work at all, upgraded the software to 1.2G and it works 1 of every 10 times , went with my kids twice to a dark location out of my city and it took more than one hour to get a successful alignment , and by that time my kids were already sleeping in the car , Second time did not find the correct alignment at all , even with good GPS position, it is a disaster , I own a 12 LX200 it is much faster and much easy to user than this dead switch telescope. We all know it is a hard time for all company , and I paid this high price thinking we all have to stan up with meade in this time , but at least I should get something I can use , not something that works once every 10 times, even when it is align itself, it has a strange logic, in the guided tour in what is best tonight it always choose the next objects always on the far side of its location , you just waste your time slewing between them , I don't know why its computer choose what is closet first . It is a big mistake I recommend you buy LX200 or LX90 or ETX 125 , or buy a better Celestron 8 inch
    Date published: 2009-10-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Optics for a 6 Scope... It's a great scope... However, there are a few glitches with the setup and alignment. GPS is a bit flakey. But, the images it can produce are fantastic...
    Date published: 2010-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This telescope gets beginners and intermediate sky viewers into the drivers seat with an amazing telescope. The price point is high (for a beginner) but it's worth it - period. It should be noted though, that for iOS /�Android devices to control this scope, you'll need to also purchase StellaAccess, a WiFi interface and Meade's Stella app.
    Date published: 2018-02-18
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