Meade ETX-LS SC 6"/152mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

Meade ETX-LS SC 6"/152mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

Meade ETX-LS SC 6"/152mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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Meade ETX-LS SC 6"/152mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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  • 1524mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity
  • Self Aligning
  • Built-In CCD Camera
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Ushering in a new era of absurd ease of use in a telescope, the Meade ETX-LS 6" SC 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 ETX-LS'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 great Schmidt-Cassegrain optics in a 6" aperture, it makes for an attractive offering for any serious amateur observer.

This version of the ETX-LS features Meade's conventional Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design, enhanced with their proprietary UHTC multicoatings, as opposed to the slightly more sophisticated "Advanced Coma-Free" optics Meade uses in the ETX-LS ACF version of this scope.  The ACF optics have lowered to non-existent levels of coma, which is seen when stars have 'tails' as you radiate away from the center of the field, and the choice as to whether to spring for this optical enhancement is yours alone.  In either event, you'll get great viewing with enough brightness to observe some deep space objects and enough sharpness to create nice images.

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, or 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 rigid single-fork mount of the ETX-LS 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 ETX-LS, primarily used to facilitate the self-alignment procedure, but also able to take 12° VGA-resolution (640 x 480 pixels) wide field images.

Incredibly fast, easy LightSwitch alignment; literally flip a switch and you're done (self-alignment takes app. 6-8 minutes)
Schmidt-Cassegrain optics with Meade's UHTC multicoatings
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)
In the Box
Meade ETX-LS SC 6"/152mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • 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
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Optical Lens Diameter 6.0" (152mm)
    Focal Length 1524mm
    Focal Ratio f/10.0
    Maximum Useful Magnification 300x
    Resolving Power 0.76
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Mount Type Motorized altazimuth
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"-18 (adapter f/ 1.25" push-fit acc. included)
    Finderscope SmartFinder™ LED
    Tripod Full size steel
    Motor Yes
    GO-TO Capability Yes
    PC Compatible Yes
    Power Source Eight 1.5-volt "C" batteries (not included)
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 41.0 x 21.0 x 14.0"

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