Meade's LX200-ACF Telescope brings to market a sophisticated catadioptric optical design favored by research facilities worldwide, but at a price that many enthusiasts can afford. Most professional applications are either this style of telescope or a gargantuan apochromatic refractor. Meade's 10" LX200-ACF with UHTC multicoatings provides a serious deep space aperture in a size still ably transported within most vehicles by just a single person, and gives all this in a complete package within financial reach of many observers. If you're used to 8" Schmidt-Cassegrains and their performance, this LX200-ACF 10" scope will be a notable step up in all optical parameters.
Although this premium 10" catadioptric scope is delivered in a robust twin-fork altazimuth mount that's meant for delightful observing, it is easily adapted to extended astrophotography by using either Meade's Deep Sky Imager (which eliminates field rotation via software), Field De-Rotator, or #07008 Equatorial Wedge.
Power for the LX200 12" is supplied by 8 "C" batteries, but via optional accessories you can also adapt the scope to operate from an AC wall unit or from DC power via the #607 Cigarette Lighter Adapter (the #607 can also operate in the field off of a Celestron Power Tank instead of from a vehicle's cigarette lighter port).
For 2009, Meade has refined the delivery of the LX200-ACF models to meet the demands of the marketplace. They now no longer include an electric focuser as standard equipment, and use a Series 4000 Super Plössl eyepiece instead of the Series 5000 version.