Meade LX600-ACF 305mm f/8 Go-To Cassegrain Telescope with Tripod and StarLock

Meade LX600-ACF 305mm f/8 Go-To Cassegrain Telescope with Tripod and StarLock

Meade LX600-ACF 305mm f/8 Go-To Cassegrain Telescope with Tripod and StarLock

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Meade LX600-ACF 305mm f/8 Go-To Cassegrain Telescope with Tripod and StarLock

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Product Highlights

  • 305mm (12") Catadioptric Optical Tube
  • 2438mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Ultra High-Transmission Optical Coatings
  • Advanced Coma Free Optical System
  • StarLock Automatic Guider System
  • Motorized Alt-Az Mount with GPS Receiver
  • AutoStar II GoTo Computer Controller
  • 145,000-Object Database
  • Multiple Alignment Procedures
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
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Meade LX600-ACF overview

  • 1Description

Engineered with a large aperture and fast focal ratio to pierce far into deep space, Meade Instruments' LX600-ACF 305mm f/8 Go-To Cassegrain Telescope combines multiple technologies to produce distortion-free high-contrast images with true color rendition across the entire flat field of view. The scope's performance begins with the aplanatic Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system which produces a flat field of view with reduced astigmatism and zero diffraction. A low-expansion borosilicate primary mirror further reduces distortion due to temperature fluctuation, and the Schott Borofloat glass corrector plate aligns the light waves to correct spherical and chromatic aberrations. Meade then fully multi-coats all optical surfaces with their proprietary Ultra High-Transmission Coatings (UTHC) which increase light transmission, further improves color fidelity, and boosts contrast. For long-exposure astrophotography or long-duration observation sessions, the LX600 boasts a primary mirror lock to completely cancel any residual image shift due to mirror movement.

At the core of the LX600 Series' tracking and alignment system is Meade's StarLock technology. StarLock uses both a wide field and a narrow field digital camera to identify guide stars as faint as 11th magnitude. Unlike standard autoguiding systems that are controlled by computers, StarLock directly transmits specific real-time commands to each of the servo motors, resulting in maximum accuracy and faster guide corrections to within one arcsecond. The OTA is attached to the dual-fork alt-az mount which has dual-axis micro motors used to find and track objects with virtually zero vibrations. Meade outfitted it with a built-in 16-channel GPS receiver and a time chip, so the mount can automatically determine the current date, time and its location within minutes of being turned on. The information is sent to the AutoStar II controller which uses an electromagnetic sensor to determine True North and can automatically align the scope with minimal user interface. During long observation or exposure imaging sessions, the controller interfaces with the StarLock system to continuously checks its orientation and tracking and adjusts it as needed, sending the data to the Smart Mount and SmartDrive systems which learns the tracking errors and adjusts itself for the future.

The brain of the mount is Meade's iconic AutoStar II computer controller. This hand-held unit has an internal database of over 145,000 objects from the Moon and planets, to galaxies, nebulae, and constellations. 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.

The mount and OTA is supported by a sturdy adjustable-height stainless steel tripod that is designed to absorb vibrations for even clearer views. To get users started, Meade includes a 1.25" visual back for the OTA and a 26mm eyepiece that yields 94x magnification. For alignment and manual star-hopping navigation, an 8x50 finderscope and mounting bracket are also included. This finderscope has an illuminated aiming reticle with variable-intensity to protect night-adjusted vision.

Optical Tube
  • Large 305mm (12") aperture
  • f/8 focal ratio
  • 2438mm focal length
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain optical path
  • Resolution: 0.38 arc sec, Dawes' Limit
  • Internal 7:1 dual-speed focusing system
  • 1.25" visual back for popular-sized eyepieces and accessories
Optical Technology
    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 view - especially 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)
StarLock Guiding System
  • Dual digital cameras built into a 80mm f/5 refractor telescope
  • Wide-field camera: 25x26mm f/1.04; 0.5" CMOS sensor; 14.72x11.78° field of view
  • Narrow-field camera: 80x400mm f/5; 0.5" CMOS sensor; 57.2x45.8 arc minutes field of view
  • 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
  • Automatically locks onto a star as faint as 11th magnitude
  • Down to one arcsecond precision guiding
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds (1.2kg)
Mount and Tripod
  • 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 determines date, time and location, and requires no user input during set up
  • Control mount remotely via PC using the RS232 interface
  • Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries, or optional 12 VDC power supply
  • Smart Mount: Improves the pointing accuracy of the computer controller and enables the AutoStar II to automatically identify and correct systematic pointing errors
  • SmartDrive: Works with Autostar II to improve drive accuracy for better tracking the more it is used
  • Meade's largest field tripod maximizes payload capacity, stability, vibration adjustments
  • Ultra-wide leg spread
  • Adjustable-height from 34" to 54"
  • Rigid, vibration-damping chromed stainless steel legs
  • Center leg brace adds stability and increase vibration reduction
  • Three anti-vibration pads, one for each let, absorbs vibration from footsteps, cars/vehicles, wind, and other forces to improve views
  • Weight: 50 pounds
AutoStar II Computer Controller
  • Full Go-To capabilities
  • Intuitive menu-driven interface
  • 145,000 object database
  • Tracking accuracy: ±1 arcsec
  • Periodic Error Correction (PEC) and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) trains out tracking errors for more precision
  • Multiple alignment procedures: Auto Align, Easy, One star, Two star, Align on home
  • Multiple slew speeds: Variable in 0.01x increments from 0.1x to 1.0x; 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x, 1.5°/sec, 3°/sec, 8°/sec
  • 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 scope is set up
  • Guided audio tours via built-in speaker
    Auto align procedure:
  • Automatically determines the level point on the scope and determines where True North is based on GPS info
  • Scope determines and moves to the 'home' position, calculating the limiting positions of the telescope to avoid tangling cables and over-rotating the telescope
  • Once complete, mount moves scope to two bright stars calculated by time, date, and location and user simply needs to fine-adjust so the star is centered in field of view
    Database objects:
  • Planets
  • Stars
  • Galaxies
  • Nebulae
  • Comets
  • Satellites
  • Common constellations
  • Moon features like landing points, mountains, craters and lakes
  • User-defined objects
  • New General Catalog (NGC); 7,840 objects
  • Index Catalog (IC); 5386 objects
  • Messier Catalog (M); 110 objects
  • Caldwell Catalog; 109 objects
  • Named Objects; 227 objects
  • Herschel Catalog; 400 objects
  • Abell Catalog of Galaxy Clusters; 2712 objects
  • Arp Catalog of Irregular Galaxies; 645 objects
  • Uppsala Galaxy Catalog; 12940 objects
  • Morphological Catalog of Galaxies; 12939 objects
  • General Catalog of Variable Stars; 28484 objects
  • SAO catalog; 17191 objects
  • Hipparcos Star Catalog; 17325
    Physical properties:
  • Two-line display with red backlight
  • Red backlit control buttons
  • Built-in speaker
Included Accessories
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plössl
  • Produces 94x magnification
  • 52° apparent angle of view
  • 18mm eye relief
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup
  • Fully multi-coated to improve light transmission, color fidelity, and contrast
  • Textured rubber grip provides secure handling
  • 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
    8x50 Finderscope
  • Low magnification provides a wide field of view for easier object finding
  • Large aperture reveals many objects smaller finders can't
  • Illuminated crosshair reticle ensures proper centering without obstructing target
  • Variable intensity LED illumination
UPC: 709942502022
In the Box
Meade LX600-ACF 305mm f/8 Go-To Cassegrain Telescope with Tripod and StarLock
  • #828 8x50 Rear-Focus Viewfinder (Blue) vreacyqvcrbrzbwrfbvsferbafcay
  • Giant Field Tripod
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25") vreacyqvcrbrzbwrfbvsferbafcay
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • #507 Connection Cable
  • AutoStar II Hand Controller
  • Hand Controller Holder
  • 507 Connection Cable
  • 3 x Anti-Vibration Foot Pads
  • AutoStar Suite Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Meade LX600-ACF specs

    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Advanced coma-free (ACF) design
    Aperture 12.0" / 305.0 mm
    Focal Length 2438.0mm
    Focal Ratio f/8
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star
    1.25" barrel diameter
    Finderscope 8 x 50
    Illuminated reticle
    Focus System Dual-speed internal mechanism
    Tripod Stainless steel legs
    Adjustable height from 34.0 - 54.0" / 86.4 - 137.2 cm
    Mount Type Motorized alt-az dual-fork
    Power Requirement 8 x C-cell batteries
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Mount/OTA: 73.0 lb / 33.1 kg
    Tripod: 50.0 lb / 22.7 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 215.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 52.0 x 45.0 x 32.0"

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