Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock and MAX Tripod

Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock and MAX Tripod

Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock and MAX Tripod

B&H # MELX600AC16T MFR # 1608-70-01
Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock and MAX Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • 16" f/8 Advanced Coma Free Optics
  • 3251mm Focal Length
  • Borosilicate Glass Primary/Sec Mirrors
  • StarLock Dual Imager Star Tracker
  • Crayford-Style Internal Focuser
  • AutoStar II GoTo System
  • Filtered OTA Cooling Fan
  • Portable Aluminum MAX Tripod
  • Fork Mount with 11" Gear Drive Base
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepiece
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Meade LX600-ACF overview

  • 1Description

The 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock and MAX Tripod from Meade is a technologically advanced Cassegrain telescope with a computerized fork mount and portable tripod. This innovative ACF optical design combined with Meade's Ultra High Transmission Coating ensures that images are bright, with high contrast and faithful color reproduction. The included MAX Tripod is constructed from machined aluminum and features anti-vibration pads, providing the LX600 with a professional-grade foundation that can be transported or permanently installed.

Meade engineers developed a new coma free design by combining a hyperbolic secondary mirror with a primary mirror and corrector lens that perform as a single hyperbolic element. This advanced coma free (ACF) design produces a flatter field of view that rivals traditional Ritchey-Chretien (RC) telescopes at a fraction of the cost. The ACF design even eliminates diffraction spikes and improves astigmatism, both of which are inherent in the traditional RC design.

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, then communicates information to the right ascension and declination motors to track celestial objects for precise one arcsecond guiding. Unlike standard autoguiders, StarLock directly transmits specific real-time commands to each of the servo motors, resulting in enhanced accuracy and faster guide corrections to within one arcsecond.

The LX600 is packaged with a heavy-duty double-tine fork that is engineered to accommodate the optical tube assembly, StarLock assembly, and DSLRs used for astrophotography. 11" worm gears in both RA and DEC axes provide smooth movement with minimal periodic error. This fork enables 180 degree range of motion, allowing the optical tube to slew from horizon to horizon without the meridian flip common with German equatorial mounts.

AutoStar II GoTo software makes setting up and observing celestial bodies with the LX600 both user-friendly and relatively easy. Over 144,000 objects are pre-loaded on the AutoStar handbox, all stargazers need to do is enter the moon, planet, star cluster, nebula, or galaxy of their interest on the AutoStar handbox and the mount will automatically move the telescope into alignment.

The 16" LX600 with StarLock combines world-class optics with a robust yet portable fork mount and tripod. Paired with the AutoStar II GoTo software, this kit includes all the hardware and software that professional astronomers and astrophotographers need for years of superb observation.

16" Advanced Coma Free Optics
The fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. Flatter image fields and optimized color fidelity reward discerning astronomers and astrophotographers alike. Meade's patented ACF system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes found in most Ritchey-Chretien optical designs. Regardless of the celestial object viewed through the eyepiece, stargazers and astrophotographers will enjoy color faithful spectral reproduction with minimal color fringing and geometric optical distortion.
Optical Tube Construction
A lightweight durable aluminum chassis reduces payload on the mount and offers excellent thermal stabilization characteristics. To further maintain thermal equilibrium, the optical tube is equipped with a cooling fan and filtered exhaust vent.
Ultra High Transmission Coating
Ultra-High Transmission Coated borofloat glass delivers bright contrast-rich images, even through short focal length eyepieces that deliver extreme magnification.
StarLock uses its two cameras to refine pointing to an accuracy of one arcminute, which ensures the selected object will end up on your imaging sensor, a must of those faint objects you cannot visually confirm. StarLock technology automatically centers alignment stars using a wide field and narrow field digital camera, taking the guesswork out of alignment. Once aligned, StarLock automatically guides the mount in real time, achieving a tracking accuracy of up to one arcsecond.
Fork Mount
The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axes. The motion on each axis is driven by durable 11" worm gears that transfer smooth movements via precision roller bearings. This fork mount minimizes periodic error, critical for long-exposure astrophotography. Additionally, this mount has a 180 degree range of motion that can move the optical tube from horizon to horizon without the meridian flip common in German equatorial mounts.
AutoStar II GoTo System
The 145,000 object database puts moons, planets, star clusters, and galaxies at your fingertips. Simply push of the GoTo button and AutoStar II will align the optical tube with the celestial object of your interest.
MAX Tripod
Specifically designed for 16" LX600, this tripod it sets up, knocks down, and adjusts without the need of tools. The legs and turnbuckles are machined from lightweight high strength aluminum. A low-profile wide stance will not interfere with optical systems observing on the meridian and safely carries the LX600 payload in all directions. Hinged feet integrate anti-vibration pads that ensure a stable viewing foundation.
Internal Microfocusing
The completely redesigned Crayford-style internal focusing mirror system achieves zero image shift, eliminating the need for a mirror lock and integrates a dual speed, 7:1 reduction control for quick and easy adjustments.
In the Box
Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock and MAX Tripod
  • 16" Optical Tube Assembly
  • StarLock Assembly
  • Fork Mount with Drive Base
  • MAX Tripod
  • Series 5000 2" Diagonal
  • Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser
  • 26mm Series 4000 Eyepiece
  • Universal AC Adapter
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    Meade LX600-ACF specs

    Optical Design Advanced Coma Free
    Aperture 16" (40.6 cm)
    Focal Length 3251 mm
    Focal Ratio f/8
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction Not specified
    Resolving Power 0.285 arcseconds (Dawes)
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 2"
    Finderscope 8 x 50 refractor with crosshairs
    Focus System Internal Crayford-style with dual speed microfocuser
    Slew Speeds, R.A. and Dec. 0.01 to 1.0x sidereal (0.01x increments); 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1 to 6°/sec (0.1° increments)
    Tracking Method Sidereal, lunar, custom selected
    Control Panel 12v DC input, 12v DC output, Handbox input, Computer connection input (RS232), StarLock input, Aux input
    Tripod MAX Tripod
    Mount Type Heavy-duty double-tine fork
    Power Source 12v DC 5A Meade Universal Power Supply
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified
    Weight Optical Tube: Not specified

    Tripod: 81 lb (36.7 kg)

    Shipping Weight 374 lb (170 kg)
    Wide Field Camera 25 x 26 mm f/1.04 optic; 1/2" CMOS sensor; 14.72 x 11.78° angle of view
    Narrow Field Camera 80 x 400 mm f/5 optic; 1/2" CMOS sensor; 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes field of view (2.68 arcseconds per pixel)
    High Precision Pointing +/- 1 arcminute
    High Precision Guiding +/- 1 arcsecond RMS (with good seeing)
    High Precision Alignment Semi-automatic drift align
    Weight 2.7 lb ( 1.2 kg)

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