The Meade 6" ACF LightSwitch Telescope is built with both portability and features in mind. One of most noticeable is the self alignment system with the touch of a switch. This LightSwitch Series essentially align themselves with no input from the user and with the addition of the AutoStar III GoTo keypad, a 100,000 object library and guided tours are at the observer's fingertips. With the included built in speakers, a system called the "Astronomer Inside" plays hours of astronomy audio presentations as well as video presentations when using an external TV (not included).
The Advanced-Coma free optics help reduce the coma affect usually given off by catadioptric and reflector optical tubes, therefore improving visual and imaging quality. With a focal ratio of f/10, planets will look quite outstanding as well as many brighter deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and even the Andromeda Galaxy. Meade has also included a few accessories for observing such as precision worm-gears, tripod and steel legs, as well as a 4000 Meade 26mm Plossl Eyepiece, resulting in a 59X magnification. For the user to run the telescope electronically, the eight C cell batteries will give approximately 3-5 hours depending on the use and a Meade AC adapter is available to extend this.
- Catadioptric design
- 6" Aperture
- f/10 focal ratio
- UHTC coatings
- Automatic Self-Alignment Technology
- AutoStar III GOTO system
The LT series is a fully featured Go To telescope that sets a new high-performance standard for telescopes starting under $1,000. Its legendary Meade SC optics, along with precision worm gear drives, sturdy die-cast aluminum mount and robust steel tripod make this the ultimate platform for high-resolution visual observation and imaging. Simply put, an LT series is the ideal telescope for any astronomer who demands superior optics, mechanics and computer control in a compact high-performance package.
Legendary Meade Optics
The heart of any telescope is its optics. Meade Instruments offers you the finest optics...period. Our advanced, proprietary processes deliver the highest quality professional grade optics available. For those who want more, we offer our patented Advanced Coma-Free™ (ACF) system, delivering distortion free, sharp-as-a-tack optical resolution from edge to edge. Compare our Advanced Coma-Free system to Ritchey-Chrétien systems selling for thousands of dollars more. ACF's quality will astound you.
AutoStar Computer Controller
After a quick and easy alignment, the AutoStar computer controller guides the telescope to any of the over 30,000 objects in its comprehensive library, automatically. Don't know what to see Simply choose the "Tonight's Best" tour, and AutoStar will show you the evenings finest objects. Planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, double and variable stars, asteroids, comets, earth satellites, the International Space Station and more, are all included in the 30,000 plus database. AutoStar is updateable with downloads from our web site.
A rigid, die-cast aluminum mount solidly supports the optical tube in all sky orientations. Precision 4.875" diameter worm gears in both axes provides smooth Sidereal tracking of objects in the night sky. The stable, fully adjustable steel tripod delivers all the rigidity required in sensitive field applications.
The Meade LT series delivers an astounding level of optical, mechanical and computer performance in a telescope - all for under $1,000. No other telescope delivers this level of performance or value.
|Accessory Tray||Tripod mounted|
|Batteries||8 x "C" batteries or AC Adapter (user-supplied)|
|Camera Resolution||640 x 480|
|Computer Hand Control||Autostar III GOTO Controller|
|Dimensions||7" x 14.2"L|
|Eyepiece 1||26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl|
|Eyepiece Apparent FOV||51°|
|Eyepiece Barrel Size||2" w/ 1.25" adapter included|
|Eyepiece Eye Relief||13mm|
|Eyepiece 1 Magnification||59x|
|Fork Arm||Rigid aluminum single arm|
|Gear||4.875" precision worm gear|
|Highest Useful Magnification||300x|
|Internal Clock||Time chip|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||Magnitude 14|
|Motor Drive||RA and DEC Motor Drive Systems DC servo motors w/ encoders, both axes 12V DC|
|Mount||Single Fork with GOTO|
|Mounting connections||Single Fork Arm|
|Optical Coatings||Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)|
|Optical Design||Advanced Coma-Free SCT Hybrid, Catadioptric|
|Power Requirements||12V DC, 5 amp power supply (optional)|
|Primary Mirror||Low expansion borrosilicate glass|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.760 arc sec|
|Slew Speeds||RA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.|
|Software Features||AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software|