The Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch is a self-aligning catadioptric telescope designed to be very simply for the end user. With the flip of a switch, observing can begin immediately with new assistance from the user! Once aligned, the included AutoStar III GOTO keypad has a 100,000 object database to slew to as well as audio and video (with TV, not included) guided tour functions with the "Astronomers Inside" feature over the speakers.
Like the rest of the ACF optical tubes, Meade has included the Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) to reduce the effect of Coma caused by catadioptric and reflector designs to create more pinpoint and sharp views. When observing electronically, the eight C Cell batteries will keep the telescope powered for 3-5 hours depending on the usage, but the optional sold separately AC power supply with extend this for longer observing. Meade has included a fork mount, 4.875" worm gears, as well as a Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (77x magnification).
- Catadioptric design
- 8" aperture
- AutoStar III Goto Keypad
- 100,000 object database
- Astronomers Inside audio and video tours
- UHTC coatings
- Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece included
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.
|Name||Meade - 8" LightSwitch Advanced Coma-Free Telescope|
|Batteries||Power 8 x C size or AC Adapter (user-supplied)|
|Dimensions||9" x 17" L|
|Eyepieces||26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl|
|Focal Length||2000mm (f/10)|
|Mount||Single Fork with GOTO|
|Mounting connections||Rigid Cast-Aluminum Single-Arm|
|Optical Design||Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)|
|Power Requirements||12V DC, 5 amp power supply (optional)|
|Primary Mirror||Low expansion borrosilicate glass|
|Slew Speeds||RA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.|
|Star Diagonal||1.25" diagonal prism|