The Meade LS 8" ACF (advanced coma free) LightSwitch is a self-aligning catadioptric telescope designed to be very simple to operate. With the flip of a switch (literally!), observing can begin immediately with no setup effort from the user! Once the automatic alignment routine is completed, the included AutoStar III GOTO Keypad provides a 100,000 Celestial object database to slew to supported by an audio guided-tour narrative with the "Astronomer Inside" feature.
Meade’s incredible ACF™ (Advanced Coma-Free™) optics, the proprietary optical innovation that is so clearly superior, delivers stunning Ritchey-Chrétien performance at a Schmidt Cassegrain price. Developed over years of design and testing in Meade’s own engineering and manufacturing facilities, ACF optics are unlike anything on the market — producing tack-sharp, fully rounded stars without the crescent-shaped distortions known as coma, an optical aberration found on every Schmidt-Cassegrain and most other, optical systems. And because ACF optics concentrate starlight much more precisely without coma or diffraction spikes, unlike other optical systems like Richey-Chrétien and Schmidt-Cassegrain, you can actually see and image fainter stars.
The LS 8" ACF comes equipped with Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) multicoated optics, a GPS receiver, finder scope, Level North Technology and an AutoStar controller with AutoAlign software. To produce a flat, coma-free field similar to a Ritchey-Chretien telescope, Meade uses a full-aperture aspheric corrector lens in combination with a spherical primary mirror.
This creates a two-element optical system that performs like the single hyperbolic primary mirror found in a Ritchey-Chretien design.
Eight "C" Cell batteries will keep the telescope powered for 3-5 hours depending on the usage, An optional AC power supply is available from Meade for longer observing sessions. Meade has included a rigid aluminum fork mount, massive 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
- Astronomer Inside audio and video tours
- UHTC coatings
- Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
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|