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Meade - DS-2114ATS-LNT with 3 Year Sky Assurance

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Meade - DS-2114ATS-LNT with 3 Year Sky Assurance

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The DS-2114ATS-LNT is a fully GOTO telescope featuring AutoAlign. The advanced LNT Auto-align technology featured as standard equipment on LX90 and ETX-Premier models is now integrated into DS-2000 telescopes. Turn on the power and the telescope automatically finds level, senses precise north and inputs (factory calibrated) time and date, then races to the first alignment-star automatically without any user inputs or interaction. You'll see more objects in one night than Galileo saw in a lifetime. See planets like Saturn and Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more.

Meade Digital Series telescopes bring microprocessor technology and the very latest in electromechanical design to the serious beginning or intermediate observer. Completely re-engineered and redesigned, Meade DS-2000 telescopes provide extremely smooth motions in both altitude and azimuth, and, most importantly, include a fully integrated Autostar control system as standard equipment. Oversize bearings on both telescope axes of all models negate the imprecisions found universally, virtually without exception, on competing models.

With the standard-equipment #494 Meade Autostar Computer Controller plugged into the control panel of your DS telescope, locating any astronomical object in the sky is as easy as pushing a button. Identical in operating characteristics to the Autostar controller available for the Meade ETX-70AT telescope, Autostar for DS telescopes is easy to use, even for the beginner who has never before operated a telescope.

Autostar's celestial object database includes more than 1500 astronomical objects, any of which may be entered on to the Autostar display; alternately, the Right Ascension and Declination of any object in the sky may be input to the Autostar display. In either case when the observer presses GO TO, the telescope automatically moves to the object at 4.5°/sec. on both telescope axes, and places the object in the telescopic field of view. Autostar's database for DS-2000 telescopes includes the following celestial objects:

Deep-space objects from the Index Catalog (IC) and New General Catalog (NGC): 66 named objects (e.g., the Orion Nebula) 74 galaxies, 31 diffuse nebulae, 19 planetary nebulae, 135 star clusters. Other deep-space objects: 109 objects from the Caldwell Catalog of the best objects for small telescopes, 110 Messier (M) objects, the complete Messier catalog, 943 stars from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) catalog, including 395 double stars, 189 variable stars, and other stars of special note. In the Solar System: 50 Earth-orbiting satellites, 26 asteroids, including all of the brightest asteroids, 15 periodic comets, 8 major planets from Mercury to Pluto ______ 1586 objects, total!

Beyond the location of database objects, Autostar allows for a wide range of important - indeed revolutionary - telescope capabilities:

Automatic GO TO capability to any astronomical object of known coordinates (RA and Dec.). Enter an object's coordinates to the Autostar display, press GO TO, and Autostar moves the telescope to locate the object and place it in the telescopic field.

Digital Readouts of telescope position, continuously in RA and Dec.

Precise sidereal-rate tracking. Once Autostar locates an object, it directs the telescope to track the object automatically on both telescope axes, simultaneously, keeping the object centered in the field.

9-Speed Dual-Axis Operation. Use Autostar's pushbuttons to move the telescope on either or both axes, simultaneously, at any of nine drive speeds, from very slow 2x sidereal to fast 4.5°/second.

GO TO capability to any of 200 user-defined objects.

Use Meade StarNavigator sky software, included with every DS telescope, on your PC to GO TO any object on the PC display at a click of the mouse. (Requires optional #506 Connector Cable Set).

Plus: over 20 other menu options, including guided tours of the best objects observable on any specified date; major event menus; utility functions (e.g., timer, alarm, eyepiece power calculations); and much more.

For the beginning or intermediate observer Autostar is a revelation that permits the observation of hundreds of objects the very first night out. And, with its wide-ranging capabilities, Autostar is a valuable tool in the hands of the most experienced observer as well.

Meade StarNavigator™ Software: Included with all Meade DS-2000 telescopes, StarNavigator software displays more than 10,000 celestial objects on your personal computer - galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, stars, and planets - enabling even the beginner to locate and identify objects to observe with the telescope or to print out star charts for use in observing sessions. StarNavigator operates with any Windows®-based PC.

Observing with Meade DS Telescopes: A large and exciting array of objects is visible through any Meade DS-2000 telescope: the rings of Saturn, including, in 114mm and larger models, the Cassini division in the rings; Saturn's largest satellite, Titan; the four largest satellites of Jupiter, as well as cloud belts across the planet's disc; Moon craters, mountain ranges, and fault lines by the hundred; and hundreds of deep-space phenomena: galaxies, nebulae, star clusters.

While all of the foregoing objects may be easily viewed through the Meade DS-2070AT, the larger apertures of the Meade DS-2114ATS and DS-2130ATS telescopes show all of these objects in greater resolution and in wider extension, in proportion to the additional aperture and light-collecting area of the telescope.

The Orion Nebula (M42), for example, is easily visible through the DS-2070AT; the nebula's four central stars are readily resolved and a good deal of tenuous nebular structure can be observed. Through the larger aperture of the DS-2114ATS, however, the nebula becomes almost three times brighter at the same magnification, filling the field of view at moderate powers and with outer extensions of the gas cloud now observable. The Pleiades (M45), an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus, displays perhaps one hundred stars in a low-power field of the 70mm telescope, while the DS-2130ATS permits observation of over 250 stars. The larger instrument also enables, under dark-sky conditions, the resolution of faint nebulosity around some of the primary stars in the Pleiades.

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Name Meade - DS-2114ATS-LNT with 3 Year Sky Assurance
Manufacturer Meade
Model 20125_SKY