This is a discontinued item. We recommend the Meade LX850 Mount as a replacement.
The Meade LX800 mount with StarLock full time guider includes AutoStar II GOTO system with over 144,000 object library and all the features an advanced visual observer or astrophotographer would ever want. Take your imaging to the next level. The LX800 mount, constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum is a rock solid platform for the most demanding applications, with a 90 pound payload capacity and pointing accuracy as good as one arcminute.
Features include precision roller bearings on each axis, a 1.75 stainless steel RA shaft, 5.8" main gears, fine manual adjustment controls on both axis, illuminated reticle output port and RS-232 serial interface port (USB Adapter available separately). Mount main body weight is 55 pounds. The fully height adjustable (29 to 45") tripod features massive 3" diameter stainless steel legs for rock steady performance and weighs 36 pounds.
Includes StarLock- the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade's exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted polar alignment using the drift method. Once aligned the StarLock is guiding the mount in real time, and even automatically programs periodic error correction, achieving a guiding accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.
The LX800 features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 3 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in one minute flat. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing at 2x, 8x, 16x, or 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 3 degrees per second. The mount and all electronics are externally powered by the included Meade Universal Power Supply (12V). The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power.
Meade Instruments all new LX800 Series of imaging/visual telescopes uses exciting advanced technologies in optics, electronics and mechanics to bring you a superior system for imaging and visual observations. Here are some of the exciting features of the LX800 line.
NEW Fast f/8 Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical systems on the 10", 12" and 14" OTAs. These optics produce wider, flatter fields with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors or extreme wide angle eyepieces. Optional custom-designed LX800 f/5 large-format focal reducer/field flattener also available.
NEW 130mm 3-element, air-spaced apochromatic f/7 refractor with 3" Crayford-style 10:1 focuser. Beautifully machined and finished with case. Optional 3" field flattener available.
NEW StarLock full-time automatic integrated guider assists with ultra precise drift polar alignment, finds and centers targets and then automatically locks onto a field star as faint as 11th magnitude for one arcsecond guiding. No separate computer, no guide star selection, no user focus. Just setup your camera and image.
NEW Internal Crayford-style primary mirror focusing system with a dual speed 7:1 focus control, that eliminates image shift and mirror flop. Precise focus is a snap.
German Equatorial Mount made from machined aluminum and stainless steel with large bearing surfaces and roller bearings in both axes for an extremely solid and stable platform.
NEW Precision machined 5.8" main gears with 225 teeth in both R.A. and DEC. with .68" worms for very accurate movements and tracking.
1.75" diameter threaded stainless steel counterweight shaft with 18 lb. threaded stainless steel counterweights for easy and safe adjustments to telescope balance.
NEW Sophisticated built-in computer for the most accurate control of the StarLock and other telescope systems.
AutoStar II hand control with over 144,000 object database to take you to almost any object imaginable at the push of the GoTo button. AutoStar II allows the user to setup and operate the LX800 in just the way you want.
Precise altitude and azimuth controls for mount polar alignment.
NEW Ultra-stable adjustable height tripod. Three inch diameter legs fold up for easy transport.
Internal cabling to prevent snags and tangles.
Accessories include 8x50 viewfinder, Series 5000 2" enhanced 99% reflective diagonal and a 25mm HD-60 premium eyepiece.
|Name||Meade - LX800 German Equatorial Mount - DISCONTINUED|
|Alignment Procedures||Fine adjustment altitude and azimuth controls.|
|Communication Ports||connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port.|
|Computer Interface||AutoStar II GoTo system|
|Counterweights||18 lb. threaded stainless steel. Shaft: 1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel.|
|Database||Over 144,000 Objects, Catalogs included: Index catalog (5,386); NGC catalog (7,840); Partial Caldwell catalog (109); Messier catalog (110); Earth orbiting satellites (26); Planets (9); Uppsala galaxy catalog (12,940); Morphological catalog of galaxies (1|
|Gear||Main:5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminum. Worm: .68 inch diameter|
|Motor Drive||DC servo motors with encoders, both axes.|
|Mount||Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminium and stainless steel.|
|Mount Weight||55 lb.|
|Mounting connections||Losmandy®-style dovetail.|
|Payload Capacity||90.0 lbs (40.80 kg).|
|Tracking Rates||20 degrees.|
|Tripod||Giant folding adjustable height tripod with 3 inch diameter stainless steel|