Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount
Meade Instruments proudly introduces the new standard in astrophotograhic performance, the LX850 mount with StarLock dual imager full time autoguider. 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 LX850 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, telescope to computer USB cable and AutoStar Suite software. 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.
The LX850 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). An external DC battery or power pack may also be used; Meade 607 Power Cord sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power. Includes single 26 pound stainless steel counterweight, additional weights sold separately. LX800 mount shown in photo, LX850 mount similar.
Product carries full One year Meade factory limited warranty.
he LX850™ with StarLock™
A Smarter Telescope System. Only from Meade.
Drawing on over 40 years of experience and innovation, Meade Instruments introduces the latest in a long line of advanced astronomical products: the LX850. Using revolutionary new technology, every aspect of this amazing telescope system has been designed to deliver the new standard in astrophotographic and visual performance.
FASTER, SHARPER OPTICAL SYSTEM
The LX850 employs a fast f/8 ACF™ optical system with high-contrast baffling that assures crisp, pinpoint imaging to the very edge of the field. The all-new OTA features an internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift focusing system with a two-speed, 7:1 control.
PRECISION MACHINED, SOLID GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT
Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum, the LX850 mount presents a rock-solid platform with precision roller bearings on both axes and a 1.75" stainless steel R.A. shaft. Its .68" diameter brass worms and 5.8" diameter, 225-tooth aluminum gears deliver smooth, precise movement with up to a 90 pound instrument load. A fully-computerized GoTo mount with GPS, the LX850 comes with a database of over 144,000 objects. All this set atop a new super-stable tripod.
STARLOCK — FULL-TIME AUTOMATIC GUIDING
StarLock is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and a super wide-angle lens in a two camera system that automatically finds your target in high-precision, immediately captures a field star as dim as 11th magnitude and then guides to an accuracy of one arcsecond. There's no need for a separate guide or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection. StarLock automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero.
With the combination of the finest optics, a robust German equatorial mount and the revolutionary StarLock system, the LX850 is the smartest and most complete astro-imaging solution available.
|Name||Meade - LX850 German Equatorial Mount|
|Alignment Procedures||2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align, Starlock assited drift align|
|Bearings||3.15 inch (outer diameter)|
|Computer Interface||USB - AutoStar Suite software|
|Computer Hand Control||Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 20 backlit LED buttons|
|Counterweight Bar||1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel|
|Counterweights||26 lbs. and optional 10 lbs. threaded stainless steel. Quantity: Mount only - 1 x 26 lbs., 10 inch - 1 x 26 lbs., 12 inch - 2 x 26 lbs., 14 inch -3 x 22 lbs., 130mm APO - 1 x 26 lbs.|
|Gear||5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminum|
|Latitude Range||10° - 70°|
|Material||Anodized Aluminium and stainless steel|
|Motor Drive||DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes|
|Mount||Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminium and stainless steel|
|Mount Weight||55 Ibs; body 60lbs|
|Mounting connections||Losmandy®-style dovetail|
|Payload Capacity||90 Ibs|
|Power Requirements||Meade Universal Power Supply (12V)|
|Power Supply||12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply|
|Slew Speeds||3 degrees/second|
|Tracking Modes||EQ North and EQ South|
|Tracking Rates||.01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°|
|Tripod||Giant folding adjustable height tripod with 3 inch diameter aluminum legs. Height from 29 inches to 45 inches.|
|Tripod Legs||3" diameter stainless steel legs|