Meade - 8" LightSwitch Advanced Coma-Free LS8 Telescope

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The Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch is a self-aligning catadioptric telescope designed to be very simple for the end user.

SKU: MEA-0810-03-10
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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™ 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 Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch 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 in the Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch catadioptric telescope 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
  • Self-aligning
  • AutoStar III Goto Keypad
  • 100,000 object database
  • Astronomer Inside audio and video tours
  • UHTC coatings
  • Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece  










Name Meade - 8" LightSwitch Advanced Coma-Free LS8 Telescope
Manufacturer Meade
Model MEA-0810-03-10
UPC 709942353020
Aperture 8"
Batteries Power 8 x C size or AC Adapter (user-supplied)
Diameter 8" (203mm)
Eyepieces 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Focal Length 2000mm (f/10)
Focal Ratio f/10
Mount Single Fork with GOTO
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical Tube Aluminum
Power Requirements 12V DC, 5 amp power supply (optional)
Primary Mirror Low expansion borrosilicate glass
Star Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism
Tripod LS Tripod


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