Meade 14" LX200-ACF Advanced Coma-Free OTA
- Meade 14" f/10 LX200-ACF Optical Tube Assembly with UHTC
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So, you're finally planning on buying your first telescope. Well, good for you! Once you've made up your mind however, you are likely to delve into a bottomless pit of information out there before you find what you are looking for. You'll come across words like "Catadioptric", "Refractor" and "Reflector". And you may even go all starry eyed when you hear words like "Coma free" and "Meade UHTC" or "Meade AutoStar" bantered around too. Don't be confused. We'll try to make sense of all of it all for you here.
The best telescope you could possibly hope to purchase would be a Meade LX-200 ACF 14 inch computerized telescope. And that's because it is based on Catadioptric technology. Traditional scopes are either Reflector-based, using combinations of concave and flat mirrors, or Refractor-based, using lenses to process their images. The Meade LX200 ACF series of telescopes represent the best of both these worlds, blending a combination of mirrors (catoptric) and lenses (dioptrics) to bring you Hubble Telescope-class celestial imagery that other scopes lack.
And you want your scope to look like an engineering marvel. Strong in built, sleek in looks, and heavy to the touch. And the Meade LX-200 ACF 14 inch computerized telescope fits the bill perfectly. With its heavy duty mount, which supports dual forks, you can easily manoeuvre the heavy Meade LX200 ACF scope with relative ease. The mount has been designed to deliver precision-perfect ability to swerve in increments of .1 degrees as quickly as 1 to 8 degrees per second. Alternately, if you prefer a fine swerve, the Meade LX200 ACF telescopes can do that to .01x to 1x sidereal in 1 1/100th increments. And using Meade's Smart Mount technology, the mount continually refines your pointing accuracy whenever you center an object in your scope. Once mounted, your first telescope will think on its own feet. How cool is that!
Through its continued innovation, Meade strives to bring the best possible professional astronomer-class technology to your backyard. All Meade LX200 ACF telescopes therefore feature Meade's patented breakthrough Advanced Coma Free (ACF) technology. Other Schmidt-Cassegrain scopes available in the market today will present you with hazy and blurry images of stars, planets and constellations. The cause of such problems is "coma" or a diffraction of light coming into the scope. The Meade LX200 ACF series of scopes use ACF technology to bring you clear, crisp images devoid of any distortions. By concentrating starlight even more precisely than any other device available today, the Meade LX-200 ACF 14 inch computerized telescope is even able to produce fuller, rounder and perfectly formed images of planetary objects that are far more distant and fainter. And that's the kind of feature you want in your very first scope!
And once you have located your target celestial object, you would like to view it for hours, taking in all of its heavenly beauty. But most scopes will make your object "vanish" at the slightest movement. All that hard work in tracking down your favorite planned will be for nothing. Well, not with the Meade LX200 ACF telescopes. These devices are equipped with Meade's amazing unique Zero Image Shift Microfocuser and Primary Mirror Lock technologies. What that allows you to do is, using a conveniently located lock knob feature, to lock the primary mirror of the scope in place, thereby practically "trapping" the image within your focus.
But sometimes, especially after long observation, you may tire and the scope might tremble a bit. Most conventional scopes will lose sight of image. However, sot so in the case of a Meade LX-00 ACF 14 inch computerized telescope. Once again, Meade has thought of a solution for this very real situation. All Meade LX200 ACF telescopes come with Meade's unique Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) feature, known as the Smart Drive. It is a smart piece of technology that "learns" and "remembers" the movements of individual users of the Meade LX 200 ACF, and then automatically makes adjustments for periodic shifts in the image to reduce guiding correction errors. That way, once you sight an object, your Meade scope will remember where it is, even through slight inadvertent shifts and moves of the scope.
The Meade LX-200 ACF 14 inch computerized telescope uses a lot of technology in its design so as to make your backyard star gazing parties fun events. For example, it comes equipped with a 16-channel Sony GPS receiver with plenty of intelligence built into it, so you don't have to waste endless hours aligning your Meade LX200 ACF scope to the exact coordinates of a planetary object. The GPS sensor will automatically capture ultra-precise coordinates, such as date, time and geo-location, and help to accurately and quickly align the Meade LX200 ACF telescopes to their precise destinations. Look Ma, no hands!
The GPS feature works in tandem with one of the Meade LX200 ACF telescopes neatest features that both seasoned and novice astronomers love. And that's the Meade AutoStar II. If you have ever used a GPS to navigate to an earthly destination, think of the AutoStar as a tool that will navigate you to over 145,000 heavenly destinations. Meade AutoStar II is a flash memory-based, software driven database of coordinates for celestial objects that you can view using your Meade LX-200 ACF 14 inch computerized telescope. To impress the guests at your Star gazing parties, all you need to do is ask someone to pick one of the 145,000 objects from the database and presto! Your Meade LX 200 ACF will take them right to the object.
And that's not all. You can download free updates and upgrades to the software and its database from the Meade website. So the next time a comet is due to pass over the earth, update your Meade AutoStar II software, set out your Meade LX 200 ACF in your backyard, select the comet from the "Hot Key" option, and watch your scope automatically position to the comet. If that won't impress your guests, then nothing will!
|Name||Meade - 14" LX200-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free OTA|
|Custom Stock Status||In Stock|
|Telescope Aperture||12.1" - 14"|
|Optical Design||Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) with UHTC|