The Ultimate Imaging Platform: The Meade LX850
Featuring revolutionary Starlock technology, the Meade LX850 is the quintessential full-package imaging platform. Drawing from 39 years of astronomy innovation and experience, Meade Instruments has put every feature the astrophotographer could want into one amazing bundle.
Faster, Sharper Optical System
Based on the award winning ACF (Advanced Coma-Free) optical design, Meade has made the LX850 optical tubes faster and shaper. At only f/8, exposure times are dramatically shortened. High contrast baffling assures crisp images from edge to edge. Adding to the crystal clear view, an internal micro focuser offers two speeds of control at a 10:1 ratio and with an ultra solid connection to the primary mirror the need for a mirror lock is eliminated.
Precision Machined, Solid German Equatorial Mount
The basis of any great imaging set up, the German Equatorial mount. The Meade LX850 EQ is constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum. The rigorous machine quality, sturdy LX-600 tripod and top grade mount materials provide a rock solid foundation. A 1.75 in. stainless steel right accession shaft ensures extra durability. Brass worm gears and 225 tooth aluminum gears ensure a smooth and precise ride.
With a 90 pound instrument load capacity, the Meade LX850 mount has the muscle to easily carry large OTA and heavy imaging systems. The fully computerized GoTo system with included GPS includes a database of over 144,000 object, taking you anywhere you wish to go.
At the heart of the LX850 is Meade's Starlock Technology. Starlock makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic! Starlock utilizes a dual camera system set side by side for the most accurate readings possible. The first camera is an unobtrusive super-wide field, the second is attached to a 80mm f/5 refractor. After the assisted alignment procedure is complete, slew to a desired object and these cameras start going to work immediately capturing the a single star by which to guide. While they can read stars as dim as 11th magnitude, the brighter the star the faster and more accurately the mount will be able to guide to an accuracy of 1 arc second. With this built in two camera system, there is no need for focusing, guide star selection, a separate computer or guider. Starlock will even program periodic error correction and correct for other errors automatically. For those in search of extreme tracking and guiding precision, Starlock will also provide a fully assisted drift-method polar alignment.
Meade guarantees their product to perform as well as promised and the First Light Program was made to prove this to the customers.
If your telescope's workmanship or materials fail within the first 30 days of ownership, Meade will replace it- no questions asked! See the Sales Info/ Services button to your left for more information.
- Additional Information
SKU ME-1008-85-01 UPC Code 709942600612 Manufacturer Meade Telescope Series Meade LX850 Optical Design Modified Cassegrain Mount Type Equatorial - GoTo Warranty 1 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 10" Telescope Focal Ratio f/8 Telescope Focal Length 2032mm Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.5 Highest Useful Magnification 600x Optical Coatings Meade UHTC Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm HD-60 Optical Tube Weight 33 lbs. Total Telescope Weight 163.8 lbs. Tube Color or Finish Meade Crackle Blue Matte OTA Mount Type Losmandy-Style Dovetail Finder Included 8 x 50 Optical Finder CD ROMs Included None Hand Controller Included? Yes Controller Type AutoStar II Objects in Database 145,000 objects GPS Included? Yes Autoguider Port? Yes Includes Starlock? Yes Mount Weight 55 lbs. Tripod Type Included Extra Large Heavy Duty Counterweights Included (1) 22 lbs. Power Adapter Included Meade Universal Power Supply
- Included Items
- 10" ACF Optical Tube
- Series 5000 2 in. Diagonal
- HD-60 25mm Eyepiece
- LX850 EQ Mount Head
- 30# Counterweight
- LX-600 Steel Tripod
- Ultra Wide Field Guide Camera - Built In
- 80mm Refractor with Built In Guide Camera and Crosshairs
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