Meade 16" f/8 ACF Telescope Optical Tube Assembly

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Meade 16" f/8 ACF Telescope Optical Tube Assembly   Discontinued
Item # ME-1608-80-00
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  • The Meade 16" f/8 ACF OTA features Meade's Advanced Coma Free optical design.
  • A relatively short focal length of 3251mm for a focal ratio of f/8 makes for shorter exposure times without sacrificing image quality.
  • Internal Crayford-style focuser controls the primary mirror movement with a 7:1 speed ratio and zero image shift.
  • Specialized baffling maximizes light transmission and increases brightness and contrast.
  • Includes a 99% reflectivity Series 5000 diagonal, 8x50 finder scope with quick release, Losmandy-Style dovetail plate, Series 5000 HD60 25mm eyepiece and dust covers.
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty.


Meade 16" f/8 ACF Telescope Optical Tube Assembly

Meade's 16" Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optical tube features a fast f/8 design making it an optimal choice for astrophotographers needing a large aperture system.   Specialized baffling provides high-contrast images that are crisp from edge to edge.   An internal Crayford-style focusing system moves the primary mirror with zero backlash or image shift and has a 7:1 focusing speed ratio which smooth and precise.  This optical tube includes a Losmandy-stle dovetail for easy adaptation to your choice for mount.   Radius blocks are wide set for added stability.    Also included are a Meade Series 5000 diagonal, 8x50 optical finderscope with quick release bracket, Series 5000 HD60 25mm high definition eyepiece and dust covers. 

Meade's proprietary ACF optical design goes a step beyond traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes by shortening the focal length and improving image clarity, color and contrast. Advanced Coma Free optics are exactly that, coma free.  Stars are crisp and clear throughout the image circle.  This revolutionary design provides the kind of image quality that was previously only seen in Ritchie-Chretien and similar astrograph designs which typically carry a might higher price tag at this aperture.  By employing the ACF design, Meade has been able to offer professional grade optical quality at a never-before-seen price. 

Meade 16" ACF OTA Specs and Features

  • 3251mm focal length gives you a focal ratio of f/8 making this a fast Cassegrain-style design, reducing exposure times without sacrificing image quality.
  • Carefully designed internal baffling maximizes light transmission for optimal contrast and brightness.
  • Integrated Crayford-style focuser has a 7:1 dual speed control and zero image shift.
  • Includes a Series 5000 99% reflectivity diagonal for the best light transmission. 
  • Signature blue matte pebble finish on the optical tube is both durable and beautiful.
  • Includes an 8x50 finderscope with quick release bracket, Losmandy-style dovetail, 25mm HD60 Series 5000 eyepiece and dust covers.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-1608-80-00
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade Optical Tubes
Optical Design Corrected Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 16"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/8
Telescope Focal Length 3251mm
Optical Coatings Meade UHTC
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Focuser Size 2"
Focuser Style Crayford
Manual or Electronic Focusing? Manual
Focusing Speeds Two-Speed
Diagonal Included? Yes - 2" Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm HD60 Series 5000
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
Controller Type None
Objects in Database N/A
Mount Weight N/A
Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately
Counterweights Included N/A
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power
Included Items

Included Items

  • Meade 16" ACF Optical Tube
  • Integrated Focuser
  • Losmandy-Style Dovetail
  • 25mm HD60 Eyepiece
  • 2" Series 5000 Diagonal
  • 8x50 Finder Scope
  • Quick Release Finder Bracket
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

What is the weight of the cradles and dovetail supporting the OTA? The weight of 66 lbs is probably without the dovetail cradle.
What is weight of Meade 16" OTA ? I've a Paramount ME but will also have a Televue NP127 on same mount.
What is the diameter of the Meade 16" f/8 central obstruction?
What is the size of the central obstruction on this scope and how does that compare with the F-10 version ?

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