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
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
- 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 QuestionsWhat 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 size of the central obstruction on this scope and how does that compare with the F-10 version ?
T.E.Question by: Thomas Empson on May 6, 2015 11:56:00 AMThomas,
Meade does not make the f/10 version of the 16." The central obstruction really makes a difference
when you look at small details such as on the planets because of less contrast with a larger
central obstruction. You can adjust the contrast when you do imaging in post-processing.Answer by: Steve Thornton (Admin) on May 6, 2015 2:06:00 PM
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