Meade 8" ACF LX200 Telescope

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Meade 8" ACF LX200 Telescope
$2,699.00
Item # ME-0810-60-03
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  • The Meade 8" LX200-ACF Telescope features Advanced Coma Free Optics combined with 203mm (8") of clear aperture and 2000mm (f/10) focal ratio for unparalled performance.
  • Meade ACF optics offer a flatter field and pinpoint stars out to the edges of the field of view.
  • This Meade 8" LX200-ACF Telescope features Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings, a Sony GPS receiver, oversized primary mirror, AutoStar II handbox with 145,000 object library, Smart Drive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) and the patented Level North Technology (LNT) alignment system.
  • Extras include: 8X50 Viewfinder, AutoStar Suite software, Variable Height Standard Field Tripod, a 1.25" diagonal, and 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepiece.
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Meade 8" f/10 LX200-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope

The most widely used research telescope on earth now comes with the most advanced optical system. Meade's LX200-ACF brings Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics within reach of aspiring astronomers everywhere. Nearly every observatory reflector in the world uses an aplanatic (coma-free) optical system like the Ritchey-Chrétien (RC), including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Now you can own similar optics to what the professionals use. The Meade LX200-ACF telescope includes all the field-proven features of the LX200 including GPS, Primary Mirror Lock, Oversized Primary Mirror, SmartDrive™; Smart Mount™, AutoStar® II and more. The new Meade LX200-ACF. It's the biggest news in astronomy since, well, the LX200.

A traditional RC design is a type of reflector that delivers a coma-free, flat field of view via hyperbolic primary and secondary mirrors. RC telescopes (from a variety of manufacturers) are found in most of the world's top observatories and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Because the mirrors in these telescopes have always been very expensive to make, few amateur astronomers could enjoy them. Fortunately, Meade engineers developed a radical new Advanced Coma Free design by combining a hyperbolic secondary mirror with a corrector-lens-and-spherical-primary-mirror combination that performs as one hyperbolic element. This ACF design produces a coma-free, flat field of view that rivals traditional RC telescopes at a fraction of the cost. The design even eliminates diffraction spikes and improves astigmatism, both of which are inherent in the traditional RC design. When reviewing Meade's LX400-ACF Advanced Coma Free, Sky and Telescope magazine said, " [It] does indeed perform like a [RC]. The difference between the off-axis images (compared to a Schmidt-Cassegrain) was dramatic to say the least."

Meade 8" f/10 LX200-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope Features

  • f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics: Building from a classic RC design, Meade has created a new design with the same coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter field that discerning astrophotographers and most professional observatories have come to expect from classic Ritchey-Chrétien optics. Meade's Advanced Coma-Free system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffractions spikes found in classical RCs. The LX200-ACF is the perfect platform for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast.
  • Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) increases total light transmission and image brightness by nearly 20% over Meade's standard coatings. Objects such as stars, galaxies and nebulae will appear significantly brighter.
  • Primary Mirror Lock locks the mirror in place during long-exposure astrophotography.
  • Oversize Primary Mirror diameters are greater than their listed aperture (e.g., the diameter of the 8" LX200-ACF is actually 8.25"). This additional 1/4" yields a wide, fully illuminated field-of-view.
  • Smart Mount™ constantly refines pointing accuracy each time an object is centered and updated. Compatible with both equatorial and altazimuth mounts.
  • Coma Killer - What is coma? It's not some sort of astronomical state of unconsciousness. It's an optical aberration. Precisely defined, coma is a distortion in which the image of a star cannot be focused to a point, but takes on the shape of a comet.
  • Smart Drive provides permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) on both axes by learning and averaging error over the course of one or more training periods, thereby minimizing guiding corrections during long-exposure photographs. PPEC is available on both axes and functions in both polar and altazimuth modes.
  • Sony®GPS Receiver Sensor automatically inputs precise time, date, and geographical location to help quickly and precisely align the telescope.
  • AutoAlign - Telescopes with Meade's AutoAlign come pre-aligned. They are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. AutoAlign picks two fail-proof alignment stars for you and places them right in your view-finder. Just center to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe are at your fingertips.
  • AutoStar® II controller features "Hot Keys" for quick access to a 145,000 celestial object database. AutoStar II can be updated with the latest software upgrades, guided tours and timely objects like comets.

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.

Meade Product Number: 0810-60-03

Customer Note: Images may show the #1209 Microfocuser, which is no longer standard with the LX200-ACF telescope.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-0810-60-03
UPC Code 709942500240
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade LX200
Optical Design Modified Cassegrain
Mount Type Alt-Azimuth - GoTo
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 8"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Focal Length 2000mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Highest Useful Magnification 480x
Optical Coatings Meade UHTC
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included 26mm Super Plossl
Optical Tube Weight 14.14 lbs.
Total Telescope Weight 73 lbs.
Length of Optical Tube 17.5"
Optical Tube Outer Diameter 9.5"
Tube Color or Finish Meade Crackle Blue Matte
OTA Mount Type Dual Fork Arms
Finder Included 8 x 50 Optical Finder
CD ROMs Included AutoStar Suite
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Controller Type AutoStar II
Objects in Database 145,000 Objects
Smart Drive? Yes
GPS Included? Yes
Autoguider Port? Yes
LNT Included? Yes
Mount Weight N/A
Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs
Counterweights Included N/A
Power Adapter Included None - Requires C Batteries
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What a phenominal telescope!
Wow! I'm seriously impressed with this 8 LX200.

I purchased it a year and a half or so ago, and it has served me well ever since. It has pinpoint accuracy--this mount is incredibly capable, and the optics on this telescope are truly impeccable! It has provided me with countless hours of enjoyment. Make sure to get the microfocuser, as it makes observing very convenient.

If you ever have questions with your order, ask for Jason. He was always very helpful.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Kipp G. / (Posted on 10/2/2010)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Meade 8" f/10 LX200-ACF Telescope
  • Variable Height Standard Field Tripod
  • Autostar II Control System
  • Sony GPS
  • Smart Drive
  • 8x50mm Viewfinder
  • Series 4000 Super Plössl 26mm Eyepiece
  • Eyepiece Holder and Diagonal Prism (1.25")
  • Instruction Manual
  • Autostar Suite Astronomer's Edition Software
  • Meade One Year Warranty
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