Meade 12" F/8 ACF Optical Tube Assembly

Meade 12" F/8 ACF Optical Tube Assembly

Regular Price: $3,299.00

Special Price $2,959.00

Item # ME-1208-80-01
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  • The Meade f/8 ACF 12" F/8 Optical Tube Assembly features Meade's Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optics providing pinpoint star images, and exceptional flat fields when compared to traditional Cassegrain designs. Astigmatism and diffraction spikes are eliminated.
  • Fully multi-coated optics use Meade's patented Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for the best in contrast and brightness.
  • Optimized for astrophotography with a shorter f/8 focal ratio.


Meade Advanced Coma Free Optics (ACF) Optical Design

The science behind the Meade f/8 optical tube starts with their patented ACF optics.  Improving upon the original Schmidt Cassegrain design, Meade's ACF optics deliver the ultimate in clarity, contrast and flat field of view. Natural coma and optical abberations are eliminated allowing for pin point round stars to the edge of the field.  These qualities make Meade ACF optical tubes excellent imaging instruments.   However, by pairing this revolution in optical design with their Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC), light transmission and detail are greatly increased allowing you visually discern fainter objects than ever before - an observer's dream!   This OTA is built for speed too.  Traditional Schmidt Cassegrains would typically have a field stop of f/10, at only f/8 your exposure times are exponentially decreased allowing you to get more imaging in each night.  



  • ACF (Advanced Coma Free) Optics for maximum sharpness and clarity. 
  • UHTC (Ultra High Transmission Coatings) for 20% more contrast and brightness when compared to Meade's original optical coatings. 
  • Losmandy style dovetail for fast and easy attachment to your choice of mount.
  • Includes Vixen style, top mounted accesssory dovetail to readily accept a wide variety of accessories including guide scopes and cameras. 


Manufacturer Product Number: 1208-80-01
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-1208-80-01
UPC Code 709942998023
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade Optical Tubes
Optical Design Corrected Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 12"
Telescope Focal Ratio F/8
Telescope Focal Length 2438mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Highest Useful Magnification Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Optical Coatings Meade UHTC
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
OTA Mount Type Losmandy-Style Dovetail
Finder Included None
CD ROMs Included None
Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power
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