Meade 12" LX600 ACF Telescope with Starlock

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Meade 12" LX600 ACF Telescope with Starlock
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Item # ME-1208-70-01
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  • The Meade 12" LX600-ACF with Starlock - a unique star tracking and object finding system into the telescope mount.
  • Communicates directly with the motor drives to automatically lock onto its target with arcsecond precision.
  • The Meade 12" LX600-ACF features faster f/8 ACF optics for pinpoint stars all the way across the field of view.
  • Completely redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero-image shift, eliminating the need for a mirror lock and integrates a two-speed microfocuser for quick and easy adjustments.
  • Large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes of the Meade 12" LX600-ACF provide smooth movements with low periodic error critical for long exposure astrophotography.
  • Puts over 145,000 objects at your fingertips with the fastest GoTo performance available.
  • Free shipping when drop-shipped from Meade to you!
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Meade 12" LX600-ACF with Starlock

The Meade LX600 is a simple to operate, portable package that makes taking great astrophotos as easy as focusing your
camera and opening the shutter. The collection of features and technology integrated into the LX600 is unavailable from any other manufacturer and cannot be duplicated by just attaching a set of add-ons to another scope.

Starlock: The LX600 integrates a unique star tracking and object finding system into the telescope mount. This integration allows the telescope to center your target perfectly in the field of view. Once centered, the star tracking system communicates directly with the motor drives to automatically assure your scope stays locked onto its target with arcsecond precision. The automated optical tracking system delivers long-exposure guiding with pinpoint stars on astroimages despite misalignments, atmospheric refraction, periodic or other mechanical errors. This level of precision is unobtainable with systems using high precision encoders, software pointing models, large gears or PEC training - and all without the need of an external computer.

New f/8 Advanced Coma-Free Optical System: Meade has completely redesigned the OTAs with a new mirror mounting and focusing system to achieve zero image-shift and a two-speed microfocuser. The scope features faster f/8 ACF optics giving you pinpoint stars all the way across the field of view.

Internal Crayford-style 7:1 Focuser: The completely redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero-image shift, eliminating the need for a mirror lock and integrates a two-speed microfocuser for quick and easy adjustments.

Solid Fork Mount With Heavy Duty 5.75" Gears: Large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes provide smooth movements with low periodic error that are critical for long exposure astrophotography. Providing the freedom to go horizon to horizon without any meridian flip, unlike German Equatorial Mounts.

Alt/Az Mode: In alt/az mode, the LX600 also makes for the best visual and short exposure experience possible. The LX600 performs LightSwitch fully-automated self alignment. StarLock will put every target dead center in the eyepiece and track with arcsecond accuracy so you can concentrate on the beautiful, wide fields of pinpoint stars created by the superb f/8 ACF optical system.

Autostar II Controller: Puts over 145,000 objects at your fingertips with the fastest GoTo performance available (8 per second). Or you can control the system from an external computer.

Giant Field Tripod: With 3" diameter chromed steel legs and cast aluminum tripod head - adjustable from 34" to 54" - the Giant Field Tripod provides a research-grade foundation for the LX600.

Optional f/5 Focal Reducer/Field Flattener: The optional focal reducer, custom designed for the 10, 12 and 14 inch OTAs, makes your scope a full-frame, flat-field f/5 optical system at a fraction of the cost of an OTA only from other manufacturers.

Optional New X-Wedge: Precision CNC-machined from ultra-ridged, aircraft-grade aluminum with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments. Thirty percent more stable than competing equatorial wedges, the X-Wedge is the essential
accessory for long exposure astroimaging.

Portability: While you can achieve remarkable visual and imaging results from a suburban backyard, the ease of transporting an LX600 to a remote site will make you anxious to see what you can achieve under truly dark sky conditions.

Meade Product Number: 1208-70-01

Images depict fully - and optionally - accessorized LX600-ACF generic model. OTA size varies by model number and included items are listed under the tab to your left.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-1208-70-01
UPC Code 709942502022
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade LX600
Optical Design Modified Cassegrain
Mount Type Alt-Azimuth - GoTo
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
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included 26mm
Optical Tube Weight Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Total Telescope Weight 179 lbs.
Length of Optical Tube Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Tube Color or Finish Meade Crackle Blue Matte
OTA Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle
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
Smart Drive? Yes
GPS Included? Yes
Autoguider Port? Yes
Includes Starlock? Yes
LNT Included? Yes
Mount Weight Tripod = 50 lbs.
Tripod Type Included Giant Heavy Duty
Counterweights Included N/A
Power Adapter Included Meade Universal Power Supply
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Included Items

Included Items

  • Meade 12" LX600 Telescope with Starlock
  • Autostar II Controller
  • 8x50 Finder Scope
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • 1.25" Star Diagonal
  • 7:1 Internal Crayford Focuser
  • Autostar Suite Software
  • Heavy Duty Fork Mount
  • Giant Field Tripod
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Can this scope be purchased without the tripod?
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Do the LX600's come with an ac adapter standard? If not, what I'd the proper one to get?
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Do the fork arms come apart so that the ota can be removed? If so, how much does the ota alone weigh?
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with the tripod removed, is the mounting base (the holes) the same as a classic 10" LX200?
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