Meade 12" ACF LX850 Telescope

Meade 12" ACF LX850 Telescope
Item # ME-1208-85-01
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  • The 1208-85-01 by Meade Instruments is an Advanced Coma-Free 12" telescope optical tube paired with a high precision LX850 German EQ Mount and the high quality LX-600 Tripod.
  • This fast optical system is well suited to astro-imaging by provided views that are sharp from edge-to-edge. A focal length of 2438mm provides a relatively fast focal ratio of f/8.
  • Mounted on the robust and accurate Meade LX850 EQ mount which has a weight capacity of 90 lbs.
  • The LX850 mount features Meade's Starlock technology which allows for completely automated guiding via an 80mm refractor attached to the mount's saddle plate with a built in guide camera.
  • Fully computer assisted polar alignment.
  • This package also includes a 2" diagonal, 25mm HD eyepiece and two counterweights to help achieve balance.


The Ultimate Imaging Platform: The Meade LX850

Featuring revolutionary Starlock technology, the Meade LX850 is the quintessential full-package imaging platform. Drawing from 39 years of astronomy innovation and experience, Meade Instruments has put every feature the astrophotographer could want into one amazing bundle.

Faster, Sharper Optical System

Based on the award winning ACF (Advanced Coma-Free) optical design, Meade has made the LX850 optical tubes faster and shaper. At only f/8, exposure times are dramatically shortened. High contrast baffling assures crisp images from edge to edge. Adding to the crystal clear view, an internal micro focuser offers two speeds of control at a 10:1 ratio and with an ultra solid connection to the primary mirror the need for a mirror lock is eliminated.

Precision Machined, Solid German Equatorial Mount

The basis of any great imaging set up, the German Equatorial mount. The Meade LX850 EQ is constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum. The rigorous machine quality, sturdy tripod and top grade mount materials provide a rock solid foundation. A 1.75 in. stainless steel right accession shaft ensures extra durability. Brass worm gears and 225 tooth aluminum gears ensure a smooth and precise ride.

With a 90 pound instrument load capacity, the Meade LX850 mount has the muscle to easily carry large OTA and heavy imaging systems. The fully computerized GoTo system with included GPS includes a database of over 144,000 object, taking you anywhere you wish to go.

Starlock Technology

At the heart of the LX850 is Meade's Starlock Technology. Starlock makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic! Starlock utilizes a dual camera system set side by side for the most accurate readings possible. The first camera is an unobtrusive super-wide field, the second is attached to a 80mm f/5 refractor. After the assisted alignment procedure is complete, slew to a desired object and these cameras start going to work immediately capturing the a single star by which to guide. While they can read stars as dim as 11th magnitude, the brighter the star the faster and more accurately the mount will be able to guide to an accuracy of 1 arc second. With this built in two camera system, there is no need for focusing, guide star selection, a separate computer or guider. Starlock will even program periodic error correction and correct for other errors automatically. For those in search of extreme tracking and guiding precision, Starlock will also provide a fully assisted drift-method polar alignment.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-1208-85-01
UPC Code 709942600629
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade LX850
Optical Design Modified Cassegrain
Mount Type Equatorial - GoTo
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 12"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/8
Telescope Focal Length 2438mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.8
Highest Useful Magnification 720x
Optical Coatings Meade UHTC
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm HD-60
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
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Controller Type AutoStar II
Objects in Database 145,000 objects
GPS Included? Yes
Autoguider Port? Yes
Includes Starlock? Yes
Mount Weight 55 lbs.
Tripod Type Included Extra Large Heavy Duty
Counterweights Included (2) 22 lbs.
Power Adapter Included Meade Universal Power Supply
Included Items

Included Items

  • 12" ACF Optical Tube
  • LX850 EQ Mount Head
  • LX-600 Steel Tripod
  • 30# Counterweight
  • 22# Counterweight
  • Ultra Wide Field Guide Camera - Built In
  • 80mm Refractor with Built In Guide Camera
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Your initial description states 2" diagonal, but your additional information states 1.25" diagonal. Which is it. Should we assume 2" with an adaptor? And what adaptor size will work for this LX850 to accommodate a Canon T5i?
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