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.
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
SKU ME-1408-85-01 UPC Code 709942600636 Manufacturer Meade Telescope Series Meade LX850 Optical Design Modified Cassegrain Mount Type Equatorial - GoTo Warranty 1 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 14" Telescope Focal Ratio f/8 Telescope Focal Length 2845mm Limiting Stellar Magnitude 15.2 Highest Useful Magnification 840x 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 130.8 lbs. Tripod Type Included Extra Large Heavy Duty Counterweights Included (3) 22 lbs. Power Adapter Included Meade Universal Power Supply
- Included Items
- 14" ACF Optical Tube
- LX850 EQ Mount Head
- Steel Tripod
- 30# Counterweight
- Ultra Wide Field Guide Camera - Built In
- 80mm Refractor with Built In Guide Camera
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsDoes this scope have the ability to view the image thru the PC rather than thru the eye piece? The idea it so mount the telescope someplace and use the PC for control and viewing.Question by: Mark W. on Jan 27, 2016 3:16:00 PMThis telescope certainly can be upgraded to this capability, but it does not have the ability to send images to a PC out of the box. You would need to also purchase an appropriate CCD camera, which would transmit image data from the telescope to your PC via a USB connection. The telescope is like the lens, but you need a digital sensor at the back to capture the light and send it to your computer. Please contact us with questions and we can help match you up with the right camera for the type of imaging you want to do.Answer by: Chris Hendren on Feb 1, 2016 5:54:00 PM
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