Meade 10" f/8 ACF Optical Tube Assembly

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Meade 10" f/8 ACF Optical Tube Assembly   Discontinued
$2,499.00
Item # ME-1008-80-00
  • The Meade f/8 ACF 10" Optical Tube Assembly features Meade's precision Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC).
  • Meade Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optics provides pinpoint star images, and exceptional flat fields when compared to traditional Cassegrain designs. Astigmatism and diffraction spikes are eliminated.
  • Optimized for astrophotography with a shorter f/8 focal ratio.
  • 7:1 Crayford Style Focuser for precise focus control.
  • Includes 8x50 Cross-Hair finder, V Series (Vixen Style) dovetail plate, HD-60 25mm eyepiece and dust covers.
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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.  

 

Features:

  • 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. 
  • 7:1 precision focuser with zero-image shift.
  • 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. 
  • 8x50 optical finder
  • Series 5000 2" diagonal
  • 25mm HD-60 Eyepiece

 

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-1008-80-00
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade Optical Tubes
Optical Design Corrected Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 10"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/8
Telescope Focal Length 2032mm
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 - 2" Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm HD-60
Optical Tube Weight 33 lbs.
Total Telescope Weight N/A
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 Losmandy-Style Dovetail
Finder Included 8 x 50 Optical Finder
CD ROMs Included None
Controller Type None
Objects in Database N/A
Mount Weight N/A
Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately
Counterweights Included N/A
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power
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Included Items

Included Items

  • Meade 10" f/8 ACF Optical Tube
  • HD-60 25mm Eyepiece
  • Series 5000 2" Diagonal
  • D Series Dovetail Mounting Plate
  • 8x50 Cross Hair Reticle Finder w/ Bracket
  • Dust Covers
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

How is the optical performance of this scope for imaging with an 8300 chip?
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Hi: Can you change the position of the dovetail bar? I would want to move it 90 degrees from position shown in the picture to accommodate my mount. Thanks,
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Hi:  Is the visual back a true 2" visual back, so that there will be no vignetting when using a 2" diagonal and 2" eyepieces? Other than a mount, eyepieces, dew shield and dew heater, is there anything one would need to start using this? Thanks!
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Which version of the Flexible Dew shields would work on the 10" F8 ACF OTA given the position of the dovetail plate and its mounting bracket. Also, how would you rig a heating cable given the dovetail location. Thanks for your answer
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Would the vignetting on a full frame camera such as a Canon 6D still allows for good pictures? How about with APS-C?
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Hi: Can the included finder scope be set-up with a right angle diagonal to improve ease of use? Thanks!
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Is it possible to assemble the new OTA 10" to an old field tripod and mount from year 1990, to install it to the go to system and make it work?

Who can do this installation?
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Hi Chris: Thanks for the answer on moving the dovetail. Follow-up: I see in the picture 1. the finder scope and 2. another mounting bracket. Can this mounting bracket be moved also?
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