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.
- 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
SKU ME-1408-80-00 Manufacturer Meade Telescope Series Meade Optical Tubes Optical Design Corrected Schmidt-Cassegrain Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only Warranty 1 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 14" Telescope Focal Ratio f/8 Telescope Focal Length 2845mm 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 63 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
- Included Items
- Meade 14" 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
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsWhat is the coating on the primary and secondary mirrors? Is it dielectric 99% reflectivity? Or not?Question by: B. Wylie on Feb 28, 2016 1:10:00 PMMeade does not use dielectric coatings on their primary and secondary mirrors as that requires a special coating process. The UHTC coatings are enhanced Aluminum with reflectivity around 95-96% on each mirror, but with a bit less drop off at the UV and NIR ends than a typical dielectric coating.Answer by: Chris Hendren on Feb 29, 2016 6:11:00 PM
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