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Meade LS 8" ACF
LightSwitch Technology - Advanced Coma Free (ACF) Optics - UHTC Coatings
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Meade LS 8" ACF
Advanced features include LightSwitch technology, ACF, ECLIPS CCD and Autostar III.
  • Optical Design: Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
  • Aperture:8" (203mm)
  • Focal ratio: f/10
  • Focal Length: 2000mm
  • Optical Coatings: U.H.T.C.
  • LightSwitch technology
  • Integrated CCD identifies position
  • GPS global positioning system
  • GoTo Hand controller: AutoStar III
  • Primary Mirror: Pyrex glass
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Package includes:
  • Electronic Level Sensor
  • Electronic Magnetic North Sensor
  • High Precision Internal Clock
  • Red Dot Viewfinder (SmartFinder)
  • Deluxe Field Tripod w/ Case
  • SmartFinder (Red-dot Viewfinder)
  • Autostar controller
  • Series 4000 Super Plossl 26mm Eyepiece (1.25")
  • AutoStar Suite
  • Instruction Manual
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • OFFER: Please refer to the right hand column on this page.
Accessories
Meade 4000 Series Super Plössl Eyepiece & Filter Set. + £198.00
12V DC 6A Regulated Mains Power Supply Unit to power telescope. + £29.95
Meade Micro Focuser for LX200-ACF and LS. + £288.00
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Outline
This Telescope is the most technologically advanced model available and is the easiest to use. With new LightSwitch technology and Advanced Coma Free optics "this changes everything". All models include the latest 1.2g software revision.

Meade’s revolutionary LS™ LightSwitch™ telescope uses advanced technologies like GPS, LNT™ and ECLIPS™ CCD imaging to do what no other consumer telescope has done before: take all the hassle out of using a telescope. Simply flip the switch and the LS automatically aligns itself. Astronomer Inside™ then takes you on a guided multimedia tour of the best objects in your sky. The new aluminum mount is lightweight and portable, yet has a rigid structure with precision worm-gear drives for the ultimate in tracking and pointing accuracy. All this combined with Meade’s Advanced Coma-Free optical system provides the stargazer with the most sophisticated, yet easiest to use telescope ever.

Meade takes out all the hassles and puts in all the fun with the all-new LS featuring LightSwitch technology. Now it’s fast and easy to perform all start-up functions with just a flip of the switch. The revolutionary LightSwitch technology automatically delivers telescope location, time, date, orientation and alignment with the sky — all with a single touch. And thanks to Meade’s exclusive Advanced Coma-Free™ optics, you see it all in stunning Ritchey-Chrétien-like clarity. And with the Astronomer Inside™ comprehensive multi-media content, you experience the universe in a way you never have before. In short, the LS incorporates everything you’ve come to expect from Meade, the undisputed leader in innovation and quality.

ETX-LS
Meade LS 6" shown.
Radically new, cutting–edge features:

Light Switch Technology
EASY, Automatic Self -Alignment Meade’s patented automatic self-alignment system — just one touch and it does all of the work for you. No stars to center. No bearings to take. No time or location to enter. Just flip the switch, and the Integrated Sensor Module in combination with the ECLIPS™(Electronically Controlled Locate Identify Position System) CCD imager delivers all the information necessary to automatically align your LS for fast, accurate, hassle-free viewing. All at the flip of a switch.

MEADE’S ASTRONOMER INSIDE
Take a multi-media guided tour of the universe, or select your favorite object and the LS’ Astronomer Inside gives you fun and informative audio descriptions of over 500 objects while you view them in the eyepiece or experience the whole dazzling multi-media presentation on an attached video monitor complete with audio, video, still images and text.

ACF (Advanced Coma -Free) Optics SHARP, CLEAR, BRLLIANT
Meade’s proprietary, Advanced Coma-Free optics will wow you at first sight. Distortion-free clarity. Sharpas- a-tack resolution. ACF’s state-of-the-art optics are so good, you’ll see more objects than you’ve ever thought possible. Just compare ACF to Ritchey-Chrétien systems selling for $10,000 or more, and ACF’s quality will absolutely astound you.

BUILT-IN IMAGING Excitement
The built-in ECLIPS CCD lets you capture widefield images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real-time* or save them to an SD card, with no external computer needed. You can even connect and control another advanced DSI CCD camera and view images on an external monitor or save the images to the SD card or an external computer. Either way, you can start astro-imaging on your first night out!

AutoStar III® TOTAL CONTROL
The easy-to-use hand-held controller lets you select from a huge object database, with over 100,000 celestial objects. Just select an object and push the “GoTo” button and the telescope will automatically put your object in the eyepiece. The AutoStar III also gives you complete control of the Astronomer Inside multimedia features only available from Meade.

AutoStar



Meade LS 8 ACF
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Clear Aperture 8" (203.2mm)
Focal Length, Focal Ratio 2000mm, f/10
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) included
Optical Tube Dimensions (diameter x length) 9" x 15.75"
Viewfinder Red Dot
Telescope Mounting Aluminium, single arm alt-azimuth
GoTo Pointing Precision (approx) 5-arc mins.
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode 3-arc mins.
Slow-Motion Controls Electric, RA and Dec
AutoStar III Hand Controller Toshiba® microcontroller; 2 line x 16 alphanumeric character display; 20-button keypad, red LED backlit
Batteries (user supplied) 8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx.) 3 to 5 hours
Onboard Celestial Object Database Over 100,000 objects
Slew Speeds RA and Dec: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Tracking Rates Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected
Tube Body Aluminium
Mount Castings Aluminium
Primary, Secondary Mirrors Pyrex® Glass
Correcting Plate/Lens Schott clear water white glass
Telescope Weight 30lbs
Tripod Weight 9 lbs
Field Tripod Weight 25.5" to 43.5" variable
Optical Tube Master Carton (Size / Weight) 21.2" x 16.5" x 31.75" / 48 lbs.
Tripod Master Carton (Size / Weight) 29.1" x 10.6" x 10.6" / 12 lbs.

Notice
We are constantly checking the accuracy of the technical data. We are prepared to provide more detailed information on request. Technical data is subject to change without notice.

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