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Meade LX850 130mm ED APO
Advanced Coma Free - UHTC Optical Coatings - Computerised Goto Mount
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Meade LX850 130mm ED APO
  • 130mm ED Triplet Lens, Series 6000
  • Focal Length: 910mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/7
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optical Coatings
  • 50mm Viewfinder with cross-hair reticle
  • HD-60 25mm, long eye relief, premium eyepiece
  • Heavy duty German Equatorial Mount: 40kg capacity
  • Meade Autostar II Goto Handset
  • Complete StarLock autoguide system
  • Includes 5A 12VDC Power Supply Unit
  • Optional 3" Field Flattener
Meade Telescope
Meade LX850 130mm ED APO Refractor
Package includes:
  • Meade 130mm ED Triplet APO f/7 optical tube, fully multi-coated optics.
  • Meade LX850 Heavy Duty Equatorial Mount and Tripod.
  • Autostar II Hand Controller (GoTo).
  • Meade UK Warranty.
  • OFFER: Please refer to the right hand column on this page.
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MEDLX850T130 £ --- £ 30.00
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The Meade LX850™ with StarLock™ has been designed from the ground up to be the ideal astro-imaging platform. Drawing on over 39 years of experience and innovation, Meade Instruments introduces the latest in a long line of advanced astronomical products: the LX850. Using revolutionary new technology, every aspect of this amazing telescope system has been designed to deliver the new standard in astrophotographic and visual performance.

130mm 3-element ED APO Refractor
Meade's Series 6000 3 element air-spaced f/7 apochromatic refractor has a 130mm diameter (5.1") fully multi-coated triplet objective lens is from the highest quality ED (extra-low dispersion) glass for outstanding contrast and sharpness as well as near zero detectable chromatic aberration or "colour fringing". Featuring a super precise dual speed 3" Crayford focuser with 10:1 gear reduction for ultra fine focus control.

Meade LX850 Series
The Meade LX850 series.

For crisp wide-field observing and imaging, few optical designs match the performance of a true triple-element apochromatic refractor. This is especially true in astrophotography. Meade Series 6000 ED Triplet APO refractors compete head-to-head with the world's premium APOs at a fraction of the cost.

Expert observers will be delighted by the virtual absence of colour fringing around objects and the scope's textbook-perfect pinpoint star images. Even beginners will notice the extra high contrast and breathtaking wide-field views of a Series 6000 ED APO. Each scope includes a Meade enhanced 2" diagonal with a 99% reflectivity mirror and a hard carrying case.

A Series 6000 ED APO is the ideal companion for your larger Schmidt-Cassegrain, Advanced Coma Free, or Newtonian telescope. When piggybacked, a Series 6000 ED APO is the perfect guide scope that doubles as spectacular wide-field photography scope when guided by the primary instrument.

Meade 6000 Series APO

Key Features
  • True ED Apochromatic Triplet. A true triplet optical design guarantees the textbook colour corection you should expect from a premium APO.
  • Premium ED Glass. For unsurpassed colour correction, brightness, and clarity, the Series 6000 APOs uses premium FPL53 (80mm) and FK61 (115mm & 130mm) Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass.
  • Fast Focal Ratio. At f/6 (80mm), and f/7 (115mm and 130mm), these scopes are tailor-made for wide field astrophotography.
  • Air-Space Objective Lens. The precision air-spaced triple element ED objective lens focuses red, green, and blue wave lengths to the same exact focal point.
  • Fully-Multicoated Lenses. Meade broadband multicoated lenses ensure maximum light transmission.
  • Machined Aluminum Dual Speed Crayford Focuser. A superior focuser means smooth and repeatable focusing with no image shift. Every Meade Series 6000 ED Triplet APO includes a zero iamge-shift 10:1 dual speed crayford focuser, giving you the fine focus you want for super sharp visuals and images. The 80mm APO features a large 2" diameter focuser, while the 115mm and 130mm telescopes include an incredible 3" diameter focuser allowing a wide range of accessories.
  • Enhanced 2" Diagonal. All Series 6000 ED APO telescopes include an enhanced 99% reflectivity slip-fit diagonal.
  • Fully-Extendable Dew Shield. An essential accessory built into the telescope, protecting it from dew build up and stray light.
  • Cradle Rings and Mounting Bracket. Allows mounting on a wide variety of Meade and non-Meade German Equatorial Mounts and most photo tripods.
Optical Tube Specification
. 80mm ED Triplet APO 115mm ED Triplet APO 130mm ED Triplet APO
Clear Aperture 80mm 115mm 130mm
Optical Design Apochromatic Refractor Apochromatic Refractor Apochromatic Refractor
Focal Length 480mm 805mm 910mm
Focal Ratio f/6 f/7 f/7
Optical Tube Mounting Vixen-style mounting plate Vixen-style mounting plate Vixen-style mounting plate
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated Fully Multi-Coated Fully Multi-Coated
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit) 1.45 arcseconds 1.01 arcseconds 0.89 arcseconds
Viewfinder no no no
Diagonal no no no
Optional Field Flattener none 3" diam. 2-element fully multicoated field flattener
Focus System Crayford-style 2" zero image-shift focuser w/ dual speed 10:1 control Crayford-style 3" zero image-shift focuser w/ dual speed 10:1 control Crayford-style 3" zero image-shift focuser w/ dual speed 10:1 control
Glass FPL53 extra-low dispersion FK61 extra-low dispersion FK61 extra-low dispersion
Optical Tube Material Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium
Optical Tube Weight 3.3kg (7.2 lbs) 8.0kg (17.5 lbs) 11.3kg (25 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions 10.16cm diameter x 45.72cm 13.94cm diameter x 78.74cm 17.78cm diameter x 93.98cm

Precision machined German Equatorial mount
Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminium, the LX850 mount presents a rock-solid platform with precision roller bearings on both axes. Its .68 inch diameter brass worms and 5.8 inch diameter, 225-tooth aluminium gears deliver smooth, precise movement with up to a 90 pound instrument load. Add to this internal cabling and the AutoStar II fully-computerized GoTo system with GPS, with a database of over 144,000 objects. All this sets atop a new ultra-stable tripod.

Internal cabling
The LX850 mount includes internal channels for routing mount cables as well as cables from your accessories. No more cable snags during your imaging sessions!

Threaded stainless steel counterweight shaft
The LX850 includes a 1.75" diameter threaded stainless steel counterweight shaft with 18 lb. threaded stainless steel counterweights for easy and safe adjustments to telescope balance.

Meade LX850 mount head
The LX850 mount head.

LX850 Series - StarLock™
StarLock — the heart of the LX850 — is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition and ultra-precise guiding corrections a snap. StarLock is an integrated two-camera sensor array that provides four primary functions.

Full-Time Automatic Guide Star Selection and Auto-Guiding - Any time the telescope is slewed to a target, StarLock automatically identifies a suitable guide star as faint as 11th magnitude and locks on. Once locked on, the StarLock will provide guide corrections until you slew to another target or turn it off. It’s all automatic. And unlike standard autoguiders that issue guide corrections in the form of speed and time, the StarLock speaks directly with the motor controllers providing specific commands. The result is more accurate and faster guide corrections.

Ultra-Precision Pointing – StarLock uses its two cameras to refine pointing to an incredible accuracy of one arc-minute, which ensures the object you select will end up on your imaging sensor, a must of those faint objects you can not see visually to confirm position.

Drift Alignment Assist – After alignment, StarLock uses its two cameras to automatically select and GOTO two candidate stars then uses its 80mm f/5 guiding optic to snap a 30 second exposure. The telescope then calculates the distance it the mount must be adjusted to be precisely aligned to the celestial pole and then moves the optical tube the calculated distance so you can re-center the candidate star using the altitude and azimuth controls on the mount head. This dramatically speeds up the drift alignment process.

Lightswitch Alignment – Borrowing from our award-winning Lightswitch line of telescopes, the LX850 and StarLock can select and automatically center alignment stars using its two cameras, thereby taking the guesswork out of alignment.

Meade LX850 14" ACF
The LX850 14" ACF.

Specification of Meade LX850 mount
Mount Body Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminium and stainless steel
Finish Anodized Aluminium and stainless steel
Main gear - R.A. & Dec. 5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminium
Worm gear - R.A. & Dec. 0.68 inch diameter precision machined brass
Counterweight shaft 1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel
Counterweights 18 lb. threaded stainless steel.
Quantity: Mount only - 1, 10 inch- 2, 12 inch- 2, 14 inch - 4, 130mm APO - 1
Drive Motors DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
Tracking distance past meridian 20 degrees
Optical Tube Mounting System Losmandy-style dovetail
Instrument Payload Capacity 40.80 kg (90 lbs)
Latitude range TBD
Tripod Giant folding adjustable tripod with 3 inch diameter aluminium legs.
Height from 29 inches to 45 inches.
Mount body weight 25 kg (55 lbs).
Counterweight shaft and cap weight 8 kg (17.8 lbs).
Counterweights 8 kg (18 lbs).
Tripod weight 16.3 kg (36 lbs).
Control Panel 12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
Computer Control AutoStar II GoTo system
Database Over 144,000 Objects, Catalogs included: Index catalog (5,386); NGC catalog (7,840); Partial Caldwell catalog (109); Messier catalog (110); Earth orbiting satellites (26); Planets (9); Uppsala galaxy catalog (12,940); Morphological catalog of galaxies (12,939); General catalog of variable stars (29,364); SAO and Hipparcos star catalogs (42,277); Draper star catalog (21,160); Yale bright star catalog (8,977); Large Bright Quasars Survey (1,055); Namd objects (4,313); Herschel catalog (400); Abell catalog of galaxy clusters (2,712); Arp catalog of irregular galaxies (635); Lunar features (1,754); Asteroids and comets (120); Constellations (88); Solar/Lunar eclipses, meteor showers (492).
Computer Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 20 backlit LED buttons
GPS yes
Home Sensors Both RA and Dec axes
Internal Clock Yes
Internal Cabling Yes
Slew Speeds 3 degrees/second
Tracking Rates 0.01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4º, 1/2º, 1º, 3º
Tracking Modes EQ North and EQ South
Alignment Procedures 2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align, StarLock assisted drift align
Power 12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply
Wide Field Camera 25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees
Narrow Field Camera 80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
High Precision Pointing +/- 1 arcminute
High Precision Guiding +/- 1 arcsecond RMS (with good seeing, 1-4 second correction update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.
High Precision Alignment Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ultra-precise polar alignment
StarLock Weight 2.72 kg (6 lbs).

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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