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Meade LX600 16" ACF
Advanced Coma Free - UHTC Optical Coatings - LightSwitch type Alignment
To order this item outside mainland Britain or Highlands & Islands, please contact us.
Meade LX600 16" ACF
  • 16" Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optics
  • Focal Length: 3251mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • Heavy-duty fork type mount
  • Super Giant Field Tripod
  • 50mm Viewfinder
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
  • Meade Autostar II Goto Handset
  • Complete StarLock autoguide system
  • LightSwitch technology for auto-alignment
  • Optional 5A 12VDC Power Supply Unit
  • Optional X-Wedge
  • 1 year UK warranty
  • Meade SKU: 1608-70-03
Meade Telescope
Meade LX600 16" ACF
Package includes:
  • Meade 16" ACF f/8 optical tube with UHTC optical coatings.
  • Meade StarLock unit.
  • Meade LX600 Heavy Duty Fork Mount.
  • Meade Super Giant Field Tripod.
  • Autostar II Hand Controller (GoTo).
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl eyepiece.
  • Meade UK Warranty.
  • OFFER: Please refer to the right hand column on this page.
Optional Accessories
12V DC 6A Regulated Mains Power Supply Unit to power telescope. + £29.95
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Meade LX600 User Manual
Meade & Coronado
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16" ACF Visual Back Thread
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Meade Instruments is proud to announce the latest addition to our line of industry leading developments, the LX600, ready to take your visual and optical astronomy to the next level. The fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. Includes StarLock for full time guiding at one arc second precision and LightSwitch style auto-alignment, Crayford style zero shift focuser with reduction, AutoStar II GOTO system with over 145,000 object library, and much more.

Advanced Optics
The Meade Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optical design offers the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields greatly desired by discerning amateur astronomers, astrophotographers and professional observatories alike. This patented system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes found in classical RCs.

This 16" LX600 has 16" diameter f/8 ACF optics (focal length 3251mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. The redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero image shift eliminating the need for a mirror lock and includes an internal Crayford style focuser with two speed, 7:1 reduction control that allows for quick and easy adjustments.

High Precision Tracking
The no-compromise LX600 dual fork mount features 5.75" main gear and pointing accuracy of one arcminute or better in High Precision Mode. This rock solid platform is sure to exceed the need for the most demanding applications.

Includes StarLock- the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade's exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted alignment. Once aligned the StarLock automatically guide corrects the mount in real time, achieving a tracking accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.

The LX600 features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 8 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in under 30 seconds. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, in .01x sidereal increments. Preset slew speeds include 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x; 1 and 2 degrees per second, adjustable in .1 degrees/sec. The mount and all electronics are internally powered from 8 (user-supplied) C-cell batteries. An external 12V DC battery or power pack may also be used. Meade 607 Power Cord and Meade Universal Power Supply sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis.

Meade LX600 Series
The Meade LX600 series.

Features and Accessories
The 16" LX600 Advanced Coma-Free comes fully equipped with AutoStar II keypad with 145,000 object library, Meade 1.25" diagonal, 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece and 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket. Power panel includes the following ports: 12V input, 12V output, illuminated reticle, handbox, RS-232 x1, StarLock, Aux, and Focuser. Meade Microfocuser compatible, Microfocuser item 07080 sold separately.

Note: Shown mounted on optional X-Wedge, sold separately. X-Wedge not included.

Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Telescope Specification
. LX600 10" ACF LX600 12" ACF LX600 14" ACF LX600 16" ACF
Clear Aperture 10 inches (254mm) 12 inches (305mm) 14 inches (356mm) 16 inches (406mm)
Optical Design Advanced Coma Free (ACF) Advanced Coma Free (ACF) Advanced Coma Free (ACF) Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
Focal Length 2032mm 2438mm 2845mm 3251mm
Focal Ratio f/8 f/8 f/8 f/8
Telescope Mounting Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit) 0.456 arcseconds 0.380 arcseconds 0.326 arcseconds 0.285 arcseconds
Secondary Obstraction 20.95% 16.86% 13.28% TBC
AutoStar Controller Autostar II Autostar II Autostar II Autostar II
Object Database 145,000 objects 145,000 objects 145,000 objects 145,000 objects
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross hair reticle 8x50mm with cross hair reticle
Eyepiece 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism Series 5000 2" enhanced diagonal
Optional Focal Reducer / Field Flattener 2" diam., 3 element, fully multi-coated, f/5 (designed specifically for f/8 ACF)
Optimal back focus distance at f/8 TBC TBC TBC TBC
Optimal back focus distance at f/5 3.5 inches 3.5 inches 3.5 inches TBC
Focus System Internal Crayford style zero image-shift primary mirror focus with dual speed 7:1 control
Slow Motion Controls Mechanical & Electronic Mechanical & Electronic Mechanical & Electronic Mechanical & Electronic
Slew Speeds RA and Dec: 0.01x to 1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x incremens; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments
Tracking Rates Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
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
Focuser Mechanism Internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift, dual speed 7:1 focuser
Tripod Giant Field Tripod Giant Field Tripod Giant Field Tripod Super Giant Field Tripod
Batteries (user supplied) 8 x C cells 8 x C cells 8 x C cells n/a
Battery Life (Typical) 20 hours 20 hours 20 hours n/a
Power 12V DC, 5 Amp power supply (optional)
GPS Receiver included included included included
True Level & North Sensors (NT) included included included included
Time Chip included included included included
Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser optional optional optional optional
Smart Mount yes yes yes yes
Smart Drive yes yes yes yes
Oversized Primary Mirror yes yes yes yes
AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software included included included included
Wedge (optional) X-Wedge (optional) X-Wedge (optional) X-Wedge (optional) X-Wedge (optional)
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 Down to 1 arcsecond - depending on sky conditions
High Precision Alignment Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ultra-precise polar alignment
Starlock Weight 6 lbs. (2.72 kg) 6 lbs. (2.72 kg) 6 lbs. (2.72 kg) 6 lbs. (2.72 kg)
Primary Mirror Low expansion borrosilicate glass
Secondary Mirrors Individually figured with primary mirror for maximum correction. Low expansion borosilicate glass
Correction Plate/Lens Aspheric high-spectral transmission Borofloat glass from Schott AG Germany
Optical Tube Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium
Weights and Dimensions
OTA and Mount net weight TBC TBC TBC TBC
Tripod weight 23kg (50 lbs) 23kg (50 lbs) 23kg (50 lbs) tbc
Tripod dimensions 40" to 50" variable 40" to 50" variable 40" to 50" variable tbc
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx) 136 lbs 179 lbs 239 lbs tbc

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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