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MAX - Designed by the best for the best.
MAX is the distillation of Meade's generation of experience serving the astronomical community. It is a mount system designed by practiced and experienced observers for the most demanding observers.  The design team's credo was to "Design the last mount you will ever buy." It was a tall order.  We chose to build a classic German mount because it has the flexibility to carry any optical instrument we can design. That includes both our current offerings and ones we are just dreaming up now.  Read on and I think you will agree, MAX really is the finest production telescope mount on the market.


Components of MAX
MAX features a unique modular design that allows a couple of individuals to assemble, either permanently or transportably, a mount twice the size of any other commercially available mount.  The mount breaks down into a Portable Pier (tripod), Pedestal, RA Housing Assembly, and DEC Housing assembly. Together all of the components and an OTA assembly fit easily into a station wagon, SUV, minivan or small truck. When assembled, quick release, but rock solid, dovetail plates allow OTA and instrument packages up to 250 lbs to be quickly mounted and de-mounted.
  1. Pedestal Assembly

  2. RA Housing Assembly

  3. Declination Housing Assembly

  4. Counterweight Assembly

  5. Optical Tube Assembly

  6. Tripod or Pier

  7. Low Latitude Kit
 
Pedestal Assembly  
Pedestal Assembly    
MAX's Pedestal assembly can be configured to cover three altitude ranges without the need of disassembly. Together, the three ranges allow the mount to operate anywhere on the planet. No other maker can make such a claim.  The Pedestal was designed using advanced CAD analysis to assure both ease of adjustment and rock solid stability using modern light weight alloys.  Attractively finished, all standard field installation and adjustments on the Pedestal and mount can be performed without tools using large, easily accessible ergonomic handles and knobs. This kind of design shows Meade's generation of experience making instruments for actual observers.

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  Pedestal Assembly
Right Ascension Housing Assembly  
Right Ascension Housing Assembly    
The RA Housing mates to the Pedestal easily, sliding firmly into a dovetail block that measures over 100 square inches. When locked in place, this broad footprint assures that your mount will operate as a single rigid block delivering accurate and repeatable pointing and tracking performance. The RA Housing contains Meade's proven and patented Autostar II telescope control system, a massive 13.625" pitch diameter worm gear attached to a 3.84 diameter 6061-T6511 aluminum alloy main shaft supported by one 6020 Ball bearing (5.9055 OD x 3.9370 ID x 0.9449 wide) & one 6013 ball bearing (3.9370 OD x 2.5591 ID x 0.7090 wide) .  From the start, this mount is built to handle the load.

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  Right Ascension Housing Assembly
Declination Housing Assembly  
Declination Housing Assembly
The Dec Housing mates to the RA Housing using another huge dovetail block. When locked in place, the mount is one single rigid structure ready to carry your instrument payload and point it anywhere in the universe both smoothly and easily with phenomenal accuracy.  The RA Housing, DEC Housing and Pedestal are all designed to allow you to track more than 6 degrees past meridian without interference.  This mount will let you cover the whole sky. We know that best seeing is near the meridian, and we don't want you to miss it.  When you have a mount like MAX, we know one instrument is never enough. In addition to accepting quick change dovetail plates, MAX has two generous wing mount platforms that will allow you to attach guide scopes, piggy back cameras, short focal length refractors and a wide variety of secondary instruments without interfering with the MAX's "all sky" design.

Periodic Error and Pointing Accuracy
Pointing accuracy is an obsession with MAX's designer, the Autostar II enhanced control systems will help you tune your system for peak performance:

 
  • Max electronically balances your instrument package for stress free operation.
  • Max computer assists you in squaring your optical axis.
  • Max provides photographic polar alignment procedures that eliminate the need for drift alignment.
  • Max features Smart Drive™ that deliver PE performance under 2", better than seeing at most sites.
  • Max features Smart Mount™ to put you on target all over the sky.
  • Because MAX has no clutches or worm releases, you won't spend an extra second aligning, even if you hot switch instruments during an observing run.
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Counterweights  

Counterweights
Each 20 Max is supplied with two fixed counterweights, a counterweight shaft & safety cap, and three 35# quick release counterweights .  Each 16 Max is supplied with two fixed counterweights, a counterweight shaft & safety cap, and two 35# quick release counterweights.



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Low Latitude Kit  

Low Latitude Kit
Low Latitude Kit is required for operation within 20 degrees of the equator for the tripod version of max only.  It consists of the counter weight shaft (20#), quick release counterweight (35#), safety cap, and tool to reposition tripod legs for low latitude usage.



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20” LX400-ACF™ and 16” LX400-ACF™ on MAX Robotic Mount  
20" MAX-ACF™ on MAX Robotic Mount
20" MAX-ACF™ on MAX Robotic Mount MAX is sold stand alone, but we could not build this magnificent mount without an optical assembly worthy of its prowess. It is available bundled with Meade's revolutionary 20" MAX-ACF™ Optical Tube Assembly. MAX-ACF OTA's integrate seamlessly with MAX. Together you get pinpoint stars from Meade's unique Advanced Coma-Free optical system from up to meters of aperture. In less than a year on the market, features of the MAX-ACF system are already legendary. 20” LX400-ACF™ and 16” LX400-ACF™ on MAX Robotic Mount
 
  • Zero expansion carbon fiber body
  • Advanced Coma-Free optics
  • Electronic Collimation
  • Integrated Dew Heater
  • OTA fan for quick cool down
  • Digital Electronic Focus with Presets
The MAX system, your ultimate engine for discovery.

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MAX Tripod   MAX Tripod
MAX TripodThe MAX mount tripod can be transported or permanently installed. It was literally designed from the bottom up. It provides a wide stance to assure that it can safely carry MAX's massive payload in all orientations, but still collapses down to a size that is easy to handle. It will even fit in a single vehicle with the rest of your gear. Its design assures that despite its wide stance, it will not interfere with optical systems observing on the meridian. Like the MAX, it sets up, knocks down, and adjusts without the need of tools. You will never get to your remote dark site without the tools necessary to put MAX to work.

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MAX Mount™ Pier   MAX Mount™ Pier Assembly
The MAX mount pier is designed for permanent installation. It has been designed to safely carry MAX's massive payload in all orientations. Whether being mounted in a professional observatory, or in an amateur's back yard, the pier is durable to withstand vibration and strong enough to carry the weight of the MAX mount and Telescope payload. The Pier height must be specified at the time of order.

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