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Meade’s LightSwitch (LS) 8" ACF™ telescope. This award-winning 8" f/10 (2032mm focal length) powerhouse telescope is feature packed. Meade's patented automatic self alignment system aligns with just one touch of the power switch. Just flip the switch and walk away. It aligns itself. It’s that simple.
The Advanced-Coma Free (ACF™) design reduces astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes. This ACF™ telescope also delivers coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields, giving you razor sharp detail on the edge of your view.
The included AutoStar III GoTo handbox has a 100,000+ object library and guided tour functions. Continuing, the Meade ECLIPS color CCD camera (640x480 resolution) allows you to capture images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real time on an external monitor (sold separately) - or, store the photos on a SD card (sold separately) so you can partake in CCD imaging your very first night out.
The included Astronomer Inside feature delivers over four hours of fun and informational audio presentations which can be heard over the built-in speaker. Astronomer Inside also has 30 minutes of video presentations and animations that can be seen with Meade’s Color LCD Video Monitor (sold separately). Imagine being given a brief and entertaining video presentation on Saturn while viewing that planet and its fabulous rings for the very first time. This telescope truly does it all.
Eight (user supplied) C cell batteries will run the telescope for 3-5 hours. For longer observing sessions, use a Meade Universal A/C Power Supply. Includes a highly rigid single-fork mount featuring aluminum construction with massive 4.875" precision worm-gears. Standard equipment also includes a sturdy, adjustable height tripod with steel legs for great stability and vibration damping - and a Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece (77X magnification). Additional eyepieces available separately, compatible with all Meade and other brand 1.25” barrel size eyepieces.
Meade LightSwitch technology- bringing the fun back to Astronomy. This changes everything.
Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.
|Series||LightSwitch (LS) Telescopes|
|Payload Capacity (lb)||70|
|Experience Level||Beginner, Intermediate|
|Battery Type||C CELL|
|Secondary Obstruction (% by area)||13.7|
|Type||Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)|
|Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit)||0.57|
|Diagonal||2” Diagonal with 1.25” adapter|
|Pointing Precision (High-Precision Mode)||PEC|
|Typical Guiding Performance with StarLock||< 1 arc-second|
|Slew Speeds||RA and Dec: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x sidereal and 0.25°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, and 3°/sec (max)|
|Tracking Rates||01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°|
|Power Source||BATTERY OR 12V AC/DC|