Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount with StarLock and Tripod

MSRP: $7,499.99 Please see your local authorized reseller for pricing and availability.

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  • 90 pound instrument capacity
  • StarLock dual imager full time autoguider
  • AutoStar II GoTo system
  • Heavy-duty tripod with anti-vibration pads
  • Includes telescope to computer USB Cable, Universal 12v power supply and AutoStar Suite software
Item #: 37-0850-00

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Meade Instruments proudly introduces the new standard in astrophotograhic performance, the LX850 mount with StarLock dual imager full time autoguider. Includes AutoStar II GOTO system with over 144,000 object library and all the features an advanced visual observer or astrophotographer would ever want. Take your imaging to the next level.

Designed and Manufactured in North America.

The LX850 mount, constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum is a rock solid platform for the most demanding applications, with a 90 pound payload capacity and pointing accuracy as good as one arcminute. Features include precision roller bearings on each axis, a 1.75 stainless steel RA shaft, 5.8" main gears, fine manual adjustment controls on both axis, illuminated reticle output port, telescope to computer USB cable and AutoStar Suite software. Mount main body weight is 55 pounds. The fully height adjustable (29 to 45") tripod features massive 3" diameter stainless steel legs for rock steady performance and weighs 36 pounds.

Includes StarLock — the advanced 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 polar alignment using the drift method. Once aligned the StarLock is guiding the mount in real time, and even automatically programs periodic error correction, achieving a guiding accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.

Features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 3 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in one minute flat. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing at 2x, 8x, 16x, or 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 3 degrees per second. The mount and all electronics are externally powered by the included Meade Universal Power Supply (12V). An external DC battery or power pack may also be used; Meade 607 Power Cord sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power. Includes single 26 pound stainless steel counterweight, additional weights sold separately.

Warranty:
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.
Warning:

Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

Best for viewing
Fainter deep sky
Best for imaging
Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
Astro-imaging capability
Lunar, planetary & long exposure
User level
Advanced
Optical diameter
1mm
Weight rating
90 lbs.
Dovetail bar system
Yes
Computerized compatibility
Go-To included
Number of objects in database
144,000
Tracking rates
Sidereal
Motor speeds
.01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°
Motor type
DC Servo motors with encoders
Power requirement
12-volt DC - 5A (tip positive)
PEC
Yes
GPS
Included
Backlash compensation
Yes
Setting circles
Electronic, via the hand controller
Polar-axis scope
Not available
Counterweights
One 26 lb.
Available ports
RS-232, Aux
Tripod material
Aluminum & Steel
Tripod leg diameter
3.00 in.
Counterweight bar length
12 in.
Diameter of counterweight shaft
45mm
Weight, mount/tripod
36.0 lbs.
Weight, fully assembled
96.0 lbs.
Additional included accessories
AutoStar II GoTo system, One 26-lb. stainless steel counterweight, Three tripod anti-vibration pads
Other features
StarLock Full-Time Automatic Guiding, AutoStar Suite software, Meade 12V universal power supply included
Warranty
One year