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Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC

Item# MEAD357
 
4.5

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10 Inch LX200-ACF Telescope, Standard Field Tripod, AutoStar Suite Software, Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece, 1.25" Diagonal Prism

Description

Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope with UHTC

 

The most widely used research telescope on earth now comes with the most advanced optical system. Meade's LX200-ACF brings Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics within reach of aspiring astronomers everywhere. Nearly every observatory reflector in the world uses an aplanatic (coma-free) optical system like the Ritchey-Chrétien (RC), including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Now you can own optics similar to what the professionals use. The LX200-ACF includes all the field-proven features of the LX200, including GPS, Primary Mirror Lock, Oversized Primary Mirror, SmartDrive™, Smart Mount™, AutoStar® II, and more. The new LX200-ACF:  It's the biggest news in astronomy since, well, the LX200.

 

The "advanced" in Advanced Coma-Free.
A traditional Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) is a type of reflector that delivers a coma-free, flat field of view via hyperbolic primary and secondary mirrors. RC telescopes (from a variety of manufacturers) are found in most of the world's top observatories and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Because the mirrors in these telescopes have always been very expensive to make, few amateur astronomers could enjoy them. Fortunately, Meade engineers developed a radical new Advanced Coma Free design by combining a hyperbolic secondary mirror with a corrector-lens-and-spherical-primary-mirror combination that performs as one hyperbolic element. This ACF design produces a coma-free, flat field of view that rivals traditional RC telescopes at a fraction of the cost. The design even eliminates diffraction spikes and improves astigmatism, both of which are inherent in the traditional ACF design. When reviewing Meade's LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free, Sky and Telescope magazine said, " It does indeed perform like a Ritchey-Chrétien. The difference between the off-axis images (compared to a Schmidt-Cassegrain) was dramatic to say the least."

 

f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics: Building from a classic RC design, Meade has created a new design with the same coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter field that discerning astrophotographers and most professional observatories have come to expect from classic Ritchey-Chrétien optics. Meade's Advanced Coma-Free system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffractions spikes found in classical RCs. The LX200-ACF is the perfect platform for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast with telescopes available in apertures of 8 inches, 10 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches and 16 inches.

 

Primary Mirror Lock - Locks the mirror in place preventing movement during long-exposure astrophotography.

 

Smart Drive - Provides permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) on both axes by learning and averaging error over the course of one or more training periods, thereby minimizing guiding corrections during long-exposure photographs.   PPEC is available on both axes and functions in both polar and altazimuth modes.

 

Sony GPS Receiver Sensor - automatically inputs precise time, date, and geographical location to help quickly and precisely align the telescope.

 

AutoAlign - Telescopes with Meade's new AutoAlign are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box.  AutoAlign picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder.  Just center to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe are at your fingertips.

 

AutoStar II Controller - features "Hot Keys" for quick access to a 145,000 celestial object database.  AutoStar II can be updated with the latest software upgrades, guided tours and timely objects like comets free at meade.com



Meade High Precision Pointing HP Feature

 

This feature is most helpful to astrophotographers interested in imaging objects too faint to be confirmed with the naked eye.  Or those who want to place an item dead center on a very small CCD chip.  When you turn this feature on and ask the scope to slew to an object, the scope will first slew to a star right next to the object and ask you to center that star perfectly.  The star is likely to be perfectly centered already (that's how accurate Meade telescopes are).  But once you have confirmed the star's precise location, the scope will slew to the nearby deep sky object and place it exactly in the center of your field of view.  For normal observing, this level of precision isn't necessary.  But HPP gives you the confidence to kick off a two-hour long imaging sequence without even visually confirming a faint object's existence! 

 

Supplier SKU 1010-60-03 10" LX200-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC

 

 


Product Number 1010-60-03
Clear Aperture 10" (254mm)
Optical Design Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
Focal Length 2,500mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Mounting Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit) 0.456 arcseconds
AutoStar Controller Autostar II
Object Database 145,000 objects
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
Eyepiece 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism
Pointing Precision (High-Precision Mode) 1-arc min.
Periodic Error Correction Both Axes
Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) Yes
Slow Motion Controls Mechanical & electronic
Slew Speeds RA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 2°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments.
Tracking Rates Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Tripod Standard field Tripod
Batteries (User-Supplied) 8 x C cells
Battery Life (Typical) 20 hrs.
Power 12V DC, 5 amp power supply (optional)
Additional Features 
GPS Receiver Included
True Level & North Sensors (LNT) Included
Time Chip Included
Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser Optional
Smart Mount Yes
Smart Drive Yes
Mirror Lock Yes
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes
AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software Included
Materials 
Primary Mirror & Secondary Mirrors Low expansion borrosilicate glass
Correcting Plate/Lens Schott Water-white Glass
Optical Tube Aluminum
Weights and Dimensions 
OTA Weight 29.46 lbs.
OTA Dimensions 12 in x 12 in x 23 in
Tripod Weight 19 lbs.
Tripod Dimensions 30" to 44" variable
Total Net Telescope Weight 90 lbs.
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.) 122 lbs.

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

Power Source

Battery

Battery

8 x C Cell

Battery Life

20 hours

Features

Alt-Az Mount , GoTo , GPS

Configuration

UHTC Optical Coating

Gender

Brand

Meade

Weight Complete

90 lbs.

Finderscope

8x50

GPS

Yes

GoTo

Yes

Telescopes Series

Meade LX200-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescopes

Optical Design

Advanced Coma Free

Aperture

254mm

Focal Length

2500mm

Focal Ratio

f/10

Mount Design

Dual Fork Arm

Eyepiece 1

26mm (96x)

Highest Useful Magnification

500x

Star Diagonal

1.25 inches

User Level

For the Expert

Object Database

145000 objects

Component

0.456 arcseconds Resolving Power

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Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC
 
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Pros

  • Accurate (5)
  • Strong construction (4)
  • Quality lenses (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (5)
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5.0

Great quality telescope

By Stephen

from JACKSONVILLE,OR

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

I have only used cheap refractors in the past. I was blown away by the sharpness and clarity of this telescopes images!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value at a great price

By CZAR

from Calgary Canada

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Features
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

This telescope has all of the features I was looking for and weather permitting I will be using it weekly.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Out of this world

By Stevie Steve

from Madison, WI

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Bright Conditions
    • Low Visibility

    Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

    The 'Go To' is dead on. Very nice finish. Lets in more light than my 8" had. One night I was out in the middle of a cornfield, and the Sheriff came out to investigate what my car was doing there, after he found out I got permission for the land owner, he said, "Wow that looks expensive". Anyway, Im really glad I got this scope, its a bit heavy, so you may have to keep up with your pushups inorder to lift it. Thanks again Meade..

    Steve

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    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Optics

    By Juan200

    from EL Monte,CA

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

    I bought this scope about a week ago and it works
    great.I train the drives and adjusted the backlash.The optics are great,collamination on the scope is dead on,no adjustment needed.Took it
    out and did the autoalignment,it work very well,but doing the manual two star alignment is faster and is less stress for the motors when doing the autoalign.This scope is great and it work great out of the box.Keep it going Meade!

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exploring the Universe with the LX200

    By pcalliance

    from Clever, Missouri

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

    I have owned this scope since August of 2009 and I purchased from telescopes.com. I haven't had as much time out with the scope as I would have liked but most astronomers know why, the clouds for the winter of 2009 - 2010 have been pretty bad. I've had enough time with it now to write a review though.I've got 5 telescopes ranging from an 80mm APO to the Meade LX200GPS 14". This LX200 10" is my favorite scope to viewng! As I also have a Meade LX200GPS 14" I have often put it side by side with the 10" LX200 ACF for visual comparison. It is what it is, a coma-free field of view. My older LX200GPS does not have these optics and that is why my LX200 ACF is my favorite scope to view with.I have now imaged through the scope and it performed admirably. I have not as yet controlled the scope through a computer but the included software allows for this (data cable must be purchased seperately). Since the scope is relatively heavy (about 95 pounds with the tripod) I have purchased wheelie bars for it and this has helped tremendously for moving the scope around. I've had this scope out in 18 degree nights with no problems at all (was also using a dew heater).I've only had 1 problem with the scope since it was purchased, this was the GPS unit. I contacted Meade and they shipped me a new GPS unit out without me having to package up the scope for shipment (THANK YOU Meade). I completed the repair myself in about 10 minutes.I love the scope and use it as often as I can.

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    Customer Q & A

    Q1: How hard/easy is this scope to set up?

    A: The Meade 10 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC & Standard Tripod is a little heavy but a simple set up. It will come in 3 different parts. The tripod, the mount, and the optical tube. The mount connects to the tripod and the optical tube fits to the mount. The connection is simple to set up and take apart for travel.

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