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Meade 12 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC

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  • ACF Advanced Coma Free Optics
  • GPS equipped mount with GoTo
  • AutoStar II Controller with 145,000 object database
  • An astrophotographers dream telescope 
  • Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings UHTC
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12 Inch LX200-ACF Telescope, Giant Field Tripod, AutoStar Suite Software, Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece, 1.25" Diagonal Prism

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Meade 12 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. Plus, the LX200-ACF comes with observatory-class optics and a Series 4000 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece. 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.



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

 

The UHTC Advantage



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 1210-60-03 12" LX200-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC

 

Product Number 1210-60-03
Clear Aperture 12" (305mm)
Optical Design Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
Focal Length 3,048mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Mounting Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit) 0.380 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 Giant field
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 34.66 lbs.
OTA Dimensions 14 in x 14 in x 26 in
Tripod Shipping Weight (approx.) 50 lbs.
Tripod Dimensions 40" to 50" variable
Total Net Telescope Weight 125 lbs.
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.) 165 lbs.

Dimensions & Specifications

Weight

34.66 lbs Telescope , 50 lbs Tripod

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

125 lbs.

Finderscope

8x50

Telescopes Series

Meade LX200-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescopes

Optical Design

Advanced Coma Free

Aperture

305mm

Focal Length

3048mm

Focal Ratio

f/10

Mount Design

Dual Fork Arm

Eyepiece 1

26mm (117x)

Highest Useful Magnification

600x

Star Diagonal

1.25 inches

User Level

For the Expert

Object Database

145000 objects

Component

0.380 arcseconds Resolving Power

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Meade 12 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC
 
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  • Strong construction (4)

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Meade 12 inch LX-200 is an Awesome scope

    By Anne A

    from GATLINBURG,TN

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

      i Bought my LX-200 a few days ago. It came in the alloted time. it was well worth the money. Telescope.com did a great job of getting my scope to me. All of it went smoothly. the LX-200 got tehre thursday afternoon i was out with it that night. the details you see with the 12" aperture was outstanding. it a heavy scope but not bad as you hear. 72 pounds and the handles made it easy to move around. the tripod is a heavy duty and is very stable. All said and done this is one of the best Telescope i have ever used. the optic are perfect and were accurately colimated when i recieved it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LX200AFC is an awesome scope

      By Dave Price

      from Aiken S.C.

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

      I just recieved my 12" LX200 ACF gps yesterday. it had been raining and was cloudy. but i set the tripod up just incase. as it got dark it looked as if i would nto get the first night. but around 8:30pm it started to clear. from then on set up was quick easy. the scope was not that bad to move. it could get heavy at 75 pounds on the mount and tube. but i was able to easily move it place it on the tripod bolt it down wiht no issues. The optics were great. first test Orion's great Nebula with a 40 mm plossl. absolutly great awesome detail even to teh point of seeing dust trail details. then on to planettary absolutly insain even in the 40 mm Jupiter showed two ring in the atsmophere. four moons visable. but the next to it one more test 40 mm with the cluster of all clusters and there was the problem this scope is for small targets in f10 mode. but the details you could see behind the pleadies which show up incredible in the 50 mm finderscope which in itself is an awesome little scope for wide field and acurate and easy to set up. slip it in lock in down and its two screws to colimate it to the main optics. great scope and even if not on the manual controls will make it easy for visual dead scope this scope. which i did last night with great suscess. holding on the jupiter to the crab nebula and on some of the globular clusters. and as they told me it would be at my door in three days and around 12:30 there it was both about 40 minutes apart and two deliveries. i will definatly be back to get more parts for my new scope.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Big portable telescope

      By Eli

      from Chicago Suburbs

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

      This is the largest portable telescope I can picture. Any larger and it will be best in a permanent location. I bought this thinking I'll be able to set up myself. Maybe I can but I do not want to risk dropping it and have always had assistance setting up. It barely fits in my SUV. If you are a beginner, do not expect to see much on your first night. You first need to do all sorts of calibration and training. And good luck with the GPS getting a signal. I wish they would update the electronics on this thing. Who still has RS-232 ports on their computer?

      The views on this telescope are much better than on my Meade 114mm reflector and for this price they better be. The main reason I purchased a second telescope was the tracking ability. This one works like expected. I am happy with the quality of the construction. Do not expect to see images like the ones you see in magazines or T.V. Those are probably taken with the Hubble and there is no way this is going to match the Hubble. This is a good looking telescope that produces clear crisp images and has always been a hit in gatherings with our friends.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Big Eyes

      By Marco

      from SP, Brasil

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescope with UHTC:

        Big telescope, best fit in a small observatory.

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