The Meade 14" LX600-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Optical System with StarLock and X-Wedge produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. The Meade Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical design offers the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields greatly desired by discerning amateur astronomers, astrophotographers and professional observatories alike. This patented system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes found in classical RCs.
This 14" LX600 has 14" diameter f/8 ACF optics (focal length 2845 mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. The redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero image shift eliminating the need for a mirror lock and includes an internal Crayford style focuser with two speed, 7:1 reduction control that allows for quick and easy adjustments.
The no-compromise LX600 dual fork mount features 5.75" main gear and pointing accuracy of one arcminute or better in High Precision Mode. This rock solid platform is sure to exceed the need for the most demanding applications. The fully height adjustable (34 to 54") Meade Giant Field Tripod features massive 3" diameter legs, making it a research grade foundation for the LX200.
It includes StarLock - the revolutionary new 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 80 mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted alignment. Once aligned, the StarLock automatically guide corrects the mount in real time, achieving a tracking accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.
The LX600 features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 8 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in under 30 seconds. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, in .01x sidereal increments. Preset slew speeds include 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x; 1 and 2 degrees per second, adjustable in .1 degrees/sec. The mount and all electronics are internally powered from 8 (user-supplied) C-cell batteries. An external 12 V DC battery or power pack may also be used. Meade 607 Power Cord and Meade Universal Power Supply sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis.
It includes X-Wedge, precision CNC machined from ultra-rigid aircraft grade aluminum with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments. Thirty percent more stable than competing equatorial wedges, the X-Wedge sets a new standard for equatorial stability while allowing for tracking from horizon to horizon without need of any meridian flip such as required by German Equatorial Mounts.
The 14" LX600 Advanced Coma-Free comes fully equipped with AutoStar II keypad with 145,000 object library, Meade 1.25" diagonal, 26 mm Super Plossl eyepiece and 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket. Power panel includes the following ports 12 V input, 12 V output, illuminated reticle, handbox, RS-232 x1, StarLock, Aux and Focuser.