The Meade 16" LX600-ACF (f/8) Advanced Coma-Free Optical System with StarLock and permanent EQ pier is ready to take your visual and optical astronomy to the next level. The fast f/8 Advanced Coma-Free optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. It includes StarLock for full time guiding at one arc second precision and LightSwitch style auto-alignment, Crayford style zero shift focuser with reduction, AutoStar II GOTO system with over 145,000 object library, OTA cooling fan and much more.
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 16" LX600 has 16" diameter f/8 ACF optics (focal length 3251 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 massive 16" LX600 dual fork mount features 11" main gears and boasts 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 included all steel Equatorial Pier comes ready for permanent installation in your observatory and ensures a research grade foundation for this largest of the LX600 models. Requires custom manufacture to latitude of installation to be specified at time of order.
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.
Fast slew speeds are from 1 to 6 degrees per second and can be user selected at .1 degree per second increments, while fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one -hundredth increments. The mount and all electronics are externally powered by the included 12 V DC Meade Universal Power Supply (5 amp output). 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.
The 16" LX600 Advanced Coma-Free comes fully equipped with AutoStar II keypad with 145,000 object library, Meade 2" Series 5000 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. Meade Microfocuser compatible, Microfocuser item 07080 sold separately.