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Meade 6" (152mm) f/10 LS LightSwitch Telescope with Advanced Coma-Free Optical Tube Assembly and UHTC Coatings, Autostar III Handbox Controller

SKU: MDLS6 MFR: 0610-03-10
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About this item

The Meade 6" (152mm) f/10 LS LightSwitch Telescope features the most advanced electronics and optics ever applied to a consumer telescope. Meade is producing the easiest-to-use, educational, high performance telescope on the market by combining LightSwitch Technology, Advanced Coma Free Optics (ACF), Astronomer Inside multimedia output and a completely new mechanical design.

The LightSwitch Technology alignment system is for completely hands free alignment. Using the Integrated Sensor Module and the built-in ECLIPS CCD imager on the telescope tube, the LightSwitch Technology allows the telescope to completely align itself with the sky without any input from the user. The user simply flips the LightSwitch on and the telescope finds its location, time, date, north, level, then locates and centers the alignment stars for a perfect alignment every time without user input.

Take a multi-media guided tour of the universe, or select your favorite object and the LS' Astronomer Inside gives you fun and informative audio descriptions of over 500 objects while you view them in the eyepiece - or experience the whole dazzling multi-media presentation on an attached video monitor - complete with audio, video, still images and text.

The easy-to-use hand-held controller lets you select from a huge object database, with over 100,000 celestial objects. Just select an object and push the "GoTo" button and the telescope will automatically put your object in the eyepiece. The AutoStar III also gives you complete control of the Astronomer Inside multimedia features only available from Meade.

What's Included With This Item

  • Meade 6" (152mm) f/10 LS LightSwitch Telescope
  • Super Plossl 26mm Eyepiece
  • Autostar III Handbox with 100,000 Objects
  • Speaker Built in Mount Connections USB
  • Electric Focuser
  • Self Centering Field Tripod
  • Memory 256 Megabytes of Nanflash
  • Processor 400 Megahertz Blackfin
  • ECLIPS CCD Imager
  • Meade Warranty

Key Features

  • Single arm fork Altitude-Azimuth (Alt-Az) mount
  • Rigid structure with large precision roller bearings on both axis designed to carry large OTAs.
  • Precision worm gear drives with 4.875" main gears in both axis for smooth and accurate tracking and slewing
  • Long fork arm length to allow clearance with the base for most cameras
  • Runs on internal "C" cell batteries for portable field operation
  • Hand control holder built into base
  • Off-On LightSwitch
  • USB and other ports for accessory equipment
  • Heavy-duty stable tripod with quick attachment of the mount
  • 6" ACF optical tube assembly (OTA)
  • Advanced Coma-Free optical system for performance that only professionals or extreme amateurs have had. 6" clear aperture with 1524mm focal length for an f/10 system
  • Standard SC threaded back cell that accepts most existing accessories designed for all Schmidt-Cassegrain models over the last 30 years
  • Integrated Sensor Module (ISM) with GPS and Level North Technologies (LNT)
  • Electronically Controlled Locate Identify Position System (ECLIPS) CCD imaging module
  • Professionally produced audio and video content for hundreds of objects and custom guided tours designed for your location, time and date
  • Built-in speaker in drive base and audio out jack for audio instructions and object descriptions
  • Video out for video presentations and images of many objects, instant display of images from the ECLIPS imager and easy on-screen menu navigation
  • AutoStar III hand controller: Easily control telescope for automatic location of objects, tours and many other features. Approximately 100,000 objects in database
  • ECLIPS CCD Imager: Essential part of the LightSwitch alignment system
  • Sensitive wide-angle color 640 x 480 CCD imager for taking your own astrophotographs. Save your photos on a SD card
  • With a video monitor connected to the video out jack, see real-time images of the objects you see in the eyepiece
  • Full USB support for accessories like additional DSI CCD cameras
  • SD card slot for easy software upgrades and storing your astrophotographs

Technical Specs

Optical Design Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
Primary Mirror Diameter 6" (152mm)
Focal Length, Focal Ratio 1524mm f/10
Resolving Power (arc seconds) 0.76
Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude 14
Eyepiece(s) Included Super Plossl 26mm
Telescope Mounting Single Fork Arm
RA and Dec. Motor Drive Systems DC servo motors with encoders, both axes; 12-volts DC with 4.875" precision worm-gear
Slow-Motion Controls Electric, 9-speed, both axis
Controller Autostar III Handbox with 100,000 objects
Processor 400 Megahertz Blackfin
Memory 256 Megabytes of Nanflash
Input/Output USB 2.0
Speaker Built in Mount
Connections USB, AutoStar Hand Box, 12V Power In, Electric Focuser, Audio Out, Video Out
Multimedia Content Descriptions of the Planets, Moon, Stars, Clusters, Nebulae, Galaxies and More
Audio Over 4 Hours Featuring the Voice of Sandy Wood From "Star Date"
Video 30 Minutes of Movies and Animations, Plus Hundreds of Still Images
Hemispheres of Operation North and South
Power 8 x C size or AC Adapter (user-supplied)
Battery Life (approx.) 3 to 5 hours
Tripod Self Centering Field Tripod
Primary Mirror Pyrex glass
Mount Type Aluminum Single-Arm Fork Altazimuth
Mount Drives 4.875 inch precision worm-gear
Warranty Meade warranty
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