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Meade LS 8" ACF (f/10) Lightswitch Advanced Coma-Free Telescope with UHTC Coatings, Aperture: 203.2mm (8"), Focal Length: 2000mm

SKU: MDLS8ACFU MFR: 0810-03-10
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The Meade 8" (203mm) 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 LS 8" ACF (f/10) Lightswitch Advanced Coma-Free Telescope
  • AutoStar III GOTO Computer Keypad
  • Meade ECLIPS CCD Camera
  • Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (77x Magnification)
  • Adjustable Height Tripod with Steel Legs
  • Meade 1 Year Warranty

Key Features

  • LightSwitch Technology: The LS knows where it is in time and space even if you don't. Just flip the switch and be ready to explore the cosmos. Innovative technology is applied to make using the LS simple, easy and fun.
  • Astronomer Inside: Learn the secrets and details of the objects you observe while you are viewing them with both audio through the built-in speaker and video (if connected to a video monitor or TV). The Astronomer Inside will tell you about the planets, stars, etc and interesting way.
  • Advanced Coma-Free Optics: Meade's exciting optical innovation delivers stunning performance only seen previously with systems costing thousands of dollars more. With the standard Ultra-High Transmission Coatings, the LS gives you the sharpest, brightest optical system.

Technical Specs

Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free
Clear Aperture 8" (203.2mm)
Focal Length, Focal Ratio 2000mm, f/10
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) Included
Viewfinder Red dot
Telescope Mounting Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuth
GoTo Pointing Precision (approx.) 5-arc mins.
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode 3-arc mins.
Slow-Motion Controls Electric, RA and Dec.
AutoStar III Hand Controller Toshiba microcontroller; 2 line x 16 alphanumeric character display; 20-button keypad, red LED backlit
Batteries (user-supplied) 8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx. 3 to 5 hours
Onboard Celestial Object Database Over 100,000 objects
Slew Speeds RA and Dec: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Tracking Rates Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected
Tube Body Aluminum
Mount Castings Aluminum
Primary, Secondary Mirrors Pyrex glass
Correcting Plate/Lens Schott clear water white glass
Optical Tube Dimensions 9" x 15.75" (diameter x length)
Telescope Weight 30 lbs.
Tripod Weight 9 lbs.
Field Tripod Height 25.5" to 43.5" variable
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