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Meade LT-6, 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope with Ultra High Transmission Coatings

SKU: MDLT6SC MFR: 0610-04-12
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About this item

The Meade LT 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope provides the backyard astronomer with a feature-filled scope at a very attractive price. The scope's standard equipment AutoStar computer is amazingly simple to set up and operate. You don't have to know Polaris from the Pleiades, or Albireo from Zubeneschamali. All you have to do is level the scope, point it North and tell the AutoStar where you are on Earth and the time and date. The AutoStar computer will do the rest, aligning the scope on the skies and letting you locate dozens of deep space objects like a seasoned observer your first night out.

The simple tripod/altazimuth mount configuration of the LT-6SC makes setup fast and easy. The rapid alignment features of the AutoStar computer and its simplified menus will start you observing in only a matter of minutes. The wide array of objects in the LT-6SC database and the 5 arc minute pointing accuracy of the AutoStar computer, will accurately speed you from object to object with no frustrating hunting or star hopping. With the LT-6SC, you'll spend more of your time looking at objects and less time looking for them. If you're one of those busy people whose schedule doesn't leave you much time to enjoy astronomy, an easy to use fully-computerized LT-6SC will make the most of your limited observing opportunities.

What's Included With This Item

  • Meade 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Catadioptric OTA w/UHTC Optics
  • Single-Arm Fork Mount with Dual-Axis 4.875" Worm Gears and Control Panel
  • Slow-Motion Controls
  • AutoStar Hand Controller w/Digital Readout Display
  • 30,223-Object Onboard Celestial Software Library
  • Red Dot Non-Magnifying Finder
  • 1.25" Diagonal Prism
  • Series 4000 Super Plossl 26mm Eyepiece (59x)
  • AutoStar Astronomer's Edition Software Suite
  • Adjustable Height Field Tripod
  • Operating Instructions
  • Meade Warranty

Key Features

  • Schmidt-Cassegrain optics: 6" aperture (1524mm focal length f/10). Aluminum tube construction, 7" diameter x 14.2" length. Guaranteed diffraction-limited performance
  • Fully multicoated optics: UHTC anti-reflection multicoatings on both sides of the clear water white glass Schmidt corrector plate, plus high light transmission enhanced aluminum multicoatings on the Pyrex mirrors, provide a 16% increase in light throughput compared to standard coatings
  • Fully baffled optics: A series of glare stops machined into the inner surface of the central baffle tube of the LT-6SC prevents stray off-axis light from reaching the image plane. This yields a contrast improvement for lunar, planetary and deep space observing alike.
  • Finderscope: A straight-through red dot finder allows easy non-magnified views of the sky, with a projected red dot of light showing exactly where the scope is pointed at all times.
  • Star diagonal: 1.25" 90 degree prism type.
  • Eyepiece: 1.25" 26mm Super Plossl (59x). The eyepiece field of view is 0.88 degree, 76% wider than the full Moon, for expansive lunar and deep space views.
  • Powered by eight user-supplied C-cell batteries: The batteries store in the drive base so you can use the LT-6SC in the field or your backyard without the need for a separate battery pack or AC power supply
  • Surprisingly light: Its optical tube, fork arm and drive base weigh only 30 pounds, while the adjustable height tripod weighs only 9 pounds more. This light weight/two-part system makes it easy for one person to transport and assemble the scope, even a youngster.
  • Fork mount/drive system: Light-weight, but rigid, die-cast aluminum single fork arm damps vibrations quickly. There is a carrying handle at the top of the fork arm. The mount includes 12volt DC slewing and tracking motors with 4.875" worm gear drives in both altitude and azimuth
  • Adjustable height tripod: The rugged steel tripod adjusts in height from 25.5" to 43.5". Its steel legs damp vibrations quickly and a center leg brace adds rigidity
  • AutoStar computer: The LT-6SC's AutoStar computer hand control plugs into the telescope's fork arm to permit a wide array of telescope options
  • At the push of a button, the LT-6SC will move at a fast 6.5 per second to any of the 30,223 objects in its database and center it with five arc minute accuracy, trainable to three arc minute accuracy
  • The AutoStar will also locate the centroids of all 88 constellations and 50 objects in the solar system
  • The AutoStar computer includes hundreds of special event menus, guided tours of the night's best objects, a glossary, utility functions and telescope status options
  • AutoStar computer operation: The operation of the LT-6SC is simplicity itself. Once you mount the scope on its tripod, aim the scope north and level the optical tube
  • It takes only a few minutes to begin observing. For the rest of the evening, a computer in the AutoStar controls the scope's altitude and azimuth motors to keep you precisely centered on whatever you aim at, for as long as you want to observe.
  • AutoStar Software Suite: This new software package is included as standard equipment with the LT-6SC. It is designed to integrate the telescope with your PC or laptop computer for an enhanced range of performance features

Technical Specs

Magnification 305x
Visual Limiting Magnitude 13.4
Focal Length 1524mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Resolution 0.76 arc seconds
Aperture 6"
Weight 39 lbs.
Warranty Meade warranty
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