Meade LT 8" SC (f/10) 203.2mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope with UHTC Aperture, 2034mm Focal Length

SKU: MDLT8SCU MFR: 0810-04-12

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About Meade LT 8"" SC

The Meade LT8 telescope is a fully featured, computer controlled Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. Its legendary optics, along with precision worm gear drives, sturdy diecast aluminum mount and robust steel tripod make this the ultimate platform for high resolution visual observation and imaging. Simply put the Meade LT8 is the ideal telescope for any astronomer who demands superior optics, mechanics and computer control in a compact, high-performance package.

The heart of any telescope is in its optics. Meade Instruments offers you the finest 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain optics... period. Their advanced, proprietary processes deliver the highest grade, professional quality optics available. For those who want more, they offer the patented Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optical system, delivering distortion free, "sharp as a tack" resolution from edge to edge. Meade invites comparison of their ACF systems to RC systems selling for thousands of dollars more. Meade's ACF quality will astound you.

Meade LT 8"" SC Features

  • The Meade LT 8 SCT telescope is a fully featured, computer controlled 8" Schmidt Cassegrain.
  • The Meade LT 8" SCT telescope includes UHTC - Ultra High Transmission Coatings for distortion-free, tack sharp images.
  • AutoStar guides the telescope to 30,000 objects in its comprehensive library, automatically.
  • The Meade LT 8" SCT includes a diecast aluminum mount which supports the optical tube in any sky configuration.
  • Level North and Easy-Align Technology makes LT-8's easy to use.

Meade LT 8"" SC Specifications

Optical Design
Clear Aperture
8" (203mm)
Focal Length, Focal Ratio
20-34mm f/10
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Red Dot
Telescope Mounting
Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuth
GoTo Pointing Precision (approx.)
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode:
5-arc mins
3-arc mins
Slow-Motion Controls
Electric, RA and Dec
AutoStar 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.)
20 hours
Onboard Celestial Object Database
30,223 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 from 2000 incremental rates
Tube Body
Mount Castings
Primary/Secondary Mirrors
Pyrex glass
Correcting Plate/Lens
Clear water white glass
Field Tripod Height
25.5" to 43.5" variable
Optical Tube Dimensions
9" x 17" (diameter x length)
Telescope Weight
30 lbs
Tripod Weight
9 lbs

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Ted A  what is the best camera to use for astrophotography?
BOOKER W  Many cameras will work fine, but certain features are necessary. Canon & Nikon DSLRs with full features (bulb exposure, manual settings & video record capable, etc) I suggest you obtain "A Beginner's Guide to DSLR Astrophotography" available on the web. Good luck!!
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