Meade 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope with LX80 Multi-Mount

SKU: MDLX8010SCOT MFR: 1010-08-01
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About this item

The Meade 10" SC Schmidt-Cassegrain includes (254mm) f/10 optical tube with industry leading Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) achieving 15% better light transmission than standard coatings, thermally stable oversized primary mirror, and water-white glass corrector plate unlike the inferior plate glass used by some other telescope manufacturers. The result is a spectacular viewing experience not available on competitors' SC telescopes.

The LX80 Multi-Mount operates in three modes: German equatorial, single OTA alt-az and dual OTA alt-az. Setting up in any mode is quick and easy, while tapered roller bearings in each axis ensure rock solid performance with a total payload of up to 40 pounds in German EQ or single OTA alt-az modes and an amazing 75 pounds in the dual OTA configuration. Mount weight is 35 pounds. The all new fully height adjustable (30.5" to 47") tripod features built in leg levelers at the top of each leg, 2" diameter stainless steel legs for ultimate stability and durability and weighs an additional 31.5 pounds. Latitude range in polar mode is 25 to 90 degrees.

This complete GOTO computerized scope comes fully equipped with the Meade AudioStar handbox with over 30,000 object library, 10 arcminute pointing accuracy (5 arcminutes with High Precision mode active) and Astronomer Inside digital audio technology with audio files on over 500 objects. An optional 12V DC power supply is available for separate purchase. Includes two RS-232 serial interface ports (USB Adapter available separately).

What's Included With This Item

  • Meade 10 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • Meade Series 4000 26mm Eyepiece
  • 8 x 50 Viewfinder
  • 1.25" Diagonal Prism
  • Counterweight
  • Software DVD
  • Meade 1 Year Limited Warranty

Key Features

  • Industry-standard Vixen Saddle and Dovetail: The LX80 features the industry-standard Vixen saddle and dovetail bar, providing an open platform capable of supporting many other optical tubes
  • Heavy-duty mount: Rock-solid, stable platform with precision worm gear drives on both axes for both visual and astrophotographic requirements
  • Sectional counterweight shaft: Allows for selecting the ideal shaft length for counterbalancing or dual-tube configurations
  • Multi-mount adjustment: Quickly change between alt-az mode and German Equatorial mode
  • Control panel: Includes power connector, handbox port and two auxiliary ports for connecting optional equipment
  • Audiostar computer-control handbox: With its Astronomer Inside digital audio technology, everyone around the telescope can listen and learn about the 500-plus celestial objects contained in its database, including planets, nebulae, star clusters, the Moon and much more
  • Fine-tune tripod adjusters: Quickly and easily level your tripod for optimum pointing accuracy
  • Stainless-steel tripod legs: Two inch diameter legs provide a stable foundation

Technical Specs

Optical Design Schmidt-Newtonian
Clear Aperture 254mm (10")
Focal Length, Focal Ratio 1016mm; f/4
Resolving Power (arc secs.) 0.45
Optical Coatings MgF2; standard aluminum
Limiting Visual Magnitude 14.5
Limiting Photographic Magnitude 17
Image Scale (degs./inch) 1.42 Degree / inch
Maximum Practical Visual Power 600x
35mm Angular Film Coverage 1.34 Degree x 1.91 Degree
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 3.19"; 10.2%
Tube Body Enameled Steel
Mount Castings Aluminum
Correcting Plate/Lens Pyrex Glass
Objective Lens Clear Float Glass
Field Tripod Height 27" - 43" / 69 - 109.2 cm
Power 12V DC
Slew Speeds 1x sidereal to 6.5 degrees/second
Pointing Accuracy 10 arcminutes (5 arcminutes in High-Precision Mode)
Latitude Range 25 to 90 degrees (German EQ Mode)
Weight Telescope: 85 lbs / 38.5 kg
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