MEADE LS-8ACF LightSwitch 8″ F/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope

MEADE LS-8ACF LightSwitch 8" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope

 

SKU: MFR # 0810-03-10

 

PRICE: $1,295.95

 

WEIGHT: 37.5 lbs. / (17kg)

 

PACKAGE (LxWxH): 48.0" x 20.0" x 12.0"

 

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION / PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 8" (203mm) Catadioptric OTA
  • 2032mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Advanced Coma Free/UHTC Optical Systems
  • LightSwitch Automatic Alignment
  • Motorized Single-Arm Alt-Az Form Mount
  • AutoStar III Computer Hand Controller
  • 100,000+ Object Database with Tours
  • Astronomer Inside Multimedia System
  • 26mm Eyepiece, 90° Diagonal
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Aperture: 8" (203.2mm), f/10

 

Ushering in a new era for amateur astronomers, the Meade LS-8ACF LightSwitch 8" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope aligns itself with virtually zero input from the user. The LightSwitch system first obtains the current day/time/location using an on-board GPS module, next the integrated CCD camera takes a series of pictures of the night sky overhead, then it references the relative positions of the objects in those pictures to the AutoStar III database to properly and accurately align itself - all in about 5-minutes. During long-exposure astrophotography, the LightSwitch system acts as an autoguider to monitor the tracking accuracy and correct any errors in real-time.

Optically, Meade utilizes their Advanced Coma Free catadioptric light path to reduce color fringing and off-axis comas to enable it to clearly resolve dim deep-sky objects and easily split binary stars with tack-sharp clarity. Complementing the ACF system is their Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system that improves light transmission through the entire light path across the whole visible spectrum. A combination of high-transmittance lens coatings and highly-reflective mirror coatings boost image brightness, while minimizing internal and external light loss and diffraction.

An aluminum single-arm alt-az fork mount carries the OTA and runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries for off-the-grid observation sessions, and supporting the entire system is an adjustable-height stainless steel tripod. To get users out and observing immediately, Meade includes a relatively low-power eyepiece, a 90° star diagonal, and a red-dot finderscope. Complementing the large 8" aperture, the diagonal and visual backs are made for 2" eyepieces, accessories, and imaging gear. For observation, 2" eyepieces tend to have longer eye reliefs and wider fields of view - making it more comfortable during long observation sessions. For imaging, the larger back ensures exiting light completely covers larger camera sensors to avoid vignetting.

Ideal for making detailed lunar and planetary observations with the capability of reaching far beyond our solar system or as a powerful astroimaging rig; this user-friendly, completely automatic, fully GoTo-equipped observational platform will reveal the wonders of the universe to new and experienced amateur astronomers alike.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 8" (203.2mm) aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 2032mm focal length
  • Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric design
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system
  • Resolution: 0.57 arcsec, Dawes' Limit
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 13.7%, by area
  • Single-speed internal focusing mechanism
  • 2" SCT screw-in visual back allows the use of larger eyepieces, accessories, and photography gear; with wider fields of view, longer eye reliefs, and images the completely cover larger camera sensors
Technologies
    LightSwitch alignment system:

  • Automatically aligns scope and requires little assistance from user in about 5-minutes
  • Utilizes the AutoStar III database, integrated Eclips CCD imaging system and on-board GPS module
  • GPS module tells it where and when it is being set up
  • AutoStar III database tells system what stars and planets are visible overhead
  • CCD camera takes a series of photos and compares the starfield to the database information to properly align itself
  • During long-exposure astrophotography, the LightSwitch system acts as a real-time autoguider to maintain, and automatically correct, alignment as needed
    Advanced Coma Free system:

  • Reduces off-axis comas and astigmatism for sharper images
  • Eliminates diffraction spikes for better resolution
  • Aplanatic design produces flat, distortion-free images across the field of view - especially at the edges
    Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC):

  • All corrector plate and mirror surfaces are fully multi-coated
  • Engineered to optimize visual, photographic, and CCD imaging
  • Improves light transmission across the entire visible spectrum through the optical path
  • Corrector plate coatings made up of multiple layers of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), titanium dioxide (TiO2), and magnesium fluoride (MgF2)
  • Mirror coatings consist of aluminum with multi-layer coatings of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2)
AutoStar III Computer Hand Controller
  • Full Go-To capabilities
  • Intuitive menu-driven interface
  • 100,000+ object database
  • Periodic Error Correction (PEC) and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) trains out tracking errors for more precision
  • Multiple alignment procedures: Auto Align, Easy, One star, Two star, Align on home
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 0.25°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 2°/sec; 4°/sec
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Custom: select from 2000 incremental rates
  • Tracking accuracy: ±1 arcsec
  • Multiple customized guided tours based on the specific day, time, and location the user is observing
  • Calculate future dates and times for events like: Sunrises and sunsets; Moonrises, Moonsets, and Moon-phases; Solar and lunar eclipses for the next 100 years; Meteor showers; Equinoxes and solstices
  • Guided tours available based on when and where scope is set up
    Database objects:

  • Solar system, including: planets, asteroids and comets
  • Constellations
  • Messier catalog
  • Caldwell catalog
  • NGC catalog
  • IC catalog
  • Galaxies
  • Nebulae
  • Planetary nebulae
  • Star clusters
  • Quasars
  • Black holes
  • Named stars
  • Hipparcos catalog
  • SAO catalog
  • HD catalog
  • HR catalog
  • Landolt
  • Gliese catalog
  • Double stars
  • Clusters
  • GCVS (Variables)
  • Stars with planets
  • Satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS)
Mount and Tripod
    Mount:

  • Aluminum motorized single-arm alt-azimuth fork
  • Payload capacity: 60-pounds (27kg)
  • Integrated GPS module obtains accurate day, time, location information without requiring user input
  • Large 4.875" worm-gears
  • Built-in ECLIPS CCD: Capture images and display them in real-time on external monitors or save them to an SD card
  • with no external computer needed
  • Connect and control another DSI CCD camera, view images on an external monitor or save the images to the SD card or an external computer
  • Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries
    Tripod:

  • Heavy-duty stainless steel legs provides a solid platform with limited vibrations
  • Adjustable height to accommodate a variety of users and viewing positions
  • Center tray hold accessories and eyepieces, while acting as a stabilizer for the legs to improve stability and limit vibrations
  • Spiked feet provide improved stability in soft or uneven ground
Astronomer Inside Multimedia
  • Composite video output port on mount supports optional external NTSC monitors
  • When connected, enjoy audio, video, still images and text on 500 select objects
  • Learn facts, features, history and mythology of key near and deep sky objects
  • Over 4-hours of audio commentary features the voice of Sandy Wood
  • 30-minuts of movies, animations
  • Hundreds of still images
Included Accessories
    Eyepiece:

  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece produces 78x
  • 52° apparent angle of view
  • 18mm eye relief
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup
    Diagonal:

  • 2" snout and eyepiece holder
  • 90° angle places head in a comfortable viewing position, especially when OTA is pointed at or near the zenith
  • Star configuration corrects images horizontally, but not vertically
  • 1.25" reducer adapter enables the use of smaller eyepieces and accessories
    Finder

  • Unmagnified to ensure a wide field of view
  • Simple red aiming dot won't obstruct small or dim objects during alignment
  • Mounting bracket included
UPC: 709942353228
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