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Meade 16in LX600-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope f/8 w/ StarLock 1608-70-01N
$16,499.00
Included Accessories: StarLock
Code: ME-TS-STRLX16-1608-70-01N
MPN: 1608-70-01N
UPC: 709942502053
Meade 16in LX600-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope f/8 w/ StarLock and MAX Tripod 1608-70-01
$19,999.00
Included Accessories: StarLock and Tripod
Code: ME-TS-STRLX16-1608-70-01
MPN: 1608-70-01
UPC: 709942502046
Meade 16in LX600-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope f/8 w/ StarLock and AZ Pier 1608-70-01AZ
$19,999.00
Included Accessories: StarLock and AZ Pier
Code: ME-TS-STRLX16-1608-70-01AZ
MPN: 1608-70-01AZ
UPC: 709942502060
Meade 16in LX600-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope f/8 w/ StarLock and EQ Pier 1608-70-01EQ
$20,199.00
Included Accessories: StarLock and EQ Pier
Code: ME-TS-STRLX16-1608-70-01EQ
MPN: 1608-70-01EQ
UPC: 709942502077
Meade 16in LX600-ACF Advanced Coma-Free Telescope f/8 w/ StarLock, MAX-Wedge and MAX Tripod 1608-70-02
$22,999.00
Included Accessories: StarLock, Wedge and Tripod
Code: ME-TS-STRLX16-1608-70-02
MPN: 1608-70-02
UPC: 709942502145
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Meade 16in LX600 ACF f/8 Advanced Coma-Free Telescope w/ StarLock Tracking Product Info

Designed and built for photographing astronomical objects, the Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope is an ideal choice for serious astronomers and astrophotographers. This simple-to-operate, portable fork-mounted telescope makes taking great photos as easy as focusing your camera and opening the shutter. The Meade LX600 16inch ACF Telescope builds on two standard-setting lines, with the venerable and standard-setting performance of the LX200, combined with the f/8 ACF optical system from the LX800 series, including the patent-pending internal Craford-style zero shift focuser. Add the Meade StarLock system full time automatic auto-guiding, ultra-high precision pointing, and LightSwitch style automatic alignments, and you have top-of-the-line portable telescope that will keep you locked on target whether you're viewing or photographing. The Meade LX600 16" Telescope offers a complete astrophotographic package, ready for field portable equatorial alignment, full time guiding, and imaging at f/8.

The Meade LX600 ACF 12 Telescope is a sophisticated instrument for the advanced astronomer, with a range of integrated features and technology that cannot be matched by any other manufacturer and cannot be duplicated by just attaching a set of add-ons to another telescope. Major features included with the Meade 16" LX600-ACF Astrophotography Telescope include:

  • Fast f/8 Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical systems. Meade has completely redesigned the OTAs with a new mirror mounting and focusing system to achieve zero image-shift and a two-speed microfocuser. The scope features faster f/8 ACF optics giving you pinpoint stars all the way across the field of view.
  • StarLock. The Meade 16" LX600-ACF Telescope integrates a unique star tracking and object finding system into the telescope mount. This integration allows the telescope to center your target perfectly in the field of view. Once centered, the star tracking system communicates directly with the motor drives to automatically assure your scope stays locked onto its target with arcsecond precision. The automated optical tracking system delivers long-exposure guiding with pinpoint stars on astro-images despite misalignments, atmospheric refraction, periodic or other mechanical errors. This level of precision is unobtainable with systems using high precision encoders, software pointing models, large gears or PEC training - and all without the need of an external computer.
  • Internal Crayford-style 7:1 Focuser. The completely redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero-image shift, eliminating the need for a mirror lock and integrates a two-speed microfocuser for quick and easy adjustments.
  • Solid Fork Mount With Heavy Duty 5.75" Gears. Large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes provide smooth movements with low periodic error that are critical for long exposure astrophotography. Providing the freedom to go horizon to horizon without any meridian flip, unlike German Equatorial Mounts.
  • Alt/Az Mode. In alt/az mode, the Meade 16" LX600 also makes for the best visual and short exposure experience possible. The LX600 performs LightSwitch fully-automated self alignment. StarLock will put every target dead center in the eyepiece and track with arcsecond accuracy so you can concentrate on the beautiful, wide fields of pinpoint stars created by the superb f/8 ACF optical system.
  • AutoStar II hand control with over 164,000 object database to take you to almost any object imaginable at the push of the GoTo button. AutoStar II allows the user to setup and operate the LX600 in just the way you want.

The Meade 16" LX600 Telescope has 16" diameter f/8 ACF optics (focal length 2032mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. The redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero image shift eliminating the need for a mirror lock and includes an internal Crayford style focuser with two speed, 7:1 reduction control that allows for quick and easy adjustments.

The no-compromise Meade LX600 dual fork mount features 5.75" main gear and pointing accuracy of one arcminute or better in High Precision Mode. This rock solid platform is sure to exceed the need for the most demanding applications, and is a research-grade foundation for the Meade LX600 16" Astrophotography Telescope.

Specifications for Meade 16" LX600 ACF Telescope with StarLock:

Clear Aperture: 16" (356mm)
Optical Design: Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
Focal Length: 3,251mm
Focal Ratio: f/8
Telescope Mounting: Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
Optical Coatings: Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit): 0.285 arcseconds
AutoStar Controller: Autostar II
Object Database: 145,000 objects
Viewfinder: 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
Eyepiece: 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Diagonal: 1.25" diagonal prism
Optimal back focus distance at f/5: n/a
Focus System: Internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift primary mirror focus with dual speed 7
Slow Motion Controls: Mechanical & electronic
Slew Speeds: RA and Dec
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Control Panel: 12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
Batteries (User-Supplied): 8 x C cells
Battery Life (Typical): 20 hrs.
Power: 12V DC
Additional Features
GPS Receiver: Included
True Level & North Sensors (LNT): Included
Time Chip: Included
Smart Mount: Yes
Smart Drive: Yes
Mirror Lock: Yes
Oversized Primary Mirror: Yes
AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software: Included
StarLock
Wide Field Camera: 25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees.
Narrow Field Camera: 80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format Cmos sensor gives field
: of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
High Precision Pointing: +/- 1 arcminute
High Precision Guiding: Down to 1 arcsecond - depending on sky conditions.
High Precision Alignment: Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ulta-precise polar alignment
StarLock Weight: 6 lbs. (2.72 kg)
Materials
Primary Mirror: Low expansion borrosilicate glass
Secondary Mirrors: Individually figured with primary mirror for maximum correction. Low-expansion borosilicate glass
Correcting Plate/Lens: Aspheric high-spectral transmission Borofloat glass from Schott AG Germany
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.): 374 lbs.

Features of Meade LX600 f/8 Advanced Coma-Free 16-Inch Telescope:

  • UHTC coatings
  • StarLock dual imager integrated full-time autoguider
  • LightSwitch Automatic Alignment in Alt-Az mode
  • Ultra Precision Pointing and Assisted Drift Alignment
  • GPS Receiver
  • Oversized Low-Expansion Borosilicate Primary Mirror
  • Schott Borofloat Glass Corrector Plate
  • Diffraction Limited Optics
  • Internal Crayford-style Focusing system with 7:1 focus control
  • OTA Tube Balance Weight System
  • AutoStar II handbox with 144,000 object library and AutoStar Suite software
  • Smart Drive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)
  • Patented Level North Technology (LNT) Alignment System
  • 8x50 Finder scope

Package Contents:

  • Meade 16" LX600-ACF f/8 Telescope
  • 16" LX600-ACF Optical Tube
  • 1.25" Diagonal Prism
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • GPS Receiver
  • AutoStar II handbox with 144,000 object library
  • AutoStar Suite Software
  • 8x50 Viewfinder

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