Meade LX800-ACF Telescope is a high-powered, high precision telescope that utilizes an Advanced Coma Free optical system to create flatter, brighter, clearer image fields with absolutely no coma, perfect for detecting pinpoint stars. The Meade Advanced Coma Free system is so effective it's patented; the flatter image fields it creates are excellent for any astro-photographer or professional astronomer, and it all but eliminates diffraction spikes. f/8 ACF optics are the center piece of these telescopes, while Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) on the lenses makes for extraordinarily bright, high contrast images when looking through the telescope. The primary mirror doesn't need a mirror lock with the Meade LX800-ACF, since the Meade telescope features Crayford style zero image shift focusing and two speed, 7:1 reduction control. The telescope is comfortable to use, even during long exposure times, thanks to its premium HD-60 25mm eye piece with long eye relief. Everyone from amateur observers to astrophotographers will appreciate the crisp, powerful imaging technology in the Meade LX800 Astrophotography Telescope.
A high powered telescope like the Meade LX800 Advanced Coma Free Telescope is only as good as the mount it rests on. With the billions of objects in the night sky, it can be nigh impossible to find the one you're looking for by consulting a star chart or your memory. Meade has packaged the LX800 with the Meade LX800 Telescope Mount, a motorized telescope accessory that includes all the software and hardware you need to acquire, track, and photograph celestial bodies. The LX800-ACF uses the AutoStar II astronomical location software and its database of over 145,000 galaxies, planets, and stars to obtain the coordinates for heavenly objects.
Then, StarLock technology on the Meade telescope accessory takes over, using an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensors to provide computer-assisted polar alignment for precise object tracking. StarLock guides the mount and your Meade LX800-ACF Astronomy Telescope in real time, making minute corrections as the object moves across the night sky. With StarLock, the Meade LX800-ACF f/8 Telescope can lock on to stars as faint as 11th magnitude with an accuracy of up to one arcsecond. The mount itself has a maximum slew speed of three degrees per second and rests on a tripod that can hold up to 90 pounds on its 3" diameter stainless steel and aircraft aluminum legs. The Meade LX800-ACF AutoStar II Telescope represents a new standard in astronomical visual performance, with high quality optics, a precise motorized mount, and a coma-free image field that will have you picking out and photographing even the faintest stars for further study.