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Meade 5" LXD55 AR-5 Achromatic Refracting Telescope Product Info

Meade 5" LXD55 AR-5 Achromatic Refracting Telescope provide a new level of sophistication and precision at imagea moderate price. A revelation of advanced electronic and software design, the exclusive patented Meade Autostar system, included as standard equipment for Meade 5" LXD55 AR-5 Achromatic Refracting Telescope, such advantage permits an amazing range of capabilities never before offered on telescopes in this price and aperture class. Meade 5" LXD55 AR-5 Achromatic Refracting Telescope comes with objective lenses that resolve to the theoretical limits for their apertures, Meade 5" LXD55 refractors present all of the diffraction-limited optical performance obtainable from the classical 2-element achromat design. Deep-space images, in particular, are rich in resolution and contrast, with a minimum of chromatic aberration.

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Specifications for Meade 5" LXD55 AR-5 Achromatic Refracting Telescope:

"Optical Design:   Achromatic refractor
Clear Aperture:   127mm (5"")
Focal Length, Focal Ratio:   1143mm; f/9
Resolving Power (arc secs.):   0.9
Optical Coatings:   multi-coated
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings:   Upon purchasing
Limiting Visual Magnitude (approx.):   12.8
Limiting Photographic Magnitude (approx.):   15.3
Image Scale (degs./inch):   1.26°/inch
Maximum Practical Visual Power:   350x
35mm Angular Film Coverage:   1.19° x 1.70°
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length):   6.3"" x 41""
Counterweights:   1 x 10 lbs.
Tube Body:   aluminum
Mount Castings:   aluminum
Objective Lens:   BK7; F2
Total Net Telescope Weight:   49 lbs.
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.):   73 lbs.
Field Tripod Height all models:   27"" - 43"", variable
Telescope Mounting:   LXD55, German-type
Setting Circle Diameters, RA and Dec.:   2.25""
Polar Illuminated Viewfinder:   included
RA Control System:   9-speed, microprocessor-controlled, 12v DC, 72mm (2.83"") worm gear
Declination Control System:   9-speed, microprocessor-controlled, 12v DC, 72mm (2.83"") worm gear
Hemispheres of Operation:   North and South
GO TO Pointing Precision (approx.):   15 arc mins.
Slow-Motion Controls:   electric, both axes
Bearings:   journal bearings: RA: 1 x 55mm, 1 x 35mm; Dec: 1 x 62mm, 1 x 33mm
Autostar Hand Controller:   PIC 16C57 microcontroller; 2 line x 16 alphanumeric character display; 20-button keypad, red LED backlit
Main Telescope Controller:   Motorola 68HC11 microprocessor; 1-Megabyte flash memory (field reprogrammable) 32K RAM
Batteries (user-supplied):   8 x D-cells
Battery Life (approx.):   40 hours
Onboard Celestial Object Database:   30,223 objects
Slew Speeds both axes:   1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 4.5°/sec.
Tracking Rates:   sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates"

Features of Meade 5" LXD55 AR-5 Achromatic Refracting Telescope:

  • Explore over 30,000 of Autostar's database objects - galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters - or any object of known RA and Dec.
  • Autostar Dual-Axis Electronic Control System: Locate any of 30,223 celestial objects in the Autostar database - automatically - at a push of the GO TO button.

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Helpful Positive Review LX55 scope 5 inch by Legacy Reviewer, September 23, 2009
Own LX200 12 inch SMT GPS, really toheavy for one peson to set Pros: Everthing wish I had the 6 inch, much heavier but !! Cons: std focuser is an after thought, spongy and needs upgrade, which happened on LXD-75 model.
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