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Meade LX850 German EQ and 6000 Series 130mm APO


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Telescope House is pleased to offer the new Meade LX850 precision Goto Equatorial with the innovative Starlock Alignment and Tracking System. Coupled with this is their class-leading 130mm Series 6000 Triplet Refractor - a fantastic f/7 visual and imaging instrument, with FK61 glass and high-specification machined components. The ultimate in mechanical and optical precision.

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Drawing upon nearly 40 years of experience, Meade, continue to raise the bar with their new LX850™ with StarLock™ German Equatorial Mount. Capable of carrying up to a 41kg (90lb) payload, with full-time automatic guiding and LightSwitch enabled high-precision pointing, the LX850 is the latest in a long line of advanced astronomical products.

The machined stainless steel and aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminium construction means that the LX850 is a rock-solid platform. With precision roller bearings on both axes; a 1.75" stainless steel R.A. shaft; 0.68" diameter brass worms and 5.8" diameter, 225-tooth aluminium gears, the LX850 delivers smooth and precise movement. As you would expect, the LX850 is a fully computerised GoTo mount with GPS and comes with a database of over 144,000 objects. All this sets atop a new super-stable tripod.

The StarLock™ module includes two cameras. One camera has a super wide-field optic with LightSwitch style pointing and high-precision mode, capable of landing an object within 1 arc-minute. The other camera, with an 80mm F/5 optic is capable of guiding down to 1 arc-second and is sensitive enough to lock onto 11th magnitude stars automatically! Once the scope lands on a target, it begins to guide itself and all you really need to do is polar align, add a camera, focus, and open the shutter. StarLock even automatically programs periodic error correction also reducing any other errors down to virtually zero. Oh, and they've also included an electronic drift-align assist, which provides a simple routine for accurate polar alignment using the StarLock™ guider to measure the drift. There's no Longer any need for a separate guider or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection. Wow!

Utilising revolutionary new technology, every aspect of this amazing mount system has been designed to deliver the new standard in Astro-photographic and visual performance.

Coupled with the impressive LX850 is the all-new Meade Series 6000 130mm f/7 Triplet refractor. This precision instrument utilises the very latest in advanced extra-low dispersion FK61 glass, with retractable dew shield, 8x50 finderscope, 3-inch dual speed 10:1 Crayford focussing system, a 2" 99% Enhanced Reflectivity Series 5000 diagonal, CNC Machined Aluminium rings with dovetail and Heavy Duty Aluminium flight case. This telescope is the jewel in the crown of Meade's 6000 Series Refractors and is stunning both optically and mechanically.

Product Number 0130-80-01
Clear Aperature 130mm
Optical Design
Apochromatic Refractor
Focal Length 910mm
Focal Ratio f/7
Telescope Mounting Heavy-duty German Equatorial
OTA Mounting Vixen ®-style mounting plate
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit) 0.89 arcseconds
AutoStar Controller Autostar II
Object Database 145,000 objects
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
Eyepiece HD-60 25mm, long eye relief, premium eyepiece
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism
Optional Focal Reducer/Field Flattener 3 inch diameter, 2 element, fully multi-coated field flattener
Focus System Crayford-style 3 inch zero image-shift focuser with dual speed 10:1 control
Slow Motion Controls Electronic
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

Total Instrument Capacity 90.0 lbs. (40.80 kg)

Counterweights Included. 1 x 18 lbs.
Power 12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply
Lens Glass FK61 extra-low dispersion glass

Optical Tube Aluminum
Weights and Dimensions
Total Net OTA Weight 25 lbs.
OTA Shipping Weight 40 lbs.

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