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Meade LX850 German EQ Mount with StarLock and Tripod

£7,295.00

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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.
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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.
German Equatorial Mount

UPC: 7 09942 60000 1
Mount body: Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminium and stainless steel
Finish: Anodized Aluminium and stainless steel
Main gear - R.A. & Dec.: 5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminum
Worm gear - R.A. & Dec.: .68 inch diameter precision machined brass
Counterweight shaft: 1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel
Counterweights Qty: 8kg (18lbs). threaded stainless steel. (10" x 2, 12" x 2, 14" x 4)
Drive motors: DC servo motors with encoders, both axes
Mechanical alignment: Fine adjustment altitude and azimuth controls
Tracking distance past meridian: 20 degrees
Instrument payload capacity: 40.80 kg (90.0 lbs)
Latitude range: TBD
Tripod: Giant folding adjustable height tripod with 3 inch diameter stainless steel legs. Height from 29 inches to 45 inches.
Mount body weight: 25kgs (55 lbs.)
Counterweight shaft and cap weight: 8.1kgs (17.8 lb)
Tripod weight: 36 lb
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
Computer control: AutoStar II GoTo system
Database: Over 144,000 Objects, Catalogs included: Index catalog (5,386); NGC catalog (7,840); Partial Caldwell catalog (109); Messier catalog (110); Earth orbiting satellites (26); Planets (9); Uppsala galaxy catalog (12,940); Morphological catalog of galaxies (12,939); General catalog of variable stars (29,364); SAO and Hipparcos star catalogs (42,277); Draper star catalog (21,160); Yale bright star catalog (8,977); Large Bright Quasars Survey (1,055); Named objects (4,313); Herschel catalog (400); Abell catalog of galaxy clusters (2,712); Arp catalog of irregular galaxies (635); Lunar features (1,754); Asteroids and comets (120); Constellations (88); Solar/Lunar eclipses, meteor showers (492).
Computer hand control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 20 backlit LED
buttons.
GPS: Yes
Home sensors: Both RA and Dec axes
Internal clock: Yes
Internal cabling: Yes
Slew speed: 3 degrees/second
Tracking rates: .01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°.
Tracking modes: EQ North and EQ South
Alignment procedures: 2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align, StarLock assited drift align

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: +/- 1 arcsecond RMS (with good seeing. 1-4 second correction update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.
High-precision alignment: Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ulta-precise polar alignment
Weight: 2.72 kg (6 lbs )
Power supply: 12v DC 5A using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply

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