Meade LX600™ ACF with StarLock™


Easier to use. Easier to move. Smart. Only from Meade.

Meade’s remarkable LX600 f/8 ACF with StarLock technology takes a giant leap forward by making astro-imaging much easier and making setup and transportation a breeze. The LX600 is a simple to operate, portable package that makes taking great astrophotos as easy as focusing your camera and opening the shutter. The collection of features and technology integrated into the LX600 is unavailable from any other manufacturer and its ease of use cannot be duplicated by just attaching a set of add-ons to another scope.

Faster, Sharper Optical System

The LX600 employs a fast f/8 ACF™ optical system with high-contrast baffling that assures crisp, pinpoint imaging to the very edge of the field. The all-new OTA features an internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift focusing system with a two-speed, 7:1 control.

Portability & Transportation

Need a telescope system that can be easily broken down and moved to a dark-sky site? Always wanted a bigger telescope, but were worried about the weight? With the LX600 Split Fork design, you can have both. The OTA can be quickly separated from the mount, reducing the total weight that must be lifted at one time by 35 lb. This allows for easy setup and transportation even with a 12" or 14" optical tube (OTA).

StarLock™ — Full-Time Automatic Guiding

StarLock is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and a super wide-angle lens in a two camera system that automatically finds your target in high-precision, immediately captures a field star as dim as 11th magnitude and then guides to an accuracy of one arcsecond. There's no need for a separate guide or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection. StarLock automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero.

'Sky & Telescope' Review

"...I can confidently say that it is the best telescope of its type that I have tested for astrophotography... [StarLock] is really amazing technology, and it sets the LX600 apart from any otherfork-mounted telescope on the market bar none."
Review by Dennis di Cicco, 'Sky & Telescope' magazine, May 2016.


Product Description


Meade LX600-ACF (f/8) Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC from 10" to 16".

Meade Instruments is proud to announce the latest addition to our line of industry leading developments, the LX600, ready to take your visual and optical astronomy to the next level. The fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces. Includes StarLock for full time guiding at one arc second precision and LightSwitch style auto-alignment, Crayford style zero shift focuser with reduction, AutoStar II GOTO system with over 145,000 object library, precision machined X-Wedge, and much more.

The LX600 series with f/8 ACF optics and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. The redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero image shift and includes an internal Crayford style focuser with two speed, 7:1 reduction control that allows for quick and easy adjustments.

Includes StarLock- the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic.

The LX600-ACF comes fully equipped with AutoStar II keypad with 145,000 object library, Meade 1.25" diagonal, 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece and 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket.

Power panel includes the following ports: 12V input, 12V output, illuminated reticle, handbox, RS-232 x1, StarLock, Aux, and Focuser. Meade Microfocuser compatible, Microfocuser item #07080 sold separately. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

X-Wedge

Optionally, the LX600-ACF may be purchased with an X-Wedge, precision CNC machined from ultra-rigid aircraft grade aluminum with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments. The X-Wedge sets a new standard for equatorial stability while allowing for tracking from horizon to horizon without need of any meridian flip such as required by German Equatorial Mounts.

MAX Tripod

The LX600 16" ACF models include the MAX Tripod as standard.







Models and Prices

LX600 10" ACF LX600 12" ACF LX600 14" ACF LX600 16" ACF
Opticstar Retail Price
(without X-Wedge)
£5,750.00 £6,850.00 £9,795.00 £25,095.00
Product Code 1008-70-01 1208-70-01 1408-70-01 1608-70-01
Clear Aperture 10" 12" 14" 16"
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical Coatings UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission
Focal Length 2032mm 2438mm 2845mm 3251mm
Focal Ratio f/8 f/8 f/8 f/8
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) 0.456 arc-seconds 0.380 arc-seconds 0.326 arc seconds 0.285 arc seconds
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes Yes Yes Yes
Focuser Mechanism Internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift, dual speed 7:1 focuser
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
Dovetail Losmandy®-style with ultra stable radius blocks
Eyepiece(s) 26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism 1.25" diagonal prism 1.25" diagonal prism 1.25" diagonal prism
Mount Type Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine; removable
Hand Controller AutoStar® II AutoStar® II AutoStar® II AutoStar® II
Object Database 145,000 objects 145,000 objects 145,000 objects 145,000 objects
Pointing Precision
(High-Precision)
1 arc-minute (+/-) 1 arc-minute (+/-) 1 arc-minute (+/-) 1 arc-minute (+/-)
Periodic Error Correction
(PEC)
Both Axes Both Axes Both Axes Both Axes
Permanent PEC
(PPEC)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
StarLock™ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical Guiding Performance < 1 arc-second < 1 arc-second < 1 arc-second < 1 arc-second
Slow Motion Controls Mechanical & Electronic Mechanical & Electronic Mechanical & Electronic Mechanical & Electronic
Slew Speeds RA and Dec RA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal;
1°/sec. to 2°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments
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
Tripod Giant Field Tripod Giant Field Tripod Giant Field Tripod MAX Tripod
Power (optional) 12v DC, 5 amp Meade Universal Power Supply
Batteries (user supplied) 8 x C cells 8 x C cells 8 x C cells no
GPS Receiver Yes Yes Yes Yes
Time Chip Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Focuser Optional Optional Optional Optional
Smart Mount™ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smart Drive™ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-vibration Pads Included Included Included Included
Wedge (optional) X-Wedge (#07028) X-Wedge (#07028) X-Wedge (#07028) MAX Wedge (#07029)
Transit weight 68 kg 79 kg 120 kg 186 kg

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