Meade LX200 8-inch ACF without tripod

Premium Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics, mirror-lock and advanced electronics for outstanding performance.

  • Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) optics
  • Ultra High Transmission (UHTC™) coatings
  • Aperture: 203mm (8")
  • Focal Length: 2,034mm (f/10)
  • Mirror Lock
  • Dual-Fork Mount
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • AutoStar II handbox
  • 145,000+ object database
  • 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • 8x50 Optical Viewfinder with Crosshair
  • UK warranty
Meade LX200 8-inch ACF without tripod
  • Product code: 0810-60-03N
  • Availability: In stock
  • Despatch: 2 business days
  • Retail Price: £ 2930.00
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Description

The LX200 Series 8" ACF™ Telescope features an 8" aperture, 2034mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio with Dual-Fork Mounting. Equipped with Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) and a resolving power of 0.570 arc-seconds for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes a Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece (77x), viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair), 1.25” Diagonal Mirror, and Standard Field Tripod. The optical tube assembly (OTA) dimensions: Ø=23cm x 43cm (9" x 17").

The LX200 features AutoStar® II computer system with 145,000 object-library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability with sub arc-minute pointing accuracy, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction.

Tripod not included.

Advanced Coma-Free optics

The LX200-ACF comes in a complete line of OTA apertures, from 8-inch to 16-inch. All sizes come with the Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical systems. The Advanced Coma-Free optical system has brought the highest level of optical performance well within the reach of most amateurs. Using the Meade exclusive design, ACF optics achieve aplanatic performance — with a flatter field, reduced astigmatism and eliminated diffractions spikes — equal to Ritchy-Chrétien systems, at a fraction of the price.

Meade’s LX200 also features Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™). UHTC™ are specialized multi-layered coatings that are precisely designed to improve the performance of your telescope’s optics. You’ll see brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and additional surface features on planets. Averaged over the entire visible spectrum, total light transmission to the focus increases by 15%.


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Star alignment

Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with Meade's level north technology alignment system incorporating a 16-channel GPS receiver. Drive base of the telescope has multiple input/output ports including an RS-232 PC interface and jacks for a CCD Autoguider (user-supplied) and illuminated reticle.

Mirror lock

Mechanically loaded as well, all LX200 models feature a primary mirror locking mechanism, which effectively prevents movement of the primary mirror during long-exposure astrophotography or observing. Turn the lock knob located just above the telescope’s main focus knob and the progressive-tension primary lock completely cancels any residual image shift due to mirror movement during visual, photographic, or imaging applications.

Rigid and accurate

All LX200 ACF™ models feature the DC-servo driven, super heavy-duty dual-fork mount - the strongest and most rigid mount in its class. Fast slew speeds are from 1 to 8-degrees per second, and can be user selected at 0.1-degree per second increments, while fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments.

Mount and electronics are internally powered by 8 C-cell (user-supplied) batteries which will typically operate the telescope for around 20 hours (optional Meade Universal AC Adapter also available). The mount also has mechanical locks and slow-motion manual controls in both axis if no power is available.

The benchmark

Meade’s LX200 is the most widely used advanced amateur telescope on Earth, and for good reason. It combines the most sophisticated optical system available with rock-solid mechanical and electronic elements to create the most versatile astronomical system available.

Carries full one year UK warranty by Opticstar Ltd on behalf of Meade Instruments Corp.

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Meade LX200 8-inch ACF without tripod
Attribute Specification
Meade Product Code / sku 0810-60-03N
Universal Product Code (UPC) 709942999631
Warranty 1 year UK warranty by Opticstar Ltd on behalf of Meade Instruments USA
Series LX200
Experience Level Advanced
Clear Aperture 203mm (8-inch)
Focal Length 2,034mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Optical Design ACF™ (Advanced Coma-Free)
Optical Coatings UHTC™ (Ultra High Transmission Coatings)
Primary Mirror Oversized Low-Expansion Borosilicate Primary Mirror
Correcting Plate/Lens Schott Borofloat Glass Corrector Plate
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) 0.570 arc-seconds
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes
Mirror Lock Yes
Focuser Internal Single Speed
Eyepiece Meade Series 4000™ Super Plossl 26mm, 1.25"
Diagonal 1.25" 90-Degree Diagonal Mirror
Viewfinder 8x50mm optical with crosshair
Hand Controller AutoStar II
Object Database 145,000 objects
Pointing Precision 1.0 arc-minute (+/-); High Precision Mode
Periodic Error Correction Both Axes
Slow Motion Controls Electronic and Manual, RA and Dec
Slew Speeds 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
Setting Circle Diameters RA: 8"; Dec: 5"
Global Positioning System (GPS) 16-channel Sony GPS receiver
Motors Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Periodic Error Correction Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC)
Control Panel Ports • On/Off Switch
• 12vDC Power Connector
• Focus Port
• Reticle Port
• 12vDC Output
• Handbox (HBX) Port
• RS232 Port 1
• RS232 Port 2
• Autoguider Port
Power Requirements • Eight (8) C-cell batteries (user supplied);
• Power supply 12 Volt DC, 5 Amp (user supplied);
Battery Life 20 hours (approx.)
Accessories Accessory tray
Mount Type Double-fork
True Level & North Sensors (LNT) Yes
Time Chip Yes
Smart Mount™ Yes
Smart Drive™ Yes
Electronic Focuser Optional: Zero Image Shift Electronic Micro-Focuser (product code: 07080)
Tripod Optional: Meade Standard Field Tripod (product code: 07020)
Wedge Optional:
   • Equatorial Wedge for 8" telescopes (product code: 07002)
         or
   • X-Wedge (product code: 07028)
Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) Dimensions Ø=23cm x 43cm (Ø=9" x 17")
Optical Tube Assembly (OTA)
& Fork Mount Weight
24.50 kg (54 lbs)
Transit Weight 32 kg
Transit Dimensions 56cm x 82cm x 36cm
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