This telescope is the most technologically advanced model available and is the easiest to use. With new LightSwitch technology and Advanced Coma Free optics "this changes everything". All models include the latest software revision.
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|Optical Design||Schmidt Cassegrain|
|Mount Type||Single Fork Arm Altazimuth|
|Finderscope||Red Dot Finder|
|Optical Coatings||UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission|
|What is more important to you?||Image resolution over brightness|
|Would you like a telescope to navigate for you?||Yes, I would like a scope to guide me.|
Meade's best Advanced-Coma Free optics deliver performance only seen previously in systems costing thousands of dollars more. With its standard Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) the LS gives you the sharpest, brightest optical system for its size available at any price.
The included AutoStar III GOTO keypad computer has an over 100,000 object library and guided tour functions. Includes Meade ECLIPS color CCD camera (640x480 resolution) which lets you capture images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real time on an external (user supplied) monitor or store them on a (user supplied) SD card so you can do CCD imaging your very first night out.
The included “Astronomer Inside” feature delivers over four hours of fun and informational audio presentations which can be heard over the built in speaker, and 30 minutes of video presentations and animations plus hundreds of still images which can be watched over an external (user supplied) TV or monitor. Imagine being given a brief and entertaining video presentation on Saturn while viewing that planet and its fabulous rings for the very first time. This telescope truly does it all.
Eight (user supplied) C cell batteries will run the telescope for 3-5 hours, with a Meade Universal A/C power supply available separately for longer observing sessions. (See recommended accessories, below.) Includes a highly rigid single fork mount featuring aluminum construction with massive 4.875" precision worm-gears. Standard equipment also includes a sturdy, adjustable height tripod with steel legs for great stability and vibration damping and a Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece. Additional eyepieces available separately, compatible with all Meade and other brand 1.25” barrel size eyepieces.
Meade LightSwitch technology- bringing the fun back to Astronomy. This changes everything. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.
|LS 6" ACF||LS 8" ACF|
|Optical Design||Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)|
|Optical Coatings||UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission|
|0.760 arc-seconds||0.570 arc-seconds|
|Oversized Primary Mirror||Yes||Yes|
|Focuser Mechanism||Single Speed Focuser|
|Viewfinder||Red Dot Finder||Red Dot Finder|
|Eyepiece(s)||26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl||26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl|
|Diagonal||1.25" prism diagonal||1.25" prism diagonal|
|Mount Type||Rigid Cast-Aluminum Single-Arm|
|Hand Controller||AutoStar® III||AutoStar® III|
|Object Database||100,000 objects||100,000 objects|
|1.5 arc-minute (+/-)||1.5 arc-minute (+/-)|
|Slow Motion Controls||Electronic||Electronic|
|Slew Speeds||RA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates|
|Control Panel||12v Power port, USB-A port, USB-B port, Video out, Audio out, Focuser port, Handbox port|
|Tripod||LS Tripod||LS Tripod|
|Power||(optional) 12v DC, 5 amp power supply|
|Batteries (user supplied)||8 x C cells||8 x C cells|
|True Level & North Sensors (LNT)||Yes||Yes|
|Transit weight||25 kg||27 kg|
Meade’s revolutionary LS™ LightSwitch™ telescope uses advanced technologies like GPS, LNT™ and ECLIPS™ CCD imaging to do what no other consumer telescope has done before: take all the hassle out of using a telescope. Simply flip the switch and the LS automatically aligns itself. Astronomer Inside™ then takes you on a guided multimedia tour of the best objects in your sky. The new aluminum mount is lightweight and portable, yet has a rigid structure with precision worm-gear drives for the ultimate in tracking and pointing accuracy. All this combined with Meade’s Advanced Coma-Free optical system provides the stargazer with the most sophisticated, yet easiest to use telescope ever.
Meade takes out all the hassles and puts in all the fun with the all-new LS featuring LightSwitch technology. Now it’s fast and easy to perform all start-up functions with just a flip of the switch. The revolutionary LightSwitch technology automatically delivers telescope location, time, date, orientation and alignment with the sky — all with a single touch. And thanks to Meade’s exclusive Advanced Coma-Free™ optics, you see it all in stunning Ritchey-Chrétien-like clarity. And with the Astronomer Inside™ comprehensive multi-media content, you experience the universe in a way you never have before. In short, the LS incorporates everything you’ve come to expect from Meade, the undisputed leader in innovation and quality.
Meade’s proprietary, Advanced Coma-Free optics will wow you at first sight. Distortion-free clarity. Sharp as-a-tack resolution. ACF’s state-of-the-art optics are so good, you’ll see more objects than you’ve ever thought possible. Just compare ACF to Ritchey-Chrétien systems selling for much more, and ACF’s quality will absolutely astound you.