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Meade 8" LS LightSwitch ACF UHTC


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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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Weight 25kg
Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain
Aperture 8 inch
Mount Type Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Focal Length 1524mm
Focal Ratio F10
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.
Warranty One Year

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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.

Product Code 0610-03-10 0810-03-10
Clear Aperture 6" 8"
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical Coatings UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission
Focal Length 1,524mm 2,000mm
Focal Ratio f/10 f/10
Resolving Power
(Dawes' Limit)
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
Pointing Precision
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
GPS Receiver Yes Yes
True Level & North Sensors (LNT) Yes Yes
Time Chip Yes Yes
Electronic Focuser optional optional
Astronomer Inside™ Yes Yes
Anti-vibration Pads Optional Optional
Transit weight 25 kg 27 kg

Revolutionary LS™ LightSwitch™ Technology

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.

On the Flip of the Switch

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.

Advanced Coma-Free Optics - Sharp, Clear, Brilliant

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.


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