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Meade 8" and 10" LX200GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes A new world standard in telescopes. Building on the legendary reputation of their predecessor LX200GPS models take previous telescope technology to a level heretofore unimagined. Announced in September, 2001, few telescopes in the thirty-year history of Meade Instruments have aroused such intense interest, or been so quickly accepted, among both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers.
New Heavy-Duty Fork Mounts: All-new LX200GPS fork mounts are the strongest, most rigid mountings ever made available for telescopes of these apertures. DC servomotor controlled (12v DC) worm gear drives with almost two hundred selectable drive speeds, combined with the Meade Smart Drive on both telescope axes, permit observatory-level precision in tracking, guiding, and slewing. Photo-guide speeds are selectable from 0.01x to 1.0x sidereal, in increments of 0.01x; fast-slew speeds are selectable from 1?/sec. to 8?/sec. in 0.1?/sec. increments. Use the 8?/sec. speed for rapid motion of the telescope across the skies; once near the target, switch instantly to a speed of 1.5?/sec. or 3?/sec. for centering in the viewfinder. Observing in the main telescope, use the 16x or 64x sidereal speed to place the object in the center of the field. Meade 8" and 10" LX200GPS telescopes include 145,000-object onboard databases. The standard-equipment Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser, powered from the telescope?s control panel and operated from the Autostar II handbox, is shown immediately in front of the eyepiece and diagonal prism. The GPS receiver can be seen atop the telescope?s fork arm