Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch telescope. This award-winning 8" f/10 (2000mm focal length) powerhouse telescope is feature packed. Meade's patented automatic self alignment system aligns with just one touch of the power switch. Just flip the switch and walk away. It aligns itself. It’s that simple.
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. 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 (77X magnification). 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.
Series: Lightswitch (LS) Telescopes
Warranty: 1 Year
Eyepiece Type: PLOSSL
Focus System: BASIC
Payload Capacity (lb): 70
Experiences Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Objective Lens: Y
Battery Quantity: 8
Battery Type: C Cell
Obstruction (% by area): 13.7
Clear Aperture: 8"
Optical Coatings: UHTC
Focal Length: 2032mm
Focal Ratio: f/10
Dawes' Limit: 0.57
Viewfinder: Red Dot
Diagonal: 2" Diagonal with 1.25" adapter
(High-Percision Mode): PEC
Performance with Star Lock: <1 arc-second
Slew Speeds: RA and Dec: 1x,2x,8x,16x,64x sidereal and 0.25°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec and 3°/sec (max)
Tracking Rates: 01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°
Control Panel: Y
Tripod: LS Tripod
Power Source: Battery or 12V AC/DC
Meade LS-8ACF LightSwitch 8" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope
Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
Red Dot Finder
2" 90° Star Diagonal
2"-to-1.25" Reducer Adapter
AutoStar III Controller
Motorized Altazimuth Mount
Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod