Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount with StarLock and Tripod
Item #55651
$7,499.99
Meade Instruments proudly introduces the LX850. The fast f/8 Advanced Coma Free optical system produces a wider, flatter field with no coma for pinpoint stars out to the edge of larger imaging sensors and extreme wide angle eyepieces.
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  • More Info
    • 90 pound instrument capacity
    • StarLock dual imager full time autoguider
    • AutoStar II GoTo system
    • Heavy-duty tripod with anti-vibration pads
    • Includes telescope to computer USB Cable, Universal 12v power supply and AutoStar Suite software

    Meade Instruments proudly introduces the new standard in astrophotograhic performance, the LX850 mount with StarLock dual imager full time autoguider. Includes AutoStar II GOTO system with over 144,000 object library and all the features an advanced visual observer or astrophotographer would ever want. Take your imaging to the next level.

    Designed and Manufactured in North America.

    The LX850 mount, constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum is a rock solid platform for the most demanding applications, with a 90 pound payload capacity and pointing accuracy as good as one arcminute. Features include precision roller bearings on each axis, a 1.75 stainless steel RA shaft, 5.8" main gears, fine manual adjustment controls on both axis, illuminated reticle output port, telescope to computer USB cable and AutoStar Suite software. Mount main body weight is 55 pounds. The fully height adjustable (29 to 45") tripod features massive 3" diameter stainless steel legs for rock steady performance and weighs 36 pounds.

    Includes StarLock — the advanced technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade's exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted polar alignment using the drift method. Once aligned the StarLock is guiding the mount in real time, and even automatically programs periodic error correction, achieving a guiding accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.

    Features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 3 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in one minute flat. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing at 2x, 8x, 16x, or 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 3 degrees per second. The mount and all electronics are externally powered by the included Meade Universal Power Supply (12V). An external DC battery or power pack may also be used; Meade 607 Power Cord sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power. Includes single 26 pound stainless steel counterweight, additional weights sold separately.

    Warranty

    Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.

    Warning

    Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Specs
    • Best for viewing:
      Fainter deep sky
    • Best for imaging:
      Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
    • User level:
      Advanced
    • Optical diameter:
      1mm
    • Astro-imaging capability:
      Lunar, planetary & long exposure
    • Weight rating:
      90 lbs.
    • Dovetail bar system:
      Yes
    • Computerized compatibility:
      Go-To included
    • Number of objects in database:
      144,000
    • Tracking rates:
      Sidereal
    • Motor speeds:
      .01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°
    • Motor type:
      DC Servo motors with encoders
    • Power requirement:
      12-volt DC - 5A (tip positive)
    • PEC:
      Yes
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Backlash compensation:
      Yes
    • Setting circles:
      Electronic, via the hand controller
    • Polar-axis scope:
      Not available
    • Counterweights:
      One 26 lb.
    • Available ports:
      RS-232, Aux
    • Tripod material:
      Aluminum & Steel
    • Tripod leg diameter:
      3.00 in.
    • Counterweight bar length:
      12 in.
    • Diameter of counterweight shaft:
      45mm
    • Weight, mount/tripod:
      36.0 lbs.
    • Weight, fully assembled:
      96.0 lbs.
    • Additional included accessories:
      AutoStar II GoTo system, One 26-lb. stainless steel counterweight, Three tripod anti-vibration pads
    • Other features:
      StarLock Full-Time Automatic Guiding, AutoStar Suite software, Meade 12V universal power supply included
    • Warranty:
      One year
  • Important Shipping Information

    When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available.

    A per-item shipping charge (in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge) applies to this product. This charge varies based on the shipping method.

    Standard Delivery: $650.00

    SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS APPLY FOR THIS PRODUCT

    This product is available to ship Standard delivery to the 48 continental United States. Delivery is not available to APO/DPO/FPO addresses, US territories/protectorates or Canada. 3 Day, 2nd Day and Next Day delivery is not available.

    The Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount with StarLock and Tripod is a very large, multi-box, telescope and may arrive through freight service on a pallet for curbside delivery.

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