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Meade LS LightSwitch telescopes use the latest advanced technology such as GPS, LNT and ECLIPS CCD 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 ETX-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.Sky & Telescope Hot ProductMeade takes out all the hassles and puts in all the fun with the all-new ETX LS featuring LightSwitch technology. Now its 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 Meades exclusive Advanced Coma-Free optics, you see it all in stunning Ritchey-Chretien-like clarity.
Complete packageIncludes Telescope, tripod, autostar handset, eyepiece, finder, diagonal and softwareWith the Astronomer Inside comprehensive multi-media content, you experience the universe in a way you never have before.Light Switch Technology EASY, Automatic Self AlignmentMeades patented automatic self alignment system just one touch and it does all of the work for you. No stars to center. No bearings to take. No time or location to enter. Just flip the switch, and the Integrated Sensor Module in combination with the ECLIPS (Electronically Controlled Locate Identify Position System) CCD imager delivers all the information necessary to automatically align your ETX-LS for fast, accurate, hassle-free viewing. All at the flip of a switch.Meades Astronomer insideTake a multi-media guided tour of the universe,or select your favorite object and the ETX-LS Astronomer Inside gives you fun and informative audio descriptions of over 500 objects while you view them in the eyepiece or experience the whole dazzling multi-media presentation on an attached video monitor complete with audio, video, still images and text.ACF (Advanced Coma Free) Optics - Sharp clear and brilliantMeades proprietary, Advanced Coma Free optics will wow you at first sight. Distortion free clarity. Sharp as a tack resolution. ACF state-of-the-art optics are so good, you will see more objects than youve ever thought possible. Just compare the ACF to Ritchey-Chretien systems selling for far more, and ACF optical quality will absolutely astound you.Built in CCD for alignmentThe built-in ECLIPS CCD is primarily used to align the LS but also lets you capture wide angle images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real-time on the LCD screen accessory (available separate) or save them to an SD card, with no external computer needed. AutoStar III Total controlThe easy-to-use hand-held controller lets you select from a huge object database, with over 100,000 celestial objects. Just select an object and push the GoTo button and the telescope will automatically put your object in the eyepiece. The AutoStar III also gives you complete control of the Astronomer Inside multimedia features only available from Meade.Specifications:Optical SystemOptical Design Advanced Coma Free (ACF)Primary Mirror Diameter 6" (152mm)Primary Mirror Material Pyrex GlassFocal Length, Focal Ratio 1524mm, f/10Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)Resolving Power (arc seconds) 0.76Limiting Visual Steller Magnitude 14MountMount Type Aluminum Single-Arm Fork AltazimuthDrives 4.875 inch precision worm-gearPower 8 "C" cell batteries or AC adapterBattery Life 3 to 5 hoursTripod New Adjustable-height Steel Leg TripodElectronicsController Hand Box Autostar IIIProcessor 400 Megahertz BlackfinMemory 256 Megabytes of NAND FlashStorage Micro SD Card (user supplied)Input/Output USB 2.0Speaker Built in MountConnections USB, AutoStar Hand Box, 12v Power In, Electric Focuser, Audio Out, Video OutMultimediaContent Descriptions of the Planets, Moon, Stars, Clusters, Nebulae, Galaxies and MoreAudio Over 4 Hours Featuring the Voice of Sandy Wood From "Star Date"Video 30 Minutes of Movies and Annimations Plus Hundreds of Still ImagesSpecifications:Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free Clear Aperture 6" (152mm)Focal Length, Focal Ratio 1524mm F10Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) IncludedOptical Tube Dimensions (diameter x length) 7" x 14.2" Diagonal 1.25"Eyepiece 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl 1.25" (59x)Viewfinder Red dotTelescope Mounting Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuthGoTo Pointing Precision (approx.) 5-arc mins.Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode 3-arc mins.Slow-Motion Controls Electric, RA and Dec.AutoStar III Toshiba® microcontroller; 2 line x 16 display; 20-button keypad, red LED backlitBatteries (user-supplied) 8 x C-cellsBattery Life (approx.) 3 to 5 hoursOnboard Celestial Object Database over 100,000 objectsSlew 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-selectedTube Body AluminumMount Castings AluminumPrimary, Secondary Mirrors Pyrex® glassCorrecting Plate/Lens Clear water white glassTelescope Weight 28 lbs. Tripod Weight 9 lbs. Field Tripod Height all models 25.5" to 43.5" variableOTA Master Carton (Size / Weight) 30" x 21" x 14.5" / 43 lbs. Tripod Master Carton (Size / Weight) 29.1" x 10.6" x 10.6" / 12 lbs.