Sky & Telescope said...
Only time will tell how Meades achievement of packing "serious" aperture, excellent optics, and foolproof Go To performance in a competitively priced telescope will impact the amateur astronomy hobby. But theres no question that LightSwitch technology works beautifully, and that by itself is a really big deal. Senior editor Dennis di Cicco
The LS knows where it is in time and space even if you dont. Just flip the switch and be ready to explore the cosmos. Innovative technology is applied to make using the LS simple, easy and fun. Meade's self alignment system aligns a telescope with just one touch of the power switch. No stars to center. No time, date, or location to enter. Just flip the switch.
Learn the secrets and details of the objects you observe while you are viewing them with both audio through the built-in speaker and video (if connected to a video monitor or TV). The Astronomer Inside will tell you about the planets, stars, constellations, clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more in a fun and interesting way.
Eclips CCD Camera
Includes the built in Meade ECLIPS colour CCD camera (640x480 resolution) primarily for aligning the LS but also 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) mini SD card so you can do CCD imaging your very first night out.
Advanced Coma-Free Optics
Meades exciting optical innovation delivers stunning performance only seen previously with systems costing thousands more. With the standard Ultra-High Transmission Coatings, the LS gives you the sharpest, brightest optical system for its size available at any price.
AutoStar® III TOTAL CONTROL
The 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.
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free
Clear Aperture 8" (203.2mm)
Focal Length, Focal Ratio f/10 2000mm, f/10
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) Included
Optical Tube Dimensions (diameter x length) 9" x 15.75"
Viewfinder Red dot
Eyepiece 26mm Super Plossl 1.25"
Telescope Mounting Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuth
GoTo 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 alphanumeric display; 20-button keypad, red LED backlit
Batteries (user-supplied) 8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx.) 3 to 5 hours
Onboard Celestial Object Database over 100,000 objects
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
Tube Body Aluminum
Mount Castings Aluminum
Primary, Secondary Mirrors Pyrex® glass
Correcting Plate/Lens Clear water white glass
Telescope Weight 30 lbs.
Tripod Weight 9 lbs.
Field Tripod Height all models 25.5" to 43.5" variable
OTA Master Carton (Size / Weight) 21.2" x 16.5" x 31.75" / 48 lbs.
Tripod Master Carton (Size / Weight) 29.1" x 10.6" x 10.6" / 12 lbs.
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