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Condition: This is an 8" f/10 LX200 that is about 15-17 years old (this is the SCT, not the newer ACF). It has built-in GPS, UHTC coatings, and comes with a motorized electronic focus system that is controlled from the handset. It is in excellent condition, especially given its age. Includes JMI Hard Case, metal dew shield, TelRad, 1.25" diagonal, 26mm Plossl, and AC adapter. Upgraded to latest Meade Firmware for current GPS compatibility.
NOTE: The LX200 is a heavy instrument best suited to a permanent or portable observatory. We strongly recommend two able-bodied people to assemble these instruments.
- 8" f/10 2000mm focal length
- Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
- Standard Field Tripod
- Electronic focusing system
- Built in GPS
- Metal dew shield
- AutoStar II GOTO system
- 26mm Plossl
- 8x50 finderscope
- Telrad Reflex Sight
- AC Adapter, both wall plug-in and cigarette plug
This 8" LX200-GPS has 8” diameter f/10 ACF optics (focal length 2000mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. Features the advanced LX200 AutoStar II computer system with 145,000 object library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability with sub arc-minute pointing accuracy, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction.
Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with Meade's level north technology alignment system incorporating a 16 channel GPS receiver. The Autostar II is flash-updatable via free downloads at Meade.com (optional cable required - which is included). The drive base of the telescope has multiple input and output ports including an RS-232 PC interface and jacks for a (user supplied) CCD Autoguider and illuminated reticle.
Mechanically loaded as well all LX200 models feature a primary mirror locking mechanism, which effectively prevents movement of the primary mirror during long exposure astrophotography or observing. Turn the lock knob located just above the telescopes main focus knob and the progressive-tension primary lock completely cancels any residual image shift due to mirror movement during visual, photographic, or imaging applications.
All LX200-GPS models feature the DC-servo driven super heavy duty double fork mount, the strongest and most rigid mount in its class. Fast slew speeds are from 1 to 8 degrees per second, and can be user selected at .1 degree per second increments, while fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments. The mount and all electronics are internally powered by 8 (user supplied) C-cell batteries which will typically operate the telescope for around 20 hours (optional Meade Universal AC adapter also available). The mount additionally has mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power.
The LX200-GPS comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal mirror, Series 4000 26mm Plössl eyepiece, 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket and Meade AutoStar® Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC. Scope weight is 45 pounds with 19 pound tripod.
Does not ship; for in-store purchase only.
|Experience Level||Intermediate, Advanced|
|Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit)||0.570 arc-seconds|
|Oversized Primary Mirror||Yes|
|Viewfinder||8x50mm with cross-hair reticle|
|Eyepiece(s)||26mm and 9mm Series 4000™ Super Plössls|
|Focuser Mechanism||Motorized Four-Speed Focuser|
|Diagonal||1.25" diagonal mirror|
|Hand Controller||AutoStar® II|
|Object Database||145,000 objects|
|Pointing Precision (High-Precision Mode)||1 arc-minute (+/-)|
|Periodic Error Correction||Both Axes|
|Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)||Yes|
|Slow Motion Controls||Mechanical & Electronic|
|Slew Speeds||RA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 2°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments.|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates|
|Control Panel||12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 2x computer connection ports (RS232), 1 Aux guide port|
|Tripod||Standard Field Tripod|
|Power Source||(Optional) 12v DC, 5 amp Meade Universal Power Supply|
|Batteries (User-Supplied)||8 x C cells|
|True Level & North Sensors (LNT)||Yes|