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Meade 16 Inch LX200-ACF Advanced Coma Free w/UHTC Coatings w/Equatorial Pier

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Meade has created a design with the same coma free pinpoint star images and flatter field that discerning astrophotographers and most professional observatories have come to expect. The LX200-ACF (Advanced Coma Free) is the perfect platform for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast.

The LX200-ACF includes all the field-proven features of the LX200 including GPS, Primary Mirror Lock, Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser, 2" Diagonal Mirror, 26mm Series 5000 Plossl Eyepiece and 18v AC Adapter. Plus, the LX200-ACF comes with observatory-class optics crafted in Irvine, California. The new LX200-ACF. It’s the biggest news in astronomy since, well, the LX200. The new LX200-ACF. It’s the biggest news in astronomy since, well, the LX200.

The “advanced” in Advanced Coma-Free. A traditional Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) is a type of reflector that delivers a coma-free, flat field of view via hyperbolic primary and secondary mirrors. Because the mirrors in these telescopes have always been very expensive to make, few amateur astronomers could enjoy them. Fortunately, Meade engineers developed a radical new Advanced Coma Free design by combining a hyperbolic secondary mirror with a corrector-lens-and-spherical-primary-mirror combination that performs as one hyperbolic element. This ACF design produces a coma-free, flat field of view that rivals traditional RC telescopes at a fraction of the cost. The design even eliminates diffraction spikes and improves astigmatism, both of which are inherent in the traditional RC design. When reviewing Meade’s LX400-ACF Advanced Coma Free, Sky and Telescope magazine said, “ [It] does indeed perform like a [Ritchey-Chrétien]. The difference between the off-axis images (compared to a Schmidt-Cassegrain) was dramatic to say the least.”

Coma Killer - What is coma? It’s not some sort of astronomical state of unconsciousness. It’s an optical aberration. Precisely defined, coma is a distortion in which the image of a star cannot be focused to a point, but takes on the shape of a comet.

Includes OTA, Base, Fork, Accessories and Equatorial Pier.


Optical Design:
Advanced Coma Free

Clear Aperture:
406.4mm (16")

Focal Length Focal Ratio:
4064mm f/10

Maximum Practical Visual Power:
950X (16")

Telescope Mounting:
Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine

Primary Mirror Lock:
Included (progressive tension) All models

Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser:
included (4-speed)

Series 5000 26mm 5-Element Plossl

8 x 50mm

GPS, True-level and North sensors:
Included (16-channel GPS receiver) All models

Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode:
1-arc min. All models

Autostar® II Hand Controller:
Included (147,541 object database) All models

Batteries (user-supplied):

Battery Life (approx.):

Slew Speed:
RA and Dec: 0.01x to 1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 8°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments. All models

Tracking Rates:
Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates All models

Primary, Secondary Mirrors:
Pyrex® glass grade-A,

Correcting Plate/Lens:
Water white glass

Total Net Telescope Weight:
318 lbs. (with Field Tripod)

Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.):
360 lbs.

Field Tripod Height all models:
40" to 50" variable


OTA-Only Weight:
66 lbs.

OTA-Only Dimensions:
18 in x 18 in x 34.5 in

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