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Meade LS 8" LightSwitch ACF Advanced Coma-Free w/ UHTC

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Meade LS™ 8” SC and ACF™

Meade ups the ante with the introduction of an 8” LightSwitch telescope. With 78% more light gathering power than the LS 6”, the LS 8” turns a unique viewing experience into an unsurpassed viewing experience. And still, it’s just as easy as flipping a switch.

Building on the popularity of Meade's ETX series telescopes, the new ETX-LS' innovative LightSwitch™ Technology alignment system eliminates the frustration experienced by users when aligning traditional telescopes, as it automatically aligns itself, at the flip of a switch, for optimum night sky viewing. Engineered with a built-in Integrated Sensor Module (ISM) which includes GPS and Level North Technology (LNT™) sensors and the ECLIPS™ CCD Camera, the patented LightSwitch Technology alignment system replaces the "human eye" for the only hands-free alignment available in any consumer telescope. Upon activation, the scope's electronic sensors calculate the current time, date and location for the telescope and then verify the locations of two stars to build a 'real time' map of the night sky. The telescope is now aligned and ready to use without any input from the user. Equipped with an easy-to-use interface and a sensitive, wide-angle digital imager for taking vibrant, high-resolution, low-noise images of objects in the night sky, users are able to store images on the SD card or view them immediately by using the scope's video output function. With the built-in speaker and video-out jack, The Astronomer-Inside™ guides the user to the best objects in the sky and delivers a celestial encyclopedia of audio and video content that takes the user on an interactive guided tour of hundreds of night sky objects.  

The revolutionary ETX-LS astronomical telescope features the most advanced electronics and optics ever applied to a consumer telescope. Meade is producing the easiest-to-use, most entertaining, educational, high performance telescope on the market by combining LightSwitch Technology, Astronomer Inside™ multimedia output and a completely new mechanical design.

LightSwitch Technology

When Meade announced LightSwitch Technology in early 2009, the amateur astronomy game changed. Simply flip a switch and LightSwitch automatically aligns itself in the night sky. Built-in GPS, magnetic north sensors, level sensors and a CCD camera do all the work - within minutes you’re observing!

Astronomer Inside™

Let Meade’s Astronomer Inside take you on a multi-media guided tour of the night sky. Choose the Tonight’s Best tour and the Astronomer Inside automatically moves the telescope to the best objects in that night’s sky. At each object, listen as the Astronomer Inside describes in detail, fascinating facts and history. Attach the optional LCD Color video monitor and you now have a dazzling multi-media presentation that integrates rich audio and video. Or select your favorite object and your LS telescope takes you to it and tells you all about it. It’s like having an astronomer at your side!

Meade Optics

Since 1972, Meade has consistently manufactured the finest optics available. Now you have your choice of either Meade’s high-performance 8” Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics, or - for the truly discerning individual who demands the very best - Meade’s 8” Advanced Coma-Free™ (ACF) optical system delivering the sharpest, brightest image available. Both systems are made with superior materials featuring Schott® water white glass front correctors, oversized Pyrex® primary mirrors and include Meade’s UHTC™ coatings for optimum light transmission. Either way, you get Meade’s legendary optics.

Model / Part Number:
LS-8 / Advanced Coma-Free: 0810-03-10

Optical Design:
Advanced Coma-Free

Clear Aperture:
8" (203.2mm)

Focal Length, Focal Ratio:
2000mm, f/10

Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™):

Optical Tube Dimensions (diameter x length):
9" x 15.75"

Red dot

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 Hand Controller:
Toshiba® microcontroller; 2 line x 16 alphanumeric character 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:

Mount Castings:

Primary, Secondary Mirrors:
Pyrex® glass

Correcting Plate/Lens:
Schott clear water white glass

Telescope Weight:
30 lbs

Tripod Weight:
9 lbs

Field Tripod Height:
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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