Meade 16" f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optical tube

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The very substantial Meade 16" ACF (Advanced Coma-Free) catadioptric optical tube brings the astronomical image quality of a serious professional observatory to your back yard.

Our Product #: M1610R
Meade Product #: 1610-60-01
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Product Description

The Advanced Coma-Free optics of this impressive Meade 16" optical tube are designed to emulate the coma-free optical performance of the Ritchey-Chrétien optics used in most professional observatory telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, but at a down-to-earth price. Meade's designers have met their design goal.

The 16" f/10 optical system uses a premium Schott Borofloat glass corrector plate. An oversize low-expansion borosilicate primary mirror provides brighter field edge illumination. The system is fully UHTC (Ultra High Transmission Coatings) multicoated for 15% higher light transmission than standard single-layer optical coatings.

The aluminum tube of the 16" Meade has high-efficiency glare-stop baffling in the central baffle tube to improve contrast. A progressive tension primary mirror locking system locks the mirror firmly in place once a photographic focus has been achieved. This eliminates the possibility of the system changing focus while taking an image. Performance is guaranteed to be diffraction-limited. For more details, click on the "ACF optical tube optics" icon in the support tab above.

This 16" Meade optical tube comes with a full-length Losmandy-style "D-plate" dovetail that lets you mount the OTA on any German equatorial mount that has a Losmandy-style dovetail saddle plate. With a weight of 67 lbs, be sure that your mount has the payload capacity necessary to carry the scope, particularly if you have a full complement of visual and imaging accessories adding to the weight.
Most OTA buyers typically already have an assortment of star diagonals, eyepieces, finderscopes, etc. on hand, so no visual or other accessories are provided with the 16" Meade OTA, other than dust covers. This allows you to customize the optical tube as you see fit. The 16" Meade OTA has a standard 2"-24 thread Schmidt-Cassegrain rear cell of the type used for decades by Meade and Celestron. Accordingly, virtually any SCT accessories (thread-on star diagonals, visual backs, camera adapters, off-axis guiders, etc.) can be used with the Meade OTA. The front and rear cells are drilled and tapped with the same hole pattern as a fully-mounted 16" Meade scope, so a wide variety of finderscope brackets and accessory dovetail rails can be fitted to the OTA with ease.

While this 16" Meade optical tube will perform well under mildly light-polluted suburban skies, it is at a remote site with truly dark and steady skies that you'll best be able to take full advantage of its superb coma-free optical performance and the extra light transmission of its UHTC optics. It's not a scope that's at its happiest staying in a light-polluted city or suburban observing environment.

This big 16" Meade optical tube has enough premium Advanced Coma-Free performance to keep you busy observing and imaging for the rest of your life. If you need a top-quality large aperture optical tube, and have the high payload capacity mount to carry it, this 16" Meade with Advanced Coma-Free optics and UHTC multicoatings may be the perfect OTA for you.

Tech Details

Aperture 16"
Focal Length 4064mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Highest Useful Magnification 813x
Weight 67 lbs.
Resolution 0.29 arc second
Visual Limiting Magnitude 15.5
Warranty 1 year

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