Meade LX200-ACF 10" Advanced Coma-Free Go-to altazimuth No Tripod

$3,399.00

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This big Meade 10" LX200-ACF puts Advanced Coma-Free optics into a one-person transportable scope at a very down-to-earth price. The ACF optics provide coma-free images similar to what you see in many ultra-premium Ritchey-Chrétien telescopes, but at a fraction the price of a true R-C. 
Our Product #: 10210RUN
Meade Product #: 1010-60-03N
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Product Description

The Meade 10" LX200-ACF catadioptric telescope has Advanced Coma-Free optics to bring the astronomical image quality of a professional observatory to your back yard, at a down-to-earth price. It has a coma-free field similar to that of the Ritchey-Chrétien design optics used in most professional observatory telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, but at a fraction the cost of a true Ritchey-Chrétien of similar aperture.

Its UHTC optics give you 15% higher light transmission than ordinary single layer optical coatings for brighter images and shorter exposure times.

If you have the dark skies to take full advantage of its considerable light gathering capacity (57% more than an 8" scope), this is a telescope that can keep you happily observing and photographing for the rest of your life. But, if your neighbor's lights make your back yard not quite the dark sky site you'd like, this 10" scope is still portable enough to make taking it to a dark sky site very practical.

No matter what you're looking for in your dream scope, the highly-transportable 10" LX200-ACF with Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics has all the useful features you need to cater to virtually every observing need you might have.

There is no tripod included with this telescope.

This Telescope's Optical System . . .

Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric designed to emulate the optical performance of a Ritchey-Chrétien telescope: 10" aperture catadioptric (2500mm focal length f/10). Fully multicoated UHTC (Ultra High Transmission Coatings) optics with oversized primary mirror for brighter field edge illumination. Aluminum tube construction with glare-stop baffling and mirror lock. Guaranteed diffraction-limited performance with a flatter field edge-to-edge than other commercially-available catadioptric optical systems. For more details, click on the "LX200-ACF UHTC optics" icon in the support tab above.

Finderscope: 8 x 50mm straight-through achromatic design, with a 5° field of view and 12mm eye relief.

Star diagonal: 1.25" multicoated prism type.

Eyepiece: 1.25" 26mm Series 4000 Super Plössl (96x). The eyepiece field of view is 0.52° (a hair larger than the full Moon), for expansive lunar and deep space views.
This Telescope's Mount . . .

Fork mount/drive system: Die-cast aluminum drive base. Dual die-cast aluminum fork arms support the optical tube. The mount includes servo-controlled 12VDC slewing and tracking motors in both altitude and azimuth. The motors are powered by eight user-supplied C-cell batteries that fit into the fork arms. Optional adapters (with 25' cords) are available to power the scope from 110-120 volt 60 Hz AC household current in your back yard to conserve battery life, or to power the scope from your car's cigarette lighter plug or a rechargeable battery for extended use in the field. For more details, click on the "LX200 mount" icon in the support tab above.

GPS/AutoStar computer: A 16-channel GPS (global positioning satellite) receiver is built into the top of the telescope's left fork arm. The GPS receiver, in conjunction with a built-in electronic compass and AutoStar computer control, automatically aligns the scope on the sky so that the AutoStar computer can locate for you the more than 145,000 stars and objects in its memory.

In addition to quickly and automatically moving the scope to any desired object with an accuracy typically in the two arc minute range, and flawlessly tracking the object while you observe at your leisure, the AutoStar computer provides numerous visual, tracking, and photographic tools and functions to make your observing easier and more enjoyable.

Unique "Smart Mount" technology can constantly improve the already high pointing accuracy of the telescope with every object that you center precisely and synchronize on during a night's observing. For more details on these features, click on the "LX200 computer" icon in the support tab above.

AutoStar Software Suite: This standard equipment software package is designed to integrate the telescope with your Windows-based PC or laptop computer for an enhanced range of performance features. The AutoStar Software Suite includes a planetarium program with a database of 19,000,000 stars and deep space objects for display on your computer screen. It includes all the standard planetarium program features for stand-alone use when nights are cloudy. In addition, it contains programs for controlling the telescope from your laptop or PC. For more details on the many capabilities and features of the AutoStar Software Suite, click on the "AutoStar software" icon in the support tab above.

What can you see through an 10" LX200-ACF with Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics?

With 57% more light gathering capability than an 8" scope, this scope's 10" coma-free flat-field optics give the Universe a visual and photographic sharpness and grandeur at dark sky sites that no smaller scope can approach - no matter how good that smaller scope might be. And the multicoatings of the UHTC optics group produce images that are 15% brighter than you'll see with a conventionally coated scope!

The Orion Nebula shows an extension and subtlety of feature never visible through a smaller scope, particularly when you use a narrow band light pollution filter to increase the contrast of the fainter segments. Orion's Trapezium stars A and C reveal their faint 11th magnitude visual binary companions. Nebular wisps and fragments such as the Veil show markedly greater extent than with any smaller scope.

Faint galaxies and planetary nebulas, barely visible blurs in smaller scopes, start to reveal their structure in detail. Densely packed globular clusters are typically resolved to their core. Open clusters show stars that are sharp and point-like all the way across the field. Small storm cells in Jupiter's belts, plus tantalizing hints of surface details on its moons, can be seen under good seeing conditions, as can occasional dust storms on Mars. Cold and distant Pluto, a faint magnitude 13.9 speck, can be glimpsed making its lonely way across the skies. And, with a photographic limiting magnitude of 17, all of it can be photographed in detail (with surprisingly short exposure times) by adding a few inexpensive accessories.

The altazimuth drive of the LX200-ACF is more than accurate enough for piggyback, lunar, and planetary DSLR photos and much CCD imaging. However, field rotation causes stars at the corners of an image to streak during exposures longer than five minutes if an equatorial wedge isn't used to align the scope on the celestial pole. So, if you plan on doing deep space photography, you'll need to add an optional #2575 X-wedge to the 10" LX200-ACF.

This 10" scope will perform adequately on faint deep space objects such as galaxies and nebulas under mildly light-polluted suburban skies, if provided with the proper light pollution filter. However, it is at a remote site with truly dark and steady skies that you'll best be able to take full advantage of its large aperture, and superb optical performance. This is not a scope that's happy staying in a light-polluted city or suburban observing environment.

If you have regular access to dark skies, and the size and weight of the scope (a 63 lb. optical tube to lift up onto the tripod) doesn't daunt you, the 10" LX200-ACF with Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics may be the perfect scope for you, particularly if you're serious about deep space observing and astrophotography. It has all the aperture and light transmission you need to keep you busy observing and photographing for the rest of your life, with enough useful features to handle almost any observing and astrophotographic chore you set for it . . . and a price that won't break the bank.

Tech Details

Aperture 10"
Focal Length 2500mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Heaviest Single Component 63 lbs.
Highest Useful Magnification 500x
Motorized Controls Computerized GoTo
Weight 99 lbs.
Resolution 0.46 arc seconds
Supplied Eyepiece 26mm Super Plossl
Telescope Type Advanced Coma-Free
View Finder 8x50
Visual Limiting Magnitude 14.5
Warranty 1 year

Reviews

Review by:
The 10" hits the sweet spot of portability and stability while still providing plenty of light-gathering power. Not a lightweight, it's still small enough to be moved and assembled by one person. The compact size makes for a very steady view, even under breezy conditions (the mount on my 14" LX200 is just not stiff enough). Image quality is excellent, noticeably better than with older non-ACF LX200 models. (Posted on 10/17/2019)
Review by:
I have owned and used two Meade LX 200s - one 8" and one 10" - since 1980. The 8' succumbed to a flood, and I replaced it with the 10" in 1998. They both gave excellent all-around performance. A refractor would give sharper images at the sacrifice of aperture. But for "light-buckets" you can't beat the performance of the LX 200s. The 10" model is a beast to transport and set up. So, if you don't have a permanent site, consider this in your choice. My telescope has recently developed a glitch in its declination motor so it will slew downwards without warning and can only be stopped by unplugging the declination motor, but this isn't surprising given the scope's 20 years of service. My only gripe is that my 8" model (back in the day) came with a pretty good case, but when I received the 10", it just came packed in a cardboard box. I don't know if this is how they are shipping all their new large scopes, but for the money, it was nice to have a case for t. (Posted on 10/17/2019)
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I have owned an LX200, that I bought from Astronomics, for many years. I have used it for astrophotography, deep sky observing, and planetary observing. While it may not be the best possible scope for any one of these, it does a very good job with all of them. The goto feature and alt-az operation is now commonplace, but it was a breakthrough when the LX200 debuted. The optics in my scope are extremely good, and I've been very happy that I chose this scope as my primary instrument. (Posted on 9/9/2019)
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I use this scope as my primary visual scope and love it. Provides great tracking as long as the polar alignment is close. I have also used for it for planetary imaging and find it more than a capable scope. Can be a little heavy but if you get a dolly to roll it around its not a problem. (Posted on 11/3/2018)
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Supplied Accessories

  • 10" f/10 Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric optics with UHTC group coatings (Pyrex mirrors multicoated with enhanced aluminum and a multicoated clear water white glass corrector lens), integral glare stop baffles, and primary mirror lock
  • Heavy duty fork mount with carrying/tube positioning handles, 4" diameter polar axis ball bearings, electric and manual slow motion controls and locks on both axes
  • 16-channel GPS (global positioning system) automatic alignment system, with electronic true-level sensor and automatic magnetic declination correction
  • Autostar II go-to computer control system with Smart Mount Technology, 3.5 Megabyte flash memory, multifunction keypad hand control with 2-line digital readout display, permanently programmable Smart Drive dual-axis periodic error correction, 9-speed drive controls on both axes (with slewing at up to 8 degrees per second), High-Precision Pointing, 145,000-object onboard celestial software library
  • Adjustable tilt hand control holder on fork arm
  • 7-port multi-function control panel on drive base, including two RS-232 serial interface ports
  • Computer-controlled high-torque 12 volt DC right ascension and declination worm gear drives with 5.75" main drive gears
  • DC power supplied from internal battery compartments accepting 8 (user-supplied) C-cells (optional 25' cords are available for powering from auto cigarette lighter plug or from 110-120 volts AC)
  • Straight-through 8 x 50mm finder on removable dovetail
  • 1.25" visual back
  • 1.25" prism star diagonal
  • 1.25" 26mm Series 4000 Super Plössl eyepiece (96x)
  • Dust cover
  • Autostar Software Suite Astronomer's Edition.