Announcing the Meade LX80 & LX800
Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:58 PM
Meade Instruments introduces the latest in a long line of advanced astronomical products: the LX800™. Using revolutionary new technology, every aspect of this system has been designed to deliver the new standard in astrophotographic and visual performance.
FASTER, SHARPER OPTICAL SYSTEM
Building on Meade’s award-winning Advanced Coma-Free™ (ACF™) optics, the LX800 employs a fast f/8 optical system with high-contrast baffling that assures crisp, pinpoint imaging to the very edge of the field. The all-new OTAs feature an internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift focusing system with a twospeed, 7:1 control that rigidly holds the primary mirror, eliminating the need for a mirror lock. In addition, with the LX800s optional large-format, three-element f/5 focal reducer/field flattener, you gain even wider fields, faster exposures and a flat field even on larger sensors. Also available is Meade's new Series 6000 3 element air-spaced f/7 apochromatic refractor. This finely machined and finish OTA features superior optical performance, a 3" Crayford-style 10:1 focuser and an optional 3" field flattener.
PRECISION MACHINED, SOLID GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT
Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum, the LX800 mount presents a rock-solid platform with precision roller bearings on both axes and a 1.75 inch stainless steel R.A. shaft. Its .68 inch diameter brass worms and 5.8 inch diameter, 225-tooth aluminum gears deliver smooth, precise movement with up to a 90 pound instrument load. Add to this internal cabling and the AutoStar II fully-computerized GoTo system with GPS, with a database of over 144,000 objects. All this sets atop a new ultra-stable tripod.
STARLOCK — FULL-TIME AUTOMATIC GUIDING
StarLock — the heart of the LX800 — is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade’s exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses a 80mm f/5 optic and a super wideangle lens in a two camera system that automatically finds your target in high-precision, immediately captures a field star as dim as 11th magnitude and then guides to an incredible accuracy of one arcsecond. StarLock achieves this amazing accuracy because, unlike add-on guiders, StarLock is integrated into the telescope control system and communicates directly with the motor controllers in real time with a maximum precision of 0.01 arcseconds. There’s no need for a separate guider or computer and the StarLock requires no calibration, no user focusing or guide star selection. StarLock even automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero. StarLock also provides computer-assisted polar alignment using the drift method for extreme precision. No expensive shaft encoders or add-on guiding systems can provide this level of performance.
Visit www.meade.com/lx800 for more info on the new LX800 Series.
Meade LX80 Series:
Now you no longer have to make the difficult decision between the ease of setup and operation of an alt-az mount or the versatility and long duration imaging capability of a German equatorial mount. Meade’s LX80 is the only mount that gives you both plus one more — three computerized GoTo mounts for the price of one. The new line of LX80s with Multi-mount is the most innovative and versatile mid-range telescope system available anywhere.
The LX80 Multi-mount operates in three modes, German equatorial, single OTA alt-az and dual OTA alt-az. Setting up in any mode is quick and easy. The LX80 is built around a solid aluminum structure, with two large, tapered roller bearings that handle radial and thrust loads on each axis to carry a total payload of 40 pounds In EQ and alt-az modes and up to 75 pounds in dual OTA mode. Its precision worm gear drives on both axes deliver smooth, accurate motion and Meade’s proprietary SmartDrive™ provides periodic error correction that dramatically reduces errors providing performance only available on much more expensive mounts. Both the primary and secondary OTA dovetail plates are industry-standard for maximum compatibility with all of your OTAs. The LX80s computerized GoTo mount is controlled with the amazing AudioStar handbox with Meade’s exclusive Astronomer Inside audio descriptions of the objects you are viewing.
Meade’s legendary Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical System
Refined and improved over the years, Meade’s Premium Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics give you the highest performance of any on the market. Meade uses highspectral transmission Borofloat glass that delivers superior light transmission across the entire visible spectrum for our corrector plates, unlike inferior standard plate glass used by some other telescope manufacturers. Combined with our industry-leading Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) — with 15% better light transmission than standard coatings — and oversized, thermally-stable primary mirrors for optimum light collection, you get a spectacular viewing experience not available on competitors’ SC telescopes.
Series 6000 ED Triplet APO Refractors
Designed specifically for the discerning astrophotographer or visual observer, Meade Instruments Series 6000 refractors offer incredible optics and ultra-precise Crayford-style 10:1 dual-speed focusing and optional 2-element field flattener. Also included are full-sized cradle rings, Series 5000 die-electric coated 2 inch star diagonal with 99% reflectivity and a custom hard carrying case to keep that beautiful new telescope looking impressive for years to come.
For more information on Meade's Series 6000 ED Triplet APO Refractors visit: http://meade.com/s6000-ed-apo
Coronado SolarMax II
The Coronado SolarMax II™ is an incredible breakthrough in solar observing, with the revolutionary RichView™ tuning system built into every SolarMax II. Zero in on the most precise wavelength of light for each area on either side of the hydrogen-alpha (H-a) line for the highest contrast views of active regions, flares, filaments and other surface features or quickly retune for spectacular images of prominences on the solar limb. No other commercially available H-a telescope provides the tuning range and accuracy of the SolarMax II.
With large two inch diameter stainless steel legs, the all new LX80 tripod is rugged and stable. Built-in fine-tune leg levelers at the top of each leg make doing small adjustments the easiest they’ve ever been.
Visit www.meade.com/lx80 for more info on the new LX80 Series.
Posted 17 September 2011 - 03:18 PM
I love my LS-8, but this new mount and my desire to jump into Astrophotography has tempted to "preorder" today!
Posted 12 October 2011 - 06:52 PM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:24 PM
Posted 31 December 2011 - 11:06 AM
Still waiting for product news with baited breath ;>)
Posted 31 December 2011 - 12:30 PM
If I do, or run across any information, I will post here about it.
I have a feeling that any information like that will probably hit everywhere at the same time.
Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:07 AM
may be a little behind, getting a
look at the manual would be very useful for getting
a jump on 'first light'. Who really wants to
read the manual when they first get
the scope and mount to play with?
Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:01 AM
Is the 10" OTA for the LX-800 mount going to have the same physical dimensions as the LX-200 10" OTA (without fork, just the tube)? I'm also looking into a hard case for it.
Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:49 PM
I belive the actual optical tube will be the same. I cannot imagine making a seperate scope with all the costs associated with it.
Attachement points, however, may be an issue yet to be resolved.
I will ask, but I have no idea when my contact can answer back with an answer, if he knows.
Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:52 PM
Do you have the 10 inch LX-200 now and looking at going the the new mount?
Posted 02 January 2012 - 10:00 PM
My goal is astrophotography (which I do in the current setup, see my setup below the line of this message). I just paln to not use the separate guide scope (since th LX800 will take care of that function).
Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:38 AM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:51 PM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 06:07 PM
My LS-8 is ACF and I have a 6.3 focal reducer. Coma is produced along the outside. There are a few new versions of 6.3 focal reducers that are built for ACF type scopes. I plan on buying one myself, but it is a back burner item compared to other things on my personal list.
Also, if you have not, you might try calling Meade Customer Support for the questions you have. Over the last year or so, at least, a human being has talked to me rather quickly if not actually answering the phone directly. Most of the questions I have had have been about older scopes that are outside the memory range of the people working there, but they seem to be very knowledgable about new ones. They might be able to answer your questions quicker than I can. If you do get an answer, please post it so we will all know.
Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:53 PM
And direct contact alwasy had good results in the past -- it may be a good path to follow..
Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:14 AM
Come on Meade -- throw us a bone! -- Pretty Please..
At least get a draft of the manual out there for us eager beavers to get a head start -- put a draft wtermark on the pages so we know what's there is still under review.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:52 AM
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