Meade Ls

Meade LS Series

Meade LS Series Telescope

The Meade LS (LightSwitch) series of telescopes are great for the beginner and experienced astronomer alike. The LightSwitch technology enables the user to simply flick a switch and the LS telescope knows exactly where it is and aligns itself accordingly. You can take pictures using the inbulit ECLIPS CDD camera which gives an image resolution of 640 x 480) and the AutoStar III keypad computer helps you find your favourite celestial objects from its 100,000 plus catalogue.

The Meade LightSwitch series comes with two aperature options, a 6 inch model and a larger 8 inch version. Both of these also have two different optical design options, namely the Advanced Coma-Free and Schmidt-Cassegrain.

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  • Lightswitch Technology
  • ECLIPS Module
  • AutoStar III
  • Optional 3.5" Video Monitor
Specifications LS-6 ACF LS-8 ACF LS-6 Schmidt-Cassegrain LS-8 Schmidt-Cassegrain
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free Advanced Coma-Free Schmidt-Cassegrain Schmidt-Cassegrain
Clear Aperture 6" (152mm) 8" (203.2mm) 6" (152mm) 8" (203.2mm)
Focal Length Focal Ratio 1524mm, f/10 2000mm, f/10 1524mm, f/10 2000mm, f/10
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length) 7" x 14.2" 9" x 15.75" 7" x 14.2" 9" x 15.75"
Viewfinder Red Dot viewfinder Red Dot viewfinder Red Dot viewfinder Red Dot viewfinder
Telescope Mounting Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuth Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuth Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuth Aluminum, single arm alt-azimuth
GO TO Pointing Precision (approx.) 5-arc mins. 5-arc mins. 5-arc mins. 5-arc mins.
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode 3-arc mins. 3-arc mins. 3-arc mins. 3-arc mins.
Slow-Motion Controls Electric, RA and Dec Electric, RA and Dec Electric, RA and Dec Electric, RA and Dec
Batteries (user-supplied) 8 x C-cells 8 x C-cells 8 x C-cells 8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx.) 3 to 5 hours 3 to 5 hours 3 to 5 hours 3 to 5 hours
Slew Speeds: RA and Dec: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Primary, Secondary Mirrors Pyrex® glass Pyrex® glass Pyrex® glass Pyrex® glass
Correcting Plate/Lens Schott clear water white glass Schott clear water white glass Schott clear water white glass Schott clear water white glass
Telescope Weight 28 lbs. 30 lbs. 28 lbs. 30 lbs.
Tripod Weight 9 lbs. 9 lbs. 9 lbs. 9 lbs.
Field Tripod Height all models: 25.5" to 43.5" variable 25.5" to 43.5" variable 25.5" to 43.5" variable 25.5" to 43.5" variable
Price $1499 $1999 $1399 $1799
 

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