Telescopes from Meade's LX850 series are the result of decades of development. They are the gold standard for astrophotography and visual performance with a high level of user-friendliness!
The LX850 series conprises compact Schmidt-Cassegrain optics a with fast aperture ratio of f/8. Like all Meade SC optics, the LX850 are also optically corrected. This ACF technology guarantees a high-contrast, sharp image right to the edge. The focusing system allows precise focusing with the 7:1 reduction and it does this without any irritating main mirror shift! It therefore meets the high demands of astrophotographers.
The LX850 mount carries the optics with every conceivable accessory without a problem. StarLock cameras are equipped with computer control (GoTo) for precise tracking for astrophotography. StarLock together with the built-in GPS also ensure a quick and easy initialisation of the mount at the start of an evening’s observing. The LX850 has all the technology needed for observing fun and successful photography on board!
Meade's ACF optical design eliminates the typical aberrations of all mirror optics. Thanks to ACF, the stars are also point-shaped right out to the edge of the image field, displaying no elongated comet-like distortions.
The image field is flatter than that of classic Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
ACF optical systems show their strengths especially in astrophotographic applications.
UHTC is a special multi-layer coating on the front correction plate provides up to 15% more light transmission.
The result -brighter star clusters, finer details in nebulae and more surface detail on planets!
Nearly all functions of the telescope are accomplished with just a few pushes of AutoStar II’s buttons. Because the AutoStar II system uses flash (rewritable) memory, your system will be able to grow when new features and enhancements become available. Some of the major features of the AutoStar II system are:
The AutoStar II handbox has soft-touch keys designed to have a positive feel. The LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is backlit with red LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) for easy viewing in the dark. The backlit display, key arrangement, and sequential menu structure make AutoStar II extremely user friendly.
Starlock is the revolutionary technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. Starlock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and a super wide-angle 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 accuracy of one arcsecond. There's no need for a separate guide or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection.
StarLock automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero.
As the telescope shows a magnified image of any astronomical object, an astronomical mount must be very precise. Even small deviations may interfere with longer exposure time images. But small fluctuations will always be present as the worm shaft, which is part of the drive, can never be absolutely perfect. These periodic fluctuations can be detected and compensated for by the computer control. The Smart Drive technology enables this ‘permanent periodic error correction’ (PPEC).
The Smart Mount technology improves the accuracy of the telescope's GoTo system. Although the mount is mechanically very rigid, there is still some inaccuracy due to flexing and the change in mechanical stresses that occurs during slewing.
With the help of the Smart Mount technology, the telescope can detect and correct systematic errors when tracking celestial objects, regardless of their cause. This is particularly interesting for fixed-mount telescopes, as the errors there are reproducible.