MEADE 8" LIGHTSWITCH ACF TELESCOPE
The Meade Lightswitch is easy to align, easy to setup, and fun to use; providing a simple and fun observing experience for any novice astronomer. For a lot of telescope users
The Meade Lightswitch is easy to align, easy to setup, and fun to use; providing a simple and fun observing experience for any novice astronomer. For a lot of telescope users, aligning the telescope is always a frustrating experience - even when it is considered a "Go To". There's always something you have to know...be it the perfectly correct time, the date, your latitude or longitude. How many new users have been stumped by not knowing the names of the alignment stars? Or not being able to see an alignment star that is blocked by a tree or a house? All of these little things can add up to beginning an observing evening in an unpleasant way and that's not what enjoying astronomy is all about. Now imagine yourself setting up a very portable telescope called the Meade LS 8" ACF. Thanks to its new LightSwitch Technology, you simply turn it on and let it do the work. Inside a built-in Integrated Sensor Module (ISM) takes over the job and Global Positioning System (GPS) connects with overhead satellites to automatically recognize your telescope's position on Earth. Once this fix takes place, this means your telescope also understands the local time - without even looking at a watch! As silent as a cat on wheels, the Level North Technology (LNT) sensors take over and the Meade LS Telescope seeks out two alignment stars and automatically begins charting out a "real time" night sky map in its memory banks for your own personal time and location.
It's a marvelous experience to look through a telescope at a distant object - but nothing can match the experience of knowing things like how far, how fast, how hot, how high, etc. Thanks to The Astronomer-Inside, the Meade 8" f/10 LS-8 delivers like no other telescope on today's market can. Right at the telescope the user has the capabilities of a complete audio/visual library at their fingertips... just waiting to give you a full tour of the night sky. Thanks to a built-in speaker and video-out jack, the whole family can share in the fun! Just think of what a great outreach tool the Meade LS-8 can be...
Built on the foundation of Meade's superb Advanced Coma Free Optics in a size capable of revealing all the Messier objects and such a huge portion of the NGC catalog as to keep most observers happy for a lifetime, this telescope is going to offer outstanding planetary and lunar views at a professional level. What more could you ask? What's that you say? Eyes like a CCD camera? Then stop dreaming and take a look at tomorrow's technology... the built-in ECLIPS CCD Camera. Now you can take vibrant, high-resolution, low-noise images of objects right at the telescope and view them on the spot using the scope's video output function. What's more, you can also store them on an MiniSD card for later modifications - or sharing! Just exactly what does that mean? Can you imagine sending Grandma an email with a picture of comet you just viewed? Or how about an image of Saturn? For those who really like challenges, a built-in CCD camera means you can push the Meade LS-8 beyond its visual limits by taking timed exposures of objects far fainter than the human eye can see - and revealing them right at the telescope.
- Telescope Optical Design: Advanced Coma-Free
- Telescope Aperture: 8"
- Telescope Focal Ratio: f/10
- Telescope Focal Length: 2032mm
- Optical Coatings: UHTC
- Telescope Tripod Included: Yes
- Diagonal Included: Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
- Telescope Eyepiece(s) Included: Yes - 1 Eyepiece Included
- Finder Included: Yes - Red Dot Finder Included
- Focuser Style: Internal Moving Primary
- Focuser Size: Internal Focuser with 1.25" Rear Cell Adapter
- Focuser Speed: Single Speed
- Telescope Mount Type: Alt-Azimuth
- Objects in Telescope Database: 100,000
- Includes GPS Technology: Yes
- Telescope Power Source: C Batteries
- Telescope OTA Diameter: 9in.
- Telescope OTA Length: 17in.
- Telescope Total Weight: 30lbs.