Meade Instruments 16-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) OTA Telescope

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Meade Instruments 16-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) OTA Telescope Reviewed

 

It seems like Meade has brought Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics within reach of aspiring astronomers with its 16-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) OTA Telescope. As you can see, nearly every observatory reflector around the world is using an aplanatic (coma-free) optical system, including the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA. Now, you can own similar optics as professionals use with this telescope from Meade.

 

Features

 

The LX200-ACF (f/10) OTA Telescope comes with a complete line of optical tube assemblies (OTA) apertures, ranging from 8 to 16 inches, with all sizes coming ACF optical systems. Using the Meade restrictive outline, combined with the manufacturer’s Ultra-High Transmission Coatings, this telescope’s optics can accomplish aplanatic performance. In fact, its ACF optical system brings the highest level of optical performance for most amateurs. It is also integrated with flatter field, eliminated diffractions spikes and reduced astigmatism functionalities, making the device equal to Ritchy-Chétien systems.

 

Sitting on top of an ultra-stable tripod and mount, this telescope combines other amazing features, including large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes for smooth movement; primary mirror lock that eliminates mirror shift and focus during long exposures; and a smart mount and drive that delivers permanent periodic error correction, which is essential for long-exposure astrophotography.

 

The LX200-ACF is also designed with the AutoStar II handbox controller, which places more than 140,000 objects at your fingertips and provides the quickest GoTo performance available. As you can see, this simple-to-use controller provides complete control over each aspect of the device’s operations, where you can control the system from another computer using third-party software.

 

All in all, this telescope the LX200-ACF features Primary Mirror Lock, GPS, Oversized Primary Mirror, Smart Mount, SmartDrive, AutoStar II and many more. As of today, this new telescope seems to be the biggest news in astronomy since the LX200.

 

Pros and Cons

 

When equipped with a suitable optional digital camera and other compatible gadgets, this telescope can wake at any time, automatically capture images of celestial wonders and move from target to target, which was once only possible with larger telescopes. Now, this computer-controlled telescope will enable users to overcome the fear of looking ridiculous while others watch.

 

But like other new telescopes of today, this telescope is not yet quite idiot proof, as its users need to enter information into its mount control system about its location, date and time. As for the set-up, it involves initializing the device by pointing it onto known stars, so its control system will know where it is starting from. As you can see, other recent telescopes have non-volatile memory, so you will no longer need to enter all data each time you start them. And being a computer-controlled telescope, there would be long-term issues that involve parts and service ability.

 

Conclusion

 

Meade Instruments 16-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) OTA Telescope is now one of the most-used propelled novice telescope in the world, and light of recent circumstances, it has joined the most modern optical frameworks that are accessible with quality electronic and mechanical components. If you are looking for a personal telescope, this is definitely a good choice.

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