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Meade LS-8ACF Lightswitch 8" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope
Meade LS-8ACF Lightswitch 8" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope

Meade LS-8ACF Lightswitch 8" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope

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Your Price: CAD $2,499.00
Retail Price:CAD $2,599.00

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Part Number:0810-03-10

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Product Highlights

  • 8" (203mm) Catadioptric OTA
  • 2032mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Advanced Coma Free/UHTC Optical Systems
  • LightSwitch Automatic Alignment
  • Motorized Single-Arm Alt-Az Form Mount
  • AutoStar III Computer Hand Controller
  • 100,000+ Object Database with Tours
  • Astronomer Inside Multimedia System
  • 26mm Eyepiece, 90° Diagonal
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod

This LS-8 ACF LightSwitch Telescope from Meade is a computer-controlled 2000mm f/10 catadioptric telescope with an 8.0"/203mm clear aperture. The ACF (Advanced Coma Free) optical system provides critically-sharp edge-to-edge clarity and distortion-free viewing.

The LightSwitch series of telescopes employ advanced technologies to eliminate the standard hassles of using a telescope. GPS, LNT, and ECLIPS CCD imaging systems allow the viewer to simply flip a switch to achieve instant alignment. Once the telescope is in position, The Astronomer Inside feature provides a guided multimedia tour of the sky's best objects.

The LS-8 ACF comes with an aluminum altazimuth mount that is lightweight, portable, and extremely rigid. It is configured with precision worm-gear drives for enhanced viewing precision, and runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries when in the field or an optional 12 VDC power supply if using a power-bank.

LS-8 Advanced Coma Free Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • Aperture: 8.0"/203mm
  • Focal length: 2000mm, f/10
  • Pyrex glass primary and secondary mirrors
  • UHTC/Ultra-High Transmission Coatings for enhanced light throughput
  • ACF - Advanced Coma Free optics for system for edge-to-edge distortion-free imaging
AutoStar III Controller
  • On-board database of 100,000 objects
  • Go-To function: view celestial objects by just pushing a button
  • Provides full access to all of the Astronomer Inside multimedia features
Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • AFOV: 52°
  • Eye relief: 18mm
  • 77x Magnification with LS-8
  • Fully multi-coated lens elements
  • Comfortable bayonet-mount rubber eye cup
  • Sophisticated parfocal 4-element lens design
  • Resolution: 640 x 480
  • Stores images to miniSD card
  • Allows telescope to align itself
  • Provides a wide field of view when attached to video monitor
Field Tripod
  • Steel construction
  • Weight: 9.0 lb / 4.0kg
  • Height: 25.5-43.5" / 65-111cm
Single Arm Altazimuth Mount
  • Aluminum, single arm altazimuth
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, lunar, custom
  • Precision worm drives with 4.875" gears in both axes
  • Slew speeds, RA & Dec: 1/2/8/16/64/128x sidereal. 1.5°/6.5°/sec.


Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 8.0" / 203.2 mm
Focal Length 2000 mm
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Diagonal 45°
Finderscope Red-dot
Visual Back Included
Resolving Power 0.57 (Dawes)
Maximum Useful Magnification Not specified by manufacturer
Tripod Aluminum
Mount Type Single arm altazimuth
Power Source 8 C-cells
Optical Tube Dimensions 15.75 x 9.0" / 40 x 23.0 cm
Weight Assembled: 37 lb / 16.8 kg

Packaging Info
Package Weight 57.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 44.0 x 31.0 x 22.0"

In the Box
Meade LS-8ACF Lightswitch 8" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope
  • Computerized Single Arm Mount
  • Steel Tripod
  • AutoStar III Hand Controller
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • Finderscope
  • Limited 1 Year Warranty

  • Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .

    Terrestrial Observation:No
    Lunar Observation:Great
    Planetary Observation:Good
    Binary and Star Cluster Observation:Very Good
    Galaxy and Nebula Observation:Good
    Terrestrial Photography:No
    Lunar Photography:Yes
    Planetary Photography:Yes
    Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography:Yes

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