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 Meade LX200-ACF UHTC 16" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)
Meade f/10 16"/406mm ACF Catadioptric Optical Tube Assembly

Meade LX200-ACF UHTC 16" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)

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Part Number:1610-60-01

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Product Highlights

  • 16" Catadioptric Telescope
  • f/10 Focal Ratio
  • 4064mm Focal Length
  • Aplanatic Advanced Coma-Free Design
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • Borosilicate Primary Mirror
  • Primary Mirror Lock
  • Losmandy-Style Dovetail Plate
  • OTA Only - Mount and Tripod Required

Engineered for impressive performance and copious light gathering ability, the massive LX200-ACF UHTC 16" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope represents the largest aperture in Meade Instruments's LX line. It combines an oversized primary mirror with multiple technologies to produce distortion-free high-contrast images with true color rendition across the entire flat field of view with an impressive Dawes' resolution of just 0.285 arcsec. The scope's performance begins with the aplanatic Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system which produces a flat field of view with reduced astigmatism and zero diffraction. A low-expansion borosilicate primary mirror further reduces distortion due to temperature fluctuation, and the Schott Borofloat glass corrector plate aligns the light waves to correct spherical and chromatic aberrations. Meade then fully multi-coats all optical surfaces with their proprietary Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UTHC) which increase light transmission, further improve color fidelity, and boost contrast. For long-exposure astrophotography or long-duration observation sessions, the LX200 boasts a primary mirror lock to completely cancel any residual image shift due to mirror movement.

This version of the LX200 is offered here without any accessories, mount, or tripod for those who have all their gear and just want to upgrade their OTA. This large OTA weighs in at a substantial 67 pounds by itself, so make sure the mount head and tripod it gets put on can handle it in addition to the weight of any accessories. To ensure a rock-solid connection to your mount it is outfitted with the larger Losmandy-style dovetail plate.

Optics
  • Large 16" aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • Long 4064mm focal length
  • Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) design permits aplanatic performance, with a flatter field, reduced astigmatism and zero diffraction spikes
  • Proprietary Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UTHC) on all optical surfaces increase light transmission while improving color rendition and contrast
  • Low-expansion borosilicate primary mirror virtually eliminates distortion due to temperature changes to the mirror
  • Schott Borofloat glass corrector plate
  • Primary mirror lock: Completely cancels any residual image shift due to the primary mirror movement during long exposure astrophotography or observing
  • Impressive resolution of 0.285 arcsec (Dawes')
  • Internal focusing mechanism
Mounting
  • Losmandy-style dovetail plate
  • OTA weight: 67 pounds
  • Mount and tripod required

Specifications

Optical Design Catadioptric
Aperture 16.0" / 40.6 cm
Focal Length 4064 mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter N/A
Diagonal None
Finderscope None
Tripod None
Mount Type Losmandy-style dovetail plate
Power Source None
Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 67.0 lb / 30.4 kg

Package Weight 120.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 42.4 x 38.9 x 27.5"


Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation:No
Lunar Observation:Very Good
Planetary Observation:Very Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation:Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation:Very Good
Photography:Yes
Terrestrial Photography:No
Lunar Photography:Yes
Planetary Photography:Yes
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography:Yes

In the Box
Meade LX200-ACF 16"/406mm Catadioptric Optical Tube Assembly (4064mm f/10.0)
  • Dust Cover
  • 1-Year Warranty Against Manufacturer Defects


  • What can you see through a 16” LX200-ACF with Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics?

    With a flat coma-free field, state-of-the-art UHTC multicoated optics, and a resolving power of 0.29 arc seconds, this 16” Meade is an advanced instrument capable of serious research and astrophotography for advanced amateur and university alike. With four times the light gathering capacity of an 8” scope (over two and a half times that of a 10” scope), this scope’s fully multicoated 16” optics give the Universe a detail and extent at dark sky sites that no smaller scope can approach – no matter how good that smaller scope might be. Visual observing is an extraordinarily rewarding experience. 
    The advantages of the scope’s coma-free field, fully multicoated optics, and large diffraction-limited aperture are immediately apparent, particularly to the experienced observer with an eye trained to see extremely fine detail. Color becomes visible to the eye in many nebulas. Orion is a glowing blue-green mass of filaments, often tinged with red and yellow for the keen-eyed observer from a dark sky site. Globular clusters can be resolved to their cores, with each cluster becoming a vivid ball of tiny starpoints instead of a hazy blur.
    Knottings and structure in the arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy become clear. Small details in the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn and on the surface of Mars reveal themselves at high powers (given suitably good seeing and a filter to cut down the immense brightness of a scope with over 3300 times the light-gathering capacity your eye). 
    The more obscure Messier and NGC objects (such as planetary nebula NGC 3242 in Hydra, spiral galaxy M100 in Coma Berenices, and open cluster NGC 6231 in Scorpius) show detail that is invisible in smaller scopes. Difficult low surface brightness objects like the Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus, the face-on Spiral Galaxy (M33) in Triangulum, and the Owl Nebula (M97) in Ursa Major begin to show their essential structures under high-power visual observation. The stars in open clusters remain crisp and point-like to the edge of the field, thanks to the Advanced Coma-Free performance that is similar to that of professional Ritchey-Chrétien optics, but at only a fraction the price. 
    These same objects yield magnificently detailed long-exposure CCD and 35mm images. However, field rotation will cause stars at the corners of an image to streak during exposures longer than five minutes if the scope is installed on the optional Super Giant field tripod or altazimuth pier. 
    This scope needs truly dark and steady skies if you want to take full advantage of its large aperture and superb optical performance. It’s not a scope that’s happy in a light-polluted suburban observing environment. Because of its size and weight, it’s also not a scope you can take out to a dark sky site on the spur of the moment, particularly if you’re the Lone Observer. This scope needs either a permanent observatory building or a crew of at least two to travel. 
    The scope is very substantial in both size and weight. While it is transportable, it is not truly portable. The optical tube weighs 125 pounds. The drive base/fork arm assembly weighs 105 pounds. At least two able-bodied people are needed to lift the scope’s components safely onto an optional tripod. In addition, once on the tripod, a blind hole in the base of the scope has to be aligned with a blind hole and threaded rod in the top of the tripod to lock the scope in place. Another person to thread the rod into the scope base while the lifters position the scope to line up the holes would make the job easier and less adventurous in the dark. 
    But, if you have dark skies and help getting to them, or you have a permanent observatory with a suitable existing pier or tripod, this 16” LX200-ACF with fully multicoated UHTC optics may be the ultimate scope for you. It has enough aperture to keep you busy observing and imaging for the rest of your life, with state-of-the art Advanced Coma-Free optics that emulate the performance of professional Ritchey-Chrétien reflectors at a fraction the price, UHTC multicoatings, and enough useful features to handle almost any observing or astrophotography chore you set for it.



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