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the largest aperture in the series, with a large oversized primary
mirror to pierce the furthest reaches of the visible night sky, the Meade Instruments LX850-ACF UHTC 16" f/8 Catadioptric Telescope
utilizes their Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric light path to reduce
color fringing and off-axis comas, enabling it to clearly resolve
deep-sky objects and easily split binary stars with tack-sharp clarity.
Complementing the ACF system is their Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
(UHTC) system that improves light transmission through the entire light
path across the whole visible spectrum. A combination of
high-transmittance lens coatings and highly reflective mirror coatings
boost image brightness, while minimizing external light loss and
Meade built this series for users who
have a reliable mount and support system with all their favorite
eyepieces and accessories, so this LX-850 is offered here as just the
OTA — other required accessories such as visual backs, finders,
eyepieces, and diagonals are also not included. Meade only includes a
large Losmandy-style dovetail plate, with sturdy and stable radius
blocks for added strength, to make it easier to install on a mount out
of the box, and a factory-installed dovetail finder saddle that will
accept most Meade finder brackets.