The LX850 Telescope System with German Equatorial Mount and StarLock from Meade Instruments consists
of a 14” f/8 Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) Optical Tube Assembly (OTA),
Starlock Dual Imager Full-Time Autoguider, AutoStar II GoTo System, a
German Equatorial Mount, and a heavy-duty tripod.
Telescope’s OTA features 14” f/8 ACF optics with high-contrast baffling
that allows for a wider, flatter field and ensures that pinpoint star
images are visible even at the very edge of the field of view. Meade’s
UHTC (Ultra-High Transmission Coatings) on the OTA optics reduce light
loss through reflection or transmission, and allow for high image
brightness and contrast. Thanks to the ACF optics, this telescope
ensures reduction in astigmatism and elimination of diffraction spikes.
The LX850 telescope comes with the HD-60 25mm Eyepiece that has a large,
60° apparent field of view (AFOV) and a long eye relief for effortless,
The OTA of the telescope system is held
in its place by the precision-machined, heavy-duty German Equatorial
Mount. This mount is built using high-quality stainless steel and
aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum alloy for durability. The mount comes
with Meade’s Starlock full-time autoguider that is capable of capturing
even a faint 11th magnitude star.
The telescope comes with the
Autostar II GoTo system that can command it to automatically slew to any
of the 144,000 objects in its library. Other features include a GPS
receiver, precision roller bearings on both axes, precision pointing and
assisted drift alignment, 5.8" 225-tooth polished bronze worm/gear
drives with low periodic error, fine manual adjustment controls on both
axes, illuminated reticle output port, and internal cable routing. Three
26 lb counterweights that come with the mount help balance the OTA’s
weight. The mount is capable of handling a payload of up to 90 lb.
whole system is mounted on a steady tripod that features 3” thick legs.
The height of the tripod is fully adjustable from 29 to 45".
It is advisable that the 14" OTA is mounted by 2 people due to its large weight and size.