- 6" (152mm) Catadioptric OTA
- 1524mm 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
Ushering in a new era of absurd ease of use in a telescope, the Meade LS-6ACF Lightswitch 6" f/10 Catadioptric Telescope
is the world's first "GO-TO" scope which literally aligns
itself! Using a combination of a few sensors, a CCD camera, and some
computerized intelligence, the LS-6ACF's LightSwitch technology is able
to detect where it is and where it is pointing. All you do is turn it
on and get to the good stuff-the observing and imaging. Combined with
astronomer-class "Advanced Coma Free" optics and Ultra-High Transmission
Coatings in a 6" aperture, it makes for an attractive offering for any
serious amateur observer.
The LS-6ACF LightSwitch's optics are their own catadioptric creation,
a unique hybrid of other Cassegrains which significantly reduces coma
astigmatism. It is bright enough for observing some deep space objects,
and sharp enough to provide exceptional pictures.
After the scope aligns itself, use the included AutoStar III
controller to guide you around the sky. Simply tell it what you want to
see and it goes and gets it for you. You can use the guided tours,
tailored to your locale and the date, and it will show you the best of
the evening's offerings. There's a speaker on the body, an audio output
for headphones, and a video output which can display reference pictures
and graphics on your computer.
The LS-6ACF LightSwitch's rigid single-fork mount has 4.8" worm gears
and enough clearance to use your SLR or CCD camera of choice. Combine
it with the simple T-adapter for shorter exposures, or use one of
Meade's Deep Sky Imagers which can use their software to adjust for an
altazimuth mount's field rotation over long exposures.
There's also a built-in CCD camera on the LightSwitch, primarily used
to facilitate the self-alignment procedure, but also able to take 12°
640x480 VGA-resolution wide field images.