Meade's LX200-ACF Telescope
brings to market a sophisticated catadioptric optical design favored by
research facilities worldwide, but at a price that many enthusiasts can
afford. Most professional applications are either this style of
telescope or a gargantuan apochromatic refractor. Meade's 10" LX200-ACF
with UHTC multicoatings provides a serious deep space aperture in a
size still ably transported within most vehicles by just a single
person, and gives all this in a complete package within financial reach
of many observers. If you're used to 8" Schmidt-Cassegrains and their
performance, this LX200-ACF 10" scope will be a notable step up in all
Although this premium 10" catadioptric scope
is delivered in a robust twin-fork altazimuth mount that's meant for
delightful observing, it is easily adapted to extended astrophotography
by using either Meade's Deep Sky Imager (which eliminates field rotation via software), Field De-Rotator, or #07008 Equatorial Wedge.
for the LX200 12" is supplied by 8 "C" batteries, but via optional
accessories you can also adapt the scope to operate from an AC wall unit
or from DC power via the #607 Cigarette Lighter Adapter (the #607 can also operate in the field off of a Celestron Power Tank instead of from a vehicle's cigarette lighter port).
For 2009, Meade has refined the delivery of the LX200-ACF models to
meet the demands of the marketplace. They now no longer include an
electric focuser as standard equipment, and use a Series 4000 Super
Plössl eyepiece instead of the Series 5000 version.