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Meade's LX200-ACF Telescope
brings to market a sophisticated catadioptric optical design favored by
research facilities worldwide. Most professional applications are
either this style of telescope or gargantuan apochromatic
refractors. Meade's 14" LX200-ACF with UHTC multicoatings is a serious
deep space instrument, with more than 3x the light gathering of common
8" catadioptrics. In order to truly take advantage of its outrageous
capacity, it requires either the blessing of night skies unpolluted by
artificial light or a pair of dedicated observers willing to move this
large and heavy scope to where such darkness exists.
Although this premium 14" catadioptric scope's robust twin-fork
altazimuth mount's meant for delightful observing first and foremost, 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. Power is supplied by 8
"C" batteries, but via optional accessories you can also adapt to an AC
wall unit or a vehicle's cigarette lighter (which can operate in the field off of a Celestron Power Tank).
For 2009, Meade has refined the delivery of the LX200-ACF models to
meet the demands of the marketplace. They now no longer includes the
#07080 electric focuser as standard equipment, and use a Series 4000
Super Plössl eyepiece instead of the Series 5000 version.