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Meade LX200-ACF 16"/406mm Catadioptric Telescope with Tripod
Meade LX200-ACF 16"/406mm Catadioptric Telescope with Tripod

Meade LX200-ACF 16"/406mm Catadioptric Telescope with Tripod

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Part Number:1610-60-02

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Product Highlights

  • 406mm (16") Catadioptric OTA
  • 4064mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Advanced Coma-Free Optical System
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • Zero Image-Shift Electronic Focuser
  • Dual-Tine Motorized Fork Mount
  • AutoStar II GoTo Hand Controller
  • 145,000+ Object Database
  • 16-Channel GPS Reciever
  • Super Giant LX Field Tripod

Meade Instruments combines their LX200-ACF 406mm f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope with the massive Super Giant LX Field tripod to give you a complete research-grade observation rig to explore our solar system and beyond. This system comes with the massive 16" OTA, a motorized GPS-enabled fork mount, the Autostar II GoTo hand controller, a solid tripod to support it all, plus several accessories to get you observing right out of the box.

LX200-ACF 406mm f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope (OTA and Mount Only)

Designed, engineered, and built for research-grade work, the Meade Instruments LX200-ACF 406mm f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope represents the largest aperture in the series to yield bright and clear views with the capability to reach far into deep space.

Outfitted with a large 406.4mm (16") oversized primary mirror, the optical path is made in Meade's proprietary Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) hybrid catadioptric lens/mirror/corrector plate configuration, with their Ultra-High Transmission Coating (UHTC) system. The ACF and UHTC work together, along with the large light bucket and long focal length, to produce images with virtually zero distortion, off-axis coma, fringing, astigmatism, or other aberration across the entire field of view and with accurate high-contrast colors.

Ideal for astrophotography, the LX200-ACF is outfitted with a single-speed internal focuser for manual coarse focusing, plus an electronic zero image-shift focuser that can make micro-adjustments to achieve tack-sharp images and hold them in place without the backlash common in many conventional focusing mechanisms. Complementing this precision focus control is a primary mirror lock that prevents any focus adjustments during long-exposure photography or observation sessions.

Controlling the mount and focuser is the Autostar controller. This full-featured GoTo system has a database of over 145,000 objects with multiple custom guided tours — including audio tours via its built-in speaker. Complete with variable slew and tracking rates, plus autoguider compatibility, the Autostar helps to unlock the true potential of the optical tube assembly (OTA). Its dual-tine motorized fork mount is outfitted with a 16-channel GPS receiver that transmits accurate day, time, and location to the Autostar hand controller, and True Level and True North sensors assist in accurate setup for more precise alignment as well as GoTo and tracking accuracy. Meade offers the LX200 here with just the OTA and mount, for users who already have a heavy-duty tripod or a permanent pier to support the massive 245-pound weight. Meade makes the LX200 ready to go out of the box by including a 2" 90° dielectric star diagonal, a 1.25" reducer adapter, a moderate-magnification eyepiece, and a large 8x50 finder with quick-release bracket.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • Oversized 406.4mm (16") aperture draws in enough light for observing deep-sky objects
  • Moderate f/10 focal ratio makes the OTA ideal for long-exposure astrophotography when mount/OTA is used with an equatorial wedge
  • Long 4064mm focal length produces a high magnification potential to perform deep-sky observations easily
  • Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric design
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system
  • Resolution: 0.285 arcsec, Dawes' Limit
  • Internal mirror lock prevents focus adjustments for long-exposure astrophotography
  • Internal single-speed coarse focuser complements the included zero image-shift electronic focuser
Optical Technologies
Advanced Coma-Free System:
  • Reduces off-axis comas and astigmatism for sharper images
  • Eliminates diffraction spikes for better resolution
  • Aplanatic design produces flat, distortion-free images across the field of view — especially at the edges
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC):
  • All corrector plate and mirror surfaces are fully multi-coated
  • Engineered to optimize visual, photographic, and CCD imaging
  • Improves light transmission across the entire visible spectrum through the optical path
  • Corrector plate coatings made up of multiple layers of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), titanium dioxide (TiO2), and magnesium fluoride (MgF2)
  • Mirror coatings consist of aluminum with multi-layer coatings of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2)
Autostar II GoTo Computer Controller
  • Full GoTo capabilities
  • Intuitive menu-driven interface
  • 145,000 object database
  • Multiple guided tours available based on when and where it is set up
  • Guided audio tours via built-in speaker
  • Tracking accuracy: ±1 arcsec
  • Smart Drive system for Periodic Error Correction (PEC) and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC): Trains out tracking errors for more precision
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, lunar, custom: Select from 2000 incremental rates
  • Multiple slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x sidereal, 0.25°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 2°/sec (max)
  • Fast slew speeds from 1 to 8°/sec, user selected at 0.1°/sec increments; Fine slewing and photographic guiding speed from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments
  • Calculate future dates and times for events like sunrises and sunsets; moonrises, moonsets, and moon phases; solar and lunar eclipses for the next 100 years; meteor showers; equinoxes and solstices
  • Flash updatable via the Meade website
Database details:
  • Solar system: Sun, moon, asteroids, comets
  • Moon features including landing points, mountains, craters and lakes
  • Satellites: Including the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, GPS satellites, and geosynchronous orbit satellites
  • Deep-sky objects including nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and quasars
  • Stars: Catalog of named/double/variable/nearby stars; and catalogs including Hipparcos, SAO, HD, and HR
  • 88 Northern and Southern Hemisphere constellations
  • General catalogs including Caldwell, Messier, IC, and NGC
  • User-defined objects
Physical properties:
  • 2-line, 16-character LCD display with red backlight
  • 20 red backlit alphanumeric control buttons
  • Built-in speaker
  • 24" coiled control cable
  • Integrated red utility light helps to find gear, or switch eyepieces and filters
  • Mount only; heavy-duty tripod or permanent pier required for proper use; EQ wedge required for long-exposure astrophotography to avoid field rotation
  • Heavy-duty double-tine alt-azimuth fork mount
  • Dual-axis motors with 11"-diameter worm gears
  • Four 80mm declination roller bearings and 150mm and 100mm azimuth roller bearings provide smooth movement with limited vibration
  • Smart Mount system automatically detects, calculates, and corrects any systematic pointing errors, regardless of the cause; set through the Autostar controller
  • 16-channel GPS receiver accurately transmits viewing day, time, location to hand controller for faster setup and alignment
  • True Level and True North Sensors (LNT) assist in accurate setup for more precise alignment as well as GoTo and tracking accuracy
  • Integrated time chip maintains current time, even when powered down, for faster setup time
  • Runs on included 12 CDC, 5A power supply
  • Control Panel: 12 VDC In, 12 VDC Out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, Two RS232 computer connection ports, 1 Aux guide port
  • Weight: 245 pounds
Included Accessories
Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepiece:
  • 1.25" barrel diameter accepts most 1.25" filters
  • 26mm focal length produces 156x power
  • Generous 52° apparent angle of view
  • Anti-reflection multi-coated optics with blackened lens edges maximizes light transmission and improves color, clarity, and contrast
  • Long and comfortable 18mm eye relief
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup blocks stray peripheral light when used without eyeglasses, or comfortable use with eyeglasses
  • Parfocal with other Series 4000 eyepieces, eliminating the need to refocus when changing eyepieces
Series 5000 Diagonal:
  • 2" holder accepts larger eyepieces and accessories
  • 90° angle places head in comfortable viewing position, especially when OTA is aimed at or near the zenith
  • Pyrex optical glass internal mirror with highly reflective dielectric coatings limits light loss to maintain bright views
  • Standard SCT visual back thread for direct mounting to OTA
  • 1.25" reducer adapter included to enable the use of the smaller and more common 1.25" eyepieces and accessories
Electronic Micro-Focuser:
  • Zero image-shift design maintains position when stopped for precision focusing
  • Smooth running improves precision
  • Ideal for high-power observation or astrophotography
  • Controlled through Autostar hand unit
  • 0.5" of focus travel
  • Use for precision fine focusing only; coarse focusing is done manually
  • Moderate 8x magnification helps to maintain a wide field of view
  • Large 50mm aperture allows small or dim objects to be seen for alignment or star-hopping navigation
  • Simple crosshair reticle enables precise centering of desired objects
  • Wide 5° field of view
  • Convenient rear focusing
  • Includes quick-release mounting bracket

Optical Design Hybrid catadioptric
Optical Lens Diameter 16.0" (406mm)
Focal Length 160.0" (4064mm)
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 950x
Resolving Power Not specified by manufacturer
Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Mount Type Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2.00" (w/ adapter for accepting 1.25" eyepieces)
Finderscope 8x50 Straight
Tripod Fullsize steel "SUPER GIANT"
Motor Yes
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible Yes
Power Source AC Power
Weight 318.0 lbs (144.24kg)

Packaging Info
Package Weight 320.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 68.0 x 54.5 x 39.0"

Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation:No
Lunar Observation:Very Good
Planetary Observation:Very Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation:Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation:Very Good
Terrestrial Photography:No
Lunar Photography:Yes
Planetary Photography:Yes
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography:Yes

In the Box
Meade LX200-ACF 16"/406mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Series 5000 Plossl 26mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")
  • #828 Viewfinder 8x50mm Blue Tube with Bracket
  • #929 2" 90-Degree Mirror Diagonal w/ UHTC
  • AutoStar II Computerized Hand Controller
  • Eyepiece Holder
  • Computerized Altazimuth Fork Mount
  • Super Giant Field Tripod for 16" LX200
  • 1-Year Warranty Against Manufacturer Defects

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