Meade 130mm LX850 Refractor Telescope with StarLock

Item #MEAD497-1

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  • 130mm 3-element, air-spaced apochromatic f/7 refractor
  • 3" Crayford-style 10:1 focuser
  • StarLock full-time automatic integrated guider
  • Internal cabling to prevent snags and tangles
  • AutoStar II hand control with over 144,000 object database
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  • Description

    The New LX850™ with StarLock™.
    The portable astro-imaging system that can be setup, aligned and imaging in less than thirty minutes.
    Only from Meade.

     

    Building on the foundation of the technologically revolutionary LX800, Meade engineers have taken the next step in astrophotographic evolution. We kept the same innovative concepts like Starlock™ fulltime automatic guiding and high-precision pointing, and a portable precision German equatorial mount, but reengineered it to deliver more performance with less user effort.


    Here is a brief list of a few of the changes and new features made to create the new LX850:

     

    • NEW polished bronze worms in both RA and DEC drivers that deliver smooth motion with low periodic error.
    • NEW larger roller bearings in both RA and DEC axes to better handle larger loads.
    • NEW roller bearings in the RA and DEC clutch assemblies to allow freer motion with the clutches loosened for easier balancing.
    • NEW one-piece 1 inch thick saddle plate with improved dove tail clamps, thicker OTA rail and radius blocks to reduce flexure between the OTA and mount.
    • NEW alternative StarLock mounting position on ACF OTAs for virtually no flexure between StarLock and the primary optics.
    • NEW StarLock software improvements to guide star selection, tracking/guiding accuracy, Ultra High Precision Pointing, and Drift Alignment.
    • NEW StarLock automatic guide rate calibration which analyzes the sky conditions and sets the best possible guide rates for both RA and DEC.

     


    130mm 3-element, air-spaced apochromatic f/7 refractor with 3" Crayford-style 10:1 focuser. Beautifully machined and finished with case. Optional 3" field flattener available.

     

    StarLock full-time automatic integrated guider provides computer-assisted drift alignment for refining polar alignment, finds and centers targets and then automatically locks onto a field star as faint as 11th magnitude for guiding. No separate computer, no guide star selection, no guide scope focus. Just set up your camera and image.

     

    German Equatorial Mount made from machined aluminum and stainless steel with large bearing surfaces and roller bearings in both axes for an extremely solid and stable platform.

     

    Internal cabling to prevent snags and tangles during your imaging sessions.

     

    Precision machined 5.8" main gears with 225 teeth in both R.A. and DEC. with .68" polished bronze worms for very accurate movements and tracking.

     

    1.75" diameter threaded stainless steel counterweight shaft with 26 lb. threaded stainless steel counterweights for easy and safe adjustments to telescope balance.

     

    Sophisticated built-in computer for the most accurate control of the StarLock and other telescope systems.

     

    AutoStar II hand control with over 144,000 object database to take you to almost any object imaginable at the push of the GoTo button. AutoStar II allows the user to setup and operate the LX850 in just the way you want.

     

    Ultra-stable adjustable height tripod. Three inch diameter legs fold up for easy transport.

     

    Accessories include 8x50 viewfinder, Series 5000 2" enhanced 99% reflective diagonal, a 25mm HD-60 premium eyepiece and anti-vibration pads.

     

    Zero image-shift microfocuser for exact electronic control of focus.

     

    Meade StarLock features

     

    StarLock — the heart of the LX850 — is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition and ultra-precise guiding corrections a snap. StarLock is an integrated two-camera sensor array that provides four primary functions.

     

    Full-Time Automatic Guide Star Selection and Auto-Guiding - Any time the telescope is slewed to a target, StarLock automatically identifies a suitable guide star as faint as 11th magnitude and locks on. Once locked on, the StarLock will provide guide corrections until you slew to another target or turn it off. It’s all automatic. And unlike standard autoguiders that issue guide corrections in the form of speed and time, the StarLock speaks directly with the motor controllers providing specific commands. The result is more accurate and faster guide corrections.

     

    Ultra-Precision Pointing – StarLock uses its two cameras to refine pointing to an incredible accuracy of one arc-minute, which ensures the object you select will end up on your imaging sensor, a must of those faint objects you can not see visually to confirm position.

     

    Drift Alignment Assist – After alignment, StarLock uses its two cameras to automatically select and GOTO two candidate stars then uses its 80mm f/5 guiding optic to snap a 30 second exposure. The telescope then calculates the distance the mount must be adjusted to be precisely aligned to the celestial pole and then moves the optical tube the calculated distance so you can re-center the candidate star using the altitude and azimuth controls on the mount head. This dramatically speeds up the drift alignment process.

     

    Lightswitch Alignment – Borrowing from our award-winning Lightswitch line of telescopes, the LX850 and StarLock can select and automatically center alignment stars using its two cameras, thereby taking the guesswork out of alignment.

     

     

    Product Number 0130-85-01
    Clear Aperture 130mm
    Optical Design Apochromatic Refractor
    Focal Length 910mm
    Focal Ratio f/7
    Telescope Mounting Heavy-duty German Equatorial
    OTA Mounting Vixen®-style mounting plate
    Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
    Resolving Power (Dawes Limit) 0.89 arcseconds
    AutoStar Controller Autostar II
    Object Database 145,000 objects
    Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
    Eyepiece HD-60 25mm, long eye relief, premium eyepiece
    Diagonal 2" diagonal prism
    Focus System Crayford-style 3 inch zero image-shift focuser with dual speed 10:1 control
    Slow Motion Controls Electronic
    Control Panel 12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
    Total Instrument Capacity 90.0 lbs. (40.80 kg)
    Counterweights Included. 1 x 26 lbs.
    Power 12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply
    Materials 
    Lens Glass FK61 extra-low dispersion glass
    Optical Tube Aluminum
    Total Net OTA Weight 25 lbs.

     

     

    Mount Body Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminium and stainless
    steel
    Finish Anodized Aluminium and stainless steel
    Main gear - R.A. & Dec. 5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminum
    Worm gear - R.A. & Dec. .68 inch diameter precision machined polished bronze
    Bearing size 3.15 inch (outer diameter)
    Counterweight shaft 1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel
    Counterweights 26 lbs. and optional 10 lbs. threaded stainless steel.
    Quantity: Mount only - 1 x 26 lbs., 10 inch - 1 x 26 lbs., 12 inch - 2 x 26 lbs., 14 inch -3 x 22 lbs., 130mm APO - 1 x 26 lbs.
    Drive Motors DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
    Mechanical allignment Fine adjustment altitude controls
    Tracking distance past meridian 20 degrees
    OTA mounting system Losmandy®-style dovetail
    Instrument Payload Capacity 90.0 lbs (40.80 kg)
    Latitude range 10° - 70°
    Tripod Giant folding adjustable height tripod with 3 inch diameter aluminum legs. Height from 29 inches to 45 inches.
    Mount body weight 60 lbs.
    Counterweight shaft and cap weight 17.8 lbs.
    Counterweights 26 lbs. and optional 10 lbs.
    Tripod weight 36 lbs.
    Control Panel 12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
    Computer Control AutoStar II GoTo system
    Database Over 144,000 Objects, Catalogs included: Index catalog (5,386); NGC catalog (7,840); Partial Caldwell catalog (109); Messier catalog (110); Earth orbiting satellites (26); Planets (9); Uppsala galaxy catalog (12,940); Morphological catalog of galaxies (12,939); General catalog of variable stars (29,364); SAO and Hipparcos star catalogs (42,277); Draper star catalog (21,160); Yale bright star catalog (8,977); Large Bright Quasars Survey (1,055); Namd objects (4,313); Herschel catalog (400); Abell catalog of galaxy clusters (2,712); Arp catalog of irregular galaxies (635); Lunar features (1,754); Asteroids and comets (120); Constellations (88); Solar/Lunar eclipses, meteor showers (492).
    Computer Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 20 backlit LED buttons
    GPS Yes
    Home Sensors Both RA and Dec axes
    Internal Clock Yes
    Internal Cabling Yes
    Slew Speeds 3 degrees/second
    Tracking Rates .01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°
    Tracking Modes EQ North and EQ South
    Alignment Procedures 2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align, Starlock assited drift align
    Power 12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply
    StarLock
    Wide Field Camera 25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees.
    Narrow Field Camera 80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format Cmos sensor gives field
    of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
    High Precision Pointing +/- 1 arcminute
    High Precision Guiding +/- 1 arcsecond (with good seeing. 1-4 second correction update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.
    High Precision Alignment Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ulta-precise polar alignment
    StarLock Weight 2.9 lbs. (1.3 kg)

    Supplier SKU

    0130-85-01

  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Brand

    Meade

    Features

    Equatorial Mount

    Objective Lens Size Code

    130

    Recommended Usage

    Astrophotography

    User Level

    For the Expert

    Aperture

    130mm

    Finderscope

    8x50

    Focal Length

    910mm

    Focal Ratio

    f/7

    Good for Astrophotography

    Yes

    GoTo

    Yes

    Mount Design

    Equatorial Mount

    Optical Design

    Refractor

    Telescopes Series

    Meade LX850 Telescopes with StarLock

    Warranty

    1 Year

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    1-year limited manufacturer's warranty

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